Sony VAIO S Series

  • Single core
  • 8 GB
  • HDD
Released July, 2011
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.
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
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)

processor

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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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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.
VAIO S Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
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)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony VAIO S Series

battery life

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5 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

  • 15 hour
  • 8 GB

cons

  • Single core
  • can't read a camera or phone memory card
  • Jul, 2011
  • 57 MB/s (USB 2.0)

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.

Storage

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.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Streaming Web videos, DVDs, and Blu-rays are supported for playback, and applications look good over the connection, too, but games requiring quick response won't work.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Some shoppers would prefer a faster full-voltage Intel processor and a built-in DVD drive.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)

Screen

Click to EnlargeAlthough the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution is standard fare for a 13-inch laptop, the VAIO S Series 13 plenty bright.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)
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.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
And despite having a glossy finish, we enjoyed decent viewing angles from the sides and reflections were bearable.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | by LaptopMag (Mar, 2010)

Harddrive

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 , 8 GB, HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
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 , 8 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 , 8 GB, HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)

Keyboard

Tew/CNET). Good news: the keyboard is equally excellent.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The keyboard is backlit, which is a must-have feature in a high-end laptop right now.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The Vaio S's keyboard is backlit, a welcome addition for low lighting, but in dimly lit rooms the silver keys on our Platinum Silver unit were hard to read at times.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | Rated 78% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Gpu

While this beats the measly 3,975 achieved by the IdeaPad U310 (Intel HD Graphics 4000) and the category average of 4,095, it falls far behind the 6,032 notched by the Inspiron 14z (AMD Radeon HD7570M graphics).
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)
As good a choice as the VAIO S series is for productivity and everyday multitasking, its integrated Intel graphics are likely to disappoint gamers.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | by LaptopMag (Mar, 2010)
Those looking for more graphics power should consider spending extra for a configuration of the VAIO S Series 13 with Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics, starting at $969.
Sony VAIO S Series , 8 GB, HDD | by LaptopMag (Jul, 2012)

Editions Editions of the Sony VAIO S Series

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4 hour 10 ms None VPC-S111FM/S
 
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5 hour 10 ms None VPCS135FX/B
 
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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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15 hour 10 ms None VPCSA21GX/SI
 
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15 hour 10 ms None VPCSA25GX/SI
 
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