Sony Vaio VPC-S13V9E/B
Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-S13V9E/B
Source: IT Reviews Archive.org version
The Vaio S doesn't really do enough to stand out from the crowd. It has a great keyboard and super screen for video (though this is highly reflective), solid build and fast performance - but battery life is not brilliant and at more than £1,000 it's relatively expensive.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/15/2011
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
Although not exactly inexpensive, the Sony Vaio VPCS13V9E/B costs a good deal less than Toshiba’s Tecra M11-17W. However unless you’re into a bit of gaming on the weekend you could probably save even more money by going for a model without the nVidia graphics.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/02/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: BCW - Business Computing World Archive.org version
If environmental considerations are important to you then the fact that 85% of the plastics in the VAIO VPCS13V9E/B are made from recycled materials may well appeal. You’ll also like that the LED is mercury free. The plentiful RAM and large hard drive might make this laptop appropriate for small business users who lack networked services and carry all their data and applications with them at all times, but you’ll be stacking these factors up against a somewhat heavy build and relatively expensive price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/24/2011
Source: CNet Archive.org version
Sony reckons the Vaio VPC-S13V9E/B is equally suited to work and play, thanks to its powerful processor, integrated mobile-broadband modem and dedicated Nvidia graphics chip. The Sony Vaio VPC-S13V9E/B offers good performance and some neat features, such as an onboard mobile-broadband modem. But we're not sure this 13.3-inch laptop warrants its hefty price tag.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
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