Sony VAIO S Series 15

Basic Specs

Laptop type Mainstream
Thickness 0.94 inches
Weight 4.41 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 15.5 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Optical drive type Slot-loading

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias VAIO SVS1511W9E

Hardware

Laptop type Mainstream
Width 14.96 inches
Depth 10.06 inches
Thickness 0.94 inches
Weight 4.41 pounds
Color White, Black

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 15.5 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad Yes

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3612QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.1 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.1 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model GeForce GT 640M LE

Memory

Base RAM size 8 GB

Storage

Options HDD (5400RPM)
Base drive type HDD (5400RPM)
Base drive capacity 1 TB

Optical Drive

Optical drive type Slot-loading
Compatible media DVD-ROM, Blu-ray burner

Audio

Speakers 2
Audio brand Dolby Home Theater v4

Webcam

Effective pixels 1.31 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 1
USB 3.0 2
HDMI 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Ryan Strat (Currently owns)

    Overall this is a solid laptop. Mine is configured with a dual core i5 @ 2.6Ghz, a 256GB SSD, and nVidia GT 240M LE (2GB).

    The keyboard is solid with good key spacing and travel. The backlighting is controlled by an ambiant light sensor above the keyboard, but as far as I can tell, there is only one brightness. On the 15" model, you get a full number pad which comes in handy.

    The trackpad is a Synaptics Clickpad and for the most part work rather well. tap to click, 2 finger right click and scrolling work well. Pinch to zoom can be a bit problematic, but it seems to be an issue with windows rather than the trackpad. Lastly, some of the edge gestures for Windows 8 have some problems, but have steady improved through regular driver updates.

    Battery life on this laptop is pretty good(I did not purchase the slice battery). I can regularly get 4.5-5 hours web if I stick to rather basic tasks like web browsing and coding. Streaming video from youtube will pull that estimate down closer to 4.5 hrs. If I am performing intensive tasks, especially those that utilize the GPU, it is possible to drain the battery much more quickly, but that is to be expected.

    Sony loves to install so much crapware on Vaios. There were close to 20 pieces of son software. Some of which is useful, like Vaio Control Center (allows you to manage hardware specific features, such as fan speed and keyboard backlight) to completely useless like Vaio Gate, which adds a hideous dock to the top of your screen.

    Overall, this is a fantastic laptop that doesn't give me trouble with anything. I'm gamer, but I have yet to find anything that has pushed this system to it's max though.

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    • Heat / noise 7
    • Battery life 8
    • Software 5
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