Here, editor Mike Wall takes a look at the 15″ variant of the new Sony VAIO Fit line. It weighs in at around 5lbs, comes with a silver metallic casing that surrounds the entire chassis, an Intel i5 processor running Windows 8, 8GB of RAM and a vibrant 15.6-inch touchscreen. The curved display design on the back even serves as a prop-up for the keyboard to give a better typing angle when opened.
Although features are good, the price tag may come a bit hefty for some. Is this a notebook worthy of it’s price point?
For more information, see our full written review of the Sony VAIO Fit.
Hello. I’m Michael Wall, from Notebook Review. This is our quick look of the Sony VAIO Fit.
Here you see the 15.6″ variant of the Sony VAIO Fit, which is Sony’s new VAIO line. As you can see, it’s heavily stylized; there’s a lot of curves, a lot of slants to the design. I’ll bring this down and you can see it from the side. It curves in heavily, and it actually gives it a nice feel to it. When you hold it, it actually feels almost smaller and lighter than it actually is. I was actually surprised to learn that this device weighs over 5 pounds, because when I was initially using it, it felt much lighter. I think it just has a lot to do with how comfortable the slants fit in your hands, especially here on the front of the chassis, where it curves in. It just fits nicely within your hands when you’re holding it.
In line with Sony’s whole ideal, is just that they are very sleek, and you definitely see that from the Fit. As you can see as I lift up the display here, it’s actually curved on the back. I’ll turn this over. It’s actually curved down to the back. What that helps to do is actually lift up the surface of the keyboard, to make a better angle for you to type on. It lifts it up; it makes the typing angle just a little bit cleaner, a little bit easier. The metallic casing obviously provides a nice aesthetic. It’s a little bit of a glare, a glint that comes off it, but it’s not too flashy. It’s definitely within reason. The only issue that I have with the design of the device is the silver casing sometimes can cause fingerprints to show up, especially when they’re pressed hard on the device.
In line with the aesthetic, the VAIO offers a full HD 1920 x 1080 touch-enabled display. As you can see, it’s really bright, vibrant, a glossy appeal. When you’re looking straight-on at it, it looks really well. It provides a clear picture, a great image. It also fares well when you’re talking about the horizontal angle, turning it to the side. Unfortunately though due to its glossy finish, when you tilt it forwards or you tilt it back, there can be some distortion with image quality, especially when there’s direct light hitting it, you will see reflections every once in a while. Other than that, it does provide solid image, and the touch-enabled display controls work extremely well. They’re really responsive, and they work so well that you could almost control the device entirely from these controls.
Also extremely comfortable is the full Chiclet-style keyboard that we have here on the device, complete with number pad. The compression is somewhat shallow, due to the limited thickness of the device. The feedback is really solid, and the texture makes keys easily gripped. Typing on it, you feel assured; it’s easy, and it’s comfortable.
The touchpad I have mixed feelings about. As you can see, it’s just a generously sized touchpad with no buttons. Similar to other devices coming out now, they have divided portions of it to act as mouse buttons, so that the bottom left of the touch pad will act as a left-click, and the bottom right portion will act as a right-click. The problem is that they don’t really designate which area acts as a right-click, so you have to guess. It’s not a huge problem, but it can make it somewhat uncomfortable when you’re trying to right-click and you either click the wrong arrow and get a left-click, or vice versa; you’re trying to left-click and you end up being too close to the bottom right corner, and it results in a right-click.
By far, the Achilles heel of the Sony VAIO series has been performance. Here, it actually delivers. That was one of the things that I was worried about when [inaudible: 03:33] this device. It’s equipped with an Intel-5 1.28 gigahertz processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM, along with Intel HD graphics. It certainly is more than enough for the average consumer. Things like web surfing, basic word processing; it handles no problem. It can multitask efficiently, thanks to the 8 gigabytes of RAM. Probably the most noticeable bottleneck for this machine is probably the 750 gigabyte hard drive. Again for average users, I don’t think the lack of speed will be a serious issue. Obviously for power users, or people who want optimal performance, that’s something you’re going to have to look at. Especially when you consider that this is a $950 machine, at least at the time of review, that limited performance, those limited specs can be somewhat of a concern. You might want to get more for your money. If you’re looking for something that has an overall clean aesthetic, nice appeal, a beautiful display, then the VAIO is definitely something that might be worth looking into.
For more information on the Sony VAIO Fit, be sure to check out our full review.
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