Pros Screen, Gpu, Design, Dual Core Processor, Size and Weight
Cons Battery only 4-5Hours, Keyboard is rather cramped unless you have small hands(I dont), not backlit. Price
Summary For the money its either this or an HP DM1Z but i like a computer that looks nice which is why I bought this. I know the DM1 can take 8gb of ram and such but sony style is what got me on this one. So far reliability has been good, I upgraded to a WD Black 500GB 7200RPM drive which made a speed difference.
Pros Very pretty design, looks solid
Cons It is not solid, the space bar has problems, the construction is not rugged and falls appart quickly. This was my last vaio. I will never buy sony vaio again. I had a Z1 and a SZ4 before. I had to buy this one because both previous models broke
Summary Do not buy if you want to have a working computer in 2 years time. Sony vaio only work well during the 1 st year and even that is not guarantied. For computers of this price, it is unacceptable.
Pros Processor, speed, keyboard, style/looks, screen, weight, card slots, price
Cons Mouse click, battery, Sony telephone support.
Summary I'm often not a fan of Sony products any longer. Mostly due in part to their very sub-par support/service and sometimes cheap buld or fit quality.
I studied this purchase for many, many weeks. I touched, played with, sometimes brought home other computers in its class and netbooks as well.
The closest competitor was HP's DM1Z. It's highly rated and a bit cheaper. It came before the Sony YB and has received all of the attention and sales.
I compared the two side-by-side in detail and it was clear that the Sony YB was superior in build-quality, keyboard, style, screen clarity and other aspects.
The battery stamina is far from what Sony claims but in fairness, I have the screen at maximum brightness and I use and treat it almost as a desktop; expecting performance from it. It delivers...
It's faster than my wifes Intel i5 processor!
Is it pricier? Not really. Sony started selling it for $599 which is exactly where it belongs but due to competition, Sony now sells it for $499. I found mine for $459 at Fry's here in California.
An excellent choice indeed with 500GB of HD space, 4GB DDR3 memory and a great floating keyboard that delivers perfect spacing and comfort.
Pros Nice bright screen, AMD Fusion APU is great
Cons Small Touchpad, Keyboard not for big fingers. Weak Sound
Summary This is my first Sony. Probably will be my last. The fan is on all the time, have complained to Sony but all I get is worthless tech support telling me to install things that are already installed. I even re installed the OS. But back to the review. It is a OK build but I think if it was dropped on the floor it would break apart. The speakers are worthless, ( get a good pair of headphones). The battery life is so so. Its not 6Hrs! Not even close! I paid $550 for mine at its probably more like $450 worth. The touchpad is too small so what multi gesture stuff is available is pretty much worthless. If you goal is a Netbook then this would be the way to go.
But if your goal is to get a Ultra light Notebook cheap. This probably will not do.
Pros design ..other than nothing good
Cons everything , loud fan noise , after a month winodws got stuck on logo called customer support , have to but recovery disk ....c'on its brand news laptop still under warranty and after a month i have to buy another thing to repair it ... don't ever buy thi
Summary this is the worst laptop i have ever used ..dont but it