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  • Bob Todd - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    I'm glad to see them ditching 768p screens on the mainstream model, but what the hell is the point of "thin and light" if the things can only last 3-4 hours even with ULV parts/integrated graphics? The 15E model only has a freaking 2670 mAh battery! Sony quotes a 3 hour 45 minute runtime which is absolutely pathetic. Mobile is supposed to be you Reply
  • Kutark - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    Honestly, i can't think of many situations where i would be away from a plug for 3 hours or more. 3 hours and 45 min, whilst not spectacular, isnt exactly the end of the world. I think maybe you're over reacting a bit. I mean, if it was 4hr 30min would you still be having an anuerysm? Reply
  • Peskarik - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    3h45m is probably in idle, which means if you do anything of value on the laptop then it is <2h, which is krap, because if my laptop runs <2h than I want at least the ability to replace/expand components. Therefore I'd choose T530 or W530 or something similar rather than VAIO.
    P.S. I had Vaio 15" once, that was the worse laptop I've ever had.
  • drealar - Friday, May 10, 2013 - link

    Nope, engadget did the review for Vaio Fit 15 and it lasted 3:37 hours which right on the money with what Sony advertised. Reply
  • Shark Tek - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    As Peskarik said. That time is usually doing very very light stuff. Normally is way less than that.

    A very typical situation in my case is that flying to my hometown takes 3.5 hrs. This laptop doesnt work for me.
  • Tams80 - Thursday, May 09, 2013 - link

    I was using my laptop for seven hours on battery today and that's a normal day for me. The only thing that stopped me going longer was that I ran out of power. OK, there were plugs nearby, but they were all being used. Reply
  • drealar - Friday, May 10, 2013 - link

    First up it is $300 cheaper than typical ultrabooks and it really is not trying to be one. Secondly 1080p for the 15" really does eats up more battery, so I won't comment until other makers produce 1080p laptop at similar price point. BTW engadget reports that the Fit 15 lasted 3:37 hours, at least Sony is being more honest than most makers (advertised 7 hours but 5 hours with normal use). Given the Fit 15 is 5.05 lbs, I don't think they're suppose to be really mobile in the first place. Reply
  • PEJUman - Friday, May 10, 2013 - link

    which part of thin & light implies awesome working hours? it's just another name for value/mainstream nowadays. I see workstation line requiring 8+ hrs nowdays, ultraportable/ultrabook at 6+hours. gaming line 3hrs min under light loads.

    I for one is happy to see ivybridge i5 @ $600 (retail, non-sale/deal/clearance) with 1080p and 3+ hours.
  • Hulk - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    IPS screen option? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - link

    I've asked for additional details; hopefully I can update this with specs in the near future. For now, I would assume TN panels, but I didn't get a spec sheet/PDF so I don't know. Reply
  • bunnyfubbles - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    their 1080p panels are typically IPS Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    They have done IPS 1080p on some 15.6" laptops, but their 13" VAIO 1080p was not, so it's a bit of a question mark. Hopefully it is, but then that would mean most likely the 14" is not as good as it would almost certainly be non-IPS. If anyone can find something out that states it is definitely IPS, let me know. Reply
  • Bob Todd - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    This isn't remotely definitive, but Ars had a hands on and said they were TN. Not surprising given the starting price, but having an IPS option would be nice (I'll always happily add another $100 or more for a better screen). Reply
  • jaydee - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    Poor vertical viewing angles, probably not IPS:
  • jaydee - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    No DisplayPort, not interested. When will manufacturers realize some people want laptops to drive 1440p monitors? Frustrating you can hardly find a notebook for less than $800 with DP, even though its been out for how many years now? Reply

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