Thin, lightweight, attractive, great keyboard, amazing battery life for the specs, fast, good gaming capabilities (with the optional Geforce chip), loaded with features, full copies of Sony software (Vegas, Acid, Soundforge, DVD Architect) included
Upper screen needs to be handled carefully, built in speakers worst I've ever heard on anything, vga port sticks out, lots of bloatware. Cpu not upgradable as per Vaio tradition (soldered to the mainboard)
I didn't set out to buy myself this laptop; in fact at the time I was shopping for an ultrabook. I wanted something small and lightweight I could take to school(I'm in college) that had the stamina to last through a full day of classes. I loved ... Read full review
I didn't set out to buy myself this laptop; in fact at the time I was shopping for an ultrabook. I wanted something small and lightweight I could take to school(I'm in college) that had the stamina to last through a full day of classes. I loved how thin ultrabooks were, but I couldn't get past the fact the for $1000 I'd be stuck with integrated graphics- not a tragedy short term but give the net a few years to evolve and even Youtube would be sluggish. I came across this Vaio using search parameters on a certain egg based online retailer. It had an $100 rebate going at the time which put it at $999; pricey but as with most tech you definitely get what you pay for.
Updated on Sep 11, 2012
Basically this is one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) 13 inch notebooks on the market as of mid to late 2012. With a Kepler based Nvidia gpu and an ivy bridge Intel chip, this laptop will run the most demanding applications and even game. (Skyrim will run at 1600x900 at medium low settings) Search online for the Sony Vaio S13 640mle bios mod to learn how to upgrade the 640mle to a 650m with just a few software tweaks.(Sadly this voids the warranty) With it this laptop runs games like Skyrim and Guild wars 2 maxed out with no heat or volatge increase over base.