Sony Vaio Y Series: 10 reasons why

11.6-inch netbook with 1.53GHz and 4GB RAM

Sony's Vaio Y Series hopes to drag you from the silly world of tablets and remind you why the keyboard was invented..

Imagine a device that was like a tablet, but instead of a touchscreen, it had a keyboard that folded up over the screen when not in use. What’s that? Such a thing already exists? This, the Windows 7-powered Y series is the runt in Sony’s new litter of Vaios, with its diddy, 11.6-inch screen, but this plucky little blighter has surprising grunt, fi tted as it is with a 1.6GHz AMD E350 processor and 4GB of RAM. But wait. As Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket was once known to aver: “Come here, there’s more (reasons to buy this netbook)”.


The Details

1 TASTY VISUALS
The 1366x768 resolution matches that found on most 13-inch screens, giving more visual bang for your buck

2 LENGTHY BATTERY
The Y Series provides just shy of seven hours of browsin’ ’n’ typing

3 WELCOME HELPFULNESS
A built-in Help button can be used to optimise your PC and de-clutter your hard drive, without deleting fi les

4 ZIPPY PROCESSOR
Rather than an Intel Atom, this has an AMD Fusion chip. This combines a CPU and GPU for allegedly Gonzales-like performance

5 “PROPER” OS
Unlike some netbooks, which come with a pared down version of Windows 7, the Y Series has full-fat, no-skimping Home Premium

6 EXEMPLARY COOLNESS
A low-voltage processor means your thighs will remain unroasted as you peck at the Y Series in bed

7 IMPRESSIVE POWER
It’ll handle games that are just off the cusp of the cutting edge, and play HD video without screeching

8 SPLENDID CONNECTIONS
It may be small, but the Y fi nds room for three USB ports, a bevvy of memory card slots, HDMI and VGA ports and Gigabit ethernet

9 CONFIDENCE-GRANTING AFTERCARE
Rest easy: there’s a two-year global guarantee

10 HEALTHY SLIMNESS
The Y Series tips the scales at just under 1.5kgs, so your biceps can rest easy too

Price: £430,
Launch date: Out now
Link: Sony

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