Sony Vaio VPCM11M1E/W
Average of 7 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPCM11M1E/W
A White Dilemma. Sony's 10 incher leaves our reviewers with mixed feelings. A modest battery life and high system noise on the one side, but an excellent display on the other. Will Sony's littlest one be able to escape its misery?
Source: It Pro Archive.org version
At an average price of £299 (inc VAT), this netbook is not too shabby. It is aesthetically very pleasing, has great connectivity and a fairly standard, but adequate chip set. However, the lack of battery life, inability to upgrade memory and misty eyed screen were a real dampener and we do believe there is better out there for your hard earned cash at a similar price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: Computing Archive.org version
Sony's M-Series looks great and has an excellent display and webcam, but it narrowly misses the mark. While it offers good value for money for a premium netbook, other 10.1in models offer just that little bit more at a similar price point. Samsung's NB30, Asus' EEC PC, Toshiba's brilliant NB305 and even MSI's U160 all fare slightly better. Of course, what you won't get if you opt for something else is the pleasure of owning a Sony Vaio.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Reg Hardware Archive.org version
The combination of a specification at the top end of the scale with Bluetooth and 802.11n wireless included, a price on the right side of £300, an attractive design and peripheral features usually found on more grown up laptops should have made the Vaio M strong competition for the slightly more expensive Samsung N220. However, the Vaio M's failings are just too many and too glaring to overlook. As it stands Sony's first attempt at a bog standard netbook is a decent enough effort hampered by a poor keyboard, weak battery and, evidently, no option to upgrade its 1GB Ram.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 40% display: 96% mobility: 91% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 76% emissions: 85%
Source: Stiftung Warentest - 8/10
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 75% display: 84% mobility: 83% ergonomy: 78% emissions: 90%
Source: Onlinekosten.de DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3150: Integrated (shared memory) graphics card in the intel Atom N4xx CPUs. Minimally faster than an old GMA 950 and therefore not suited for 3D games or HD videos (only MPEG2 acceleration).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Intel Atom CPU for Netbooks with integrated memory controller and GMA 3150 GPU. The performance of the system should be only minimally faster than the previous Atom N280 / GMA 950 combination.» 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.
70.57%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.