IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Sony Vaio Y-series 11.6in review

When is a netbook not a netbook? When it’s designed by Sony and AMD. Alan Lu takes a look at the new 11.6in Vaio Y series laptop to see if it really does have all the advantages of a netbook without any of the limitations.

The 11.6in Sony Vaio Y versus the discontinued 13.3in version - notice the smaller keyboard and touchpad

The 11.6in Sony Vaio Y versus the discontinued 13.3in version - notice the smaller keyboard and touchpad.

Unsurprisingly the discontinued 13.3in Vaio Y is wider and deeper than the new 11.6in version. The new 11.6in model is availa

Unsurprisingly the discontinued 13.3in Vaio Y is wider and deeper than the new 11.6in version. The new 11.6in model is available in both lurid pink and sedate silver.

The 11.6in screen is very bright with good levels of contrast thanks to its glossy finish. The glossy sheen does mean that the screen reflects overhead lights, such as fluorescent strip lighting, easily leading to glare. This can look distracting, but it's not as bad as other glossy displays we've seen.

The 1,366x768 pixel resolution is the same as that found on most 13.3in screens. It is much easier to use most programs on this screen than it is on the cramped 1,024x600 resolutions of most 10.1in netbook screens. However, some may find text hard to read compared to using the same resolution on larger 13.3in screens.

So what's our verdict?

Verdict

There's a lot like about the 11.6in Sony Vaio Y from its comfortable keyboard to its reasonably long battery life and bright screen. Best of all is its low price of £343 ext VAT. Although we suspect similarly-priced budget ultraportable laptops with equally good battery life based on Intel processors will soon be available, for now the Vaio Y is a good choice if you need a light laptop at a low price.

Processor: AMD E350, 1.6GHz Memory: 4GB 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6130 Hard disk: 320GB hard disk Display: 11.6in 1,366x768, LED-backlit screen Features: 0.3 megapixel camera, microphone, stereo speakers Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Ports: 3 x USB2, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x SDHC card reader, 1x Memory Stick Pro Duo card reader, 3.5mm headphone and microphone audio sockets, Dimensions: 290x203x25mm (WxDxH) Weight: 1.44kg Warranty: 1 year Collect and Return warranty OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit Part code: VPCYB2M1E BENCHMARK RESULTS Image editing 21 Video encoding 11 Multiple apps 8 Overall 11 Light usage battery life – 6h45m POWER CONSUMPTION Sleep 0.4W Idle 18W Active 25W

Featured Resources

Four strategies for building a hybrid workplace that works

All indications are that the future of work is hybrid, if it's not here already

Free webinar

The digital marketer’s guide to contextual insights and trends

How to use contextual intelligence to uncover new insights and inform strategies

Free Download

Ransomware and Microsoft 365 for business

What you need to know about reducing ransomware risk

Free Download

Building a modern strategy for analytics and machine learning success

Turning into business value

Free Download

Recommended

AMD splashes out $1.9 billion on networking firm Pensando
Network & Internet

AMD splashes out $1.9 billion on networking firm Pensando

4 Apr 2022
MSI Pro DP20Z 5M review: Small, fast and affordable
Hardware

MSI Pro DP20Z 5M review: Small, fast and affordable

23 Mar 2022
AMD announces Ryzen 5800X3D will ship in April
system on chip (SoC)

AMD announces Ryzen 5800X3D will ship in April

16 Mar 2022
AMD and DoiT partner to help Google Cloud customers maximise performance
cloud computing

AMD and DoiT partner to help Google Cloud customers maximise performance

18 Feb 2022

Most Popular

Windows Server admins say latest Patch Tuesday broke authentication policies
Server & storage

Windows Server admins say latest Patch Tuesday broke authentication policies

12 May 2022
Russian hackers declare war on 10 countries after failed Eurovision DDoS attack
hacking

Russian hackers declare war on 10 countries after failed Eurovision DDoS attack

16 May 2022
IT admin deletes company’s databases and is jailed for seven years
Policy & legislation

IT admin deletes company’s databases and is jailed for seven years

16 May 2022