Sony VAIO S (VPCSB16FG)
MRP: Rs 56,990
Sony VAIO S Series of laptops has always catered to the student and business segment, but with a touch of style and elegance. The latest generation in this series comes with Sandy Bridge processors from Intel, to make things even more interesting. Naturally, it is expected to be more energy-efficient and powerful, thus having better performance and a longer battery life. We have the latest Sony VAIO S 13.3" laptop with us. Let us see if it is really better than its predecessor.
Design and Features
The new Sony VAIO S no longer sports the thick and curvy plastic casing of the previous generation, but instead goes at least half way in the direction of the VAIO Z in terms of design. It instead comes with a black magnesium-reinforced chassis and keyboard rest made of a single aluminium sheet, which gives it a classy look as well as ruggedness and adequate protection against wear and tear. Weighing just 1.69 kg and with a thickness of just 24 mm, this truly portable enough to carry anywhere. The overall build quality is good, though it did seem flimsy at times, such as when you try to lift the laptop by holding on its left side and the optical drive door cover comes off.
The Chiclet-type keyboard is just the right size for a laptop and is comfortable to use for long working hours. There is enough play to give you just the right amount of tactile feedback. There is no separate keypad, but this is not expected in this size range. Function keys double up to take care of multimedia and shortcut functions. Moreover, the keyboard is backlit with ambient light sensor, which automatically lights it up when it senses a dimly lit environment. This allows you to use it in dark environments such as in your car or in the airplane. The multi-touch touchpad is sufficiently large for comfortable use, while the buttons below it are uncomfortably hard to press and certainly seemed out of place where everything else is so ergonomically designed. Two tiny slits present on the left and right near the top are the openings for speakers beneath.