It seems that Sony has no end of new and updated notebooks waiting in the wings. Only a matter of weeks after I looked at the cutting edge TX1XP, I now have the new VAIO S5VP sitting in front of me. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that I was reviewing the VAIO S4M, the predecessor to the machine I’m typing on right now.
The VAIO S series is like a halfway house for users that find the T Series too small to work on, but still want something small and light enough to carry around with them all day, every day. In this respect, the S5VP hits its mark perfectly, providing slightly larger dimensions than the TX1XP, while remaining light enough to sit unobtrusively in your bag. As far as weight goes, the S5VP slips under that magic 2kg bar, just, at 1.9kg. Dimensions have shrunk slightly from the outgoing S4 model, at 312.5 X 30 x 225mm (WxHxD).
I’ve always liked the shape of the VAIO S Series - it’s all sweeping curves and soft lines. The way the lid wraps itself around the chassis at the hinge side reminds me of something organic like an oyster or scallop shell. Sony has continued its stance on lid fastening with the S5VP, in that there isn’t any. Whereas most notebooks are held shut with a clip or hook, Sony has chosen to gently spring load the lid so that it holds itself shut and can be opened without the need for button pressing or switch sliding.
The lid is finished in a matt black with a mirrored VAIO logo at the centre - with most VAIOs having a silver lid, the S5VP makes a pleasant change and also creates a striking contrast when you open the lid and see the matt liver finish inside. The Screen bezel, wrist rest and keyboard surround are all matt sliver, while the keyboard itself is black.