Vaio SX14 Laptop Review

by birtanpublished on April 2, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and here's a logo we've no and used to love right it bio is still around for those who aren't familiar with this bio we used to be owned by Sony got sold off all the engineers and folks who design it went along to vaio corporation still a Japanese company we've reviewed a couple of their laptops over the years and this is the latest that's coming to the United States and it's currently available in Japan this is the VAIO SX 14 it's a position as a business laptop but honestly this is something I think anybody would like though some of the features are particularly appealing to

Business what it is is a 14 inch ultra book that is incredibly light this is 2.2 to 2.3 pounds depending on whether you get the full HD or the 4k display and that's around a kilogram so we're talking LG Graham territory with a 14 inch to the spike yet it's fairly rigid we have aluminum on the top we have aluminum on the keyboard deck and this happens to be the limited edition red finish which actually goes through a three-stage process to create this red lid pink underneath and light red then dark red it's also available in a limited edition signature kind of matte

Black that I really like it's like the BIOS of all it's really classy looking then there's a silver and there's a brown which you're actually nice looking even though Browns not always the most popular color inside we have Intel eighth generation whiskey you'll a quad core 15 watt ultrabook CPU so that's currently the latest and greatest that's available up to 16 gigs of ddr3 low-power Ram fast nvme SSD a backlit keyboard and your choice of a full HD or a 4k display let me look at it now so the pricing is in the premium tier certainly up there with the Dell XPS 13

Nicely configured now there's the core i5 where they gigs around a 256 gig SSD is around $12.99 are really nicely configured one with 16 gigs of ram 512 gig SSD and the 4k display well that one is gonna set you back $18.99 so a hallmark of a vaio laptop over the years is that it's super thin is super light but somehow they managed to squeeze an amazing array of ports on it which makes it kind of business friendly too so you have hdmi full-size ports not small ones you have HDMI onboard three USB a three point one points USBC sadly it's not Thunderbolt 3 but given the array of

Ports that are on the machine it's not so bad we actually have an Ethernet jack on this skinny laptop of course a headphone jack you get the idea full-sized SD card slot so that makes it pretty unique in today's market which is nice the displays are again kind of business facing but also kind of unique these days and so far as you can get a full HD or 4k matte 14 inch display really hard to find a matte display anymore the drawback is it's not touch if you like a touchscreen oh well it isn't touch it ships with Windows 10 Pro again sort of

Business facing there it has a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck and well the model sold in Japan has LTE 4G as an option not the United States model I do hope that they add that because you'll see when we look inside there actually is a slot to put the LTE card in there and the antennas and all those stuff are there so let's hope maybe business laptop folks tend to like to have LTE we do have the 4k display on this and it's a lovely enough panel the typical almost full srgb coverage the other metrics on it are very good it's very pleasing to look at we're

Subjectively speaking in the contrast on it's good it's really nice that it doesn't glare brightness and on this is not super high but given the fact that there is no glare it's a little bit less necessary to have super high brightness I haven't seen the full HD display in person but I would expect the same pretty much full srgb coverage and similar specs on that one only obviously at a lower resolution do you really need 4 K and a 14-inch display probably not so much but those who are photo and video editors might appreciate having that option as you might imagine with a

Laptop this small basically the sound is not going to be that well big there's not a lot of base here the volume is pretty good but given the lack of base I find anything over 65 percent volume starting to sound a little bit shrill now not so unusual for the smallest thinnest and lightest laptop the keyboard on this is actually pretty roomy given the fact that it is a compact 14-inch chassis and relatively small bezels on this model bringing it into the modern age there's not a lot of travel here but it's fairly easy to type on it it has a decent tactile feel but

Obviously with these super laptops you're not gonna get ThinkPad level of key travel the trackpad on this is Microsoft precision and that's great and it has dedicated clickers the only drawback is its pretty small it looks a little old-school we're used to having really large track pads these days in terms of performances like any other Ultrabook with an intel eighth generation cpu which is to say quite good it's remarkable these days what you can do with an ultrabook with a quad core 15 watt CPU inside in terms of fan noise it has a single fan inside and you

Will hear it I probably because it's pretty small so they really have to work to evacuate that air it's not super annoying but I hear it more often than I do on competing products again probably due to the size it's not a really annoying fan it's not a very big fan but there that is the only drawback here is battery 35 watt hour is pretty small usually we see at least 40 watt hour and a buck for an ultrabook in this size class obviously they were trying to make this as thin and light as possible so that's the trade-off super portability versus longer battery life and that's up

To you as a consumer to make that decision with your dollars they claim eight hours of battery life and as you know manufacturers in the Windows land tend to really make crazy claims so that tells you 8 hours isn't a big claim real life this is more like five and a half to six hour battery life laptop which does kind of hurt obviously if you drop your brightness down drop your processor performance down in Windows performance settings you're gonna get longer battery life so you can stretch it up if you need to but with our usual productivity and streaming video test with the

Brightness set at 115 it's there it is so opening this up is a little different than usual you're gonna unscrew see all these screw holes a whole lot of little teeny tiny Phillips head screws of which this is one and then actually you're gonna flip it over and open up the display and lift up the keyboard and deck and now we've flipped it over and popped off the little snaps and you're gonna wanna there's a ribbon cable here so you have to be careful when you lift this up you can disconnect that ribbon cable if you

Know what you're doing by the way completely get out of the way so I'm going to move it out of the way here just so you can see what's inside so there's our m dot 2 and nvme SSD and here is our Wi-Fi card the battery obviously right there a cooling fan or heat pipe this here is heat shielding there is no RAM under here Ram is soldered on board with this laptop and most interestingly though we don't have one here this would be for an LTE module and you can see the antennas are actually installed right there so that's the VAIO SX 15 and honestly

I'm really glad they continued to do that thing that they do these incredibly classy looking very small very light laptops with an immense number of ports Matt displays as long as you can live without a touchscreen are all good things the lack of Thunderbolt 3 hurts a little bit not that much the battery life not so impressive that hurts a little bit more but you do get a lot of great stuff here though you get really good performance as you expect from quad-core you get a very nice display on this there's lots of like to him and gosh

Darn it it's kind of nice I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up if you like this bit

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