Sony VAIO Y laptop review

The new series of VAIO notebooks - the letter Y - is designed to expand the existing range of portable models. Or rather, models on the verge of portability. After all, thirteen inches is thirteen inches. Don't put it in your pocket. You need a big bag. In addition, it is a sin not to try to use CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) processors so that both the operating time is above average and the performance is sufficient for simple tasks. It turned out, it seems to me, a niche solution. Experiment. Sony VAIO Y will definitely have its own audience, I'm sure of it. Especially when the price drops.

Content:

Design, construction

They say there is a Y in black, it would be interesting to see. But we have what we have, silver modifications are delivered to Russia, moreover, only one - Sony VPCY11M1R / S. You will break your tongue if you pronounce it, you will break your head if you decide to remember - Sony loves intricate names. The laptop is for the most part well built. The lid is metal and doesn't scratch easily. Inside - plastic, under the keyboard it is textured. I must say right away that I really liked the wrist rest, this is a good find. Typing on the keyboard for a long time is convenient. The design of the hinges characteristic of the company, in the front of the case is the "tube" familiar to us since the days of the TZ series. On the one hand - a connector for connecting the power supply, on the other - a power button, a curved strip of a light indicator. Plastic inserts protect the display from touching the keyboard, some of them are masked by screws.Above the keyboard is a long perforated strip, it seems to be metal too. The lower part is made of plain black plastic. In general, VAIO is like VAIO. Moderately good, moderately beautiful, moderately simple. I think the designers were given the task of making a "working" appearance, without any frills. Which was done. Notebook dimensions are 32x326x226.5 mm, weight - 1.78 kg. As stated on the Sonystyle.ru website, the weight is with a battery and a complete DVD drive. According to my own feelings, the laptop weighs about the same and weighs just with a battery, without a drive. However, carrying Y with you does not tire. The laptop is thin enough to fit in my travel bag without difficulty. But the power supply didn't fit in there. Later we will talk more about the operating time, I will only say that this very power supply is not really needed.

I didn't like the fact that the display frame went up and down. Maybe it was done for some purpose? I liked that the battery sits firmly, firmly, there is not even a minimal backlash. As always, I liked the light indicators on the front end, they signal WiFi is on, the power supply is connected, and the hard drive is active. And in general, the design of the laptop leaves a very pleasant impression.

A very important addition. The laptop comes with a DVD drive. The advantages of such a solution are obvious - less weight, more reliable design (although this is a moot point). Cons - if suddenly you are at a meeting, and you need to (SUDDENLY) run a disk, and you forgot the drive at home, then.

So what? The last time I regretted that the laptop does not have a built-in drive, when I installed the official Windows 7 on the Sony VAIO P (I finally arrived under the program). In my MacBook Pro 17, the last time I inserted a disc was when I was installing Battlefield 2142. And one day I was looking at photos from a DVD I received at a presentation. I could have downloaded them, so it doesn't count.

And in fact, the drive in the laptop is becoming obsolete. But this is also deeply misleading. For a business audience, the presence of a DVD is one of the prerequisites when choosing. Especially in Russia. Here and there, floppy disks are still used, and this is considered normal. Considering that the Sony VAIO Y is to some extent a working machine to carry with you, and not a fashion gizmo, I'm glad that the drive was included in the kit. It does not weigh much and can always be put in a bag. The main thing is not to forget. And it is right that they took it out of the hull, for the reasons indicated above. I understand that you can object to me, saying that it is easy to forget him, leave him at work or something else. Yes, but you don't change your laptop bag once a month, do you? So put the drive in one of the pockets. To not worry about availability. You can also tie it to the bottom with tape - also an option. In our way, in German.

Display

Display diagonal - 13.3 inches, according to the information on the official website, "VAIO Display with LED technology" is used. The maximum resolution is 1366x768 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9. The maximum resolution on the external screen is 1920x1200 pixels. The impression of the display without "ah and oh!". Good for work, not great for watching movies. It's one thing when such a resolution is used on eleven-inch laptops. Another thing is when thirteen inches. The finish is glossy. but not very glossy. Not a mirror. There is glare protection, which is good.

At the minimum backlight level, the image is still perfectly visible. A good way to conserve battery life. Viewing angles vertically are not very good, horizontally they are quite normal. With black, the same story: at a certain angle, black becomes dark or light gray. But there is black in general. But white is slightly yellow.

The conclusion is simple: the display is not the same as in the Z series (big smiley). He, so to speak, is more for work than for pleasure.

Connections

On the left side are: power supply connector, Kensington lock slot, VGA output, HDMI, USB, mini-jack, microphone connector, IEEE1394. Front - slots for Memory Stick and SD memory cards. On the right - two more USB (2.0), Express Card slot, Ethernet. A complete set of everything you need. There is Bluetooth, profile 2.1 with EDR, there is Wi-Fi, a/b/g standards are supported. The presence of three USB ports is a big plus, you can connect a mouse adapter, external hard drive, 3G or WiMax modem.

Keyboard and touchpad

The branded keyboard with spaced keys, however, it is not recessed. But there are pads under the wrists, this is a very good addition. The keys are rough, slightly rattling when typing.The move is quite large, pay attention to the size of the "arrows", Enter and Shift. True, the Function key constantly gets under the finger while switching layouts, which is a little angry. Otherwise, the keyboard is good, there are no complaints about it. Above Delete there are three indicator lights, one lights up when Caps Lock is active, the second - when Num Lock is active. The keys seemed too sensitive to me, from a short press of Delete somehow you don’t expect such a reaction when several words are deleted very quickly at once.

The touchpad is quite large, including the buttons. There is support for multitouch, I liked how zoom works in the browser and other applications. If this thing exists, why not use it, right?

There are two buttons in the upper left corner - VAIO and Assist. The first launches the Media Gallery program, the second launches the VAIO Care utility.

After the first minutes of using Y, I really don’t want to connect a mouse to my laptop Mercedes-benz , keyboard leaves a good impression. It is convenient to type texts with its help, but what more could you want?

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is approximately nine hours. The battery is called the VGP-BPS21A, and the Sony VAIO Y also has a larger battery available, with a claimed battery life of about 15 hours. The power supply is the same as the Sony VAIO Z - not very big, but heavy. The plug is not illuminated.

Of course, in practice, the operating time is slightly different from the declared figures. And yet, it's impressive. I noted the time after a full charge and began to use the Sony VAIO Y for its intended purpose. I took it with me on the road. I watched the Internet in a cafe, turning off Wi-Fi, I always carry a Yota "whistle" with me, a useful thing. Then he wrote something. Well, and so on. Diligently writing down the numbers - the time of use - I did not forget that this is not a very even result. But life in general is uneven. The laptop on the test stand may behave differently than in real life. In my case, these are constant on and off, or standby mode, different backlighting, Wi-Fi on or off.

So, after a full charge, the laptop in my case worked for almost seven hours. As I said, in the "torn" mode. I think this is a very good indicator, and as a Sony VAIO Y road computer, it performs wonderfully. That is why you do not need to carry a power supply with you. Perhaps after a few cycles the battery will still swing, and the results will be even better.

Performance and operating system

Let's talk a little about the most boring and uninteresting. All these numbers should not worry real lovers of sonystyle. The main thing is that there is magic on the lid. VAIO. This already means that you can and should take it on the run. Just kidding, no matter how much I am an adherent of the brand, but I look at things with a sober look. Not everything is VAIO, where VAIO is written on the cover. Characteristics:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium CULV SU4100
  • Clock frequency: 1.3 GHz
  • Chipset: Intel® GS45 Express
  • Second and third level cache: 2 MB
  • Number of cores: 2
  • RAM: 4 GB (expandable up to 8 GB)
  • HDD capacity: 320 GB (Samsung manufacturer, 5400 rpm)
  • Video Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Webcam: 0.3 MP (VGA) - not bad, by the way
  • Bluetooth: Profile 2.1 with EDR
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g
  • Ethernet: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T

The operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) is installed, as in all Sony laptops, there is a complete set of software. Bust - is. See for yourself.

  • Solution Guide - VAIO Gate
  • Audio - MusicStation
  • Photo/Video - PMB VAIO Edition (with VAIO Creation)
  • Multimedia - Media Gallery
  • Home Network - VAIO Media Plus
  • Support - VAIO Care
  • Utilities - VAIO Transfer Support, VAIO Update, VAIO Smart network, Google Chrome browser
  • Microsoft - Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Essentials Suite
  • Office Application - Adobe® Reader® 9 Microsoft® Office 2007 Trial (60 Days Try & Buy)
  • Security and more. - McAfee Internet Security Suite (with 60 days free updates), Norton Online BackUp Trial

Branded applications are in a wavy bar that slides down when you hover over the cursor. It is located at the top of the display, as far as I understand, this thing is called VAIO Gate. There are links to MSN, Internet Explorer, Evernote (a handy program for transferring notes). There is Media Go, users of Sony Ericsson phones do not have to install software. There is also a proprietary Picture Motion Browser program, it comes with Cybershot cameras; VAIO Media Plus with proprietary cross-shaped interface helps you quickly exchange content using DLNA. We managed to connect the laptop to the PS3 without any problems and play movies, photos, music from the console. You can't say much about VAIO Care, a utility for diagnostics, troubleshooting, recovery, and so on. I think this program will help users. As always, McAfee antivirus, plus Norton Online BackUp.

Data on launching standard applications:

  • Internet Explorer starts in 15 seconds, Yandex.ru home page, Google and Yandex toolbars
  • Windows Media starts in 4 seconds
  • A 30 KB Microsoft Word document opens in 2 seconds
  • The laptop turns on and is ready to work - 1 minute 7 seconds. If you remove the installed antivirus, you can easily achieve faster startup

In a separate line about the video. I ran Pearl Harbor in 11 GB, high definition, ripped off a Blu-ray disc. The set of codecs K-lite Codec Pack and Windows Media was used. The film started in a couple of seconds, there are no problems with rewinding. When connected to a TV via HDMI, there are no questions either, everything is fine.

Standard set of phrases - enough performance for typical daily tasks. Browse sites, documents, Skype, movies, music, download and send photos. This is not a gaming machine, no one is positioning it.

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2010/image/sony-vaio-y/scr/low/scr12.jpg"/>

Heating, noise

Barely warm air exits from the left side, noise is minimal, as is heating. In a quiet room, the Sony VAIO Y doesn't get on your nerves, and you don't need a stand to work on your lap. Users of the American Sony VAIO Y complain about parasitic noise, I did not notice anything like that, there was a similar Russian version on the test. I’ll tell you right away about recording a podcast, I did it using a connected Plantronics USB headset, there are no interference, the recording is clean.

Speaker

The speakers are not powerful, they are enough to watch a movie, but if you decide to listen to music on the road, it is better to use headphones. Somehow the sound reminded me of a phone. Clear savings, but what can you do.

Conclusions

It's a good car with many pluses, the shipment for Russia has a DVD drive, which is nice. I'll try to walk through the merits of the Sony VAIO Y:

  • Nice, calm design, metal lid. I also note the pads under the wrist and the absence of glossy, dirty elements, even after heavy use, the laptop does not look sloppy.
  • While many people get annoyed by the suite of proprietary software in every VAIO, for unpretentious users (most of them) the presence of an antivirus, a pre-installed trial version of Microsoft Word, photo programs, DLNA and VAIO Care is a very good addition. The laptop from the "box" does not look naked. The VAIO Gate panel is neatly made and I didn't feel the urge to remove it. I forgot to say: in this panel, you can add or remove shortcuts yourself by simply dragging and dropping.
  • Long battery life, seven hours is not all.After a slight buildup, the operating time increased by twenty minutes. The device has been in use for almost two weeks. I really like it.
  • Good keyboard, touchpad
  • Three USB ports, HDMI, two memory card slots
  • Outdoor DVD drive
  • Sufficient for a "workhorse" performance
  • In fact, there is no heating, no noise either
  • Relatively small weight and dimensions
  • No problems with WiFi, auto-connection to home hotspot works fine

We need to talk about the cons, but we also need to understand a simple thing. The creators of Y had to balance on the edge in order to maintain the balance between price and functionality of the device. Therefore, the cons are connected precisely with a simple and understandable desire to save every cent.

I didn't like it very much:

  • Cumbersome power supply.
  • The display is not very glossy, but the viewing angles are depressing, the strange display of black and white is connected precisely with this moment. Good for work, not great for video. Although. take a CD with you to the store and try to watch a movie. Self-assessment will give you much more.
  • I would like to be able to choose between the Sony VAIO Y in silver and black. So far, only laptops are officially delivered to Russia, as in the review.
  • The frame has a backlash at the top and bottom of the display, perhaps this is a feature of the assembly, and there is no crime in this.
  • Slightly overpriced at the moment.

Against the background of its older brother, the Sony VAIO Z, this laptop was ignored by both journalists and consumers. In my opinion, absolutely in vain. The company managed to make an interesting model that differs from other good things based on CULV processors. Most importantly, this "Operation Y" does not infuriate at all. There is no gloss or some strange backlash, or crazy incredible touchpads. Universal harmony. Happiness. I wanted to change my Sony VAIO P to hell with this model and carry an almost two-kilogram laptop instead of a six-hundred-gram laptop. But on the other hand, it works for so long, and it’s just a cool working machine.

P.S. Just need a little afterword. Sales of the Sony VAIO Y are neither shaky nor rampant. Neither in Europe, nor in the US, nor in Russia has a consumer pattern been formed for such devices, because Y is a cross between netbooks and laptops. People know that a cheap netbook is needed to carry around and surf the Internet. People know that a powerful laptop is capable of solving a much wider range of tasks. Where is the Sony VAIO Y? After all, he will not behave well if you suddenly decide to process a bunch of heavy photos in Photoshop. Here all his CULV will come out, sorry for the expression. Moreover, for thirty-three thousand you can buy a fairly powerful "fifteen" from Acer or Asus. This fact cannot be discounted. If I didn’t have a laptop at all, but I would have the indicated amount on hand, I would look just at the products of these brands. More powerful and without a touch of "vintage". To make it work. Accordingly, in its incomprehensible segment Sony VAIO Y is certainly good. But I don't even know who its consumer is.

Most likely, only one modification of the laptop will remain in Russia forever, the black Y will not come to us. Keep in mind, if you buy, the DVD drive must be right in the package, check for availability without leaving the checkout.

And one more thing - if you can't live without Sony, don't forget about the new S series. The price starts from forty-two-forty-three thousand, i3-i5 processors, WiMax support. Another universe, right?

Sony VAIO Y laptop review

The new series of VAIO notebooks - the letter Y - is designed to expand the existing range of portable models. Or rather, models on the verge of portability. After all, thirteen inches is thirteen inches. Don't put it in your pocket. You need a big bag. In addition, it is a sin not to try to use CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) processors so that both the operating time is above average and the performance is sufficient for simple tasks. It turned out, it seems to me, a niche solution. Experiment. Sony VAIO Y will definitely have its own audience, I'm sure of it. Especially when the price drops.

Content:

Design, construction

They say there is a Y in black, it would be interesting to see. But we have what we have, silver modifications are delivered to Russia, moreover, only one - Sony VPCY11M1R / S. You will break your tongue if you pronounce it, you will break your head if you decide to remember - Sony loves intricate names. The laptop is for the most part well built. The lid is metal and doesn't scratch easily. Inside - plastic, under the keyboard it is textured. I must say right away that I really liked the wrist rest, this is a good find. Typing on the keyboard for a long time is convenient. The design of the hinges characteristic of the company, in the front of the case is the "tube" familiar to us since the days of the TZ series.On the one hand - a connector for connecting the power supply, on the other - a power button, a curved strip of a light indicator. Plastic inserts protect the display from touching the keyboard, some of them are masked by screws. Above the keyboard is a long perforated strip, it seems to be metal too. The lower part is made of plain black plastic. In general, VAIO is like VAIO. Moderately good, moderately beautiful, moderately simple. I think the designers were given the task of making a "working" appearance, without any frills. Which was done. Notebook dimensions are 32x326x226.5 mm, weight - 1.78 kg. As stated on the Sonystyle.ru website, the weight is with a battery and a complete DVD drive. According to my own feelings, the laptop weighs about the same and weighs just with a battery, without a drive. However, carrying Y with you does not tire. The laptop is thin enough to fit in my travel bag without difficulty. But the power supply didn't fit in there. Later we will talk more about the operating time, I will only say that this very power supply is not really needed.

I didn't like the fact that the display frame went up and down. Maybe it was done for some purpose? I liked that the battery sits firmly, firmly, there is not even a minimal backlash. As always, I liked the light indicators on the front end, they signal WiFi is on, the power supply is connected, and the hard drive is active. And in general, the design of the laptop leaves a very pleasant impression.

A very important addition. The laptop comes with a DVD drive. The advantages of such a solution are obvious - less weight, more reliable design (although this is a moot point). Cons - if suddenly you are at a meeting, and you need to (SUDDENLY) run a disk, and you forgot the drive at home, then.

So what? The last time I regretted that the laptop does not have a built-in drive, when I installed the official Windows 7 on the Sony VAIO P (I finally arrived under the program). In my MacBook Pro 17, the last time I inserted a disc was when I was installing Battlefield 2142. And one day I was looking at photos from a DVD I received at a presentation. I could have downloaded them, so it doesn't count.

And in fact, the drive in the laptop is becoming obsolete. But this is also deeply misleading. For a business audience, the presence of a DVD is one of the prerequisites when choosing. Especially in Russia. Here and there, floppy disks are still used, and this is considered normal. Considering that the Sony VAIO Y is to some extent a working machine to carry with you, and not a fashion gizmo, I'm glad that the drive was included in the kit. It does not weigh much and can always be put in a bag. The main thing is not to forget. And it is right that they took it out of the hull, for the reasons indicated above. I understand that you can object to me, saying that it is easy to forget him, leave him at work or something else. Yes, but you don't change your laptop bag once a month, do you? So put the drive in one of the pockets. To not worry about availability. You can also tie it to the bottom with tape - also an option. In our way, in German.

Display

Display diagonal - 13.3 inches, according to the information on the official website, "VAIO Display with LED technology" is used. The maximum resolution is 1366x768 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9. The maximum resolution on the external screen is 1920x1200 pixels. The impression of the display without "ah and oh!". Good for work, not great for watching movies. It's one thing when such a resolution is used on eleven-inch laptops. Another thing is when thirteen inches. The finish is glossy. but not very glossy. Not a mirror. There is glare protection, which is good.

At the minimum backlight level, the image is still perfectly visible. A good way to conserve battery power. Viewing angles vertically are not very good, horizontally they are quite normal. With black, the same story: at a certain angle, black becomes dark or light gray. But there is black in general. But white is slightly yellow.

The conclusion is simple: the display is not the same as in the Z series (big smiley). He, so to speak, is more for work than for pleasure.

Connections

On the left side are: power supply connector, Kensington lock slot, VGA output, HDMI, USB, mini-jack, microphone connector, IEEE1394. Front - slots for Memory Stick and SD memory cards. On the right - two more USB (2.0), Express Card slot, Ethernet. A complete set of everything you need. There is Bluetooth, profile 2.1 with EDR, there is Wi-Fi, a/b/g standards are supported. The presence of three USB ports is a big plus, you can connect a mouse adapter, external hard drive, 3G or WiMax modem.

Keyboard and touchpad

The branded keyboard with spaced keys, however, it is not recessed. But there are pads under the wrists, this is a very good addition. The keys are rough, slightly rattling when typing.The move is quite large, pay attention to the size of the "arrows", Enter and Shift. True, the Function key constantly gets under the finger while switching layouts, which is a little angry. The rest of the keyboard is good, there are no complaints about it. Above Delete there are three indicator lights, one lights up when Caps Lock is active, the second - when Num Lock is active. The keys seemed too sensitive to me, from a short press of Delete somehow you don’t expect such a reaction when several words are deleted very quickly at once.

The touchpad is quite large, including the buttons. There is support for multitouch, I liked how zoom works in the browser and other applications. If this thing exists, why not use it, right?

There are two buttons in the upper left corner - VAIO and Assist. The first launches the Media Gallery program, the second launches the VAIO Care utility.

After the first minutes of using Y, I really don’t want to connect a mouse to my laptop Mercedes-benz , keyboard leaves a good impression. It is convenient to type texts with its help, but what more could you want?

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is approximately nine hours. The battery is called the VGP-BPS21A, and the Sony VAIO Y also has a larger battery available, with a claimed battery life of about 15 hours. The power supply is the same as the Sony VAIO Z - not very big, but heavy. The plug is not illuminated.

Of course, in practice, the operating time is slightly different from the declared figures. And yet, it's impressive. I noted the time after a full charge and began to use the Sony VAIO Y for its intended purpose. I took it with me on the road. I watched the Internet in a cafe, turning off Wi-Fi, I always carry a Yota "whistle" with me, a useful thing. Then he wrote something. Well, and so on. Diligently writing down the numbers - the time of use - I did not forget that this is not a very even result. But life in general is uneven. The laptop on the test stand may behave differently than in real life. In my case, these are constant on and off, or standby mode, different backlighting, Wi-Fi on or off.

So, after a full charge, the laptop in my case worked for almost seven hours. As I said, in the "torn" mode. I think this is a very good indicator, and as a Sony VAIO Y road computer, it performs wonderfully. That is why you do not need to carry a power supply with you. Perhaps after a few cycles the battery will still swing, and the results will be even better.

Performance and operating system

Let's talk a little about the most boring and uninteresting. All these numbers should not worry real fans of sonystyle. The main thing is that there is magic on the lid. VAIO. This already means that you can and should take it on the run. Just kidding, no matter how much I am an adherent of the brand, but I look at things with a sober look. Not everything is VAIO, where VAIO is written on the cover. Characteristics:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium CULV SU4100
  • Clock frequency: 1.3 GHz
  • Chipset: Intel® GS45 Express
  • Second and third level cache: 2 MB
  • Number of cores: 2
  • RAM: 4 GB (expandable up to 8 GB)
  • HDD capacity: 320 GB (Samsung manufacturer, 5400 rpm)
  • Video Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Webcam: 0.3 MP (VGA) - not bad, by the way
  • Bluetooth: Profile 2.1 with EDR
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g
  • Ethernet: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T

The operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) is installed, as in all Sony laptops, there is a complete set of software. Bust - is. See for yourself.

  • Solution Guide - VAIO Gate
  • Audio - MusicStation
  • Photo/Video - PMB VAIO Edition (with VAIO Creation)
  • Multimedia - Media Gallery
  • Home Network - VAIO Media Plus
  • Support - VAIO Care
  • Utilities - VAIO Transfer Support, VAIO Update, VAIO Smart network, Google Chrome browser
  • Microsoft - Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Essentials Suite
  • Office Application - Adobe® Reader® 9 Microsoft® Office 2007 Trial (60 Days Try & Buy)
  • Security and more. - McAfee Internet Security Suite (with 60 days free updates), Norton Online BackUp Trial

Branded applications are in a wavy bar that slides down when you hover over the cursor. It is located at the top of the display, as far as I understand, this thing is called VAIO Gate. There are links to MSN, Internet Explorer, Evernote (a handy program for transferring notes). There is Media Go, users of Sony Ericsson phones do not have to install software. There is also a proprietary Picture Motion Browser program, it comes with Cybershot cameras; VAIO Media Plus with proprietary cross-style interface helps you quickly exchange content using DLNA. We managed to connect the laptop to the PS3 without any problems and play movies, photos, music from the console. You can't say much about VAIO Care, a utility for diagnostics, troubleshooting, recovery, and so on. I think this program will help users. As always, McAfee antivirus, plus Norton Online BackUp.

Data on launching standard applications:

  • Internet Explorer starts in 15 seconds, Yandex.ru home page, Google and Yandex toolbars
  • Windows Media starts in 4 seconds
  • A 30 KB Microsoft Word document opens in 2 seconds
  • The laptop turns on and is ready to work - 1 minute 7 seconds. If you remove the installed antivirus, you can easily achieve faster startup

In a separate line about the video. I ran Pearl Harbor in 11 GB, high definition, ripped off a Blu-ray disc. The set of codecs K-lite Codec Pack and Windows Media was used. The film started in a couple of seconds, there are no problems with rewinding. When connected to a TV via HDMI, there are no questions either, everything is fine.

Standard set of phrases - enough performance for typical daily tasks. Browse sites, documents, Skype, movies, music, download and send photos. This is not a gaming machine, no one is positioning it.

< img src="https://mobile-review.com/articles/2010/image/sony-vaio-y/scr/low/scr12.jpg"/>

Heating, noise

Barely warm air exits from the left side, noise is minimal, as is heating. In a quiet room, the Sony VAIO Y doesn't get on your nerves, and you don't need a stand to work on your lap. Users of the American Sony VAIO Y complain about parasitic noise, I did not notice anything like that, there was a similar Russian version on the test. I’ll tell you right away about recording a podcast, I did it using a connected Plantronics USB headset, there are no interference, the recording is clean.

Speaker

The speakers are not powerful, they are enough to watch a movie, but if you decide to listen to music on the road, it is better to use headphones. Somehow the sound reminded me of a phone. Clear savings, but what can you do.

Conclusions

It's a good car with many pluses, the shipment for Russia has a DVD drive, which is nice. I'll try to walk through the merits of the Sony VAIO Y:

  • Nice, calm design, metal lid. I also note the pads under the wrist and the absence of glossy, dirty elements, even after heavy use, the laptop does not look sloppy.
  • While many people get annoyed by the suite of proprietary software in every VAIO, for unpretentious users (most of them) the presence of an antivirus, a pre-installed trial version of Microsoft Word, photo programs, DLNA and VAIO Care is a very good addition. The laptop from the "box" does not look naked. The VAIO Gate panel is neatly made and I didn't feel the urge to remove it. I forgot to say: in this panel, you can add or remove shortcuts yourself by simply dragging and dropping.
  • Long battery life, seven hours is not all.After a slight buildup, the operating time increased by twenty minutes. The device has been in use for almost two weeks. I really like it.
  • Good keyboard, touchpad
  • Three USB ports, HDMI, two memory card slots
  • Outdoor DVD drive
  • Sufficient for a "workhorse" performance
  • In fact, there is no heating, no noise either
  • Relatively small weight and dimensions
  • No problems with WiFi, auto-connection to home hotspot works fine

We need to talk about the cons, but we also need to understand a simple thing. The creators of Y had to balance on the edge in order to maintain the balance between price and functionality of the device. Therefore, the disadvantages are connected precisely with a simple and understandable desire to save every cent.

I didn't like it very much:

  • Cumbersome power supply.
  • The display is not very glossy, but the viewing angles are depressing, the strange display of black and white is connected precisely with this moment. Good for work, not great for video. Although. take a CD with you to the store and try to watch a movie. Self-assessment will give you much more.
  • I would like to be able to choose between the Sony VAIO Y in silver and black. So far, only laptops are officially delivered to Russia, as in the review.
  • The frame has a backlash at the top and bottom of the display, perhaps this is a feature of the assembly, and there is no crime in this.
  • Slightly overpriced at the moment.

Against the background of its older brother, the Sony VAIO Z, this laptop was ignored by both journalists and consumers. In my opinion, absolutely in vain. The company managed to make an interesting model that differs from other good things based on CULV processors. Most importantly, this "Operation Y" does not infuriate at all. There is no gloss or some strange backlash, or crazy incredible touchpads. Universal harmony. Happiness. I wanted to change my Sony VAIO P to hell with this model and carry an almost two-kilogram laptop instead of a six-hundred-gram laptop. But on the other hand, it works for so long, and it’s just a cool working machine.

P.S. Just need a little afterword. Sales of Sony VAIO Y are neither shaky nor rampant. Neither in Europe, nor in the US, nor in Russia has a consumer pattern been formed for such devices, because Y is a cross between netbooks and laptops. People know that a cheap netbook is needed to carry around and surf the Internet. People know that a powerful laptop is capable of solving a much wider range of tasks. Where is the Sony VAIO Y? After all, he will not behave well if you suddenly decide to process a bunch of heavy photos in Photoshop. Here all his CULV will come out, sorry for the expression. Moreover, for thirty-three thousand you can buy a fairly powerful "fifteen" from Acer or Asus. This fact cannot be discounted. If I didn’t have a laptop at all, but I would have the indicated amount on hand, I would look just at the products of these brands. More powerful and without a touch of "vintage". To make it work. Accordingly, in its incomprehensible segment Sony VAIO Y is certainly good. But I don't even know who its consumer is.

Most likely, only one modification of the laptop will remain in Russia forever, the black Y will not come to us. Keep in mind, if you buy, the DVD drive must be right in the package, check for availability without leaving the checkout.

And one more thing - if you can't live without Sony, don't forget about the new S series. The price starts from forty-two-forty-three thousand, i3-i5 processors, WiMax support. Another universe, right?

Sony VAIO Y laptop review

The new series of VAIO notebooks - the letter Y - is designed to expand the existing range of portable models. Or rather, models on the verge of portability. After all, thirteen inches is thirteen inches. Don't put it in your pocket. You need a big bag. In addition, it is a sin not to try to use CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) processors so that both the operating time is above average and the performance is sufficient for simple tasks. It turned out, it seems to me, a niche solution. Experiment. Sony VAIO Y will definitely have its own audience, I'm sure of it. Especially when the price drops.

Content:

Design, construction

They say there is a Y in black, it would be interesting to see. But we have what we have, silver modifications are delivered to Russia, moreover, only one - Sony VPCY11M1R / S. You will break your tongue if you pronounce it, you will break your head if you decide to remember - Sony loves intricate names. The laptop is for the most part well built. The lid is metal and doesn't scratch easily. Inside - plastic, under the keyboard it is textured. I must say right away that I really liked the wrist rest, this is a good find. Typing on the keyboard for a long time is convenient. The design of the hinges characteristic of the company, in the front of the case is the "tube" familiar to us since the days of the TZ series.On the one hand - a connector for connecting the power supply, on the other - a power button, a curved strip of a light indicator. Plastic inserts protect the display from touching the keyboard, some of them are masked by screws. Above the keyboard is a long perforated strip, it seems to be metal too. The lower part is made of plain black plastic. In general, VAIO is like VAIO. Moderately good, moderately beautiful, moderately simple. I think the designers were given the task of making a "working" appearance, without any frills. Which was done. Notebook dimensions are 32x326x226.5 mm, weight - 1.78 kg. As stated on the Sonystyle.ru website, the weight is with a battery and a complete DVD drive. According to my own feelings, the laptop weighs about the same and weighs just with a battery, without a drive. However, carrying Y with you does not tire. The laptop is thin enough to fit in my travel bag without difficulty. But the power supply didn't fit in there. Later we will talk more about the operating time, I will only say that this very power supply is not really needed.

I didn't like the fact that the display frame went up and down. Maybe it was done for some purpose? I liked that the battery sits firmly, firmly, there is not even a minimal backlash. As always, I liked the light indicators on the front end, they signal WiFi is on, the power supply is connected, and the hard drive is active. And in general, the design of the laptop leaves a very pleasant impression.

A very important addition. The laptop comes with a DVD drive. The advantages of such a solution are obvious - less weight, more reliable design (although this is a moot point). Cons - if suddenly you are at a meeting, and you need to (SUDDENLY) run a disk, and you forgot the drive at home, then.

So what? The last time I regretted that the laptop does not have a built-in drive, when I installed the official Windows 7 on the Sony VAIO P (I finally arrived under the program). In my MacBook Pro 17, the last time I inserted a disc was when I was installing Battlefield 2142. And one day I was looking at photos from a DVD I received at a presentation. I could have downloaded them, so it doesn't count.

And in fact, the drive in the laptop is becoming obsolete. But this is also deeply misleading. For a business audience, the presence of a DVD is one of the prerequisites when choosing. Especially in Russia. Here and there, floppy disks are still used, and this is considered normal. Considering that the Sony VAIO Y is to some extent a working machine to carry with you, and not a fashion gizmo, I'm glad that the drive was included in the kit. It does not weigh much and can always be put in a bag. The main thing is not to forget. And it is right that they took it out of the hull, for the reasons indicated above. I understand that you can object to me, saying that it is easy to forget him, leave him at work or something else. Yes, but you don't change your laptop bag once a month, do you? So put the drive in one of the pockets. To not worry about availability. You can also tie it to the bottom with tape - also an option. In our way, in German.

Display

Display diagonal - 13.3 inches, according to the information on the official website, "VAIO Display with LED technology" is used. The maximum resolution is 1366x768 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9. The maximum resolution on the external screen is 1920x1200 pixels. The impression of the display without "ah and oh!". Good for work, not great for watching movies. It's one thing when such a resolution is used on eleven-inch laptops. Another thing is when thirteen inches. The finish is glossy. but not very glossy. Not a mirror. There is glare protection, which is good.

At the minimum backlight level, the image is still perfectly visible. A good way to conserve battery life. Viewing angles vertically are not very good, horizontally they are quite normal. With black, the same story: at a certain angle, black becomes dark or light gray. But there is black in general. But white is slightly yellow.

The conclusion is simple: the display is not the same as in the Z series (big smiley). He, so to speak, is more for work than for pleasure.

Connections

On the left side are: power supply connector, Kensington lock slot, VGA output, HDMI, USB, mini-jack, microphone connector, IEEE1394. Front - slots for Memory Stick and SD memory cards. On the right - two more USB (2.0), Express Card slot, Ethernet. A complete set of everything you need. There is Bluetooth, profile 2.1 with EDR, there is Wi-Fi, a/b/g standards are supported. The presence of three USB ports is a big plus, you can connect a mouse adapter, external hard drive, 3G or WiMax modem.

Keyboard and touchpad

The branded keyboard with spaced keys, however, it is not recessed. But there are pads under the wrists, this is a very good addition. The keys are rough, slightly rattling when typing.The move is quite large, pay attention to the size of the "arrows", Enter and Shift. True, the Function key constantly gets under the finger while switching layouts, which is a little angry. The rest of the keyboard is good, there are no complaints about it. Above Delete there are three indicator lights, one lights up when Caps Lock is active, the second - when Num Lock is active. The keys seemed too sensitive to me, from a short press of Delete somehow you don’t expect such a reaction when several words are deleted very quickly at once.

The touchpad is quite large, including the buttons. There is support for multitouch, I liked how zoom works in the browser and other applications. If this thing exists, why not use it, right?

There are two buttons in the upper left corner - VAIO and Assist. The first launches the Media Gallery program, the second launches the VAIO Care utility.

After the first minutes of using Y, I really don’t want to connect a mouse to my laptop Mercedes-benz , keyboard leaves a good impression. It is convenient to type texts with its help, but what more could you want?

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is approximately nine hours. The battery is called the VGP-BPS21A, and the Sony VAIO Y also has a larger battery available, with a claimed battery life of about 15 hours. The power supply is the same as the Sony VAIO Z - not very big, but heavy. The plug is not illuminated.

Of course, in practice, the operating time is slightly different from the declared figures. And yet, it's impressive. I noted the time after a full charge and began to use the Sony VAIO Y for its intended purpose. I took it with me on the road. I watched the Internet in a cafe, turning off Wi-Fi, I always carry a Yota "whistle" with me, a useful thing. Then he wrote something. Well, and so on. Diligently writing down the numbers - the time of use - I did not forget that this is not a very even result. But life in general is uneven. The laptop on the test stand may behave differently than in real life. In my case, these are constant on and off, or standby mode, different backlighting, Wi-Fi on or off.

So, after a full charge, the laptop in my case worked for almost seven hours. As I said, in the "torn" mode. I think this is a very good indicator, and as a Sony VAIO Y road computer, it performs wonderfully. That is why you do not need to carry a power supply with you. Perhaps after a few cycles the battery will still swing, and the results will be even better.

Performance and operating system

Let's talk a little about the most boring and uninteresting. All these numbers should not worry real lovers of sonystyle. The main thing is that there is magic on the lid. VAIO. This already means that you can and should take it on the run. Just kidding, no matter how much I am an adherent of the brand, but I look at things with a sober look. Not everything is VAIO, where VAIO is written on the cover. Characteristics:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium CULV SU4100
  • Clock frequency: 1.3 GHz
  • Chipset: Intel® GS45 Express
  • Second and third level cache: 2 MB
  • Number of cores: 2
  • RAM: 4 GB (expandable up to 8 GB)
  • HDD capacity: 320 GB (Samsung manufacturer, 5400 rpm)
  • Video Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Webcam: 0.3 MP (VGA) - not bad, by the way
  • Bluetooth: Profile 2.1 with EDR
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g
  • Ethernet: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T

The operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) is installed, as in all Sony laptops, there is a complete set of software. Bust - is. See for yourself.

  • Solution Guide - VAIO Gate
  • Audio - MusicStation
  • Photo/Video - PMB VAIO Edition (with VAIO Creation)
  • Multimedia - Media Gallery
  • Home Network - VAIO Media Plus
  • Support - VAIO Care
  • Utilities - VAIO Transfer Support, VAIO Update, VAIO Smart network, Google Chrome browser
  • Microsoft - Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Essentials Suite
  • Office Application - Adobe® Reader® 9 Microsoft® Office 2007 Trial (60 Days Try & Buy)
  • Security and more. - McAfee Internet Security Suite (with 60 days free updates), Norton Online BackUp Trial

Branded applications are in a wavy bar that slides down when you hover over the cursor. It is located at the top of the display, as far as I understand, this thing is called VAIO Gate. There are links to MSN, Internet Explorer, Evernote (a handy program for transferring notes). There is Media Go, users of Sony Ericsson phones do not have to install software. There is also a proprietary Picture Motion Browser program, it comes with Cybershot cameras; VAIO Media Plus with proprietary cross-shaped interface helps you quickly exchange content using DLNA. We managed to connect the laptop to the PS3 without any problems and play movies, photos, music from the console. You can't say much about VAIO Care, a utility for diagnostics, troubleshooting, recovery, and so on. I think this program will help users. As always, McAfee antivirus, plus Norton Online BackUp.

Data on launching standard applications:

  • Internet Explorer starts in 15 seconds, Yandex.ru home page, Google and Yandex toolbars
  • Windows Media starts in 4 seconds
  • A 30 KB Microsoft Word document opens in 2 seconds
  • The laptop turns on and is ready to work - 1 minute 7 seconds. If you remove the installed antivirus, you can easily achieve faster startup

In a separate line about the video. I ran Pearl Harbor in 11 GB, high definition, ripped off a Blu-ray disc. The set of codecs K-lite Codec Pack and Windows Media was used. The film started in a couple of seconds, there are no problems with rewinding. When connected to a TV via HDMI, there are no questions either, everything is fine.

Standard set of phrases - enough performance for typical daily tasks. Browse sites, documents, Skype, movies, music, download and send photos. This is not a gaming machine, no one is positioning it.

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Heating, noise

Barely warm air exits from the left side, noise is minimal, as is heating. In a quiet room, the Sony VAIO Y doesn't get on your nerves, and you don't need a stand to work on your lap. Users of the American Sony VAIO Y complain about parasitic noise, I did not notice anything like that, there was a similar Russian version on the test. I’ll tell you right away about recording a podcast, I did it using a connected Plantronics USB headset, there are no interference, the recording is clean.

Speaker

The speakers are not powerful, they are enough to watch a movie, but if you decide to listen to music on the road, it is better to use headphones. Somehow the sound reminded me of a phone. Clear savings, but what can you do.

Conclusions

It's a good car with many pluses, the shipment for Russia has a DVD drive, which is nice. I'll try to walk through the merits of the Sony VAIO Y:

  • Nice, calm design, metal lid. I also note the pads under the wrist and the absence of glossy, dirty elements, even after heavy use, the laptop does not look sloppy.
  • While many people get annoyed by the suite of proprietary software in every VAIO, for unpretentious users (most of them) the presence of an antivirus, a pre-installed trial version of Microsoft Word, photo programs, DLNA and VAIO Care is a very good addition. The laptop from the "box" does not look naked. The VAIO Gate panel is neatly made and I didn't feel the urge to remove it. I forgot to say: in this panel, you can add or remove shortcuts yourself by simply dragging and dropping.
  • Long battery life, seven hours is not all.After a slight buildup, the operating time increased by twenty minutes. The device has been in use for almost two weeks. I really like it.
  • Good keyboard, touchpad
  • Three USB ports, HDMI, two memory card slots
  • Outdoor DVD drive
  • Sufficient for a "workhorse" performance
  • In fact, there is no heating, no noise either
  • Relatively small weight and dimensions
  • No problems with WiFi, auto-connection to home hotspot works fine

We need to talk about the cons, but we also need to understand a simple thing. The creators of Y had to balance on the edge in order to maintain the balance between price and functionality of the device. Therefore, the disadvantages are connected precisely with a simple and understandable desire to save every cent.

I didn't like it very much:

  • Cumbersome power supply.
  • The display is not very glossy, but the viewing angles are depressing, the strange display of black and white is connected precisely with this moment. Good for work, not great for video. Although. take a CD with you to the store and try to watch a movie. Self-assessment will give you much more.
  • I would like to be able to choose between the Sony VAIO Y in silver and black. So far, only laptops are officially delivered to Russia, as in the review.
  • The frame has a backlash at the top and bottom of the display, perhaps this is a feature of the assembly, and there is no crime in this.
  • Slightly overpriced at the moment.

Against the background of its older brother, the Sony VAIO Z, this laptop was ignored by both journalists and consumers. In my opinion, absolutely in vain. The company managed to make an interesting model that differs from other good things based on CULV processors. Most importantly, this "Operation Y" does not infuriate at all. There is no gloss or some strange backlash, or crazy incredible touchpads. Universal harmony. Happiness. I wanted to change my Sony VAIO P to hell with this model and carry an almost two-kilogram laptop instead of a six-hundred-gram laptop. But on the other hand, it works for so long, and it’s just a cool working machine.

P.S. Just need a little afterword. Sales of the Sony VAIO Y are neither shaky nor rampant. Neither in Europe, nor in the US, nor in Russia has a consumer pattern been formed for such devices, because Y is a cross between netbooks and laptops. People know that a cheap netbook is needed to carry around and surf the Internet. People know that a powerful laptop is capable of solving a much wider range of tasks. Where is the Sony VAIO Y? After all, he will not behave well if you suddenly decide to process a bunch of heavy photos in Photoshop. Here all his CULV will come out, sorry for the expression. Moreover, for thirty-three thousand you can buy a fairly powerful "fifteen" from Acer or Asus. This fact cannot be discounted. If I didn’t have a laptop at all, but I would have the indicated amount on hand, I would look just at the products of these brands. More powerful and without a touch of "vintage". To make it work. Accordingly, in its incomprehensible segment Sony VAIO Y is certainly good. But I don't even know who its consumer is.

Most likely, only one modification of the laptop will remain in Russia forever, the black Y will not come to us. Keep in mind, if you buy, the DVD drive must be right in the package, check for availability without leaving the checkout.

And one more thing - if you can't live without Sony, don't forget about the new S series. The price starts from forty-two-forty-three thousand, i3-i5 processors, WiMax support. Another universe, right?

Sony VAIO Y laptop review

The new series of VAIO notebooks - the letter Y - is designed to expand the existing range of portable models. Or rather, models on the verge of portability. After all, thirteen inches is thirteen inches. Don't put it in your pocket. You need a big bag. In addition, it is a sin not to try to use CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage) processors so that both the operating time is above average and the performance is sufficient for simple tasks. It turned out, it seems to me, a niche solution. Experiment. Sony VAIO Y will definitely have its own audience, I'm sure of it. Especially when the price drops.

Content:

Design, construction

They say there is a Y in black, it would be interesting to see. But we have what we have, silver modifications are delivered to Russia, moreover, only one - Sony VPCY11M1R / S. You will break your tongue if you pronounce it, you will break your head if you decide to remember - Sony loves intricate names. The laptop is for the most part well built. The lid is metal and doesn't scratch easily. Inside - plastic, under the keyboard it is textured. I must say right away that I really liked the wrist rest, this is a good find. Typing on the keyboard for a long time is convenient. The design of the hinges characteristic of the company, in the front of the case is the "tube" familiar to us since the days of the TZ series.On the one hand - a connector for connecting the power supply, on the other - a power button, a curved strip of a light indicator. Plastic inserts protect the display from touching the keyboard, some of them are masked by screws. Above the keyboard is a long perforated strip, it seems to be metal too. The lower part is made of plain black plastic. In general, VAIO is like VAIO. Moderately good, moderately beautiful, moderately simple. I think the designers were given the task of making a "working" appearance, without any frills. Which was done. Notebook dimensions are 32x326x226.5 mm, weight - 1.78 kg. As stated on the Sonystyle.ru website, the weight is with a battery and a complete DVD drive. According to my own feelings, the laptop weighs about the same and weighs just with a battery, without a drive. However, carrying Y with you does not tire. The laptop is thin enough to fit in my travel bag without difficulty. But the power supply didn't fit in there. Later we will talk more about the operating time, I will only say that this very power supply is not really needed.

I didn't like the fact that the display frame went up and down. Maybe it was done for some purpose? I liked that the battery sits firmly, firmly, there is not even a minimal backlash. As always, I liked the light indicators on the front end, they signal WiFi is on, the power supply is connected, and the hard drive is active. And in general, the design of the laptop leaves a very pleasant impression.

A very important addition. The laptop comes with a DVD drive. The advantages of such a solution are obvious - less weight, more reliable design (although this is a moot point). Cons - if suddenly you are at a meeting, and you need to (SUDDENLY) run a disk, and you forgot the drive at home, then.

So what? The last time I regretted that the laptop does not have a built-in drive, when I installed the official Windows 7 on the Sony VAIO P (I finally arrived under the program). In my MacBook Pro 17, the last time I inserted a disc was when I was installing Battlefield 2142. And one day I was looking at photos from a DVD I received at a presentation. I could have downloaded them, so it doesn't count.

And in fact, the drive in the laptop is becoming obsolete. But this is also deeply misleading. For a business audience, the presence of a DVD is one of the prerequisites when choosing. Especially in Russia. Here and there, floppy disks are still used, and this is considered normal. Considering that the Sony VAIO Y is to some extent a working machine to carry with you, and not a fashion gizmo, I'm glad that the drive was included in the kit. It does not weigh much and can always be put in a bag. The main thing is not to forget. And it is right that they took it out of the hull, for the reasons indicated above. I understand that you can object to me, saying that it is easy to forget him, leave him at work or something else. Yes, but you don't change your laptop bag once a month, do you? So put the drive in one of the pockets. To not worry about availability. You can also tie it to the bottom with tape - also an option. In our way, in German.

Display

Display diagonal - 13.3 inches, according to the information on the official website, "VAIO Display with LED technology" is used. The maximum resolution is 1366x768 pixels, the aspect ratio is 16:9. The maximum resolution on the external screen is 1920x1200 pixels. The impression of the display without "ah and oh!". Good for work, not great for watching movies. It's one thing when such a resolution is used on eleven-inch laptops. Another thing is when thirteen inches. The finish is glossy. but not very glossy. Not a mirror. There is glare protection, which is good.

At the minimum backlight level, the image is still perfectly visible. A good way to conserve battery power. Viewing angles vertically are not very good, horizontally they are quite normal. With black, the same story: at a certain angle, black becomes dark or light gray. But there is black in general. But white is slightly yellow.

The conclusion is simple: the display is not the same as in the Z series (big smiley). He, so to speak, is more for work than for pleasure.

Connections

On the left side are: power supply connector, Kensington lock slot, VGA output, HDMI, USB, mini-jack, microphone connector, IEEE1394. Front - slots for Memory Stick and SD memory cards. On the right - two more USB (2.0), Express Card slot, Ethernet. A complete set of everything you need. There is Bluetooth, profile 2.1 with EDR, there is Wi-Fi, a/b/g standards are supported. The presence of three USB ports is a big plus, you can connect a mouse adapter, external hard drive, 3G or WiMax modem.

Keyboard and touchpad

The branded keyboard with spaced keys, however, it is not recessed. But there are pads under the wrists, this is a very good addition. The keys are rough, slightly rattling when typing. The move is quite large, pay attention to the size of the "arrows", Enter and Shift. True, the Function key constantly gets under the finger while switching layouts, which is a little angry. Otherwise, the keyboard is good, there are no complaints about it. Above Delete there are three indicator lights, one lights up when Caps Lock is active, the second - when Num Lock is active. The keys seemed too sensitive to me, from a short press of Delete somehow you don’t expect such a reaction when several words are deleted very quickly at once.

The touchpad is quite large, including the buttons. There is support for multitouch, I liked how zoom works in the browser and other applications. If this thing exists, why not use it, right?

There are two buttons in the upper left corner - VAIO and Assist. The first launches the Media Gallery program, the second launches the VAIO Care utility.

After the first minutes of using Y, I don’t feel like connecting a Mercedes-benz mouse to my laptop at all, the keyboard leaves a good impression. It is convenient to type texts with its help, but what more could you want?

After the first minutes of using Y, I don’t feel like connecting a mouse to my laptop at all Mercedes-benz mercedes-benz , the keyboard leaves a good impression. It is convenient to type texts with its help, but what more could you want?

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is approximately nine hours. The battery is called the VGP-BPS21A, and the Sony VAIO Y also has a larger battery available, with a claimed battery life of about 15 hours. The power supply is the same as the Sony VAIO Z - not very big, but heavy. The plug is not illuminated.

Of course, in practice, the operating time is slightly different from the declared figures. And yet, it's impressive. I noted the time after a full charge and began to use the Sony VAIO Y for its intended purpose. I took it with me on the road. I watched the Internet in a cafe, turning off Wi-Fi, I always carry a Yota "whistle" with me, a useful thing. Then he wrote something. Well, and so on. Diligently writing down the numbers - the time of use - I did not forget that this is not a very even result. But life in general is uneven. The laptop on the test stand may behave differently than in real life. In my case, these are constant on and off, or standby mode, different backlighting, Wi-Fi on or off.

So, after a full charge, the laptop in my case worked for almost seven hours. As I said, in the "torn" mode. I think this is a very good indicator, and as a Sony VAIO Y road computer, it performs wonderfully. That is why you do not need to carry a power supply with you. Perhaps after a few cycles the battery will still swing, and the results will be even better.

Performance and operating system

Let's talk a little about the most boring and uninteresting. All these numbers should not worry real fans of sonystyle. The main thing is that there is magic on the lid. VAIO. This already means that you can and should take it on the run. Just kidding, no matter how much I am an adherent of the brand, but I look at things with a sober look. Not everything is VAIO, where VAIO is written on the cover. Characteristics:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium CULV SU4100
  • Clock frequency: 1.3 GHz
  • Chipset: Intel® GS45 Express
  • Second and third level cache: 2 MB
  • Number of cores: 2
  • RAM: 4 GB (expandable up to 8 GB)
  • HDD capacity: 320 GB (manufactured by Samsung, 5400 rpm)
  • Video adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Webcam: 0.3 MP (VGA) - not bad, by the way
  • Bluetooth: Profile 2.1 with EDR
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g
  • Ethernet: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T

The operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) is installed, as in all Sony laptops, there is a complete set of software. Bust - is. See for yourself.

  • Solution Guide - VAIO Gate
  • Audio - MusicStation
  • Photo/Video - PMB VAIO Edition (with VAIO Creation)
  • Multimedia - Media Gallery
  • Home Network - VAIO Media Plus
  • Support - VAIO Care
  • Utilities - VAIO Transfer Support, VAIO Update, VAIO Smart network, Google Chrome browser
  • Microsoft - Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Essentials Suite
  • Office Application - Adobe® Reader® 9 Microsoft® Office 2007 Trial (60 Days Try and Buy)
  • Security and more - McAfee Internet Security Suite (with 60 days free updates) Norton Online BackUp Trial

Branded applications are in a wavy bar that slides down when you hover over the cursor. It is located at the top of the display, as far as I understand, this thing is called VAIO Gate. There are links to MSN, Internet Explorer, Evernote (a handy program for transferring notes). There is Media Go, users of Sony Ericsson phones do not have to install software. There is also a proprietary Picture Motion Browser program, it comes with Cybershot cameras; VAIO Media Plus with proprietary cross-shaped interface helps you quickly exchange content using DLNA. We managed to connect the laptop to the PS3 without any problems and play movies, photos, music from the console. You can't say much about VAIO Care, a utility for diagnostics, troubleshooting, recovery, and so on. I think this program will help users. As always, McAfee antivirus, plus Norton Online BackUp.

Data on launching standard applications:

  • Internet Explorer starts in 15 seconds, Yandex.ru home page, Google and Yandex toolbars
  • Windows Media starts in 4 seconds
  • A 30 KB Microsoft Word document opens in 2 seconds
  • The laptop turns on and is ready to work - 1 minute 7 seconds. If you remove the installed antivirus, you can easily achieve faster startup

In a separate line about the video. I ran Pearl Harbor in 11 GB, high definition, ripped off a Blu-ray disc. The set of codecs K-lite Codec Pack and Windows Media was used. The film started in a couple of seconds, there are no problems with rewinding. When connected to a TV via HDMI, there are no questions either, everything is fine.

Standard set of phrases - enough performance for typical daily tasks. Browse sites, documents, Skype, movies, music, download and send photos. This is not a gaming machine, no one is positioning it.

Heating, noise

Barely warm air exits from the left side, noise is minimal, as is heating. In a quiet room, the Sony VAIO Y doesn't get on your nerves, and you don't need a stand to work on your lap. Users of the American Sony VAIO Y complain about parasitic noise, I didn’t notice anything like that, there was a similar Russian version on the test. I’ll tell you right away about recording a podcast, I did it using a connected Plantronics USB headset, there are no interference, the recording is clean.

Speaker

The speakers are not powerful, they are enough to watch a movie, but if you decide to listen to music on the road, it is better to use headphones. Somehow the sound reminded me of a phone. Clear savings, but what can you do.

Conclusions

It's a good car with many advantages, the delivery for Russia has a DVD drive, which is nice. I'll try to walk through the merits of the Sony VAIO Y:

  • Nice, calm design, metal cover. I also note the pads under the wrist and the absence of glossy, dirty elements, even after heavy use, the laptop does not look sloppy.
  • While many people get annoyed by the suite of proprietary software in every VAIO, for unpretentious users (most of them) the presence of an antivirus, a pre-installed trial version of Microsoft Word, photo programs, DLNA and VAIO Care is a very good addition. The laptop from the "box" does not look naked. The VAIO Gate panel is neatly made and I didn't feel the urge to remove it. I forgot to say: in this panel, you can add or remove shortcuts yourself by simply dragging and dropping.
  • Long battery life, seven hours is not all. After a slight buildup, the operating time increased by twenty minutes. The device has been in use for almost two weeks. I really like it.
  • Good keyboard, touchpad
  • Three USB ports, HDMI, two memory card slots
  • Outdoor DVD drive
  • Sufficient for a "workhorse" performance
  • In fact, there is no heating, no noise either
  • Relatively small weight and dimensions
  • No problems with WiFi, auto-connection to home hotspot works fine

We need to talk about the cons, but we also need to understand a simple thing. The creators of Y had to balance on the edge in order to maintain the balance between price and functionality of the device. Therefore, the disadvantages are connected precisely with a simple and understandable desire to save every cent.

I didn't like it very much:

  • Cumbersome power supply.
  • The display is not very glossy, but the viewing angles are depressing, the strange display of black and white is connected precisely with this moment. Good for work, not great for video. Although. take a CD with you to the store and try to watch a movie. Self-assessment will give you much more.
  • I would like to be able to choose between the Sony VAIO Y in silver and black. So far, only laptops are officially delivered to Russia, as in the review.
  • The frame has a backlash at the top and bottom of the display, perhaps this is a feature of the assembly, and there is no crime in this.
  • Slightly overpriced at the moment.

Against the background of its older brother, the Sony VAIO Z, this laptop was ignored by both journalists and consumers. In my opinion, absolutely in vain. The company managed to make an interesting model that differs from other good things based on CULV processors. Most importantly, this "Operation Y" does not infuriate at all. There is no gloss or some strange backlash, or crazy incredible touchpads. Universal harmony. Happiness. I wanted to change my Sony VAIO P to hell with this model and carry an almost two-kilogram laptop instead of a six-hundred-gram laptop. But on the other hand, it works for so long, and it’s just a cool working machine.

P.S. Just need a little afterword. Sales of Sony VAIO Y are neither shaky nor rampant. Neither in Europe, nor in the US, nor in Russia has a consumer pattern been formed for such devices, because Y is a cross between netbooks and laptops. People know that a cheap netbook is needed to carry around and surf the Internet. People know that a powerful laptop is capable of solving a much wider range of tasks. Where is the Sony VAIO Y? After all, he will not behave well if you suddenly decide to process a bunch of heavy photos in Photoshop. Here all his CULV will come out, sorry for the expression. Moreover, for thirty-three thousand you can buy a fairly powerful "fifteen" from Acer or Asus. This fact cannot be discounted. If I didn’t have a laptop at all, but I would have the indicated amount on hand, I would look just at the products of these brands. More powerful and without a touch of "vintage". To make it work. Accordingly, in its incomprehensible segment Sony VAIO Y is certainly good. But I don't even know who its consumer is.

Most likely, only one modification of the laptop will remain in Russia forever, the black Y will not come to us. Keep in mind, if you buy, the DVD drive must be right in the package, check for availability without leaving the checkout.

And one more thing - if you can't live without Sony, don't forget about the new S series. The price starts from forty-two-forty-three thousand, i3-i5 processors, WiMax support. Another universe, right?