Let’s take a look at the Windows Experience Index score as that is one that you can easily compare to other notebooks at retail stores.
As you can see our system had a Windows 7 Index base score of 3.7 and the lowest scoring component on the notebook is the processor. At 1.6GHz there is only so much you can expect from the AMD E-350 APU in terms of x86 computing performance, but look at the graphics and gaming graphics scores! The AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6310 graphics look pretty powerful!
To test out the performance of the Sony VAIO Y Series laptop we will use a variety of benchmarks and we’ll also be including test results form an ASUS K53E notebook with an Intel Core-i5 2520M processor and Packard Bell notebook with the Intel Core-i7 2820QM processor.
The Sony VAIO Y Series 11.6″ notebook with the AMD E350 APU did surprisingly well on all of the benchmarks. The performance of the laptop showed that it was faster than the Intel Atom powered netbooks that we have benchmarked in the past, but as you can see from the chart above it was slower than the more expensive Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ powered laptops. For what it is, the Sony VAIO Y Series notebook did very well. The Sony VAIO Y series notebook has two limiting factors and that is the slow 5400-RPM hard drive it uses and the 1.6GHz clock frequency of the APU. When multitasking the Sony VAIO Y Series laptop did feel sluggish, but some of that is due to the hard drive. The desktop feel is certainly better than Intel Atom powered notebooks, but not even in the same ballpark as the ASUS K53E with the second generation Core i5-2520M 2.5GHz processor. A $200 price gap and 4-inches separates these notebooks though, so it’s not a fair apples to apples comparison. We are just showing you these numbers so you can put the pieces together on your own. You can download 3DMark, CrystalDiskMark, Sandra, Cinebench, x264 HD, Hyper Pi, Resident Evil 5 Benchmark and H.A.W.X. 2 benchmark for free and see how your current laptop compares to these scores. We like using these tests as you can do them at home to see how your system stacks up against the new ones!