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Sony Vaio YBSony ditches the Netbook for this more upscale AMD-powered ultraportable, with good performance and features, but also an upscale price.
Hey there, I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are taking a look at the new Sony VAIO YB. Why is this worthwhile Sony product? Take a look at because it's one of the first laptop that we've seen with AMD new fusion platform. That's a combination of a CPU and a GPU graphics chip together built into the laptop, so you don't have to get a CPU and then separate dedicated video card to get this an HD video playback or basic gaming. We've seen a few other AMD fusion laptops usually in this 11-inch size HPs Pavilion DM1 is very notable one. This is the Sony version, so looks little nicer, also cost a little more. You get essentially the same performance out of this guy as you would on of that HP DM1, which we also like a lot, but the HP 450 buck; this guy is 599. For that, you will get a little bit more RAM; that's 4G in this model, larger hard drive, 500GB hard drive in there, but you really think for build quality which is excellent and of course the design, the Sony always has great design. I like their island-style keyboard a lot. A couple of the keys do get short change, however. Take a look the shift button over here on the right side is very tiny. The tab is also little bit small, made touch typing a little bit difficult. I like the large touch pad with a separate button, but you know the 2-finger scrolling gestures that every laptop has now seems really want on this side a really hard time going up and down along with pages and documents. The screen is 11.6 inches, 1366 x 768 resolution, that's what you're gonna find pretty much every laptop between 11 even all the way up to 15 inches these days. That's fairly standard, and of course, you get some of the extras you'd expect to find on a slightly pricier ultra portable like this like Bluetooth and getting HDMI output. Of course, being a Sony laptop, designed to SD card slot. You'll get a memory stick slot just in care you're one of those guys using a memory stick. If you wanna save a little bit of money, you could definitely get an AMD Fusion system For about 100 to 150 dollars just like that HP DM1 we mentioned a couple of times. This guy is a little bit pricier, but certainly looks nicer. You get some hard drive space. I'm Dan Ackerman. That is the Sony VAIO YB.