Sony VAIO CW Series (VPC-CW1S1E/P) - 14.1in Laptop - Application & Gaming Performance

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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Sony VAIO CW Series (VPC-CW1S1E/P) - 14.1in Laptop


Our Score:


For general computing, the CW Series is more than capable, producing high scores in all of PCMark Vantage's range of tests. Its 64-bit OS and 4GB of RAM certainly help here, ensuring it will cope with memory intensive applications like Photoshop with aplomb.

This is also a good gaming machine. Trackmania Nations is dealt with very easily, while the more intensive STALKER: Call of Pripyat produces decent results, too. With a little compromise, most recent PC titles should be playable.

Don Kanonjii

November 27, 2009, 7:14 pm

Bought one of these for my wife as an early xmas present. Utterly fantastic. Performs like a trooper and plays games well even on battery. Runs very cool and very quiet. Couldnt recomend it enough.


November 28, 2009, 12:16 am

I've got one of these in the dark red colour. Really nice laptop! I wouldn't say it runs quiet, the fan is on all the time just on low speed. It's unfortunate that it doesn't support vanilla nVidia Forceware drivers, we have to wait for official Sony ones to update and i really doubt those will ever come.


November 28, 2009, 1:37 am

suprised at the choice of graphics - equivalent to the geforce 9700m GT, it wasn't so long ago that kind of power was in alienware gaming laptops...


November 28, 2009, 2:07 am

Strange scoring. Looks like a great laptop, I think the only complaint I can find is with the screen... The most important two scores (performance and value) are 9/10 but the final score is 8/10.


November 28, 2009, 9:31 pm

For what you pay for, it's pretty good. It's heavy, only complaint i have.


March 29, 2010, 12:35 am

I had a very bad experience with fan noise, thermal management and fan failure on a CS11, a problem that is widely documented by owners on the Internet, including in a thread on the VAIO Club forum at but I came across this review so thought I might reconsider. I wish I'd seen the score you gave the CS11 before I bought it, but it was, unusually for me, an "impulse" purchase because I needed a replacement computer quickly and the CS11 was in the local shop window. I went for it because of the Sony name, I suppose, but that has been tarnished by my experience with the CS11, which I now no longer own. I was not happy when Sony staff advised me the device was running within parameters after it had been sent back to them. (A replacement fan they installed was similarly noisy, all a poor BIOS control issue, I believe, and it too began to fail.)

I wonder, Andy, if you noted excessive fan noise in testing the CW.

If build quality is better and fan noise more bearable should I look at this again? Does anybody notice a tendency of the fan to spool up to a noisy high speed for just two or three seconds, every nine or ten seconds, even when just putting the CW through light use such as browsing and e-mail? That's what happened with my CS11, on a background of the fan spinning relatively noisily all the time in between, too, and many other CS11 and CS21 owners reported the same behaviour.

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