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Sony VAIO Y Series (VPC-Y11M1E/S) - 13.3in Laptop - Performance, Battery Life & Verdict

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Consumers are increasingly spoilt for choice for affordable, ultra-portable laptops and we've reviewed plenty of good ones of late. Considering its components are virtually identical to those found in the Toshiba Satellite Pro T130-15F, it's no surprise to see that the Sony performs very similarly in our tests. Both of these Intel-based laptops consistently outperform the AMD Athlon-toting HP Pavilion dm3-1020ea, but the difference isn't so large as to make the HP inadequate.

Particularly as the tables are turned where gaming is concerned. Though the ATI graphics in the HP still struggle somewhat in our Trackmania Nations test, it comfortably outperforms the Sony and the Toshiba who are both hamstrung by their Intel integrated graphics. Unless your idea of gaming is Farmville or the occasional flash game, you can forget about playing games on the Y Series.

This isn't really a problem, though, as these kinds of systems are all about longevity. Here the Y11 really shines. Its 5,000mAh (54 Watt-hour) capacity battery gets awfully close to Sony's nine-hour claims: in our semi-intensive Productivity test it lasted an impressive 519 minutes (8hrs, 39mins).

There's very little that can touch this VAIO's longevity at its price point, though it's worth keeping in mind that the screen's brightness (at 40 per cent) is just slightly lower than some laptops. Its battery life is stunning regardless, though, making it ideal for anyone who needs all-day computing but doesn't want to break the bank for it.

In summary, then, the Y Series fulfils almost all the requirements of an excellent portable laptop. Not only does it have stylish looks, it's also got a decent and fairly comprehensive specification and some of the best battery life we've seen in this segment. Only the lack of an optical drive will put people off, but if you can live without one - or don't mind buying one separately - then this is a great option.


Anyone who wants an affordable and portable laptop should look into the Sony VAIO Y11M1E/S. It's attractive, good to use, excellent value and offers incredible battery life, which just goes to prove Sony can make portable laptops for any budget.


April 30, 2010, 7:28 pm

Just being ignorant, but when is multitouch useful?

Lee Moorhouse

April 30, 2010, 8:07 pm

Not sure if it applies with WIN7, but with OSX using two fingers to scroll websites etc is essential.


April 30, 2010, 8:25 pm

@HK:Just being ignorant, but when is multitouch useful?

It's one of those features you have to use to really appreciate it. As an example, when scrolling web documents use 2 fingers to push up & down, works really natural when your used to it. Pinch Zoom is another classic example. There are other example too. From a productivity point of view it means you can do more thing without having to move away from the touchpad.


April 30, 2010, 9:19 pm

Is the keyboard damaged in the top left corner? You can see it bow inwards.

Is it a build quality issue or just heavy handed testing? :D


April 30, 2010, 10:22 pm

What Keith said.


April 30, 2010, 10:27 pm

Wow, I just zoomed in and out with my mouse (I've a Sony E series with Windows 7). Nah sorry, wasn't too exciting. I suppose it's nice to have, but it hardly seems that essential. As for the scrolling thing, not sure I understand how you need two fingers for that, swipe up, swipe down, why two fingers? (Not giving two fingers to Mac users tempted as I am sometimes :-P)

I can see how it'd be more useful on an iPhone/iPad where it's a touchscreen device, seems a bit unnecessary for a mouse though.


April 30, 2010, 10:46 pm

on OSX you can do some pretty amazing stuff using multi-touch using Better Touch Tool.


e.g. on a browser you can can switch, close, open, reopen tabs, zoom, scroll, reload, open the sidebar, history bar, middle click links, switch to fullscreen, copy and delete, all by assigning keyboard shortcuts to gestures and corners of the trackpad...


April 30, 2010, 11:41 pm


Awesome - I'll check that out. I'm still annoyed that Safari still hasn't integrated the three finger top-bottom page gesture that Firefox has. Really handy.


May 1, 2010, 4:33 am

@HK: As for the scrolling thing, not sure I understand how you need two fingers for that, swipe up, swipe down, why two fingers?

Well if you use 1 finger it would be interpreted as a mouse move, not a mouse scroll. I used to have an old Sony Viao were the right hand side of the touchpad acted like a scrollbar, but it wasn't anyway as nice as just having to use 2 fingers anywhere on the touchpad. I must admit the pinch/zoom is something I don't really use that much on the Laptop and is more useful on the Iphone. But the 2 finger scrolling would be something I would miss. It's also not just limited to 1 or 2 fingers, on the Mac 4 fingers does something called Expose and 3 fingers back/fwd on web pages etc...


May 1, 2010, 1:56 pm

Indeed, the top left frame of the keyboard appears to be severely damaged!


May 4, 2010, 5:11 am


Sounds just like mouse gestures which have been available in Opera and Firefox for many many years.


May 4, 2010, 7:51 pm


Keitch has given a fairly good explanation. As a touchpad only offers two buttons compared to the three plus scroll-wheel on a mouse, multi-touch can help to even the difference, with features like pinch-to-zoom and two-finger flicking/scrolling being especially handy. It's a nice extra rather than essential, but is pretty much standard these days.

@Mik3yB and HH:

This review sample had been around quite a bit before coming to us, and what you see is indeed some damage to the keyboard area. Considering overall build quality was solid, I doubt this is an issue the average consumer will come across under normal conditions.


May 4, 2010, 8:10 pm


I used FireGestures on Firefox for years, but the point about BetterTouchTool is that it works with all apps, not just browsers. So for example on Word, I can pinch to zoom, paste, cut/copy/paste undo/redo, switch views, open/close the formatting palette all with the touchpad. Basically any function in an app for which you can set a keyboard shortcut (as mac keyboard preferences let you do this when the app doesn't). It also allows you to use other system-wide functions like changing volume/screen brightness/putting the computer to sleep, resizing windows etc. It's a big time-saver...

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