The Sony Vaio Fit line-up of laptops that launched recently looks quite convincing—the laptops employ ultra-low voltage processors that are used in Ultrabooks, but sport a conventional design. Going by the specs on paper, you may expect a good balance of power and battery life, and that too at much lower price points than Ultrabooks. But the “value for money” aspect is a question mark, which we shall find out in the later part of the review.
A good mainstream laptop that looks very elite
Design and features
The Vaio Fit series comprises 14 and 15-inch models available in a slew of different configurations. The entry-level models run an Intel Core i3 processor along with a very basic set of hardware. The more powerful models are powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and feature touchscreen and discrete graphics. So, you have a wide range to choose from depending on your power requirement and budget.
All the laptops in the Fit series feature the same design, just that the guts inside the chassis vary based on the configurations. What we recieved from Sony was a review unit of the most basic variant with a 15.5-inch display (SVF15212SN). This laptop is powered by Intel Core i3-3227U processor, which is a dual-core part with four logical processors ticking at 1.9GHz. While this sounds good enough to handle Windows 8 with ease, 2GB of RAM could cause hiccups with slightly more demanding applications. Most mainstream laptops in the Rs 35,000 range come with 4GB of RAM. It's really odd that Sony decided to stick in half the amount even though memory isn't very expensive. Thankfully, it's easy to add more RAM by accessing the slots covered with a removable lid fastened with a screw on the bottom of the chassis. Similarly, the 500GB hard drive can be upgraded to a higher capacity or replaced with an SSD should you need more storage space or speed.
Chiclet-type keyboard with a separate numeric pad
The Vaio Fit 15E offers a good selection of ports, all of which are placed on the side for easy access. Half the area on the left side is taken by the exhaust vents and the rest is taken up by a cluster of ports that include a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI port and jacks for headphone and mic. The right side has only two USB 2.0 ports and a tray-loading DVD writer. The card reader is placed on the front alongside indicators for power, charging status and drive activity.
A useful cluster of ports and exhaust vents on the left side
The chassis of the Fit 15E is slightly large courtesy the 15.5-inch display that has a resolution of 1366 x 768. This has paved way for a numeric pad to the right of the keyboard. That said, the keyboard is of the chiclet type with flat keys. The touchpad is about 4 inches wide and like in most of the latest laptops, the entire pad is clickable with no separate buttons for left and right click.
Looks wise, the Vaio Fit is as simple as it can get. The body is all-black with matte finish devoid of any texture, except for the glossy LCD bezel. The exterior of the lid sports a large Vaio logo in chrome, which is the only shiny thing. Despite the simple design, the Vaio Fit looks very elite—it comes across as a serious machine that's apt for a work desk.