Sony VAIO Fit 15 Review: Performance

May 7, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (269,768)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 5
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.57
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

The Sony VAIO Fit is certainly capable of taking on most tasks, but users may still find the device bit wanting especially at the listed $950 (at time review was written) price point.  Equipped with a 1.8 GHz Intel i5-337U processor, Intel HD Graphics, and 8GB RAM the Sony VAIO fit easily tackles basic functions such a word processing web browsing.

Thanks to the 8GB of RAM the notebook is also able to juggle multiple tasks without any noticeable decline in performance. The Sony VAIO Fit can tackle more extensive Office functions such as complex excel tables without a serious drop in performance. Although, as configured, the notebook’s ability to multi-task more demanding functions like multiple video and photo editing applications is somewhat limited. With integrated Intel graphics the notebook is able to handle older games, but more graphically intensive tasks such as newer games or lengthy 1080p or 4K video editing will likely prove to be too much for this device.

For general users the most notable bottleneck for performance will come from the 750 GB hybrid HDD. While faster than a standard 5,400 RPM hard disk drive it does slow down data retrieval and write speed at times, which diminishes overall performance as a result.  The lack of a Solid State Drive may not be a huge issue for general users, but power users will likely expect more given the Sony VAIO Fit’s price tag.

Our Sony VAIO Fit review unit includes the following configuration:

  • Window 8 (64-bit)
  • 15.6″ HD LED-Backlit 1920 x 1080 Touch-Enabled Display
  • 1.8GHz Intel i5-337U processor
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 750GB Hybrid HDD (5400 rpm + 8GB NAND flash cache)
  • 802.11
  • DVD-RAM
  • Dimensions: 14.8″ x 10.1″ x 0.9″
  • Weight: 5.05 lbs.
  • 4400 mAh Li-Ion Battery
  • Price: $950 (at time review was written)

wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance): 

 

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance): 

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test: 

 

Heat and Noise

The Sony VAIO Fit offers one of the more peculiar vent locations that I’ve seen in a notebook. The vent is located directly between the device’s speakers on the edged surface that is slanted towards the display. While unusual the location is also ingenious, as it ensures that the hot air emanating from device is pushed away from the users. This is especially welcomed when using the Sony VAIO as a laptop.

The fan does manage to the keep the device relatively cool most of the time. While running multiple programs or particular taxing functions the notebook did become warmer, thought the fan managed to keep the device cool enough that it could still be comfortably used as a laptop. When the machine heats up the fan does a produce an audible hum.

Battery Life

To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

PowerMark battery life test results (higher scores mean better life): 

In our tests the Sony VAIO Fit ran for 2 hours 32 minutes before shutting down after reaching the 5 percent battery reserve. Running well below the 3 hours the limited battery life is easily the most notable weak point of the Sony VAIO Fit. Wit is sleek design and manageable weight, the 15.6″ Sony VAIO Fit would be ideal for travel, but the machine’s portability is severely limited by its weak battery life. Basically users planning to take this device on the go should have the charger on-hand.


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