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Sony VPCY21S1E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Sony VPCY21S1E. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and portability. The keyboard and battery also get good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the energy efficiency and price.

performance, battery, keyboard, portability, usability

screen, price, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VPCY21S1E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony VPCY21S1E from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Views about the portability and durability are on the whole positive. The keyboard and battery also get good feedback. The price and size get less positive comments.

usability, battery, keyboard, durability, portability

size, price

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This summary is based on the product: Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E 13.3" Screen Laptop, Intel Pentium Processor U5400, 4GB, 320GB, BT, WLAN, Windows 7 Home Premium(64bit)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Review Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E Subnotebook


Core Refresh. Sony trades the Core 2 Duo SU7300 for a Pentium U5400, but keeps its successful concept. Integrated graphics, aluminum/magnesium case and a keyboard with a strong feedback. Will summer really be fun with the 13.3 incher?

Good battery life, Solid case, High-end surfaces, Good keyboard, Quiet & cool, Low energy requirement, Fast hard disk, FireWire & ExpressCard34, Light and yet solid. More manufacturers should use an aluminum/magnesium alloy

TFT display too dark, Comparatively low performance, TFT not AR coated, A matt and bright display - that would have saved the mobility factor and the rating: Very Good

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (

Sony VAIO VPC-Y21S1E/SI review


A highly portable laptop with a sharp screen, but offers limited performance

Attractive, slim and light ; Sharp and bright widescreen display ; Excellent battery life ; Highly usable ; Strong networking

Flimsy lid ; Stilted performance ; Limited graphical capabilities ; No DVD drive ; Not much storage space

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (

Sony Vaio Y21S1E/L review


Decent performance and battery life make the Y21 a great travelling companion, but you pay a huge premium for the brand. Ultimately, there are better-value alternatives.

With good performance and battery life, the Y21 is an ideal travelling companion, but the £700 price is way too high. Asus' cheaper U35JC lasts far longer and has better performance, while the Acer Aspire Timeline 4820T is even cheaper, yet has an...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: Sam (

Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E


I ordered this laptop and on arrival the laptop didn't work when the battery was inserted. I took it back and confirmed that it was faulty, ordering a replacement. The replacement had exactly the same issue. Do not buy this laptop

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: howard (

Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E


Good design,good keyboard,battery performance,handy size,very good support from Sony Vaio following problems with supplier

Reflection from glossy screen, somewhat underpowered CPU, touch pad tend to loose track of cursor arrow in some software prgrams (eg Word)

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Nikolay (

Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E


The laptop broke down 14 months after purchase with electrical fault which requires replacing the motherboard. I will not purchase any Sony products in the future

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: JC (

Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E


Compact size, fairly light, good keyboard layout, excellent screen, small power pack, looks professional

Slightly lacking power when running multiple programs, Battery life is around 3 hours

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Embedded UMTS:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:2 in 1 Card Reader / Single Card Reader
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel
GPU Model (Graphic Card):INTEL HD GPU


Chipset Brand:Intel
Chipset Type:HM55
Processor:CORE I5 / Pentium
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:I5-430UM / U5400