Sony Vaio SB with 2nd-gen Core i5 processor
More and more laptops are now coming in with the new second-generation Intel Core i5 processors. This one, a Sony Vaio SB, comes with a Core i5 2410M running at 2.3GHz.
Coming at 3.8lbs, the Vaio SB attempts to be a thin and light yet powerful 13-incher (the 13″ Macbook is 4.7lbs).
The unit has a dark, matte finish in the exterior although but the interior is painted with bright colors (the review unit we have is violet).
Complete specs of this variant include an embedded GPU and a discrete graphics that you can switch between Speed or Stamina.
Sony Vaio S (VPC-SB16FG)
13.3″ display @ 1366×768 pixels
Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3GHz (Turbo Boost to 2.9GHz)
Intel HD Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6470M 512MB VRAM
4GB DDR3 RAM
320GB Western Digital HDD
USB 3.0 port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
Memory Stick/SD Card Reader
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
4540mAh Li-Ion battery
The chiclet-type keyboard is also back-lit to give it a nice touch. Several buttons are lined on the top of the keyboard including the eject button for the DVD drive.
The video is switchable between the embedded Intel HD Graphics and the AMD Radeon HD 6470M (which is a middle class graphics card based on the Seymore XT codename featuring the UVD3 video processor).
Windows Experience Index gives the Core i5 a 6.9 (which is pretty high for its category) while the Radeon HD 6470 got a sub-score of 6.4.
Others claim this is Sony’s answer to the much-expected Asus U36 laptop though the latter does not come with an ODD. The Sony Vaio SB has a suggested retail price of Php69,999.