Sony Vaio SV-S13A1Z9E/S

Specifications

Sony Vaio SV-S13A1Z9E/SNotebook: Sony Vaio SV-S13A1Z9E/S (Vaio SV-S Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3520M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE 2048 MB
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: 3000 euro
Average Score: 89.33% - very good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: 59%, performance: 92%, features: 90%, display: 73% mobility: 78%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 86%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio SV-S13A1Z9E/S

87% Review Sony Vaio SV-S13A1Z9E/S Notebook | Notebookcheck
Highest end. Is money no object? If one is prepared to spend 3000 Euro ($3660 USD) on a 13.3-inch business notebook, one can certainly delight in the Sony Vaio SV-S13A1Z9E. A 512 GB SSD RAID, 12 GB RAM, and integrated LTE are merely a few of the options that the Vaio has to offer.

Foreign Reviews

90% Optimale Leistung, fehlende Perfektion
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 100% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
91% Spitzen-Notebook mit LTE-Mobilfunk
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 59% performance: 100% features: 100% display: 97% mobility: 84% ergonomy: 79%
High Society – 13-Zoll-Business-Notebook mit SSD-Raid und LTE
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2012
Rating: performance: 80% features: 90% display: 40% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%

Comment

Series:

The Sony business series laptops have always been ultrabooks even before the ultrabook concept was introduced by Intel in 2011. The new Sony Vaio SV-S series isn’t an exception. It shouts premium in every way imaginable.  The Vaio S Series keeps the familiar brushed metallic body with sharp edges from the previous models and is much lighter than what it used to be. Keep in mind though. It is still thicker and heavier than the average ultrabook out there but can be easily carried around.

There is a reason for the extra waist. The Vaio S Series comes with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTM graphics card. Its other specs can also be cranked up to the limits of a performance laptop. Being a business class laptop, the S Series is equipped with a finger print scanner. The backlit keyboard and touchpad that are close to perfection. There is also a Blu-ray drive on the right side to set it further apart from the usual ultrabook.

Although the matte screen offers very good visibility outdoors, the lack of a full-HD resolution is a huge let down as it is what you would expect to see when you are going to pay a huge price for a laptop. Apart from that, the on-board storage simply isn’t enough and it has a poor speaker quality. Its contenders in the Ultrabook category have much more to offer in terms of multimedia and are also cheaper.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE: A Slower-clocked version of the GT 640M

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


3520M: Fastest Ivy-Bridge-based Dual-Core, 2,9 - 3,6 GHz core clock» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.7 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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89.33%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Sony Vaio SV-S13126PG
Core i5 3210M
» Sony Vaio SV-S13A3Z9ES
Core i7 3540M
» Sony Vaio SVS1312R9EB
Core i5 3210M
» Sony Vaio SV-S13A190X
Core i5 3210M

Devices with the same GPU

» Acer Aspire V3-571G-33114G75Makk
Core i3 3110M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-S1513L1EW
Core i5 3320M, 15.6", 2 kg
» Razer Edge Pro
Core i7 3517U, 10.1", 1 kg
» Dell Inspiron 14R-5421
Core i5 3317U, 14.0", 2.5 kg
» Acer Aspire M5-481PTG-53314G12Mass
Core i5 3317U, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Dell Inspiron 14R-5420
Core i5 3317U, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-S1512S1ES
Core i5 3210M, 15.5", 2 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook NH532
Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 3 kg
» Sony Vaio SVS1511X9R
Core i7 3612QM, 15.5", 2 kg
» Sony Vaio SVS1511V9E
Core i7 3612QM, 15.5", 2 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-S1511T9EB
Core i5 3210M, 15.5", 2 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook AH532
Core i5 3210M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Acer Aspire M5-481TG-6814
Core i5 3317U, 14.0", 1.9 kg
» Sony SV-S1511X9E/B
Core i7 3612QM, 15.5", 2 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-S15113FXB
Core i5 3210M, 15.5", 2.1 kg
» Acer Aspire M5-581TG-6666
Core i5 3317U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-S1511AGXB
Core i7 3612QM, 15.5", 2 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-S1511X9E
Core i7 3612QM, 15.5", 1.9 kg
» Acer Aspire M5-481TG-73514G25Mas
Core i7 3517U, 14.0", 2 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Y480-209384U
Core i7 3610QM, 14.0", 2.2 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-08-28 (Update: 2012-08-28)