Here we have the Sony VAIO S. Nope, it's not one of those anorexic metallic wonders called ultrabooks. Nope, it's not one of those big uber-powerful desktop replacements hardcore geeks lust after. The VAIO S sits somewhere in the middle and tries to give the several advantages both extremes offer. In other words, balanse lang. But, is that enough? We got down and dirty with this lappie to see if its recipe for success translates to impressive performance.
It's not the sexiest...
No, it is not. In fact, it looks a bit chunky compared to the likes of the ASUS Zenbook Prime and Acer Aspire S5. But that's almost an unfair comparison. After all, as we've said, this is not an ultrabook. However, once you stop comparing the VAIO S to those razor-thin specimens, you'll see that it has its own brand of good looks.
This laptop comes with a textured facade, that means it won't be the victim of those unsightly fingerprint smudges other laptops are cursed with. At the same time, it sports a modern look with a rectangular figure that's almost void of soft curves. This gives the VAIO S that macho, no-nonesense, almost business-y look owing to its simple yet sophisticated exterior. Finally, the VAIO icon on the lid gives more wapak to the whole package.
Nor the lightest...
Again, this is not an ultrabook, but that doesn't mean magkakamasel ka sa pagbuhat dito. In reality, the VAIO S is actually pretty thin compared to other laptops. It's also quite light, tipping the scales at just under 4lbs., which adds more portability points. All in all, we didn't have any problem carrying this baby around town.
It is also worth noting that the extra room on the VAIO S went to something really important. It might not be the thinnest but at least it comes with a full array of ports, from VGA and Ethernet to HDMI and USB 3.0.
But has speed...
Yes it does. You'll notice this first during starting up and shutting down. The former lasts around 35 seconds on the average, which is quite fast, while the latter is finished in under 20 (without those pesky updates, of course). Resume for Sleep only takes about two to three seconds, another good mark on the VAIO S's report card.
In terms of running software, the VAIO S does great. Loading times of basic programs like Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Office won't make you go to the kitchen to fix up a quick cup of coffee while waiting. The same goes for the more resource-intensive programs like 3D games and Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.