Excerpt: The Sony Vaio S Series laptop computer is fully customizable. You can build your laptop to your specific needs so you don’t overpay for stuff you will never use. You have the option to go with the 2.5GHz Intel i5 processor with turbo boosts up to 3.1GHz, or you can go for the gusto and upgrade to the i7 processor that can get up to 3.6GHz of processor speed. Regardless, you will be able to notice the speed of this computer’s processor.
Pros: The Sony Vaio S Series gives you the option to upgrade to an i7 processor with speeds up to 3.6GHz.
Cons: At three to five hours, the battery life is among the lower tier of laptops.
Summary: All in all, we had a great time with the VAIO S13 despite the few bumps we encountered along the way. In our opinion these slight issues shouldn't eclipse the other good features of the laptop as those can be fixed with little bit of tweaking. However there’s not much you can do about the poor display but just to deal with it or attach an external monitor. Its greatest strength lies on its keyboard (minus the backlit function) and spacious clickpad.
Summary: The Sony Vaio S 15” is an effective laptop that can be used for a variety of productivity tasks and also for light gaming. I personally think that it would be great for just about everything everything except hardcore gaming. As such, it should work for most people, in most situations. I personally think that this would be a great development machine for example. The large 1920×1080 screen combined with the full-size numeric pad is just a fantastic combo for that.
Summary: The Sony VAIO S Series may seem like a mediocre all-purpose laptop, and it is one. But it's also thin, light, and quite portable, and it sports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Intel Wireless Display technology, and optional embedded mobile broadband. In other words, if you're looking for an all-purpose laptop that's stylish and easy to tote, the VAIO S Series might be the system for you.
Summary: The $1,049 Sony VAIO VPCS11FM/s has a lot to offer, including a fast Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel’s Wireless Display technology, all wrapped in an attractive, easy-to-carry package. As a Best Buy exclusive, it also such perks as a two-year warranty and a complimentary year of antivirus protection. If you don’t mind carrying a heavier but still portable 14-inch notebook, we recommend the $899 14-inch Toshiba Satellite E205.
Conclusion: The Sony S Series 13P is a shining example of Sony's ability to craft great laptops and it's practically flawless as an ultraportable business machine. The inclusion of a Blu-ray drive doesn't stop it being a bit of a let-down when it comes to multimedia, but frankly that's splitting hairs considering the performance and extra features you get out of this machine.