Review: Sony Vaio YB netbook
On the design side the Vaio VB has an obvious Sony flavour with rounded edges, functional curves, a sloping keyboard for easier typing and a coloured lid.
The ports include three USBs, Gigabit Ethernet to connect an internet cable, 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks and a HDMI port to connect the device to your TV.
Connectivity is covered with Bluetooth, and wi-fi including support for the latest 802.11n standard.
Under the hood the AMD Fusion processor combines a dual core 1.6Ghz AMD E350 along with an AMD Radeon HD6310 graphics card – impressive specs for a laptop of this size.
The advantage AMD Fusion brings is smoother video whether you’re watching a video on the web, a movie or your own content.
Another bonus with this processor is the reduced load on the battery which we found lasted more than four hours. That was with average use accessing the web through wi-fi, playing music and video and running applications.
The LED backlit screen has resolution of 1366 x 768 which places it in HD territory. Webpages, videos and pictures looked impressive on the display.
We would have liked to have a larger touchpad or one that has consistent sensitivity because at times it was slow or non-responsive.
A little more RAM would have also been nice but having just 2GB RAM wasn’t a deal breaker.
For basic use like browsing the web, playing music, viewing photos and videos and opening applications it was up to the task.
At $799 the capable Sony Vaio YB offers good value. The device is well designed, has an excellent screen and offers above average performance for a product this size.
Sony Vaio YB
Four stars (out of five)