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Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SB1V9E review

Feature-packed Sony ultraportable laptop

Sony VPC-SB1V9E review: Verdict

Sony vaio vpc sb1v9e

If you find you're regularly stuck on malfunctioning public transport, with a dire need to conduct some urgent spreadsheet analysis, then an excellent solution is an ultra-portable laptop such as a Sony VAIO VPC-SB1V9E. These slender devices pack an impressive amount of power into a tiny chassis, perfect for taking on your travels.

The VAIO VPC-SB1V9E is a competitor to the likes of Apple's MacBook Air and the upcoming Samsung 9-Series, featuring Intel Sandy Bridge technology and a host of features.

We liked

There's no denying the portability of the VAIO VPC-SB1V9E. The slender chassis measures just 30mm at its thickest point and weighs a measly 1.7kg, while the near-five hour battery life means you won't need the charger for your daily commute.

But there's no sacrifice to performance, thanks to Intel's Sandy Bridge technology. The VAIO VPC-SB1V9E can handle anything you throw at it, making this the most powerful ultra-portable laptop we've tested. A dedicated AMD Mobility Radeon HD graphics card means you can even run video editing software and other fairly intensive multimedia applications.

Usability is another highlight, with a backlit isolation-style keyboard and spacious touchpad in place. The 13.3-inch anti-glare TFT screen reduces glare yet is still satisfyingly sharp and colourful.

Finally, the feature set is fantastic. A built-in fingerprint scanner, USB 3.0 connectivity and an HDMI output are all well appreciated, while 500GB of storage is more than expected. Even better, Sony has somehow found space for a built-in DVD drive.

We dislike

Our first impression of the plain black interior was less than great – it's rather plasticky, considering the high price.

The laptop also tends to whine a little when running applications, although it's not so noisy that you'll be forced to don earphones.

Verdict

If you want a highly portable laptop that still has enough grunt to run all of your applications, as well as a DVD drive and plenty of storage space, then the Sony VAIO VPC-SB1V9E is a fantastic option.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6470, HD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyVAIO SB
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesSB
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelVPCSB1V9E/B
Product NameVAIO VPCSB1V9E/B Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineVAIO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVPCSB1V9E/B.CEK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

There's something unique about every VAIO notebook. Constantly evolving, each model in the lineup features innovative design elements and a rare blend of colors and textures that cannot be overlooked.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • VAIO VPCSB1V9E/B Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter