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Sony VAIO Fit 15 Touch: Great display, but lackluster performance and battery life

Richard Baguley | June 3, 2013
This hefty notebook has an excellent screen and plenty of storage space, but it delivers only mediocre performance and battery life.

The DVD writer on the right side supports writing to DVD-R , DVD+R, and their rewritable equivalents, plus the venerable DVD-RAM standard for fans of near-extinct formats. The 2.5-inch, 750GB, 5400-rpm Toshiba hard drive is exceedingly slow compared with an SSD. On the upside, you won't soon find yourself running out of room (most consumer notebook SSDs deliver between 128- and 256GB of storage, and they're much more expensive).

A nonremovable battery supplies the juice. We found that it kept this laptop going for 3 hours, 8 minutes in our battery run-down test. That's enough for a couple of lectures or a study session, but it's not long enough for a full day of work.

The VAIO Fit 15 Touch provided decent, but not outstanding performance, achieving a Notebook Worldbench 8.1 score of 158. (We use an Asus VivoBook S550CA, powered by an Intel Core i5-3317u, as our 100-point baseline.) The Core i7-3537U-powered Toshiba Kirabook has produced the highest Notebook Worldbench 8.1 score to date: 284. But the KiraBook has a 256GB SSD and costs more than twice as much as the Fit 15, so that's no big surprise.


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