Sony VAIO S laptops have always been synonymous with style and excellence, a legacy that’s neatly carried forward by the four newest models (VJS132X0311S through -611S). Fitted with the latest eighth-generation Intel Core processors that support VAIO ‘TruePerformance’, these ultra-lightweight laptops weigh only 2.34lbs and deliver performance that’s competent for multiple needs across personal and professional life. The liberty of being able to choose among four different models lets you customize as per your requirements, prioritizing processing speed, RAM, storage or battery life as required. The VJS132X0311S model is priced at $2,199.00.
The Latest Sony VAIO S Models: Overview
Here’s a quick snapshot of the differences among the four models. Primarily, you can explore varying processing configurations and memory, both of which have repercussions on the battery backup.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8550U (up to 4.0GHz)||Intel Core i7-8550U
(up to 4.0GHz)
|Intel Core i7-8550U
(up to 4.0GHz)
|Intel Core i5-8250U
(up to 3.4GHz)
|Storage||1TB (SSD)||512GB (SSD)||512GB (SSD)||256GB (SSD)|
|Battery||8.25 hours||8.25 hours||8.50 hours||8.75 hours|
Let’s now dig deeper and explore everything that Sony VAIO S has to offer its audiences this time around.
Processing Performance with a Distinct Edge
While the eighth-generation Intel Core processors (i5 or i7) automatically lend brilliance to these machines, things get truly spectacular with the VAIO TruePerformance technology. Specially designed to maintain the peak of performance for a longer duration, this technology enhances the inherent Intel Turbo Boost and lets you enjoy greater speeds and efficiencies for far longer than you’d expect. The heat dissipation is excellent, never allowing the machine to get overheated, especially when you are performing multiple tasks like checking your e-mail, working on work presentations, and editing high-res images all in one go. Notably, while the VJS132X0611S model can be boosted to run up to 3.4GHz, the other three models can perform at 4.0GHz. Talk about blazing performance!
Complementing the capable, quad-core processor is up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of high-speed SSD storage. You can opt to get 256GB or 512GB of space depending on your requirements. All four models run a highly productive Windows 10 Pro operating system which also supports multitasking.
For a machine so powerful, the battery life of the Lithium-Polymer powerhouse is a welcome surprise—it is fairly long at over eight hours. While the VJS132X0611S model offers the best battery backup of 8.75 hours, the VJS132X0311S model also runs unplugged for about 8.25 hours. This is dependable enough to fuel your endeavors for a major part of the day.
Display & Graphics
All the four models of the new Sony VAIO S offer Intel UHD Graphics 620. While this is undoubtedly less dazzling than a dedicated graphics card, you still get to enjoy a full High-Definition display on the 13.3” screen. The screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 is optimal for multimedia experiences as well as some amount of gaming. Since VAIO S has a matte-finish screen, it doesn’t set off abrupt reflections and is comfortable on the eyes. Note that the display is not a touchscreen.
Connectivity & Device Support
In terms of device support, the four models let you avail of three USB 3.0 ports to plug in any peripherals that you need. (One of these is a “SuperSpeed” USB 3.0 complaint with charging). They are also equipped with an HDMI port and a VGA to let you connect to external displays. The VGA port is quite a pleasant surprise and proves indispensable in the (not uncommon) settings where you find yourself without HDMI support.
Supporting wireless connectivity is a high-speed network standard of 1000BASE-T LAN (or 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T). This LAN support comes in especially handy if you have poor Wi-Fi reception.
Portable, Standout Design
No surprises here—what you experience in this territory is grand, as is expected from the Sony VAIO family. Across the board, you behold lightweight (2.34lbs), portable laptops with a thickness as low as 0.5”. The overall dimensions are also quite nifty at 12.68 x 8.53 x 0.52”.
However, portability does not come at the cost of durability. These silver beauties have a magnesium-alloy case (specially molded) that makes them dependable and hassle-free for hectic lifestyles. In fact, every product is specially crafted and completed at the VAIO headquarters in Japan, and boy, does it show.
Accessibility & Security
A mighty reassurance while using this laptop on the run is the fingerprint reader. This feature lets you log in with your touch, thereby providing unmatched security against any potential lurkers wishing to steal your data. Further, it also makes the computer more convenient to use outside a stationary workstation as you are freed of the need to type in long passwords. Talking about comfortable typing experiences, you do get a strongly built, magnesium keyboard with superior build quality. It is backlit too, so working in conditions of poor lighting is a breeze.
All in all, the four latest models of Sony VAIO S look well-prepared to partner with working professionals, students, and anyone who leads a demanding, constantly-on-the-go lifestyle. With its lightning-fast performance, abundant storage space, and adequate options for collaboration and connectivity, it has the potential to be a tremendous business laptop.
It is not every day that you find a computer that regards performance in such high esteem, offering not only the latest processor and great efficiencies but also extended periods of peak performance through fault-free heat management. Another standout feature of the VAIO S is also the wonderful portability—the feather-light weight, sleek profile, and reliable design let you lug it along wherever you go. While the associated price tag is rather hefty, you will be bringing home a computing device that knows the grind and adapts to it like a fish to water.