In lab benchmarking, the Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU had reasonable 3D graphics performance through its ATI HD 3650 graphics card, showing a just-playable 23fps in FEAR gaming tests. Battery life fell well short of the three-hour mark, at about two and a half hours. Our WorldBench 6 benchmark test gave an unusually low figure of 89 points, which preliminary investigation suggested was due to an anomaly with the Nero 7 component of the test.
With a 2.53GHz processor, the Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU should be a nippy machine, and the ATI graphics card allows the use of some modern games. Blu-ray playback was short of expectation though, especially given Sony's weight behind the format.