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Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S


Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S
Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S (Vaio VPC-Y Series)
AMD E-350 2 x 1.6 GHz, Zacate
Graphics adapter
11.60 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, glossy: yes
1.5 kg ( = 52.91 oz / 3.31 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
700 Euro



Average Score: 65% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 70%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 80%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S

Sony Vaio Y Series Review: Proving Fusion's Potential
Source: PC Perspective English version
The underside of the Sony Vaio Y reveals a single access panel that covers both the hard drive and the RAM. It is secured by three screws and then snaps out. The force required to remove the panel, along with the thinness of the plastic it’s made out of, made this an uncomfortable process. Once uncovered, however, the hard drive and RAM are easily accessible.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/22/2011
Review: Sony Vaio YB
Source: ITNews Australia English version
One thing that we wish Sony had done was slap more memory into the Vaio YB. While 2GB is pretty standard for netbooks, the GPU part of the E-350 eats up 400MB right off the bat. Bumping the RAM up to 3 or 4GB would just give that little bit of extra buffer so memory didn't become an issue when running heavy loads. Overall though, it is a minor qualm over a product that generally exceeds our expectations.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/11/2011
60% Sony VAIO VPC-YB15KXS 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English version
Sony's VAIO VPC-YB15KX/S offers a more powerful alternative to those looking at a netbook with the ability to handle multitasking and high definition video. The problem is HP's Pavilion dm1z which provides similarly performance and features but at a lower price tag and with longer battery life. So unless you need a larger hard drive, HP provides the better overall value.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
50% Sony VAIO Y Series (VPCYB15KX)
Source: PC World India English version
If it were just more useable, I'd have an easier time recommending the Y Series laptop, even at the somewhat steep price of $600. But it's a big stretch to ask that much for a laptop with a keyboard that makes typing difficult, a really small touchpad, and a standard-definition Webcam.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/03/2011
Rating: Total score: 50%
Sony Vaio YB review – an affordable AMD powered Vaio, with ups and downs
Source: Netbooklive English version
If you want a Sony Vaio for your everyday tasks and some multimedia use, this is the one for you, especially if you are on a budget and crave for a light and compact laptop. However, if you’re looking for the best 11.6 inch device around 500-600 bucks, I’m afraid this is not the one, as other notebooks manage to outbeat it in terms of finish quality , ergonomics (keyboard and trackpad) and especially battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/03/2011
80% Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S
Source: Techreview Source English version
The AMD Fusion chip in this computer does outperform standard integrated graphics that 99% of all other similar laptops have. While it might not be the fastest chip out there, especially compared to some other more "powerful" laptops available, it's light years better than the Intel Atom chip you'll find in netbooks. For multitasking and productivity use, you'll find the Sony VAIO VPC-YB15KX/S delivers an excellent experience. Playing today's 3D games is even possible with this laptop, but expect to turn down the settings to get a playable experience. For battery life, we got between 4-5 hours of battery life, which is either on par or above average for other similar ultraportables.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S
Source: CNet English version
One of the surprise laptop stars of 2011 has been AMD's new Fusion platform, combining a CPU and GPU on a single chip, and providing a low-cost and decent performance upgrade to Intel's Atom platform. Sony ditches the Netbook for this more upscale AMD-powered ultraportable, with good performance and features, but also an upscale price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% mobility: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Sony Vaio YB im Test
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN version
compact and lightweight, low battery runtime and deficient keyboard
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/27/2011


AMD Radeon HD 6310: Integrated graphics card in the Zacate netbook processors (e.g. E-350 and E-240) featuring an UVD3 video decoder and no dedicated memory.

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.

E-350: Dual Core low power processor with an integrated graphics cards. The processor is on a level with Celeron SU2300 (1.2 GHz) and the GPU part about as fast as an Nvidia ION (2).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This is a standard display format for tablet computers or small convertibles. You see more on the screen than on a smartphone but you can't use big resolutions well. On the other hand, mobility is not a problem.

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

Sony: Sony Corporation is one of the largest Japanese electronics companies. The company was founded in 1946 under a different name and initially produced rice stoves. The company launched the first transistor radio. In 1958, the company was renamed Sony. Sony is a combination of the Latin word sonus (sound) and the English word sonny (little boy). Today, its core business is consumer electronics. The company is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of electronic equipment, instruments, devices, game consoles and software. Sony operates in the following segments: Gaming and Network Services, Music, Images, Home Entertainment and Sound, Imaging Products and Solutions, Mobile Communications, Semiconductors, Financial Services and Others.

65%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2011-02-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)