|Screen Size||11.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1336 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1336 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.65 GHz AMD E Series|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 6310|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||5.45 hours|
Sony VAIO YB Series VPCYB35KX/P 11.6-Inch Laptop (Pink)
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1.) Incredibly easy out-of-box experience. Connect battery, turn on. Run through a very simple Windows 7 setup, and you're done.
2.) Not an altogether awful amount of pre-installed software (though still far too many Vaio entries in Programs/Features). The 500GB hard drive (456GB after formatting) has 437GB available, which is pretty reasonable after a Windows 7 installation.
3.) The system itself feels fairly solid, despite its platicky nature, with little to no flex anywhere.
4.) A nice array of ports for an 11.6" laptop, with 3x USB, 1x HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, headphone/microphone, SD Card/Memory Stick.
5.) Nice resolution for the screen size, at 1366x768, and very bright.
6.) Decent battery life (4-5 hours).
7.) Raised palm rests that are quite comfortable, solid, and not smudge-magnets like many other systems.
However, the cons have to come in here, and there's a lot of them...
1.) The screen, while featuring a lovely resolution, is desperately (and I mean desperately) lacking in contrast. Viewing angles are atrocious, vertically and horizontally, and I'm just not happy with the way text is displayed due to the lack of contrast. Black text just looks faded and grey.
2.) There's one fan in the system, and that's on the left side of the system.Read more ›
The screen on the Sony is gorgeous (although it has glare issues and a rigid viewing angle), and altogether it is a beautiful machine. It also comes with 4GB of ram which is high for a netbook and compensates for the netbook-grade processor inside the hood. Windows Home Premium is also a welcome upgrade from Starter, and loads up quite quickly.
However, in retrospect the laptop does not justify it's very high price, for 2 main reasons:
1. Build quality is OK but not magnificient, it looks great but up-close and personal you feel the plastic. I actually had to superglue the top part of the display, as it came shipped with a small gap.
2. Battery life is absolutely unacceptable - less than 3 hours on a charge, simply browsing the web with WiFi. Come on Sony, this isn't 2008 anymore...
In hindsight the TimelineX series is probably a much better buy. It looks less good IMO (which was actually a decisive factor for my wife), but in terms of battery life, CPU, etc, it probably beats the Sony for about the same price (I have no first hand experience with it, but was debating between the two before the purchase).
The installed battery may not be properly connected to the computer or may not be compatible with the computer.
Click "OK" to enter Hibernate mode, and remove and reinsert the battery.
See the eletronic VAIO(R) User Guide for more information about using the battery."
I would have given one star but Sony warned me of the pending lithium fire.
Thank you for not burning my house down :-)
And thanks to Amazon for having a good return policy!
PS When I say loose battery, I mean moves freely to the point you can hear it when you set the laptop down.
If someone had given me this as a gift, I would carry it in a bag so the battery wouldn't be able to slip out and go skipping across the floor.
Every couple of years I usually upgrade to one of the latest models, but I was hoping to hold out for a Vaio Ultrabook with Windows 8 this year, but the Vaio Y 13.3" that I've used daily since January 2010 no longer has a working spacebar, so I decided to purchase the Vaio YB 11.6".
Surprisingly enough, the Vaio Y 13.3" and the Vaio YB 11.6" actually use the same battery packs, so both my standard VGP-BPS21A battery and extended VGP-BPL21 battery can be used on the YB. The Vaio YB came with 4GB of memory and a 500GB Hitachi model 5K750-500 5400RPM hard drive.
I just replaced the YB's 500GB drive, though, with a 128GB SSD from Amazon Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s with Data Transfer Kit CT128M4SSD2CCA and the YB is now lightning fast. It's really a pleasure to use because it boots up in less than 20 seconds with the SSD installed. There's a good video on YouTube that shows how to replace the YB's hard drive with an SSD. It took me less than 10 minutes to do it. To find the video, type "swap vaio YB hard drive" into the YouTube search.
My only complaint, and the only reason I'm giving the YB 4 stars instead of 5 is because the build quality is not the best. There is a slight gap on the right outside of the screen where if I squeeze the plastic border of the screen with my fingers, I will hear a click because it is not completely together and won't stay together.Read more ›
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I purchased the SONY Vaio YB Series 11.6 inch laptop in January 2012. By March 2013 it was no longer working. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by angela borreggine
Nothing against Amazon. Sony VAIO has soft screen top. We had to replace the screen twice from cracking. My kid my had something to do with it but it should crack the screen.Published on May 30, 2013 by Tsukigi
It's fantastic at its size. Very robust and versatile. I even worked with it, for a while. A lot of connections and the only drawback (its brightness) it's not a real problem. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Oscar Eduardo
I am very very happy with my purchase of SONY VAIO YB SERIES VPCYB35KX/P 11.6 INCH LAPTOP (PINK) What I like the most is that it is PINK and that it is 11.6 inches.Published on February 27, 2013 by Maria-Nilsa Baloco
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