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Sony Vaio YB review: Sony Vaio YB

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The Good Performance and price is excellent. High quality screen.

The Bad Build quality is lower than usual for Sony. Please sir, may I have more RAM?.

The Bottom Line If you've got modest needs (portability but still able to get things done), Sony's Vaio YB will fit your life perfectly.

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8.5 Overall

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The netbook is dead, long live the netbook!

Or at least something like that, as far as AMD is concerned. Sony's Vaio YB is the vanguard of the chip designer's attempt to wrest control of the cheap and cheerful market from Intel, keeping things affordable while giving us higher resolution, larger screens, and more comfortable keyboards and screens.

The 11.6-inch, 1366x768 screen of the Vaio YB certainly gives us this. While the chassis looks and feels much cheaper than we're used to with Sony, and the mouse buttons clack noisily, at AU$749 there's little room to complain.

It's generously featured for the price too, with VGA and HDMI out, three USB ports, gigabit Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n, headphone and microphone jacks, and SD and Memory Stick readers.

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