Sony VAIO VPCS111FM/S: $1049 Core i5 powered Premium Thin and Light Notebook

Best Buy has the Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S Intel Core i5 powered notebook available for the back to school season for $1049.99. The Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S is a Best Buy Exclusive and is one of Best Buy’s three Blue Label notebooks which include a 2-year manufacturers warranty.

The Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S features a 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Intel Wireless Display technology, and a built-in MOTION EYE webcam. These features come together to form a powerful notebook with many features that students will find useful.

This is a premium thin and light notebook because it contains one of the latest Intel processors, is only 1.2-inch thick, and weighs just 4.4 pounds. Combining the Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and its high-capacity 500GB hard drive, the Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S can handle most tasks that students may need it for. Web surfing, photo editing, and Microsoft Office applications should run just fine. Modern gaming on this notebook may be possible with the settings turned down. However, due to the integrated graphics the notebook may not be able to keep up with the high frame rates and may appear choppy or pixellated.

Some common complaints regarding the Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S include poor build quality with cheap materials, flawed Intel Wireless Display technology, poor audio, and bad technical support. Aside from these issues, the Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S is a very portable notebook that students could throw in their backpack and take to class. And with up to 5 hours of battery life, the notebook should last through a almost a whole day of classes unplugged.

If you are unimpressed with the Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S, Best Buy has plenty of cheaper notebook options that contain very similar specs. Another Blue Label notebook, the Toshiba Satellite E205-S1904, is $150 cheaper and offers a nearly as powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Intel Wireless Display technology, and a backlit keyboard, all in a larger 14-inch notebook.

Sony VAIO VPC111FM/S From Best Buy Detailed Specs:

Brand Sony
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Processor / Graphics 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 processor

Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD

Memory 4 GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive 500 GB HDD 5400 rpm
Display / Resolution 13.3″ LED-backlit widescreen display with 1366×768 resolution
Removable Storage Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Wireless Support Wireless-A+B+G+N, Intel Wireless Display
Input Devices Full-size keyboard, touchpad
Power 6-cell battery with up to 5 hours of battery life
Memory card reader Multiformat media reader
Ports Headphone/speaker/line-out jack, Microphone-in jack, DC-in jack for AC adapter, Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0, 1 FireWire, 1 Express Card/34, 1 HDMI out
Audio Intel® High Definition Audio
Weight 4.4 lbs.
Dimension 13 in x 1.2 in x 9 in
Warranty 2-Yr Parts and Labor

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