Compare Sony Vaio vs Macbook White

So I was looking for a new laptop and I had a couple of options like Dell Studio 15, Apple Macbook white and Sony Vaio CW series. Since I had took a loan amount for around USD 1300 ( 55000 INR), The laptops around my budget where Sony vaio CW, Macbook White, Dell Studio 15 etc. In this post I am comparing the 13 inch Macbook white to the new Sony Vaio CW Series (VPPCCW26G) 14". First lets take a look at design of both the laptops.

Sony Vaio vs Macbook Design

FeatureSony Vaio CWMacbook White
Size & WeightDimensions (WxHxD) : 341.3 mm x 27.5-38.5 mm x 233.1 mm Weight : 2.4 kg (including the supplied battery) Dimensions (WxHxD): 33.03 cm (13.00 inches) x 2.74 cm (1.08 inches) x 23.17 cm (9.12 inches) Weight : 2.13 kg (4.7 pounds)
LooksSony Vaio LooksMacbook white Looks
KeyboardSony Vaio CW KeyboardMacbook white keyboard
Like all the Apple products the looks of Macbook white is good. Sony Vaio also looks equally good. The keyboard design of both looks very similar. Macbook being 13inch is lighter than the Sony Vaio. Now lets take a look at some tech specs...

Technical Specifications Sony Vaio vs Macbook

FeatureSony Vaio CWMacbook White
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5-520M Processor 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Memory Bus1066 MHz1066 MHz
Cache3 MB (L3 Cache)2 MB Shared L2 Cache
Main Memory (RAM)4 GB ( 2x2GB) Expandable upto 8 GB, DDR3, 2 Slots (SO DIMM)2 GB (2x1GB) Expandable upto 4 GB, DDR3, (SO DIMM).
Hard Disk Drive (HDD)500 GB 4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)250 GB 4 (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
Optical DriveDVD±RW/±R DL/RAM Drive
Maximum Reading Speed : DVD+R: 8x (SL), 8x (DL)/DVD-R: 8x (SL), 8x (DL)/DVD+RW: 8x/DVD-RW: 8x/DVD-ROM: 8x/DVD-RAM: 5x/CD-ROM: 24x/CD-R: 24x/CD-RW: 24x
Maximum Writing Speed : DVD+R: 8x (SL), 6x (DL)/DVD-R: 8x (SL), 6x (DL)DVD+RW: 8x/DVD-RW: 6x/DVD-RAM: 5x/CD-R: 24x/CD-RW: 10x
8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/ CD-RW)
Maximum write speed: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
Maximum read speed: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD
Display / Screen Size14 (35.6 cm) wide (WXGA++: 1600 x 900) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED Backlight) 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1280x800)
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M GPU with CUDA™ Technology with 512 MB Dedicated Memory (GDDR3)NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
USB Ports3 High Speed USB Ports2 High Speed USB Ports
Video Output Ports1 HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Input)
1 Analogue RGB, mini D-sub 15 pin x 1
Mini DisplayPort
DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter supports 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display (optional)
Battery Life2.5 Hours7 Hours
Wireless Connectivity Wireless LAN Type : Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Wireless LAN Data Rate : maximum 11 Mbps (802.11b)/54 Mbps (802.11a/g) 300 Mbps (802.11n)
Wireless LAN Frequency : 5 GHz (802.11a/n), 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth : Bluetooth standard Ver. 2.1+EDR
Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Bluetooth : Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Memory Card SlotsMemory Stick Slot : Memory Stick Duo (PRO-HG compatible, MagicGate function)
SD Memory Card Slot : SD Memory Card (SDHC compatible, Copyright protection function (CPRM) )
Ethernet (Wired LAN)10Base-T/100Base-TX / 1000Base-T x 1 Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Clearly Sony Vaio has more power packed in than the Macbook. The Macbook has an amazing battery life of about 7 hours compared to 2.5 hours on the Sony Vaio.

Price Comparison

Macbook White is Priced at Rs 56900(1233 USD) where as the Sony Vaio costs around Rs 57990 (1256 USD) (Price in India)

So for Sony Vaio vs Macbook, with the latest processor and technology, I go for the Sony Vaio laptop.

Have a comment ? :) 20 Feb, 2010
Comments (15)
  • Sony vs Mac

    Okay, so I love my Sony Vaio but I find that the battery life is a major issue for me. I know it says that it's supposed to last 2.5 hours, but my laptop can't last more than 20 minutes when it's not plugged in. It could be because I have had this laptop for a few years, but as I am going to be a college freshman next year, I am seriously considering buying a mac just for the better battery life...I really don't think it's feasible for me to plug in my laptop during class. But, I do like everything else about the Sony Vaio :).

    By Anonymous on 25 Sep, 2011
  • Sony VAIO or MacBook

    Well, obviously I'll go for the VAIO. I've been using a VAIO E Series for the past couple of months and I must say that it works exceptionally well. It's got Windows, I can't use it that much to produce music(really miss GarageBand and ProTools!) so I switched over to Ubuntu and everything works OOB. Very amazing. Would suggest that you go for the VAIO and then switch the OS to Ubuntu(Very safe for work too, no anti-virus needed and much more secure than Windows cause it is a Unix based OS).

    By Scorpious on 31 Mar, 2011
  • Correction...vaio battery

    Correction...vaio battery life is 4hrs (if you want a longer battery life of 14 hrs and a uni body made from magnesium and alumenium, then go for the new vaio S series).
    I own mac and my wife owns Vaio...and honsly speaken go for's amazen.........

    By Adem on 20 Mar, 2011
  • Vaio VS MacBook

    Im a Mac and I bought the '09 White Unibody MacBook and honestly I would go for my Mac. 1. Cleaner OS, 2. Start up time kicks the Vaio, 3. Graphics, 4. Quality, most the students running MacBooks on campus are using a 2nd gen. Macbook. Apple products are mainly editing pieces hence the graphics card; but for PC, I wouldn't buy anything other than a VAIO super sleek clean machines. All in all, if I could drop the Mac OSX on the Vaio, I would do it in a heartbeat. The i5 processer is really nice compared to the Core Duo 2 but the Mac makes up for it in its graphics card with the 1 gb cache. Mainly its up to you, do you want to switch from PC to Mac? Its worth the switch if you can afford it and you can still run Boot Camp to put Windows on the Mac as well. Both are great computers so im not going to bash either.

    By Asian Kyle on 10 Mar, 2011

    I like my Sony Vaio I did all the Vaio and Macbook Reviews and I picked the top dog SONY VAIO!

    By Anonymous on 28 Oct, 2010
  • please recomend me macbook white 2.4 or sony vaio 21fx

    hi i wanna bye a notebook bt i am confused
    i dunno which notebook i choose macbook white 2.4 or sony vaio 21fx

    features: Sony Vaio 21fx ---------------------------------------------- Macbook White

    Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor 2.13 GHz with Turbo --------- 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor

    Main Memory (RAM): 4 GB DDR3 RAM --------- 2GB

    Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 500 GB SATA HARD DISK ----------- 250 GB

    Display / Screen Size:14.0 INCH ------------ 13.3-inch

    Wireless Connectivity Wireless LAN ---------- Wireless LAN
    BLUETOOTH ------------- BLUETOOTH

    By DAisy Fiore on 18 Oct, 2010
    • Sony Vaio 21Fx or Macbook white

      It depends on your budget, Sony Vaio would give more features for the price with a windows OS. Macbook white would have a longer battery life. So if you are roaming macbook is preferred, if you want more hardware like disk space and processing power, go for the vaio.
      By digitalpbk on 19 Oct, 2010
  • Sony Vaio or Apple Macbook ?

    I really don't know buy macbook whites or Sony vaio I think if I want work with windows its better to buy Sony vaio
    Please help me

    By Anonymous on 05 Sep, 2010
  • my hubby knows it all

    since he graduated cum laude from a university in finland with computer science course,basically he know comp. stuffs,when we decided to buy new laptop for me,we made a thorough check of each brands and specs. regardless the price ,after few days of window shopping he then said that we must settle for VAIO..and it is really good....its worth the money.....

    By Anonymous on 06 Aug, 2010
  • Vaio is for intellectual

    Vaio is for intellectual people but mac is for people who are just pretending to be intellectual

    By Anonymous on 06 Aug, 2010
  • Ohi ohi

    "I go for the Sony Vaio laptop"... and you make a bull**** ;-)
    Don't believe to the more powerful hardware of Sony Vaio: how much is important the power it has, if then you are not able to exploit it? Believe me, my boss changed 3 sony vaios in the last 2 years (2 YEARS!), alway different models, and i wasted a big slice of my working hours trying to fix all the problems they had... And the funny thing is that people think the vaios are the equivalent of the macbooks in the windows universe! Ah ah ah!
    Go for a Mac, believe me (unless you are fond of videogames...)

    By fitzgerald on 28 Jun, 2010
    • why don't you just admit it to yourself

      why don't you just admit it to yourselff that a vaio is a lot better than a mac,,you know what makes mac popular/its because of too much publicity,yeah they're goood but not as good as vaio ,haven't you read and compared the specs between the two?you know what you must read them you'll eat your words against vaio

      By Anonymous on 06 Aug, 2010
  • Aaaa... but the new Dell Studio XPS 16

    Aaaa... but the new XPS 16 got i7 and 4670, it costs 75k tho..

    By Harisankar on 15 Apr, 2010
  • Lucky you.. never thot tht

    Lucky you.. never thot tht Sony will slash price like this.. ur lap got better config than the ASUS G50 series which costs more than 1L and still got only a 9700M GT on board!!..

    By Harisankar on 31 Mar, 2010
    • Oh .. ASUS G50

      Thats cool :D ASUS G50 series costs 1 lakh ? Phew ... Asus has a T9400 processor, Sony Vaio has i5, I think the i5 is better. May be its rugged ? Why are we paying 1 L for that ? :-)
      By digitalpbk on 31 Mar, 2010
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