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Sony Vaio Y series (VPCY21S1E) review: Sony Vaio Y series (VPCY21S1E)

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The Good Attractive design;. Good battery life;. Excellent keyboard and screen;. Good range of ports.

The Bad Poor 3D performance;. CPU isn't the fastest.

The Bottom Line Its performance may not be top-notch, but the 13.3-inch Sony Vaio VPCY21S1E is still a hugely likeable machine thanks to its impressive battery life, slick design and great keyboard and screen.

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Looking for a laptop to use on the move, but want one that's available in more than just business black? Sony may have the answer with its thin and light Vaio VPCY21S1E, which comes in a range of colours including blue, pink and silver. It won't break the bank, either, at just £650.

Singing the blues

Sony can usually be counted on to add a touch of style to its laptops, and that's certainly the case here. This is a beautiful machine that's not only small and light, but also manages to feel impressively sturdy for an ultra-portable. We had the blue version, which actually looked more teal-coloured to our eyes, but it certainly makes a refreshing change from the glossy black or grey finish you get on most of today's laptops. There are some neat design touches, too, including the slightly cut-away corners at the front and the chunky circular screen hinges.

The VPCY21S1E has a great keyboard and excellent multi-touch trackpad.

All the recent Sony laptops we've seen feature keyboards with an isolated design, and this model continues the trend. The layout is excellent and the slightly smaller function keys are the only compromise that has been made in terms of size. The keys have a good amount of travel, too. This, combined with the generous space between each key, makes it very easy to touch-type at speed without accidentally hammering adjacent keys.

Room to move

We also like the roomy touchpad -- its matte finish allows your finger to easily glide across the surface. The two elongated trackpad buttons are also pleasingly responsive. As with many of today's laptops, the trackpad supports multi-touch, so you can use gestures like pinch-to-zoom in applications such as Windows Photo Viewer.

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