Summary: Plugged in on high performance, this netbook is very nice to use. I like the keyboard and monitor, and the speed is quite acceptable for a small lightweight computer. I use a headset to avoid the miniscule speakers. It was one of the easiest set-ups, with less bloatware to remove than my last Sony. All the software I installed works well, and the computer found my bluetooth and wireless network devices with no problems. CONS: ..
Summary: I bought this computer because I needed a small laptop to take with me that has WI-FI and can do laptop things like word and number processing and was light and easy to use. I have been using it for a week now and I just read the reviews here today. I agree the screen isn't the best. I agree the right shift key and question mark key are small. I agree with the plasticky feeling. All of those are livable things. What isn't to me is the lack of USB 3.0.
Summary: Beware the slow 5400rpm hard drive is the Achilles heel of this and any other brand system, think bottleneck. HP has same system for 100 less. Also note although the 4gb ram should be enough, the HP system does specify up to 8gb ram, since this is the same AMD system I believe the Sony can also support 8gb. Documentation is horrible now days, you have to fend for yourself.
Summary: When buyers are looking for a laptop these days, it can get rather confusing as to what constitutes the higher price, and what specifications best fit the individual user. As far as netbooks/notebooks are concerned, it seems that any company who isn't Apple has had challenges offering a quality product for the right price.
A reasonable system, but not cheap, with some real annoyances.
I. R. Smart. "Tzu Crazy", Amazon
22 November 2011
Summary: So in this market of not-quite laptop/more-than-a netbook, it's easy to get bogged down and flustered, trying to figure out which system is the one for you. Sony has tried to bring its own netbook/notebook to the market with the Vaio YB series, but hasn't really succeeded. It hasn't altogether failed though either, but let's break it down and figure things out. Pros: 1.) Incredibly easy out-of-box experience. Connect battery, turn on.