Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1ENotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E (Vaio VPC-Y Series)
Processor: Intel Pentium U5400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.694kg
Average Score: 79.86% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 59%, performance: 58%, features: 48%, display: 54% mobility: 71%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 76%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E

85% Review Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E Subnotebook | Notebookcheck
Core Refresh. Sony trades the Core 2 Duo SU7300 for a Pentium U5400, but keeps its successful concept. Integrated graphics, aluminum/magnesium case and a keyboard with a strong feedback. Will summer really be fun with the 13.3 incher?
90% Sony Vaio Y series (VPCY21S1E) review
Source: CNet English
Looking for a laptop to use on the move, but want one that's available in more than just business black? Sony may have the answer with its thin and light Vaio VPCY21S1E, which comes in a range of colours including blue, pink and silver. Its performance may not be top-notch, but the 13.3-inch Sony Vaio VPCY21S1E is still a hugely likeable machine thanks to its impressive battery life, slick design and great keyboard and screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
67% Sony VAIO Y21S1E review
Source: PC Pro English
Well built, lightweight and packed to the hilt with ports and features, this is a great ultraportable.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 33%
60% Sony VAIO VPC-Y21S1E/SI review
Source: Techradar English
We were impressed by the portability of Sony's new Y Series laptop, and it's refreshing to see an ultraportable at such an affordable price. However, the flawed build quality and subdued performance are real turn-offs, and make this a difficult laptop to recommend. If power isn't a priority, the VAIO VPCY is worth considering alongside the excellent Asus UL20A. However, if your budget can stretch to it, we highly recommend the Fujitsu Lifebook P770 or Sony VAIO VPCZ11Z9E/B, which pack a lot more power into a similarly light and compact chassis.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%

Foreign Reviews

Test: Sony Vaio Y21 - mit Arrendale-Pentium und 13,3 Zoll zum Erfolg
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2010
Rating: price: 40% performance: 40% display: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
87% Test Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2010
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 63% display: 76% mobility: 94% workmanship: 92% ergonomy: 86% emissions: 95%
80% Sony Vaio VPC-Y21S1E
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
90% Bezahlbares Subnotebook
Source: Mobile News - 3/10 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
Sony Vaio VPCY2 - stříbrný elegán
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2010
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 40% emissions: 40%
Test: Sony Vaio Y21S1E
Source: Datormagazin SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/05/2010

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

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


U5400: Entry level dual core CPU of the Arrandale series. Does not support Turbo Boost (for the CPU), Hyperthreading, Virtualization and AES. Due to the slow clock speed, the performance is only sufficient for non demanding applications.» 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.


1.694 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.

Sony reviews


79.86%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


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

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-08- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)