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Sony VPCY21S1E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 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 really like the size and keyboard. The performance and battery are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the price and energy efficiency, while comments are divided on the screen.

portability, battery, performance, keyboard, size

energy, price

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony VPCY21S1E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony VPCY21S1E from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Views about the portability and durability are overall positive. The keyboard and battery also get good feedback. The price and size get negative views.

usability, battery, keyboard, durability, portability

size, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

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 (techradar.com)

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: (expertreviews.co.uk)

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...

Consumer review by: Sam (reevoo.com)

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..

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: howard (reevoo.com)

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)

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Sam (reevoo.com)

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: Nikolay (reevoo.com)

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: howard (reevoo.com)

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 (reevoo.com)

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: Patricia (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E

 

very light weight

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Oct, 2011
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:5000 / 54
Battery capacity (Watt hours):54
Battery life (max):8.5
Battery performance:5000
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera

Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3

Design

Color of product:Blue / Green / Pink / Silver

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive partition:VGP-BPS21A

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:166
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):500
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive partition:VGP-BPS21A

Keyboard

Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:800
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Battery Type:VGP-BPS21A
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control: No

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:3
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:U5400
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.2
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:U5400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Pentium U5000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1288
Processor threads:2
Stepping:K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):18
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:49156
Processor code:SLBUH
Processor package size:34
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO-HG, SD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.9
Height (front):0.933
Height (rear):1.26
Weight:3.92
Width:12.8