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Sony VAIO S review:

Sony VAIO S

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Sony Vaio S Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.23
Sleep (10 percent) 0.78
Idle (25 percent) 8.49
Load (5 percent) 45.8
Raw kWh 40.55
Annual power consumption cost $4.60

Annual energy consumption cost
Dell XPS 15
$4.36 
Sony Vaio S1511AGXB
$4.60 

Midsize laptops can run the gamut from disappointing battery life to outstanding, because of the wide variety of prices, components, and battery capacities available. The Vaio S landed right in the middle of the pack, running for 4 hours and 31 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. That's acceptable, but not especially impressive. A MacBook Pro can run 2 hours or more longer, while a specialized gaming laptop may only run 2 hours total, or even less. The Vaio S is thin and light, so looking for some extra battery time for on-the-go use isn't out of the question.

The Sony Vaio S is backed by an industry-standard one-year mail-in warranty. Support is accessible 24-7 via a toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and a Web site with driver downloads. Sony's support sites are clean and easy to navigate, but upgrades can be a bit steep, running $249 for a three-year mail-in plan, or $399 for a three-year plan that includes accidental damage protection.

Sony makes great multimedia laptops, and produces one of only a handful of high-end product lines that can compete with Apple in design and marketing savvy. That said, there's a lot of competition right now in thin midsize laptops, especially from new HP and Dell systems, and the Vaio S is more expensive than many of them.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Street Fighter IV (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Native Resolution, 2X AA, V Sync Off  
Dell XPS 15
73.1 
Sony Vaio S1511AGXB
51.5 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations:

Sony Vaio S1511AGXB
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M / 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 750GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M / 128MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Maingear EX-L 15
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-3820QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 750GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch w/ Retina Display (June 2012)
OS X 10.7.4 Lion; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M + 512MB Intel HD 4000; 256GB Apple SSD

Dell XPS 15
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE / 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 750GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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