Sony Vaio FIT 15 - Sony's Mainstream Notebooks Get A Makeover (Part 3)

7/29/2013 11:43:58 AM

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The Fit 15 starts at $700 with a Core i3-3327U processor, 4GB RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics integrated and 500GB hard drive (5400RPM) combined with 8GB SSD. From there, you can upgrade to a Core i5 or i7 CPU, up to 12GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce GT 735M GPU with 1GB or 2GB of video memory. If you want more storage, you can buy 750GB or 1TB drive, also with 8GB SSD. Or you can remove the hybrid drive entirely and go with a 256GB or 512GB drive. You can make other adjustments: with Windows 8 Pro rather than Windows 8, or select the Blu-ray instead of DVD drives. Technically, the touch screen is optional, but only on the black model, pink and silver version only supports touch.

If you are looking for something more portable, the 14-inch Fit 14 offers similar specs, but starts at a lower price: $650 By the way, it's also worth going over what the Fit E models have to offer. The two start at $550 and $580, respectively, with a 1,600 x 900 screen on the Fit 14E and a 1080p panel on the Fit 15E. Like the higher-end Fits, they will be offered with Core i3, i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge, although in this case, there will also be a Pentium CPU offered at the lowest end.

Other specifications were also downgraded: 8GB RAM rather than 12GB, and the standard hard drive offering is a 500GB HDD, with no SSD attached. (You can also have 750GB or 1TB drive, or a hybrid setup). As on the higher-end Fit notebooks, Intel HD 4000 graphics are standard, but you can upgrade to discrete graphics (in this case, Nvidia GeForce GT730M GPU with 1GB or 2GB VRAM). Here, you can also add Blu-ray drive. As you wait, the touch screen is not here, but with this cheaper model, you can get a non-touch configuration in either black or white; pink is the only color that'll be available exclusively with touch.


In a few weeks, almost every PC maker will be refreshing its mainstream laptop lineup with Haswell, if not replacing their existing systems altogether. So, it'd be pointless to attempt a thorough comparison with other machines on the market, given that we are not quite sure what will be discontinued. That is, we can think of some other mid-range 15-inch systems that came out very recently, which give us confidence that they will remain available for at least several more months.

Starting with Dell, having Inspiron R series, with 15R ($550 or more) being the most relevant of the bunch. Like Fit series, it is highly configurable, with touch screen, Core i7 processor and 1TB storage offered at the high-end models. It is also much lighter than the Fit 15, with 5.12 pounds. However, keep in mind that the screen resolution is reduced to 1,366x768, and the hard drive is not associated with the SSD. In terms of specifications, the Fit 15 is clearly a winner, but you might want to keep the Inspiron 15R in mind anyway if you end up shifting your attention to the lower-priced Fit 15E. You can also check out the higher-end Dell XPS 15, but we are not sure how long it will be sold, as it had been for a long time.

Dell Inspiron 15R

Dell Inspiron 15R

Samsung has also recently launched a number of new models, including Ativ Book 6, a 15.6-inch system with Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and 1080p screen. However, unlike the Fit 15, it comes standard with discrete graphics (in this case, AMD Radeon HD 8770M GPU). It is also lighter, with 5.18 pounds. In short, we're not sure how much it will cost in the U.S., because we all know that it can be more expensive than the Fit series. Until the test, we can't vouch for the claimed 4.7-hour battery life, or say how it compares with the Fit 15's runtime.

Samsung Ativ Book 6

Samsung Ativ Book 6

Acer's also got some hot-off-the-press machines - V5 and V7 series were unveiled last week. The difference between the two lines mainly comes down to fit and finish, although both will be provided with a 1080p screen and optional discrete graphics, more or less matching what Sony is offering on the higher-end Fits. Keep an eye on these things - Acer is known for setting low prices in a way that Sony perhaps isn't.

Acer V5

Acer V5


Should you buy VAIO Fit 15? It's hard to say forthrightly, because we still do not know what other companies like HP and Toshiba will sell this summer. But we do know this: the Fit 15 kicks off back-to-school season on a strong note. We are praised Sony for standardizing on certain specs, such as backlit keyboard and higher screen resolution. In fact, if the other PC manufacturers refuse opposed to this, they can lose, at least in the specs war.

Should you buy VAIO Fit 15?

Should you buy VAIO Fit 15?

Furthermore, the keyboard is clearly improved compared to the keyboard on the VAIO line 2012, even though it was a bit shallow. And who can argue with 11-second boot time? We know the Fit 15 offers performance equal to or slightly better than what you get from other computers with the same specifications, we do not need to see the new HP systems to show you that. As you can see, our list of complaints is short, although we expect a longer battery life (also true for almost every touchscreen laptop with Ivy Bridge). And the design, while pretty, also suffers from some minor flaws - a little too much give here, a little too much wobble there. Especially since this is not a complete bargain, you would wise to wait a few weeks if you can, and see what other companies released.

The keyboard is clearly improved compared to the keyboard on the VAIO line 2012, even though it was a bit shallow.

The keyboard is clearly improved compared to the keyboard on the VAIO line 2012, even though it was a bit shallow.


·         Price: $700


·         Good performance, fast boot

·         Comfortable keyboard

·         Attractive Design

·         1080p screen and NFC become the standard

·         Webcam does well in low light conditions


·         Battery life is short

·         Narrow viewing angle

·         Heavy compared to some competing models


·         The Fit 15 combined a beautiful design with impressive specs, stable performance and comfortable keyboard.


·         Price: $700

·         Laptop type: Ultraportable

·         Color: Black, Silver, Pink

·         Operating system: Windows 8

·         Screen size (diagonal): 15 inches (LCD), 1920 x 1080p

·         Screen’s backlight: LED

·         Screen’s touch technology: Capacitive, multi-touch

·         Keyboard type: Chiclet, backlit, support number pad

·         Mouse: Trackpad

·         Processor: Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge

·         Graphics type: Optional

·         Discrete GPU: Nvidia, 2GB Vram

·         Storage: Flash Memory (SSD), Hybrid Drive

·         Optical drive: Blu-ray burner

·         Audio: ClearAudio+

·         Wi-Fi: Yes

·         Bluetooth: Yes

·         NFC: Yes



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