The Bottom Line
Oct 25 2012 - The Sony VAIO SVE11113FXW is certainly very affordable for a compact 11-inch laptop system but it can't shake its netbook heritage when it comes to performance. Compound this with below average battery life for a laptop of this class and it just becomes a hard to recommend system with its limited performance that coul be replaced by a tablet or spending a bit more for a more flexible laptop.
- Compact Size
- USB 3.0 Port
- Good Keyboard For Its Size
- Performance Well Below Similarly Priced Laptops
- Below Average Battery Life
- Awkward Touchpad
- AMD E2-1800 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 11.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- AMD Radeon HD 7340M Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 11.4" x 8" x 1.3" @ 3.3 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Sony VAIO SVE11113FXW
Oct 25 2012 - Sony's VAIO SVE11113FXW is sort of an odd laptop system. It resides in a place between the old netbooks that have pretty much vanished from the market and the newer class of ultrathin laptops. It certainly is much more affordable than your traditional ultrabook laptop but it doesn't share much with other low cost laptops.
Powering the VAIO SVE11113FXW is the AMD Fusion E2-1800 dual core processor. This is a processor series that was originally designed for netbooks and has been upgraded over time. It certainly is very energy efficient but lacks the performance of a traditional laptop processor or even newer ultrabook processors. It should be fine for your basic applications like email, web browsing or productivity, but many more consumers are willing to look at a tablet for such tasks rather than a traditional laptop. The 4GB of DDR3 memory lets it run Windows smoothly and has multitasking capabilities that tablets still struggle with.
Since this is an ultraportable class system, an optical drive is not included with the VAIO SVE11113FXW. This is very typical of small systems and in fact is even more common with newer systems as well as they are loosing they viability in the computer market. In terms of storage space, Sony includes a sizable 500GB hard drive that provides it with a good deal of storage space. The difference here is that some of the ultrabooks that are priced a bit higher than this use hybrid hard drive setups. This means that they will boot and load programs faster than the Sony. Now, compared to standard budget laptops, the performance is roughly the same. Of the hard drive doesn't have enough space, Sony does include a USB 3.0 port for use with high speed external hard drives.
Much of the small size of the Sony VAIO SVE11113FXW is thanks to the smaller 11.6-inch display panel. It features the same 1366x768 native resolution that is found in most low cost laptops but is sharper because of the greater pixel density. Color and brightness are pretty typical for screens in this price range and the viewing angles are fairly narrow which isn't uncommon. The graphics for the laptop are a bit better than average thanks to the AMD Radeon HD 7340 that are built into the main processor. This is a fairly low end version of the AMD graphics so it still has limited 3D performance but it does top what the Intel HD graphics can achieve even if it isn't something suited for even casual PC gaming. What is does offer though is the ability to accelerate non-3D applications such as Photoshop that the Intel graphics currently lack.
The keyboard for the Sony VAIO SVE11113FXW is decent considering its smaller size. It uses the isolated layout that is common to many laptops these days. It does get a bit cramped in the lower right hand with a smaller shift and cntrl key in order to git the arrow and Fn keys. The trackpad is a bit awkward. It is fairly wide but is very short due to the limited space. The biggest drawback though is that integrated buttons on the touchpad which were awkward because of the shape of the trackpad.
With its smaller size and lower cost, Sony has reduced the overall size of the battery for the SVE11113FXW. It features a 3500mAh capacity battery that is roughly three quarters the power capacity of larger budget laptops and even many ultrabooks. In digital video playback tests, the laptop runs for just over three hours before going into standby mode. This is lower than your typical budget laptop and certainly much lower than many of the new ultrabook laptops. The HP Envy Sleekbook 6 which is 15-inches in size but still quite thin can run over five hours in the same test but it also features nearly twice as large of a battery pack. Even the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 ultrabook achieves nearly three quarter of an hour longer running time.