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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