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Sony VAIO Y Series

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the energy efficiency and design are overall positive. The portability and keyboard are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the sound and build quality. Opinions are divided on the value for money.

screen, keyboard, portability, design, energy

battery, touchpad, performance, build quality, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO Y Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony VAIO VPC-YB15KX/S

 

With its speedy dual-core AMD E-350 processor, large 500GB hard drive, and a size that is at once compact and large enough for comfortable typing and viewing, the Sony VAIO VPC-YB15KX/S is a strong new entry in the netbook market.

Powerful dual-core AMD E-350 processor is top of the line. The 500GB hard drive offers lots of storage space. Large 11.6-inch screen. Bluetooth, media card readers, Web cam, and more

Some bloatware pre-installed

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Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S

 

One of the surprise laptop stars of 2011 has been AMD's new Fusion platform, combining a CPU and GPU on a single chip, and providing a low-cost and decent performance upgrade to Intel's Atom platform. We've seen it most commonly in 11-inch laptops so...

Uses AMD's excellent new Fusion CPU/GPU platform; sharp Vaio design; large hard drive.

More expensive than other AMD Fusion systems; limited configurations; some keyboard and touch pad compromises.

Sony ditches the Netbook for this more upscale AMD-powered ultraportable, with good performance and features, but also an upscale price.

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Sony Vaio Y Series

 

As Sony reaffirmed most recently by selling a $1,400 netbook, the company that built a reputation on luxury and performance doesn't do “cheap.” That hasn't them though, from offering a number of surprisingly affordable notebooks further up the...

Fashionable, high-end look ; Reasonable desktop performance ; Sharp, vibrant LCD screen ; Comfortable keyboard ; Large, multi-touch trackpad ; FireWire and ExpressCard/34 ports

Shorter battery life than competitors ; Feels cheap around display bezel, lid ; Pitifully weak speakers ; Loaded with bloatware ; No optical drive ; No discrete graphics option available ; HD video drags, little gaming prowess ; Sluggish boot times

Sony's thin-and-light Vaio Y comes in a clean-cut package, but don't expect it to come out swinging with performance or battery life.

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Sony VAIO Y Series Review - A Review of the

 

Sturdy magnesium casing, Comfortable keyboard and touchpad, Bright, glare-free display, Dedicated button for system maintenance and support

Shorter battery life than ULV competition, Relatively slow boot time, No configure-to-order option

Compared to other ULV notebooks we've tested recently, the VAIO Y keeps its cool. After playing a Hulu video for 15 minutes, we measured temperatures of 88 degrees Fahrenheit on the touchpad, 94 degrees between the G and H keys, and 98 degrees on the...

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Sony Vaio Y Series Review: Proving Fusion's Potential

 

Tech journalists are finicky beasts. A few years ago we were washing netbooks in praise, declaring that they promised a new era of accessibility and portability for the PC. But now the tables have turned – tablets have usurped the throne of “cool new...

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EXCELLENT, GREAT VALUE, BEST IN CLASS

 

I'm often not a fan of Sony products any longer. Mostly due in part to their very sub-par support/service and sometimes cheap buld or fit quality. I studied this purchase for many, many weeks. I touched, played with, sometimes brought home other...

Processor, speed, keyboard, style/looks, screen, weight, card slots, price

Mouse click, battery, Sony telephone support

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"A True Premium Netbook"

 

For the money its either this or an HP DM1Z but i like a computer that looks nice which is why I bought this. I know the DM1 can take 8gb of ram and such but sony style is what got me on this one. So far reliability has been good, I upgraded to a WD...

Screen, Gpu, Design, Dual Core Processor, Size and Weight

Battery only 4-5Hours, Keyboard is rather cramped unless you have small hands(I dont), not backlit. Price

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A True Premium Netbook

 

For the money its either this or an HP DM1Z but i like a computer that looks nice which is why I bought this. I know the DM1 can take 8gb of ram and such but sony style is what got me on this one. So far reliability has been good, I upgraded to a WD...

Screen, Gpu, Design, Dual Core Processor, Size and Weight

Battery only 4-5Hours, Keyboard is rather cramped unless you have small hands(I dont), not backlit. Price

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A step above a Atom Netbook.

 

This is my first Sony. Probably will be my last. The fan is on all the time, have complained to Sony but all I get is worthless tech support telling me to install things that are already installed. I even re installed the OS. But back to the review. It...

Nice bright screen, AMD Fusion APU is great

Small Touchpad, Keyboard not for big fingers. Weak Sound

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EXCELLENT, GREAT VALUE, BEST IN CLASS

 

I'm often not a fan of Sony products any longer. Mostly due in part to their very sub-par support/service and sometimes cheap buld or fit quality. I studied this purchase for many, many weeks. I touched, played with, sometimes brought home other...

Processor, speed, keyboard, style/looks, screen, weight, card slots, price

Mouse click, battery, Sony telephone support

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