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Sony Vaio VPCY118GX/BI

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPCY118GX/BINotebook: Sony Vaio VPCY118GX/BI (Vaio VPC-Y Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.9kg
Price: 700 euro
Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPCY118GX/BI

80% Sony VAIO VPC-Y118GX/BI 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's VAIO Y series ultraportables may be affordable for the brand but it does cost several hundred more than the competition. What this extra money does pay for is a much more durable magnesium chassis and some peripheral ports not found on any of the competitions units. Performance is typical but the battery life is a bit below average and Sony's claims.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/24/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Sony VAIO Y Series
Source: Laptop Mag English
Sony’s first 13-inch ULV ultraportable offers a durable magnesium design, sound ergonomics, and good performance for an affordable price. Sony took its sweet time bringing its first 13-inch ULV ultraportable to market, but it was worth the wait. It offers a more durable design than the ASUS UL30A ($799) and a better touchpad than the HP Pavilion dm3 ($814 when similarly configured). But while the VAIO Y’s nearly 6.5 hours of battery life is good, both the ASUS and HP machines last over 9 hours on a charge.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%

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.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


SU7300: Slow clocked dual core processor with a low TDP of 10 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3":

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.9 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


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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75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


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

Sony Vaio VPC-Y11S1E
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-02-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)