The Sony Vaio YB is a portable notebook which fits somewhere between the Sony Vaio W 10 inch netbook and the company’s more ambitious (and expensive) products such as the Vaio P 8.9 inch ultraportable and the Sony Vaio X ultrathin notebook.
But while the Vaio W, P, and X all have low power Intel Atom processors, the Sony Vaio YB has an AMD E-350 dual core processor and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. With a price tag of $599, it’s reasonably inexpensive for a Sony laptop, but it’s still pricier than laptops with similar specifications from HP and Lenovo.
So how does the Sony Vaio YB stack up in real-world performance? The folks at Laptop Magazine got to spend some time with a demo uni and they’ve posted a detailed review.
They found the machine to be stylish, light weight, and reasonably powerful — especially when compared with an Intel Atom-based notebook. The notebook ran for about 5 hours on a charge, which isn’t bad, but it’s about an hour less time than Laptop Magazine got from HP and Lenovo’s AMD E-350-equipped notebooks.
The keyboard is also reportedly a bit on the small side, and they were underwhelmed by the speakers and webcam.
You can find more details and plenty of photos at Laptop Magazine.