Today I am looking at the Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G notebook computer. The notebook is one of the business models that Sony has and offers decent performance for a reasonable price. The machine is well built for the money and if you are in the market for a new notebook read on for all of the details.
The Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G has an Intel Core i3-330UM CULV processor running at 1.2GHz. Storage is to a 500GB HDD and the machine has integrated WiFi and Intel HD graphics. It uses 4GB of RAM and the screen is a 13.3-inch unit with LED backlighting and a resolution of 1366 x 768. The notebook weighs 3.92 pounds and measures 12.8" x 1.26" x 8.92". The MSRP for the notebook is $819.99 and my test machine is using the standard battery.
To test the Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G I used my iTunes encoding test, Battery Eater Pro, and my movie-encoding test. The first test up was iTunes encoding where I take my Stone Temple Pilots Core MP3 album and turn it into AAC using iTunes and time the process with a stopwatch. The Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G took 3 minutes and 13 seconds to encode the album. The next test was my movie encoding test where the HD Magic of Flight video is turned into 1080p XviD with Lame MP3 audio. The Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G took 616 seconds to encode the video. Both of the benchmarks put the machine about mid-pack as far as performance.
The final test for the Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G was Battery Eater Pro. I had trouble with this benchmark on the notebook. For some reason the machine goes into hibernation despite the fact that the settings in the high performance power mode say to shut down when the battery is empty. When the machine fails to shut down running Battery Eater Pro, the results for the test are not saved by the software. The machine was at about five hours of run time before I stopped watching it for the night. That is good battery life, even if the machine only lasted a few minutes longer that what I noted visually on the benchmark.
After the tests were complete, I used the notebook for normal computing tasks. One of the things that I really like about the Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G is that it has a very thin profile and is lightweight, With the machine priced at under $850 the thing profile and weight are nice features. The screen of the notebook is very glossy, and has glare as a result. The glossy screen is perfect for video watching and media use with bright colors and sharp blacks.
The machine was able to stream video from Hulu in windowed and full screen modes with a hint of stuttering. I could watch the video, but the stuttering did get a bit annoying. The Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G lacks an optical drive so I didn’t watch DVD movies on the machine. The keyboard Sony uses is a chicklet style keyboard.
The keys are sized well and spaced well. The right shift key is slightly smaller than the left but that right shift key is large enough for comfortable use. The typing feel is very good and the keys offer good tactile feel with a slight click when pressed. The trackpad is accurate and has plenty of sensitivity for the little screen. The sound system has enough volume for quieter environments but may be hard to hear in a louder setting.
When all is said and done the Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G is surprisingly low priced considering how nice a machine it is. It offers decent performance, good battery life, and a crazy green paint job that you will love or hate. This will make a good machine for the business or home user that can live without an optical drive that works away from an outlet frequently.
- Good battery life
- Low price
- Good looks
- Slight stuttering with streaming video playback
The Sony Vaio VPCY216FX/G is a very good notebook that will work well for most business and home users that want battery life, decent performance, and a lower price.
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