LaptopMag has reviewed the recently released Sony YB – an 11.6-inch notebook powered by an AMD Fusion Zacate E-350 processor. Turns out it’s not as good as either the HP Pavilion DM1z or the ThinkPad X120e in terms of features and value. The low points – keyboard is a little cramped, something Sony seems to have a problem with on these small sized notebooks / netbooks. Speakers are tinny and distort at high frequencies and battery life with the standard battery (3, mAh) only lasts 4:58 (websurfing with WiFi), a little over 1 – 1.5 hours less than the competition. There is an extended battery sold separately, however. On the other hand, there’s no heat at all – not even enough to tell that it’s turned on and the display is bright enough that glare from the glossy front is less of an issue.
I still can’t get over Sony’s preference for green and pink over black..
Price starts at $550 for 2GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD, available at Amazon.com. The HP starts $100 cheaper at $450 with an extra GB of RAM (3GB), the same capacity but faster HDD (7200RPM vs 5400RPM on the Vaio YB) and Windows 7 64-bit vs 32-bit on the YB. The Lenovo ThinkPad X120e should start at $399 but I don’t know the specs for the base model.
Hands on video from Notebook Italia (back at CES):
Video showing of Dirt 2 Rolling demo: