Pros

  • Long battery life
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Poor vertical viewing angles
  • Expensive

At A Glance

We're not sure how Sony crammed so much hardware into such a thin and light laptop. If you have the money, this is one of the fastest ultraportables we've ever tested.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.sony.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2700.0 MHz
Cache size 4.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 13.3 inches
Display type Matte LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drives included 2.0
Raid type RAID 0
Drive size 256.0 GB
Other storage
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Solid-State Drive
Battery
Vendor Rated Battery life 7.5 hours
Ports and Connections
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n/b/g
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Slots
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 8000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Memory max 8.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 13.0 inches
Depth 8.9 inches
Height 1.0 inches
Weight 3.7 pounds
Weight with Accessories 4.6 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Included Software Adobe: Acrobat 9 Standard, Photoshop Elements 8, Premiere Elements 8; ArcSoft Webcam Suite; CyberLink PowerDVD BD; Microsoft Office 2010
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 144.0
Battery
Battery Life 7:19   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 183.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 324.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 155.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 257.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 286.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 317.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 171.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 185.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 162.0   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 13.3   Watts
Sleep power usage 1.3   Watt hours
Off power usage 0.0   Watt hours
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 148.89   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 115.78   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 109.39   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 91.21   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 38.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 30.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 75.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 62.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 42.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 34.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 101.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 79.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 227.0