A netbook at a good price

There’s a new and shiny star on the horizon. Its name: Sony Vaio VPC-YB35KX netbook. Ultrabooks, tablets and other gadgets like these two are made a lot of fuss about, but the device we are about to refer to here wants to make all of this forgotten with its multitude of pros. Its pride rests on 2 main elements: price and portability for customers ranging from those who go to school to those who work from the comfort of their homes.

11.3 inch display

The Sony Vaio VPC-YB35KX brings an attractive design to the series, surpassing in this area the previous Vaio YB15KX/S. The durable body weighs little in comparison to the predecessor we mentioned a few lines back, so much so that if you have to move around a lot and take this netbook with you, you can do so without feeling as if you were carrying a large stone.

A 11.3 inch display adorned the face of this product we tested yesterday for this review, which is a huge deal, seeing as nowadays’ screens are 10.1″. Even so, we expected a better resolution, so you can imagine our distress that the VPC-YB35KX only packed 1.366 x 768 pixels. Nevertheless it produced considerable brightness, sharpness and we could see many of the details from a YouTube song, for example. The dimension of the screen was of big help when watching an online movie with 720p.Sony-VAIO-VPC-YB35KX

Keyboard Assist technology

Chatting with friends and family and using videochat at the same time were two of the strengths this netbook had to offer and we have to be grateful to its mic and camera for that. As for keyboard, users are given the possibility to write message or look for something on the World Wide Web via one that is full-sized and able to feature one of the most comfortable experiences; the buttons, we soon found, had a lot of space between them, which was awesome, although they tended to move beneath our fingers while we were working with them. Also, the keyboard comes pre-installed with a key called Assist; pressing it gives customers access to Care support software provided by Sony Vaio should she or he have problems with the netbook. The a bit too small trackpad provided good response.

HDMI output

The Vaio VPC-YB35KX presented itself for our test with a number of 2 two card reader slots, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI output, a VGA video connection, support for Stereo Bluetooth and many more ports, inputs and the like. After we connected the device to our HDTV through the HDMI source we could enjoy content up to 1080p. On closer inspection the gadget didn’t have an optical drive.

The hard drive consisted of 500GB (with 5.400rpm). This amount makes the netbook laugh in the faces of numerous other netbooks. The gadget moves very fast due to a 1.65GHz dual-core E-450 and is able to make room for superb multitasking.

AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphic card

The AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics processor is a good ally for gaming fanatics and Windows 7 Home Premium – a 32-bit version – confers attractiveness among other things.

The VPC-YB35KX is Sony’s latest device to ship with a very good battery life. Reason: it lived for almost 7 hours. The warranty offers a period of 12 months for labor as well as parts.

Software included in the box is a 30-day trial of Norton Internet Security, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, different Vaio utilities and so on.

Review conclusion

Looking for a netbook is difficult, since the market is full of them. But the Sony Vaio VPC-YB35KX is a product that manages to rise from the multitude with its qualities.

Technical specifications

Screen Size11.3 inches
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor TypeAMD E-450
CPU Frequency1.65 GHz
MemoryRAM 4 GB
Display resolution720p, 1366 x 768
Screen TypeWidescreen
Storage Capacity500 GB
Rotation Speed5400 rpm
Primary Optical DriveExternal
Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 6320
Wireless Display Capability (WiDi)No
Total weight3.05 lb
Battery Type38 Whr (Watt hours)