Tech review: Attractive VAIO FE laptop works nicely for home or school

Jim Rossman, Tribune News Service on

Published in Business News

When I was asked if I wanted to review a new VAIO laptop, my mind was transported back to when VAIO was a Sony product with a top-of-the-line reputation.

As a desktop support manager, I remember ordering a very slick VAIO laptop that was coveted by almost everyone in the office. VAIO pushed the design envelope to produce some very sexy laptops.

Sony spun off the VAIO brand in 2014, and today I’m reviewing the new VAIO FE series laptop, which is sold through Walmart (and coming soon to Sam’s Clubs).

VAIO FE series models and pricing

The VAIO FE series has three models, priced at $699, $799 and $949. I tested the lowest-priced model equipped with a 2.4 gigahertz 12th generation Intel i5 processor, eight gigabytes of RAM and a 512gb solid state drive.

The $799 model has the same i5 processor as the lowest-priced model with one terabyte of storage and 16gb RAM. The $949 model bumps the processor to a 12th-gen i7 processor with 16gb of RAM and a one terabyte drive.


Aside from the CPU and RAM/storage configurations, the laptops are identical.


The VAIO FE has a 14.1” LCD IPS display with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels powered by Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics.

When you open the laptop screen, the back of the display bezel rotates back to elevate the bottom for a slightly more comfortable typing angle, and it lifts the bottom off the desk for improved cooling.


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