Sony Vaio SV-S13112FXB
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Reviews for the Sony Vaio SV-S13112FXB
Source: Comp Reviews Archive.org version
For those looking at a portable laptop that keeps an internal DVD burner, the Sony VAIO S is one of the few options left. It does a surprisingly good job with running times that are better than some ultrabooks which is surprisingly for a full laptop and it does offer more storage space. The downside is that it doesn't really have much more to offer that these items.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Digital Trends Archive.org version
Despite a few moderate changes to the Sony Vaio S, such as a larger touchpad and improved hardware, we’re still ambivalent about this laptop. We criticized the previous model for its flimsy display lid, so-so build quality, and small battery. All of these flaws remain. Sony really should have taken this opportunity to redesign the chassis, but they didn’t – which puts them behind the market.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 75%
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.
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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.
From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.
67.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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