Sony VAIO S Series VPC-S111FM/S
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The laptop in this article was launched exclusively for Best Buy and it is part of the Blue Label program, along with the Dell Studio s15z-2249CPN and the Toshiba E205-S1904. As you would expect, this Sony VAIO S Series VPC-S111FMS is the most expensive of the bunch and when it came out it had a retail price tag of $1,049.
Under its hood there’s an Intel Core i5-430M processor running at 2.26 GHz and 4GB of DDR3 memory clocked at 1,066 MHz. For storage it features a 500GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm, while the chipset is an Intel HM55. The graphics department is covered by the integrated Intel Media Accelerator HD, while the operating system is the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.
The system measures 13 x 9 x 1.2 inches and it weighs 4.3 pounds (5.1 pounds with the AC adapter). It adopts a rather dull silver plastic case and has angled edges, reminding us of some older models. Given its compact dimensions and its low weight, this is a backpack friendly laptop that could make it into the ultraportable category.
One of the best things about it would have to be the comfortable and well-placed keyboard which consists of relatively shallow keys that are suitable for quick and efficient writing. The touchpad manages to be larger than the average in this segment and comes with two very responsive curved buttons located below. The available palm rest is not as generous as we would have hoped, but the good thing is that the raised surface has good friction.
The Sony VAIO S Series VPC-S111FMS has been fitted with a 13.3-inch widescreen glossy LED-backlit display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. The laptop is able to auto adjust its brightness, but even though the maximum brightness is sufficient, at this level the screen is not as vibrant.
Under a grille above the keyboard Sony installed the stereo speakers which offer a decent amount of volume, making them suitable for webchat, video viewing and also music. Even though it adopts a compact size, Sony managed to install an optical drive on the laptop’s front right-hand side, while its eject button is located on the front of the Vaio.
Regarding connectivity, it comes with both VGA out and an HDMI port, while for audio you get the regular headphone and microphone jacks. In the data area it packs three USB 2.0 ports, Memory Stick reader, an SD card reader and mini FireWire, while for networking it comes with Bluetooth, an Ethernet port and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The standard 6-cell lithium-ion battery is going to last for about three and a half hours during video playback.