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The Vaio S is typically Sony's mid-range, all-rounder product. This particular 13-inch model we received for review, therefore, came with a DVD drive, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and VGA ports, headset jack, an SD card reader and, of course, Sony's MagicGate slot, because it wouldn't be Sony without a proprietary element somewhere.
- USB 3.0: 2
- USB 2.0: 1
- Optical: DVD&plusm;RW
- Video: HDMI, VGA
- Ethernet: gigabit
- Wireless: single-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
It's also got a backlit keyboard, a huge touchpad, and AU$1499 will get you the base model with a Core i5 3210M, a 1366x768 display, 4GB RAM, a 640GB 5400RPM HDD and a GeForce GT 640M LE with 1GB memory. Crank it up to our review model, and suddenly things cost AU$2899, granting you a Core i7 3520M, 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1600x900 screen.
The extra resolution is nice, but the screen itself, not so much, looking like it has some sort of greasy coating over the top and lacking in vibrancy.
While the base model is fine, the top of the line SKU isn't a great value proposition — the price-hike is disproportionate to what you get — a cheaper option would be to buy the AU$2299 SKU with the 750GB hard drive instead, and installing your own SSD.