“ Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SB1V9E/B - Core i5 2410M / 2.3 GHz - RAM 4 GB - HDD 500 GB - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - Radeon HD 6470M / HD Graphics - 3G Mobile Broadband - Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR - TPM - fingerprint reader - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - 13.3" Widescreen TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA ) - camera - black „
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After months of debating whether to bight the bullet and shed out a £1000 + for a Apple Macbook Pro, I stumbled across a gem of a laptop the Sony S Series. After receiving mine a few weeks ago (July 2011) I could not be happier.
This laptop really is an Apple Macbook Pro beater.
The features below are some of the major similarities with the Apple Macbook Pro 13.3" £999 model and the £740 Sony S Series (notice the difference in price!)
Intel® CoreTM i5-2410M (2.30 / 2.90GHz)
LED backlit display, 4GB RAM, 320GB (5400rpm) HDD, CD/DVD player/burner, HDMITM out. USB 3.0
However the Sony S Series offers even more:
With an ability to switch from stamina to speed mode. Unlike the mac the sony offers the perfect balance between work (stamina mode) and pleasure (speed mode). Turning in speed mode boots up the AMD graphics (512MB VRAM) integrated graphics card. Running games like Fifa 2011 and Call of Duty with ease.
The S series also includes 7 hour battery life like the mac but also offers the option of an additional slim battery at another £70 booting up the battery life to 14hours the best on the market for a laptop packing this much power.
Other add ons include finger print scanner at an extra £40 and 3G at an extra £100. All the specs can also be upgraded to a very high standard at extra cost.
The Sony all comes in at a 1.55kg with the macbook weighing in at 2.04 kg.
On the other hand this could be down to one of the only disadvantages with the product with the side hinges holding up the screen feeling a little bit flimsy.
But this just does not put we off this great product. Whether or not this review will be successful in showing the Apple fans the premium they are paying, remains to be seen.
To compare the S Series with the Macbook Pro yourself here are the links:
Designed from the ground up to be at once powerful, energy efficient and highly mobile, this VAIO S Series laptop delivers Sony tech wizardry in a compact and compelling package. The 13.3" LED-backlit widescreen display on the S Series laptop offers incredibly high brightness levels. The result is amplified color and unbelievably crisp picture quality, making your photos and movies more enjoyable. Even better, all this brightness is achieved with lower power consumption for improved battery life.
Working late tonight? The backlit keyboard features LED illumination for a remarkable view of the keys. Perfect for typing in bed with the lights turned down, a pleasant glow shines through the characters themselves as well as between the keys-framing them with soft illumination that helps minimize typos.
|Product Description:||Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SB1V9E/B - 13.3" - Core i5 2410M - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD|
|Operating System:||Windows 7 Pro 64-bit|
|Processor:||Intel Core i5 2410M / 2.3 GHz ( 2.9 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache|
|Memory:||4 GB DDR3|
|Storage:||500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm|
|Optical Drive:||DVD SuperMulti DL|
|Display:||13.3" wide 1366 x 768 / HD|
|Graphics:||AMD Radeon HD 6470M / Intel HD Graphics - 512 MB|
|Networking:||802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR , Gigabit Ethernet , wireless cellular modem|
|Wireless Broadband (WWAN):||3G|
|Security:||Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||33.1 cm x 22.5 cm x 2.4 cm|
|Microsoft Office Preloaded:||Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||2 years warranty|