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VAIO SX14, i7-1165G7Processor: Intel Core i5 i5-8265U, Intel Core i7 i7-8565U, Intel Tiger Lake i5-1155G7, Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 12.50 inch, 14.00 inch
Weight: 0.894kg, 1.008kg, 1.12kg
Price: 2000 euro
Average Score: 70.77% - average
Average of 20 scores (from 22 reviews)
price: 66%, performance: 85%, features: 72%, display: 79%, mobility: 77%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 87%

 

VAIO SX14

The Vaio SX14 is a business laptop with great portability. Users can take business productivity to the next level with more power, bigger display, expanded connectivity and legendary durability. The laptop comes in four colors: black, brown, silver, and red; the last is a premium color that will only be available for a period of time. Delivering performance is the even more powerful 8th generation Whiskey Lake Intel i7-8565U Processor 1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.60 GHz, 8 MB Cache enhanced with VAIO TruePerformance. The processor is paired with 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD and Intel UHD Graphics 620. Combined together, they deliver top notch performance and storage. However, the period during which maximum performance can be maintained is limited by power consumption and temperature, and the performance will degrade. "VAIO TruePerformance" is a technology designed to maintain higher performance for a longer period of time by increasing CPU power limits and more efficiently eliminating heat. Not only will users be able to view more with a thin bezel 14-inch display, the VAIO SX14 just made viewing their work more vibrant with an available 4K Ultra High Definition display. The display is able to deliver remarkable detail and rich color, refined to the very core of design. This display is sure to impress in a presentation, ideal for business purposes. Through the utilization of UD carbon fiber and strategic reinforcing rib placements, this laptop still features the legendary durability users would expect from VAIO. Normally a larger screen equals more weight. However the VAIO SX14 chassis is 30 % lighter than previous models, at 1.5 cm (0.59 inch) tall and only 1.05 kg (2.32 lbs). To guarantee precision and maintain exacting standards, every new VAIO SX14 is completed at VAIO headquarters in Nagano, Japan. Users can instantly login to their VAIO SX14 with the new fingerprint reader. It has exceptional security to prevent malicious intent. With a USB Type-C port, three USB ports, an HDMI port, a VGA connector and LAN connection, there will never be a need to carry external adapters again. As for battery, the company claims that it can deliver up to 6 hours of battery life. As a conclusion, the Vaio SX14 is a laptop with great portability. It is slim and attractive to look at, as well as great in performance. It is built for business users who works on the go. Users can adjust the hardware specifications according to their own needs and budget but budget is not really an option for this laptop as it is made to be more expensive than the others. Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Specifications

VAIO SX14Notebook: VAIO SX14
Processor: Intel Core i5 i5-8265U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 14.00 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.008kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: VAIO homepage
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Average Score: 70% - average

Average of 12 scores (from 14 reviews)

 

85.4% Vaio SX14 (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Vaio is back! After a few years in which the former Sony PC business operated almost solely on the Japanese market, the well known PC brand returns to Western markets. The new Vaio SX14 tries to impress business & office-users with its lightweight, almost bezel-less design and its great port selection. | Update, 30.04.2019
70% Vaio SX14 review: No longer Sony, no longer magic?
Source: Pocket Lint English
Vaio has returned to laptops after a half-decade absence, and this return is a bit of a head-scratcher. It’s very light and pretty powerful, but the battery life is too short for a design this portable. And it costs a packet. If you want a “serious” portable laptop, Lenovo’s and Dell’s alternatives are better.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Vaio SX14 review: No longer Sony, no longer magic?
Source: Pocket Lint English
Vaio has returned to laptops after a half-decade absence, and this return is a bit of a head-scratcher. It’s very light and pretty powerful, but the battery life is too short for a design this portable. And it costs a packet. If you want a “serious” portable laptop, Lenovo’s and Dell’s alternatives are better.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Vaio SX14 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The SX14 is as attractive as any ultrabook on the market, both aesthetically and for its portability. Combine that sleek design with a gorgeous 4K display, fast performance and a comfortable keyboard, and the Vaio name has our attention once again. But it's the crazy assortment of ports on the SX14's tiny chassis that leaves us bewildered yet impressed.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Vaio SX14 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The SX14 is as attractive as any ultrabook on the market, both aesthetically and for its portability. Combine that sleek design with a gorgeous 4K display, fast performance and a comfortable keyboard, and the Vaio name has our attention once again. But it's the crazy assortment of ports on the SX14's tiny chassis that leaves us bewildered yet impressed.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Vaio SX14 review: A shadow of its former self
Source: It Pro English
Seeing the once-beloved Vaio brand back on our desk is a gratifying hit of nostalgia, but it’s not the showstopper it once was. A high price and disappointing screen and battery life leave it lacking against higher-quality rivals.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Vaio SX14 review: A shadow of its former self
Source: It Pro English
Seeing the once-beloved Vaio brand back on our desk is a gratifying hit of nostalgia, but it’s not the showstopper it once was. A high price and disappointing screen and battery life leave it lacking against higher-quality rivals.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Vaio SX14 review
Source: Tech Advisor English
If you're looking for an extremely lightweight laptops that doesn't scrimp on ports then the Vaio SX14 fits the bill. However, this has tough competition and the high asking price combined with shorter battery life and a poor trackpad means that it's not all plain sailing.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Vaio SX14 review
Source: Tech Advisor English
If you're looking for an extremely lightweight laptops that doesn't scrimp on ports then the Vaio SX14 fits the bill. However, this has tough competition and the high asking price combined with shorter battery life and a poor trackpad means that it's not all plain sailing.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
VAIO SX14
Source: PC Mag English
With its 14-inch display (rather than the typical 13.3-inch screen) and blazing red chassis, the VAIO SX14 stands out from other ultraportables, but this 2.3-pounder could use a few more hours of battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/23/2019
VAIO SX14
Source: PC Mag English
With its 14-inch display (rather than the typical 13.3-inch screen) and blazing red chassis, the VAIO SX14 stands out from other ultraportables, but this 2.3-pounder could use a few more hours of battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/23/2019
70% VAIO SX14 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
VAIO’s return is welcome, and the SX14 has plenty to like; it’s good-looking and light, with a good screen and keyboard on the outside and decent components and connectivity throughout. However, rivals do have better screens, superior battery life and sometimes more computing power too – and the VAIO’s competition is always cheaper. This isn’t a bad machine, but it needs to be better.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/17/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% VAIO SX14 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
VAIO’s return is welcome, and the SX14 has plenty to like; it’s good-looking and light, with a good screen and keyboard on the outside and decent components and connectivity throughout. However, rivals do have better screens, superior battery life and sometimes more computing power too – and the VAIO’s competition is always cheaper. This isn’t a bad machine, but it needs to be better.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/17/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

80% Vaio SX14 [TEST]: Stærkt comeback fra Vaio
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/01/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100%
80% Vaio SX14 [TEST]: Stærkt comeback fra Vaio
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/01/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100%

 

VAIO SX12-VJS121X0211A

Specifications

VAIO SX12-VJS121X0211ANotebook: VAIO SX12-VJS121X0211A
Processor: Intel Core i7 i7-8565U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 12.50 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 0.894kg
Links: VAIO homepage
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Average Score: 68.33% - average

Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

65% The Vaio SX12 offers too little for too much
Source: The Verge English
But the awful touchpad, the cramped display, and lack of a Thunderbolt 3 port that could help alleviate those problems are deal-breakers for me. The SX12 did everything I needed it to, but it wasn’t fun to use. I might tolerate that in a sub-$1,000 notebook, but at $1,600, you shouldn’t have to make those compromises.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/28/2020
Rating: Total score: 65%
70% VAIO SX12
Source: PC Mag English
One of the smallest and lightest laptops you can buy, the VAIO SX12 is a finely crafted 12.5-inch ultraportable with great connectivity, but one or two ergonomic gotchas.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Vaio SX12 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Vaio SX12 is a stylish ultraportable business laptop with fast performance, but its small touchpad is hard to use and battery life is short.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/07/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

VAIO SX14 VJS144X0711S

Specifications

VAIO SX14 VJS144X0711SNotebook: VAIO SX14 VJS144X0711S
Processor: Intel Tiger Lake i5-1155G7
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Xe G7 80EUs
Display: 14.00 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.12kg
Links: VAIO homepage
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Average Score: 75% - good

Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

75% Vaio SX14 notebook review: Uniquely Japanese
Source: Hardware Zone English
However, these are not deal-breakers by any means. No, the biggest issue is its price. With prices starting at a dollar under three grand, the SX14 is easily one of the priciest notebooks in its class. And apart from its rather good connectivity and incredible weight, there’s little else to justify its premium. Performance and battery life are decent but not exceptional, the screen is only Full-HD and non-touch, and while connectivity is mostly good, there’s no SD card reader. Made in Japan quality? Sure, the notebook feels nicely put together, and it is really thin and light, but the same can also be said for many other notebooks that are made elsewhere. And with lots of excellent choices at and around the S$2,000 to S$2,500 price range, it’s hard to say that this notebook offers value for money. In the end, while the Vaio SX14 is competent in many aspects, its high price will likely deter most notebook shoppers. Still, it will find fans among diehard Japanophiles and users who absolutely need a thin and super light notebook with all the connectivity options that the SX14 offers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2022
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 70% performance: 85% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
75% Vaio SX14 notebook review: Uniquely Japanese
Source: Hardware Zone English
However, these are not deal-breakers by any means. No, the biggest issue is its price. With prices starting at a dollar under three grand, the SX14 is easily one of the priciest notebooks in its class. And apart from its rather good connectivity and incredible weight, there’s little else to justify its premium. Performance and battery life are decent but not exceptional, the screen is only Full-HD and non-touch, and while connectivity is mostly good, there’s no SD card reader. Made in Japan quality? Sure, the notebook feels nicely put together, and it is really thin and light, but the same can also be said for many other notebooks that are made elsewhere. And with lots of excellent choices at and around the S$2,000 to S$2,500 price range, it’s hard to say that this notebook offers value for money. In the end, while the Vaio SX14 is competent in many aspects, its high price will likely deter most notebook shoppers. Still, it will find fans among diehard Japanophiles and users who absolutely need a thin and super light notebook with all the connectivity options that the SX14 offers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/12/2021
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 70% performance: 85% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
2022 Vaio SX14 Review
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
The 2022 redesign of the Vaio SX14 premium 14” business Ultrabook addresses the improvements we wished for in previous models. The carbon fiber chassis is rigid yet extremely light and as ever there’s a great selection of ports including 2 Thunderbolt 4, USB-A, HDMI and even Ethernet. The laptop has a Sharp brand IPS display supporting pen and touch (non-touch also available), has an enlarged trackpad, and ships with Windows 11. It’s available with Intel 11th gen Core i5 and i7 CPUs, has a fast PCIe4 SSD, presence detection and a Windows Hello IR camera plus fingerprint scanner and it’s available in some stunning colors like our white with a stainless steel look interior.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/02/2021
75% Vaio SX14 notebook review: Uniquely Japanese
Source: Hardware Zone English
Perhaps it’s because the Vaio SX14 comes from Japan, but it really is a rather unusual notebook. The design is highly functional. It’s thin and light but sacrifices little in terms of connectivity. I can’t think of another notebook in its class that has USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, and even a proper Gigabit Ethernet port. Build quality is high and the notebook incorporates some nice touches such as the hinge mechanism that props the notebook up, a large keyboard, and a physical privacy shutter that covers the camera when its not in used. But it’s also quirky in many ways. The large vents on the side is a bit of an eyesore, plus it expels a lot of hot air which heats up the area to the left of the notebook substantially. Also, the bezel above the display is large, the power button has a bright green LED indicator, and the trackpad is non-clickable. However, these are not deal-breakers by any means. No, the biggest issue is its price. With prices starting at a dollar under three grand, the SX14 is easily one of the priciest notebooks in its class.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/30/2021
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 70% performance: 85% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%

 

VAIO SX14, i7-1165G7

Specifications

VAIO SX14, i7-1165G7Notebook: VAIO SX14, i7-1165G7
Processor: Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Display: 14.00 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.12kg
Links: VAIO homepage
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Average Score: 60% - poor

Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

60% Vaio SX14 (2021) review: Swing and a miss
Source: Laptop Mag English
If there’s anything the Vaio SX14 (2021) has taught me, it’s that power isn’t the deciding factor of a laptop. While the Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU and 32GB of RAM wipe the floor with other highly rated laptops on our list of best 14-inch laptops, it comes at the detriment of the overall design and functionality. If the SX14 came with a decent keyboard, better display, and audio I didn’t want to mute, Vaio would be more of a respected competitor in the laptop field — the price tag would also make a lot more sense. While our list of the best 14-inch laptops don’t have the same impressive specs, they still churn out the power and battery life needed for any professional to be happy with. Plus, much like the HP Spectre x360 14 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9), their design has been fine-tuned to get you through the working day comfortably, and they come at a much more affordable price. Vaio has made some admirable updates to its SX14, including its variety of ports, but there are still a few dents to hammer out before playing with the big leagues.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2022
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

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VAIO:


Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.

Intel Iris Xe G7 80EUs: Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake G7 SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 80 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model. The Tiger Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel.

Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake G4 SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 96 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model. The Tiger Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i5:

i5-8265U: Whiskey Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Kaby Lake but produced in a further improved 14nm++ process). The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.9 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

i7-8565U: Whiskey Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Kaby Lake but produced in a further improved 14nm++ process). The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4.6 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.

Intel Tiger Lake:

i5-1155G7: Tiger Lake based low power quad-core processor for thin and light laptops. Clocks from 1 GHz (12W) to 2.5 GHz (28W) base speed and up to 4.5 GHz (one core with Turbo Boost). Produced in 10nm+ at Intel.

i7-1165G7: An upper mid-range, quad-core processor of Tiger Lake product family. The i7 is designed for use in ultra-light (yet actively cooled) laptops; it is manufactured on Intel's second-gen 10 nm process marketed as SuperFin. The CPU cores run at 2.8 GHz (base clock speed @ 28 W TDP) to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost frequency). This i7 features the 96 EU Intel Iris Xe G7 iGPU; it was the second-fastest CPU of TGL-UP3 line-up when Intel initially launched the series in 2020.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


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


0.894 kg:

Mainly, bigger-sized tablets and convertibles weigh as much.

1.12 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.


70.77%: 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.

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