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Sony Updates VAIO Y Series With 11.6" Display Discussion

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by Charles P. Jefferies, Nov 11, 2010.

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  1. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Sony has introduced a new Japan-only VAIO Y-series notebook with an 11.6-inch display.<br /><br />Read the full content of this Article: <a href='http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5933'>Sony Updates VAIO Y Series With 11.6" Display</a><br /><br />Related Articles:
    • <a href='http://www.NotebookReview.com/default.asp?newsID=5773'>Sony VAIO Y Review</a>
     
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  2. Rachel

    Rachel Busy Bee

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    I'm hoping that with this YA series that they will offer more CPU options and offer at least a i5 ULV processor. They did this with the 13.3 Y series and also offered the option for a dedicated GPU. This i3 CPU in passmark is lower than the U9600.

    It's a more budget conscious line compared to the likes of the Sony TT but i hope the display is good. Weight wise it could have ideally been a bit lighter also. This is rumored to replace the 13.3 Y series in the US in the coming weeks.

    Still, it's nice to see Sony enter this market again.
     
  3. Phil

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    Does anyone know whether the display is glossy?
     
  4. Partizan

    Partizan Notebook Deity

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    Wow why is it japan only? it seems like such a sweet ultraportable to me. I've wanted to buy the current 13" Y but it costs 750-800&#8364; here, with only the u5400 c2duo, not even core i cpu's.
    If the 11 inch would come out in Belgium and cost 600-700&#8364; i'd probably get it in a hearbeat.
     
  5. Phil

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    The U5400 is an Arrandale Core i CPU going under Pentium product name.

    I like the Y 11.6" but it's heavier and thicker than Acer 1830T.
     
  6. Partizan

    Partizan Notebook Deity

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    Won't that thickness and heaviness reflect itself in a sturdier and more durable construction? I like things to be heavy, it makes them seem more qualitative.

    I just checked pictures on the web from the acer which seems to have a wierd silver coating like the one you find on cheap xmas toys to hang in your xmas tree, and that doesn't seem esthetic or qualitative at all.

    edit: here's a link from a belgian webstore, showing some pics: http://www.laptopshop.be/product-gallery/115701/category-56498-laptops/58030
     
  7. Phil

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    In my opinion the silver looks quite good. I have one myself: picture

    If you want other colors check Geizhals.eu. Better CPUs too.

    Build quality is ok. Can't compare to my MBA 11.6" though.
     
  8. Partizan

    Partizan Notebook Deity

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    Very nice website, those acers cost 200€ less than the ones I found in Belgium. I'm not sure how the black ones look like, but for 500€ they do seem like a bargain.
    I think the new sony vaio Y, if it should ever come to the European market, would cost at least 200€ more. While offering 2 hours less of battery life, which is a big and important difference (Battery life is why the MBA you mentioned is not an option to me, 4 hours for an 11 inch is unaccaptable, while the vaio's is also a bare minimum).

    I can't really figure out why top brands like Apple and Sony can't keep up with acers battery life (ok the MBA is very thin, but still, its meant to be portable).
     
  9. Phil

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    Apple uses a very small battery. Which helps keeping the weight 300 grams lower than Acer.

    By the way, battery life on the Acer is about 6 hours. The Macbook Air 11.6" is very similar.

    PS. If you order from Germany it will come with QWERTZ keyboard. US keyboards costs ~$10 on Ebay,
     
  10. coldmack

    coldmack Notebook Virtuoso

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    If this came with an ATI gpu and i5 cpu options I'd take the hit on the lack of an internal optical drive and poorer build quality for the better internals(then some how see if I can swap screen and get the 8bit matte screen of my TT on there).
     
  11. Ahbeyvuhgehduh

    Ahbeyvuhgehduh Lost in contemplation....

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    Why would someone choose this 11.6" model over, say, something produced by Asus, MSI, HP or another company? What makes it "different"?
     
  12. coldmack

    coldmack Notebook Virtuoso

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    Well at least for me the advantage of Sony vs the other(except for Apple) is the better support I got. I remember when I had an HP notebook I got someone who was outsourced, while with Sony I got someone closer to me in Florida. Plus, with Sony you get an actual store to get tech support if you live in a larger city/metro area. I am lucky here so I was able to to go to the local Sony Store to have my comp looked and then sent in to get fixed. They are pretty much the only other company besides apple to have retail stores(at least that I know of). That a nice advantage in my book.

    The other stuff are a bit more subjective like the possibility of a better screen, and build quality(depending on which brand you are comparing it to).
     
  13. chong67

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    Only 1/2 lb lighter than the 13.3". Thats all ???
     
  14. Phil

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    The websites I saw list it at 1.45 kg which is heavier as the Sony Z.

    No wonder, the Y series uses magnesium while the Z uses carbon fiber.
     
  15. chong67

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    Shall I wait for this one or get the 13.3" Y now?
     
  16. coldmack

    coldmack Notebook Virtuoso

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    If this doesn't come with the optional ATI gpu, and you prefer something with a better gpu than the intel HD, I would go with the 13in now.
     
  17. Fredi

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    I wasn't aware of this model but walking past a shop display today in Bangkok it caught my eye. One very sleek laptop.

    I've previously looked at the Acer 8172 11.6" i380UM (W7 Pro) @24,600bt and the Lenovo X201i 12.1" i330M (DOS) @29,000bt, both small laptops slightly bigger than netbook size but this is easily the best looking. Had a brief play with it in the shop and I liked it a lot, felt good to me but I'm no laptop guru.

    Some specs from the brochure:

    Core i3-380UM 1.33GHz
    RAM: 2 GB
    Storage: 320 GB
    Intel HD Graphics
    11.6" WXGA
    1366x768
    VAIO Display + LED Backlight
    Battery Life: UP to 4 Hrs...
    Weight: 1.46 Kg

    Model YA17GH W7 Pro @ 25,900 baht
    Model YA15FH W7 HP @ 23, 900 baht

    The Sony is about 100g heavier @1.46 Kg but it comes with an optical drive unlike the others. The matt finish all round will always be a plus in my book as I dislike fingerprint magnets. I've always been a IBM/Lenovo fan but seriously looking at getting this. Can't find more detailed specs, not even listed on the Sony Thai portal. I suspect the true battery life will not be great but as long as I can get 3 hours then I can live with that.
     
  18. Jayayess1190

    Jayayess1190 Waiting on Intel Skylake

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    No it doesn't.
     
  19. Fredi

    Fredi Newbie

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    Maybe it's a typo but I have in front of me the brochure from Sony ????????? for the VAIO Y Series. In the column for optical drive for both the YA17GH & YA15FH it states: DVD RW/R DL/RAM Drive

    There's an e-mail address on the brochure so I'll try that and see if I get a response.
     
  20. coldmack

    coldmack Notebook Virtuoso

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    Im sure if it came with an optical drive blu-ray would also be an option like it was on the 11.1in Vaio TT. And there is really models with optical drive, I might have to really switch if I like the screen size(specially if there is also a model with ati gpu).
     
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