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Sony Vaio VPC-SA4W9E/XI

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPC-SA4W9E/XINotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-SA4W9E/XI (Vaio VPC-SA Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2640M
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 6630M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.8kg
Price: 1400 euro
Average Score: 87% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 80%, features: 70%, display: 68% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 63%, emissions: 82%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-SA4W9E/XI

Sony Vaio VPC-SA4W9E/XI
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/22/2012
Rating: performance: 70% features: 70% display: 50% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 30%
87% Sony VAIO VPC-SA4W9E/XI
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 90% display: 85% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 82%

Comment

Series:

Sony Vaio’s VPC-SA series, which was introduced in Q2 2011, is the second addition to Sony’s S range thin-and-light notebook and the brother to the more popular business all-rounders SB series. The SA series was positioned at the middle-high price sector, between the high end Z series and the more affordable SB series. The SA series’ built quality and spec is at a higher level than the SB Series, which justifies its price, even though looks, form factor and weight are almost the same. The SA series comes with two choices of color: black and silver, though so many SA laptops on display come with black that some people didn’t even know there’s also a silver version.

At the time of its introduction, it’s one of the best subnotebooks on the market, beaten only by Sony’s high end Z Series with its thin and light size, powerful Sandy Bridge i5 or i7 CPU and dedicate middle class ATI 6630M graphic card, 1600x900 screen as well as optional blu-ray optical disk and a battery life of up to 14 hours. Other strength of the SA series includes fast SSD, matte display, docking port, TPM chips. Touch typist and office users would also love this laptop for the full size back-lit keyboard with good typing feedback. Its weaknesses include iits high noise and heat during load due to smaller case, somewhat short battery life without the $150 optional battery-slice compare to newer Ultrabook and most important of all, a narrow color spectrum, contrasts and weak viewing angles separate the SA series from premium-class notebook such as the Z series.

Even though Intel introduced many Ultrabook in 2012 as a direct competitor to Macbook Air series with focus on weight and battery life, not many of them can beat the SA series in their own game.

AMD Radeon HD 6630M: Successor of the slow clocked (low power) versions of the Mobility Radeon HD 5650 with more cores, UVD3 processor and Eyefinity+.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» 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.  


2640M: Very fast dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » 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.


1.8 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 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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87%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.


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

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-03-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)