- Editor's Rating
- Beautiful 1080p IPS display
- 0.95" thin and just 4.4 lbs.
- Backlit keyboard
- Keyboard a little too soft
- Lid too flexible
- Inaccurate clickpad
Quick TakeThe Sony VAIO S is an attractive combination of basic multimedia features and stylish design in a relatively thin and light chassis at a fair price.
The Sony VAIO S is a great machine for anyone interested in a budget friendly multimedia laptop. With its 15.5-inch display and 1080p IPS display, it would be a great option for anyone interested in watching movies and playing games at medium settings. It is less than an inch thin, making it portable and lightweight at 4.4 pounds. As one of Sony\’s more affordable notebooks, it manages to offer a good user experience, and a brilliant display.
The Sony VAIO S has a chasis made of magnesium alloy, rather than plastic, which helps keep it portable and lightweight. NotebookReview felt the lid was a bit flimsy; but did not find any issues with ripples in the screen, when pressing on the back of the notebook. Overall, NBR found the notebook\’s design to be better than average and noted that it offered easy access to the RAM slot as well as the hard drive. The Sony VAIO S features two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, SDcard reader, Memory Stick DUO slot, ethernet port, and a VGA out port. NBR found the keyboard to have a stiff feedback and the clickpad was inaccurate, but that these issues were not deal breakers.
A major selling point for the Sony VAIO S is its IPS 1920×1080 resolution screen, especially since it is one of the few notebooks available with an IPS display, at the time of review. Its anti-glare IPS display boasts unlimited viewing angles and, as NBR discovered, has great contrast and saturation. Testers did feel the reds were a bit orange, but noted it could likely be fixed with a calibration device. The speakers left much to be desired, but NBR felt they were on par with \”typical notebook speakers\”, and that headphones would suffice. NBR reviewed the model with the base specifications and testers found the 4GB of RAM and 500GB 5400RPM hard drive to be slow, but noted it can be configured with a 7200RPM hard drive and Solid State Drives, which would improve performance. The Sony VAIO S handles gaming pretty well, and when configured with the Nvidia GeForce 640LE card and dual-core processor, it offers a decent 3D gaming experience at medium settings.
For the price of $899.99 at the time of review, the Sony VAIO S is a great deal for the price. It partners a beautiful display with a lightweight and thin design. One thing buyers may want to note is that the base model is a bit slow with the 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, and while it would increase the cost, it would be better suited with the 77200RPM drive or a Solid State Drive option. The cons were minimal and boiled down to the keyboard, inaccurate click pad, and a slightly flexible lid. As NBR stated, \”the Sony VAIO S is a more than recommendable multimedia notebook.\”