PROS / The Sony Vaio S Series gives you the option to upgrade to an i7 processor with speeds up to 3.6GHz.
CONS / At three to five hours, the battery life is among the lower tier of laptops.
VERDICT / This Sony laptop computer is lightweight and portable with good screen resolution and solid processing speed.
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The Sony Vaio S Series laptop computer is fully customizable. You can build your laptop to your specific needs so you don’t overpay for stuff you will never use. You have the option to go with the 2.5GHz Intel i5 processor with turbo boosts up to 3.1GHz, or you can go for the gusto and upgrade to the i7 processor that can get up to 3.6GHz of processor speed. Regardless, you will be able to notice the speed of this computer’s processor.
This mini laptop offers 6GB of memory at base level. You have the option to upgrade your memory all the way up to 12GB. Even with the base model Vaio S, you are going to get 500GB of hard drive storage, which you can upgrade up to 1TB with an HDD. You have the option to have a 512GB SDD, but the SDD is a little pricier.
This laptop is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics card. This middle to low-end card works well with videos and games that aren't very resource intensive. This graphics card is still an upgrade from most basic integrated graphics cards you will find in base models of laptops, which are really only good for watching movies and streaming your webcam video.
The Sony Vaio S Series offers you screen resolution that is comparable to our top-ranked products. The graphics card is simple, but with a high-definition screen, colors are vibrant and the contrast is electric. The 1920 x 1080 screen makes videos and graphics look how they're supposed to look.
Another benefit of using the Sony Vaio S Series laptop is the extensive feature set this computing device offers. All of your basic computing features are included on this device, such as a memory card slot, Wi-Fi, HDMI, Bluetooth capabilities, along with a USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports.
There is a built-in HD webcam on this laptop along with a microphone for chatting with friends and family. Another standout feature on this device is its ability to become a mobile hotspot. This laptop features Sony’s Share My Connection technology, which allows you to turn a 3G connection into a Wi-Fi connection and connect up to five other Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet.
The small and sleek design of the Sony Vaio S is one of this computer’s standout features. The lightweight, compact design makes this computing device enjoyable to carry throughout your day. This laptop gets approximately four to five hours of battery life, which ranks below the best laptops we reviewed.
Sony receives full marks for its exceptional customer service. The Sony Vaio S Series includes a one-year warranty in case any problems occur with the device. And if any questions or issues arise, you can contact a customer service representative through email, phone or live chat support.
The Sony Vaio S Series is perfect for video editing, video watching, surfing the web or even building your own website. The quick processor and mid-level graphics chip make this a reliable laptop.