Sony VAIO Y Series 11.6-inch Notebook Review – AMD E-350 APU


The Sony VAIO Y Series Laptop

We’ve been hearing about the AMD Fusion APU for years now, so when we got the opportunity to do a review on a Sony VAIO laptop with the dual-core E-350 APU we jumped at the chance to see what it can do. The notebook we received for testing was the Sony VAIO Y series notebook, which is a very small 11.6″ ultra portable notebook.

Sony Vaio 11.6-inch Notebook

The Sony VAIO Y series laptop measures in at 11.42″ (W) x 0.99″-1.25″ (H) x 7.99″ (D) with a weight of just 3.23 lbs. This type of a notebook is a travelers dream as it is compact and light. Sony offers the VAIO Y series in two colors; pink and silver. As you can see from the images on this page we were sent the silver model and that is fine by us!

Sony Vaio Y Series Notebook

The Sony VAIO Y Series notebook has a very clean finish to it. On the outside the notebook has a smooth plastic surface with a the traditional VAIO logo in the middle with with a tasteful Sony brand logo along the top edge. This finish didn’t show finger prints thanks to the matte silver finish.

Sony VAIO Y Series Product Specs:

  • Processor Series: Dual-Core Processor E-350
  • Processor Brand: AMD
  • Installed Memory: 3 GB
  • Hard Drive Size: 320 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Installed Memory DIMMs: 2GB + 1GB
  • Graphics Type: Integrated
  • Audio: Intel High Definition Audio
  • Dimensions: 11.42″ (L) x 7.99″ (W) x 0.99-1.25″ (H)
  • Wireless Compatibility: Atheros 802.11b/g/n Wireless Network Connection (802.11b/g/n)
  • Graphics Memory: Internal
  • Processor Speed (GHz): 1.60 GHz
  • Weight: 3.23 lbs.
  • Webcam: Built-in MOTION EYE camera and microphone
  • Estimated Battery Life: Up to 6 hours standard settings
  • Processor Cache Size: 1MB Cache
  • Battery: Standard Capacity Lithium Ion Battery
  • Processor Model: AMD Dual-Core Processor E-350
  • Hard Drive Detail: 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Memory Type: DDR3 1066MHz
  • Screen Type and Resolution: 11.6″ LED Backlit Display
  • Networking Detail: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
  • Graphics Brand/ Model: AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6310 Graphics

The exact model that we are testing today is the Sony VAIO Y Series VPCYB14KX. We have discovered that this model is being phased over to the Sony VAIO Y Series VPCYB15KX. The difference between the models are the memory and hard drive. The newer VPCYB15KX model has 4GB of memory and a 500GB 5400-RPM hard drive compared to the 3GB of memory and 320GB 5400-RPM hard drive on this review unit. Since the DDR3 memory speed remains 1066MHz and the hard drive is still 5400-RPM we don’t expect significant performance differences. Let’s take a look at the layout of this notebook and then get to the performance benchmarks!

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