Love it! Mostly for the size and performance. I've got a tablet too yet there are some processes that my tablet can't handle which requires i take a computer too. The smaller size lets me manage both devices without being bogged down. Some reviewers cons were no USB connection ability, yet mine has three USB ports, plus HDMI and other networking and media ports. I've 11 Sony devices between computers, TV's, google TV and stero equipment because their service and resonsibility to their product support has been bar none fabbulous. And no I don't work or rep for Sony, but wish I did!
December 14, 2011
Reliable and Well-Designed
I was deciding between this and an Asus 1215B, which was the same as this but with usb 3 and $100 less. The design and reliability won me over. The 1215B was homely, had to be taken apart to take out the hard drive, and have a trackpad issue among others.
My scoring for the performance is based on the stock hard drive. After installing a SSD, the VPCYB15KX's performance increased by 50%. Boot time decreased to 30 seconds. Everything loads a bit faster than before, about as fast as my Asus N53jf-xe1.
It can barely play 1080p from youtube, but the stuttering makes it not worthwhile. 1080p from the hard drive is even worst. Therefore, I say it is incapable of 1080p.
Battery life, watching 720p video: highest setting - 3 hours, moderate setting - 4 hours
Although I said no bloatware, some might consider the Sony apps as such.
My only regret is that it doesn't have usb3. Then again, I don't really need it for the purpose I'm using this netbook for.
September 26, 2011
LOVE THIS LAPTOP
I just love this laptop. The weight and keyboard size are just right for what I wanted and the AMD processor does everything I need. Also the 4GB of RAM is perfect.
I did notice that the video preset had to be switched to 'Vivid' or movies looked washed out on the screen. I am also a little concerned that the power coupling port may not be very durable. I've heard of issues with this with netbooks (from other vendors) and hope I'm wrong.
September 24, 2011
Not as good as I had hoped
Not as impressed as AMD says about this new APU. Its still slow and better graphics does not solve the slow CPU at 1.6Ghz. That's pretty slow in todays speeds. It will play video much better then a Atom based Netbook I had.
But other negatives are weak sound, small touchpad and sluggish performance. Colors seem a bit washed out too.
June 17, 2011