Sony Vaio SB Series 13″ Laptop

The latest version of Sony’s Vaio S Series 13-inch laptop, the SB, has an all new bubble gum pink design with a solid angular look which is a real departure from the previous model – the S1.  This S Series is Sony’s mid-range and offers great value for money and performance compared to similar models in the £600-£700 price range.  Constructed around a magnesium-alloy chassis the Vaio S Series is a tough all-rounder which can easily stand up to the punishment of everyday usage.

Pink SB Series Laptop

13 inch laptops are the ideal compromise between a full-sized laptop and a more compact netbook. You get all the benefits of performance that you’d get with a 15 inch laptop as well as an optical DVD drive and you also get the advantage of a compact design and relative lightweight. If you travel a lot then this is the machine for you.

Available as a ‘configure to order’ model direct from Sony UK the SB has a range of options  including a choice of 4 Intel Processors, 3 mechanical hard drives, one solid statedrive and up to 8GB of RAM memory.

A view of the SB laptop from the rear with the lid half-way up

The base model VPCSB2C5E at £699 has an Intel Core i3-2310M 2.10GHz Processor320GB Hard Drive, 4GB RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 6470M Graphics Processor with 512MB of dedicated memory and a standard battery offering up to 4½ hours life in graphics mode or 7½ hours life in power-saving ‘stamina‘ mode.

how the SB laptop looks from the front with the lid opened

Upgrade options include a Core i5-2520M 2.50GHz Processor (+ £100), 500GB Hard Drive (+ £30) or a 128 GB Flash Solid State Drive (+ £340), 8GB of RAM (+ £ 60) and an extended slimline battery (+ £ 125) which can be charged separately and added without removing the existing internal battery.

The Sony laptop with the lid closed viewed at an angle

If you’re in the market for a performance compact laptop you can do a lot worse than opt for the Sony. Engadget have just done a comprehensive review of the SB Series and they were quite impressed.

Basic Spec:

Model Number: VPCSB2C5E
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
Hard Drive: 320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
Memory: 4 GB 1333MHz DDR3-SDRAM
Optical Drive: DVD disc drive
Screen: 33.7 cm LCD, 1366×768 + webcam
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6470M 512MB
Connections: 2 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.0
Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn

The Vaio SB Series is currently only available from Sony UK but some pre-configured models will be coming to other retailers later in the year. The base model costs £699 and there are various upgrade options – see site for details.


  1. thank you guys !!!

  2. how much is this aswell and do u get dvd …? :D

  3. can i get this in john lewis shops …?

    • You can’t at the moment becuase it’s a new model. It might be available from John Lewis and other retailers towards the end of the year but, for now, you can only get this direct from Sony.

  4. i am looking for a small compact computor were i can go on facebook and skype do you think this is appropriate…?

    • yes it’s appropriate but if that’s all you need then you might be better off buying a cheaper netbook from Samsung?

  5. has it got a built in camera and mic aswell as bluetooth

    • Yes it does. The camera is just above the screen and is a standard 0.3 mega pixels. There is a built in mic just above the keyboard and it has the latest version 2.1 bluetooth. :)

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