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Sony Vaio S Series Laptops Launched

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Sony Vaio SA Series

Sony has launched its latest ultra-portable laptop in the Vaio S Series, which will be going head-to-head with the recently released Lenovo ThinkPad X1.

The latest Sony Vaio S Series laptop is boasting a battery life of 15 hours but that is of course only when you partner it with a sheet battery - and with SSD configurations. The new SA Series comes encased in a magnesium-and-aluminum alloy and comes in burnished brown, jet black or platinum silver. Measuring only 24mm in height and weighing 1.7kg, the SA Series boasts some impressive specs. The SA model comes with Intel’s second generation Core i7 processor and combined with a AMD Radeon HD 6630 1GB Hybrid Graphics card (select models), it should provide enough grunt on the move for most users. Also included is a 13.3in display with a resolution of 1600 x 900, a 500GB HDD, fingerprint reader and Blu-ray drive. There is also the option to upgrade to a dual channel SSD, which as we said will improve battery time further. Starting at $1,350 and going up to $1,650 for an SSD-touting model, the SA Series ain’t cheap.

Sony Vaio SA Series

Also launched today is the Vaio SB series which comes at a lower price but as you’d expect also with less impressive specs. For $999 you’ll get 512MB of video RAM (compared to 1GB with the SA), a 1366 x 768 resolution display, DVD player and a Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor – though it is possible to upgrade to the more powerful i7 processor. And just in case you don’t like the classy-looking burnished brown or platinum silver of the SA series, then you can get the SB series in pink or navy.

Sony Vaio SA Series

"Users these days want a laptop that will last for hours without charging, is small and light enough to carry around with you but doesn't sacrifice any of the performance and power that you'd find in a full-sized PC," said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. "You can fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Tokyo or attend a full day of classes on just one charge with this S Series laptop when combined with the optional sheet battery."

Source: Sony Style

Soxfest

May 29, 2011, 12:47 am

Confused by this story, or by the 'launch' at least. As I understand it, the SA series is the new version of the previous Z series, and the SB series is the new version of the old S series. I bought my new SB laptop late March/early April, the day that they arrived in the Sony stores (in Manchester anyway). So I'm not sure what this launch is, or where (dollar prices suggest US).

Mine is silver with i5 Sandy Bridge and separate graphics card selectable. Battery life is good (far better than my previous Toshiba M100, which I loved) and performance seems very good too. Very strange set heat dissipation though - the main vent appears to be at the rear, which gets covered by the plastic hinge when the screen is up. Its light - not in the same league as the old Z series but still very easy to carry about - and keyboard is excellent (and backlit). It does get a bit noisy at times. Look forward to seeing a TR review - too late to influence me though!

fatbritwalking

August 27, 2011, 5:53 pm

I am currently using a Sony Vaio SA... I beg everyone not to buy the Sony Vaio SB/SA models (and remove it from your list). Let me give you some reasons;
1) The screen sucks!!! Screen bleed which I've never seen on this scale, so you have a laptop with a blu-ray player, yet you can't enjoy the movie on a poor screen.
2) The screen hinge is poorly constructed, if you open the screen to around 95deg and tilt the laptop up 20-25deg the screen falls forward about 20deg. So for all you college kids wanting to use it in bed, you cant!!
3) With a 1600x900 res you need to be able to get from one part of the screen to the other in one scroll, BUT YOU CANT!! Because the track pad sucks!!! (Why didn't they use a synaptic touchpad) and don't even get me started about the mouse pad buttons.
4) Battery does not come close to their claims of 7 hours!! More like 3 at a push and that's just wifi and browsing in Stamina mode.
5) So you think... wow I have an i7 processor, dedicated graphics card... I can play a game or two... WRONG... it works for 20-25 minutes then the machine overheats!!
6)Wanna hear the craziest thing, the Sony manual suggest you don't keep the screen open for too long... why someone may ask... well its because the vent is placed behind the screen hinge so you restrict airflow!!!
7) I remember back in the days when I built PC's, I would tell people the most important part of a PC is not what's in the case but what you use to interact, i.e. the screen, mouse and keyboard. The only redeeming feature for Sony is there keyboard but no way on par with its competition. The backlight has only one preset brightness.
8) The corners on the laptop mean if you use the keyboard you are constantly stabbing your wrist with its sharp corners (which I think some review sites state is Sony retro design)

In conclusion; I'm not a fan of apple but there's something they have got right... they understand what people need and have used COMMON SENSE designing machines (although they charge you a 50% premium for a substandard PC). TAKE A LEAF OUT OF THEIR NOTEBOOK SONY!!! SHAME ON YOU FOR LETTING YOUR STANDARDS SLIDE!!! (Trustedreview editors: I'm more than happy to write a full review with better use of English)

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