Sony VAIO S Series

  • 13.3"
  • 2.66 GHz Dual core
  • 8 GB
  • 500 GB HDD
Released January, 2011
The 13.3-inch matte screen is better than most we've seen, with strong viewing angles and crisp, bright color.
Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Conclusion Check out the Sony VAIO S Series

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Sony VAIO S Series

Front view of Sony VAIO S Series
This $1,199 Vaio S Series fits a nonultrabook (meaning, faster) third-gen Core i5 processor, a 640GB hard drive, 6GB of RAM, a slot-loading DVD drive, Nvidia graphics, and a higher-res 1,600x900-pixel display into the package.
Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

screen size

13.3"
15.6"
15.5"
WiDi requires a separately purchased converter box that plugs into your TV, but once that's set up, you can use WiDi to turn your big-screen TV into a second monitor, with a slight delay in transmission time.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Click to EnlargeAlthough the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution is standard fare for a 13-inch laptop, the VAIO S Series 13 plenty bright.
VAIO S Series by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)

screen resolution

Sony VAIO S Series
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
The 15.5-inch display has a native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, which is perfectly suited for Blu-ray and 1080p HD video.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Tew/CNET). The 13.3-inch matte display does a good job of keeping glare away in an office; the screen's 1,600x900-pixel resolution is a step up from the average 1,366x768-pixel resolution of most 13-inch laptops, and colors and text alike pop vividly.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)

cpu speed

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1.6 GHz

1.5 GHz
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3 GHz
In addition to the $919 configuration we reviewed, which includes a 2.5-GHz Core i5-3210M CPU, 6GB of RAM and 640GB HDD, the S13 can be customized to include up to a 2.9-GHz Core i7-3520 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE GPU with 1GB of VRAM, a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive, 12GB of RAM and a 4,400-mAh sheet battery.
VAIO S Series by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)
Armed with a 2.26-GHz Intel Core i5 i5-430M CPU, 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), and a 5,400-rpm 500GB hard drive, the S series notched a score of 4,950 on PCMark Vantage, which measures overall performance.
VAIO S Series by LaptopMag (Mar, 2010)

processor

Sony VAIO S Series
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
SAMSUNG Series 7 Chronos
It's not quite in the ultrabook category, but this is still a reasonably thin and light 15-inch laptop, especially considering the powerful components inside, such as the quad-core CPU and Nvidia GPU.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
With a quad-core Intel Core i7-3612QM CPU, the Vaio S is pretty much ready for anything, from HD video editing to heavy-duty multitasking.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)

memory

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Sony has added a slot-loading drive and a larger touch pad; more RAM is included, and the hard drive is larger; there are a new, faster Intel CPU, better Nvidia graphics, and an integrated battery, which gives much improved battery life over the previous generation's $150 slice battery add-on, sold separately and practically a requirement for good battery life the last go-around.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Our $1,299 Vaio SA configuration included a 2.3GHz Core i5-2410M CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive, a 1,600x900-pixel screen, and AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics, but no Blu-ray drive; we had a standard CD/DVD burner instead.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony VAIO S Series

battery life

5 hour
9 hour
8 hour
With the slice and performance set to Speed, battery life climbed to 7 hours and 27 minutes.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The last Vaio S I reviewed only made it 3 hours and 24 minutes when set on Speed mode.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 8 GB
  • 2.66 GHz

cons

  • 13.3"
  • Jan, 2011
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card
  • 5 hour

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 78%
Read the review (Jul, 2011)
With a third-gen 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M processor, the Vaio S Series 13P handled everyday tasks very well.

Body

If we're going to nitpick the Vaio S's design, it's mainly the angled 1980s look the laptop seems to embrace.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The all-metal aluminum case over a magnesium alloy frame is sturdy, but it's so lightweight that it can fool you into feeling slightly flimsy.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Of those, the Vaio S is probably the most universally useful, combining sharp, high-end design with powerful components, a decent set of configuration options, and both 13- and 15-inch screens.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Type

Sony's Vaio laptops have long been considered the high-end benchmark for Windows laptops, at least in terms of their media-playing excellence, hardware design, and higher-than-average prices.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The price/feature breakdown on ours works out pretty well when compared with a MacBook Pro, but it's high compared with most other Windows laptops.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
If you're in the market for a 13-inch Windows laptop that can keep pace with Apple's designs, the Vaio S comes as close as any Windows laptop.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Design

The flat-topped, widely spaced keys keys on this island-style keyboard are large and easy to hit, if a little on the clacky side.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Sony makes great multimedia laptops, and produces one of only a handful of high-end product lines that can compete with Apple in design and marketing savvy.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The new Vaio looks similar in terms of its all-matte-black design and tapered footprint, but some of the laptop's lines are curved where they were previously angular.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Upgrading

Sony's support sites are clean and easy to navigate, but upgrades can be a bit steep, running $179 for a three-year mail-in plan, or $329 for a three-year plan that includes accidental damage protection.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Sony's support sites are clean and easy to navigate, but upgrades can be a bit steep, running $249 for a three-year mail-in plan, or $399 for a three-year plan that includes accidental damage protection.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Upgrade options are plentiful: you can pick from a trio of Core i5 or i7 processors, Nvidia 1GB or 2GB graphics, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 1TB of hard drive storage or 512GB SSD, and even an optional Blu-ray player or burner.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Harddrive

If you don't mind opting for a bigger screen, the Dell Inspiron 14z packs discrete graphics and an SSD cache and 8GB of RAM for the same price as this Sony.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)
Considering its $899 price tag, we wish the S13 came standard with an SSD cache as well.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)
The E205 performed equally well, although the MacBook’s 5,400 rpm hard drive is faster than both, completing the same file transfer test at a rate of 27.8 MBps.
Sony VAIO S Series 13.3", 2.66 GHz, 8 GB, 500 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (Mar, 2010)

Editions Editions of the Sony VAIO S Series

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5.75 hour 10 ms MMC VPCSE13FX/S
 
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5.75 hour 10 ms MMC VPCSE16FX/S
 
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5.75 hour 10 ms MMC, Memory Stick Duo, SD VPCSE17FX/B
 
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7 hour 10 ms MMC VPCSA3AFX/SI
 
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7 hour 10 ms MMC VPCSA31FX/BI
 
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7 hour 0.1 ms MMC VPCSA35GX/SI
 
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