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Official Sony S11/S12/S13 (2010) Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Sony Owners' Lounge Forum' started by dubbs, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. dubbs

    dubbs Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just got mine :) typing on it now. It's sooo beautiful.

    It technically is released on Sunday (4 days) but I went to Best Buy and basically told them what is sitting in their warehouse and demanded that I buy it now, so they were like ok sure haha. I think I might very well be the first person in the country (US) to own one of these :D :D :D

    So to end all discussion, it does have a glossy screen--which is what I prefer lol so I'm super happy.

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  2. jkelly17

    jkelly17 Notebook Enthusiast

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    how much was it? and do you have any pics?
     
  3. dubbs

    dubbs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Sorry for poor quality pics--iphone cam

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    jkelly17 Notebook Enthusiast

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    wow that is very nice...how much did it cost?
     
  5. dubbs

    dubbs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Very reasonably priced at 1100 tax included. It's only available at Best Buy for the foreseeable future and thus uncustomizable--here are specs:

    Intel Core i5 430m (2.26 w/ turbo)
    Intel HD Graphics
    13.3" 1366x768 720p LED LCD
    4 GB DDR3
    500GB HDD
    DVD+/-RW
    Weight: 4.4 lbs

    And its Windows Experience Rating:
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    (I don't think the Intel graphics will be a shortcoming, they'll probably do just fine for most people's standard usage.)
     
  6. dubbs

    dubbs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Aaaaand here's what I'm upgrading from lol: a 5ish year old Sony FS Series...it looks just like it did the day I got it. I treat my stuff well ^_^ and I still love the machine.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. tktk

    tktk Notebook Evangelist

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    Congrats. Does it have a backlit keyboard (looks like it.)

    I guess its about 7oz heavier than the old SR. wonder how the build quality is.
     
  8. dubbs

    dubbs Notebook Enthusiast

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    This is what I posted as a quasi-review on this other sub-forum from which I got the info that led to me getting it early from best buy.

    It's housed in a durable-feeling magnesium alloy, pretty light at 4.4 pounds, and very good looking (it does look quite like a macbook pro in my opinion, and that's def not a bad thing.) The screen is stunningly bright as I've come to expect from Sony, and the backlit keys are definitely a nice feature.

    Best Buy apparently customized this and chose to leave out the Nvidia 310 discrete graphics that is normally available probably because Intel or someone told them that it wasn't necessary--that the new Intel HD graphics line would be more than capable for 95% of uesrs. And I'd agree with that. It also saves battery life by not having to switch between the built-in GPU that's on the Core i5 and the discrete card.

    The Core i5 itself is indeed on the low end of the cores recently available on the market, but it's not significantly slower than the mid-range i5s that I was expecting so I had no hesitation in going forward with the purchase.
     
  9. Convoluted

    Convoluted Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks for keeping us informed! I'm in the market for a new laptop and this is one is on the top of my list. How's the fan noise and the heat produced? Any issues so far with the laptop?
     
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    dubbs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Fan noise is pretty minimal, it doesn't seem to be getting very hot compared to laptops I've used in the past, it seems comparable to the Z which a relative of mine has.

    Can't get over how sturdy this thing feels--esp compared to the aforementioned Z! The palm rest is very nice, it has this nice texture to it...
     
  11. vaiofann

    vaiofann Notebook Enthusiast

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    What's the battery life on this? I just bought a Y series because of the long battery life, but if this is anywhere close, I may return it.
     
  12. URPradhan

    URPradhan Notebook Deity

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    $1100 USD :confused:
    for a ...
    1. 13.3" NON-FULL HD LCD
    2. i5 430M
    3. DVD+/-RW NO Blue-ray ROM
    4. NO discrete graphics :eek:

    I'm sure you could have get more advanced laptop than this with $1100. Anyway if you are happy then no need to say more.
     
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    notebookhelp Notebook Consultant

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    Looks like a nice machine. I am interested in the battery life.
     
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    Lvivkse My username is a typo

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    steep price for a repacked SR

    how is the build quality all around? i understand the lid will be magnesium, but how is the body and the palm rest that its made of? still the cheap plastic?
     
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    Kenji87 Notebook Geek

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    That one looks very nice! I love the backlit keyboard! I thought that it was only available at a black sony S. Or does Sony changed her mind, and putted it on all the Sony S, silver, pink, etc.?

    Do you already have tested the WIDI? How is it working?
     
  16. daneel3001

    daneel3001 Notebook Evangelist

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    6.6 score with WEI is not bad although this is I guesss when the CPU is in turbo mode.
    I've ordered a week ago a CTO S-Series with a 540M and a 310M GPU, it's due to be completed by early next week.
    I will be installing an Intel SSD on it the minute I receive it and will post WEI once it's all setup and running.
     
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    igorstef Notebook Consultant

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    Since you ordered S version with 310M, do you know if your version of S will have GPU switch?

    Your S will definitely have two GPUs since i5 has built in intel graphic. So S should have switch for it or it will be like auto mode on new Z.
     
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    daneel3001 Notebook Evangelist

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    Switchable graphics haven't been mentioned anywhere for the S so I suspect that it doesn't have it and it's possible the S motherboard won't have the circuitry to use both the discreet and integrated graphics.
    Just an educated guess...
     
  19. Avor

    Avor Notebook Enthusiast

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    This would be VERY disappointing. However, not the first time Sony is limiting the internal hardware capabilities, remember the VT story.
    Report back as soon as you get the machine, that's very interesting indeed.

    Meanwhile, what's the battery life for the model with intel HD? try Battery Eater for tests, or just some real world benchmarks.
     
  20. Solinx

    Solinx Notebook Consultant

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    Congratz :)

    I'm glad you're happy with it, but this news about a glossy screen is less cause for joy in my book.
     
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