Latest Sony laptop reviews

Sony Vaio Tap 11 review
4.0 stars

Sony Vaio Tap 11 review

By Nik Rawlinson

The Vaio Tap 11 is Sony’s answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. It’s slim - less than 1cm from front to back, which Sony reckons makes it the "world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet" - and equally at home propped up on the desk like a regular PC, or... Read more

Sony Vaio Tap 11 pictures and hands-on

Sony Vaio Tap 11 pictures and hands-on

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony took to the floor at its IFA 2013 press conference announcing a bundle of new products, among which was the Sony Vaio Tap 11. Said to be the "world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet PC" at 9.9mm it is not only pretty slim, but we also found it to be lightweight... Read more

Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip PC makes IFA debut: We go hands-on with the laptop-meets-tablet

Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip PC makes IFA debut: We go hands-on with the laptop-meets-tablet

By Mike Lowe

Taking a different stance on the touchscreen laptop-meets-tablet, Sony unveiled the Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip PC at this year's IFA trade show in Berlin. We had a play around with the multi-function device to see if it's a fit and fancy as it claims to... Read more

Sony Vaio Pro review
5.0 stars

Sony Vaio Pro review

By Ian Morris

When Sony announced the Vaio range of computers in 1996 or thereabouts it had one aim - to make PCs stylish, but powerful. Of course, this isn't all that easy and so Vaio desktops and laptops were expensive. But if you could afford one, you'd end up with... Read more

Sony Vaio Duo 13 pictures and hands-on

Sony Vaio Duo 13 pictures and hands-on

By Chris Hall

Sony has launched a successor to the Duo 11 with the larger Sony Vaio Duo 13. As the name suggests, the model features a 13-inch display, giving you more space to play.The concept remains the same however, giving you a hybrid device offering both a tablet... Read more

Sony Vaio Pro 11 pictures and hands-on

Sony Vaio Pro 11 pictures and hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Light, that's the first thing you'll think about when you pick up the Sony Vaio Pro 11, the company's new diddy Ultrabook. Well that's certainly the first thing we thought about when we picked one up at an Intel event toasting the confirmation by polar... Read more

Sony Vaio Tap 20 all-in-one touchscreen PC
3.5 stars

Sony Vaio Tap 20 all-in-one touchscreen PC

By Mike Lowe

With Windows 8's touch-capable interface now fully launched it was inevitable that we'd see all manner of touchscreen devices appear, from the obvious to the more unusual. The Sony Vaio Tap 20 is one that's knocking firmly on the latter door.Hidden behind... Read more

Sony VAIO Duo 11
3.5 stars

Sony VAIO Duo 11

By Mike Lowe

The Sony VAIO Duo 11 is among the first of a swathe of new Windows 8 touchscreen "laptops". Well, it's sort of a laptop, but sort of a tablet too as the Duo 11 sits flat like a tablet out of the box, but can morph into a more upright position to reveal... Read more

Sony VAIO Tap 20 touchscreen PC pictures and hands-on

Sony VAIO Tap 20 touchscreen PC pictures and hands-on

By Mike Lowe

Sony is crossing genres with its 20-inch VAIO Tap 20. Part PC, part giant tablet, this Windows 8 touchscreen device touts itself as one for the whole family.Pocket-lint was at IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany, to have a hands-on test with this mega tablet.The... Read more

Sony VAIO Duo 11 pictures and hands-on

Sony VAIO Duo 11 pictures and hands-on

By Mike Lowe

The Sony VAIO Duo 11 offers more than the traditional laptop experience. This touchscreen device comes pre-loaded with Windows 8 and even includes a digital stylus to write directly on screen. But it's the hinged design that gives this VAIO its name:... Read more

Sony Vaio E Series pictures and hands-on

Sony Vaio E Series pictures and hands-on

By Chris Hall

The Sony Vaio E Series laptops are designed as everyday laptops, with a fresh new "wrap around" design for 2012. This reminds us slightly of the folded design of the Sony Tablet S and it's a design we like.Separating the E Series from models higher up... Read more

Sony Vaio S Series pictures and hands-on

Sony Vaio S Series pictures and hands-on

By Chris Hall

The updated Sony Vaio S series ushers new Intel hardware into a body that's constructed from premium materials giving you a slim and portable powerhouse.The starting price sets it close to the asking price of the Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook, but the S series... Read more

Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook pictures and hands-on

Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook pictures and hands-on

By Chris Hall

Sony is setting a trend by not jumping on the bandwagon as soon as it starts rolling. It was slow off the mark with its Android tablet, for example, and it has been relatively slow to bring out its first Ultrabook.But with time comes the chance to take... Read more

Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E
4.0 stars

Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E

By Chris Holmes

At first glance Sony's Vaio SB looks exactly what you'd expect from a business-oriented laptop. Small and light, it mixes a Core i5 processor with AMD Radeon graphics, and wraps it all up in a thin matte black shell. It’s the laptop you imagine Sony... Read more

Sony VAIO C VPCCA2SOE
3.0 stars

Sony VAIO C VPCCA2SOE

By Chris Holmes

The designers of Sony's colourful new VAIO C series notebooks were definitely wearing the brave trousers when they came up with these models. Neon-bright polycarbonate 14" cases in red, green, orange or pink -as well as a more subtle white- that use the... Read more

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E
4.0 stars

Sony Vaio VPC-F21Z1E

By Chris Holmes

Sony's monster Vaio F is a hefty beast, weighing in at a knee-crunching 3.1kg. It's a Sandy Bridge Core i7 multimedia powerhouse that'll handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. Nvidia graphics give it 3D video, and the large screen is ready for... Read more

Sony Vaio Z hands-on

Sony Vaio Z hands-on

By Chris Hall

The Sony Vaio Z (or Z21) has touched down, offering a premium 13-inch notebook to those with plenty of cash to spend. We got our hands on the new skinny PC to give you the low down.Now before we get started, there is something important to clear up. We... Read more

Sony Vaio VPC-EB4E1E
3.5 stars

Sony Vaio VPC-EB4E1E

By Chris Holmes

With almost everything apart from netbooks sporting a Core series processor these days, you could be forgiven for thinking Intel didn't make Pentium chips any more. They're still in the lineup though, powering budget laptops like this E Series Vaio from... Read more

Sony Vaio L series hands-on

Sony Vaio L series hands-on

By Dan Sung

Sony has announced its new Vaio L series all-in-one multimedia PC, which the company hopes will become the centre of your family's multimedia world.The facts of the matter are that PCs more than ever are the centre for family life, so there is the need... Read more

Sony Vaio S series hands-on

Sony Vaio S series hands-on

By Dan Sung

As ever, it's the more office orientated models that make the better Sony Vaios, and the Sony Vaio S series was no exception when Pocket-lint got hands on at the London launch.Sitting next to the eye-piercing C series, the brushed aluminium body of the... Read more

Sony Vaio C series hands-on

Sony Vaio C series hands-on

By Dan Sung

Unique design is something which Sony Vaio prides itself on and the laptop maker has certainly kept up part of its mission with the launch of the Sony Vaio C Series in London.As ever, Pocket-lint was at hand with trusty camera and SD card ready to fill,... Read more

Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook

By David Phelan

How pink can a laptop be? Take a glance at the VAIO M12 and you'll say: none more pink. It's a deep, rich colour that makes the chrome VAIO logo leap out. The underside of the lid, around the display, is similarly eye-popping, though the area surrounding... Read more

Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook
3.5 stars

Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook

By David Phelan

Sony's Y-series laptop is good-looking and light. The case is brushed aluminium all over apart from the plastic undercarriage and parts of the edges. Still, with its chrome VAIO label on the lid, there's enough metal to make it a snazzy machine.While... Read more

Sony VAIO CW1S1E notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO CW1S1E notebook

By Andrew Tiney

Sony’s VAIO CW1S1E sits smack in the middle of the company’s laptop range, offering impressive value for money without compromising on features or style. With a 14-inch screen and weighing 2.3kg, it’s slightly larger than Sony’s ultra-portable... Read more

Sony VAIO VPC-X11Z1E/X notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VPC-X11Z1E/X notebook

By Andrew Tiney

It’s easy to imagine that Sony has been hit harder than most by the current netbook explosion, with little point in paying a premium for high-end ultraportable machines when a netbook will suffice. The Sony VAIO VPC11Z1E/X-series aims to change this,... Read more

Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E/T notebook
3.0 stars

Sony VAIO VPC-W11S1E/T notebook

By Andrew Tiney

First thing’s first – if you’re expecting the Sony VAIO W-series to be a super-budget Acer Aspire One rival, you’ll be disappointed. It isn’t, but accept it for what it is – a pricey but highly portable netbook – and there’s a chance you... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-FW41 notebook
3.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-FW41 notebook

By Stephen Patrick

Along with a great range of ultraportables, Sony’s VAIO range has also led the way when it comes to multimedia machines, being the first to bring Blu-ray to the laptop market. The VAIO FW41E/H is a mid-spec machine, offering impressive media capabilities... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN/X notebook
4.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN/X notebook

By Stephen Patrick

Sony’s VAIO range has offered some of the most impressive ultraportable laptops over the past few years, from the tiny VAIO TZ and TT, to the larger and more powerful VAIO SZ. The 13.1-inch VAIO Z21ZN/X is the latest, and sits at the top of the VAIO... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W notebook
3.5 stars

Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W notebook

By Stephen Patrick

The boom in netbooks over the past year has seen nearly every laptop manufacturer release at least one model, with Sony and Apple the two noteable exceptions. Instead, Sony has produced the P-series - a netbook-sized, Intel Atom powered, highly portable... Read more

Sony Vaio P-series laptop - First Look

Sony Vaio P-series laptop - First Look

By Stuart Miles

Sony has finally entered the crowded netbook arena, but on close inspection while the Sony Vaio P-Series laptop might be small, it's anything but a netbook. Is this the Vaio to own? We had a brief play with the new model at this year's CES in Las Vegas... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-BZ11MN notebook

By Stephen Patrick

We’ve seen plenty of top-quality ultraportables from Sony’s VAIO range, and it’s easy to forget about larger, more mainstream options such as the latest BZ range. However, if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, the VAIO BZ-11MN... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-AW11M/H notebook

By Stephen Patrick

We've made no secret of our love for Sony's ultraportable VAIO notebooks, as they are some of the best machines money can buy. However, when it comes to larger machines, our love affair with Sony is a little more hit and miss. On the style and build quality... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook
4.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook

By Stephen Patrick

The fact that Sony hasn't given in to market forces and released its own netbook is proof that it's core focus remains in fully featured, but ultraportable, notebooks. The latest such model is the Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B, which weighs in at a highly portable... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-TT11WN/B notebook - First Look

Sony Vaio VGN-TT11WN/B notebook - First Look

By Stuart Miles

Sony's latest flagship promises a long battery life, a small package and performance, but can you have all three? We managed to get some hands-on time at the UK launch of the new laptop in London. You know how netbooks are small, compact and very portable?... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-FW11ZU notebook

By Stephen Patrick

Sony is better known for its ultraportable notebooks but its multimedia machines are also growing in popularity. The VAIO VGN-FW11ZU has been designed to take advantage of the latest in high-def entertainment, so you'll find a widescreen display and a... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-SR19VN notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-SR19VN notebook

By Stephen Patrick

When you think of fully-featured ultraportable notebooks, the first company that comes to mind is Sony. After all, it produces more small and portable machines than just about any other company. This latest VAIO weighs in at 1.9kg and is aimed at the... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S notebook
3.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S notebook

By Stephen Patrick

Sony is best known for its ultraportable notebooks, which are among the best on the market. It hasn't faired so well with its more cost-effective machines, largely due to their specification never matching the rest of the crowd. Take the Sony VAIO VGN-NR31J/S,... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E notebook
3.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-AR61E notebook

By Stephen Patrick

At one time the VAIO VGN-AR61E was the flagship model of the Sony range. The basic design has now been around for well over 18 months and this latest version is merely an upgrade. The black box is made from plastic but the build quality is high and the... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ31MN/W notebook

By Stephen Patrick

With mini-notebooks like the Acer Aspire One and Eee PC 901 grabbing the headlines of late it's easy to forget that ultraportable notebooks you can carry around with you are nothing new. Sony, for instance, has made it a speciality of its range. The Sony... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T notebook

By Stephen Patrick

Sony has been making notebooks since 1999 and until recently only played in the high-end market. Increasingly, the company is launching lower priced portables that meet the needs of the more mainstream audience. The Sony VAIO VGN-NR21Z/T is a great example.... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M laptop
3.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M laptop

By Stephen Patrick

The Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21M is a great example of a notebook aimed at those who want to do more than just write documents and answer emails when on the move, as Sony has designed it to be a multimedia machine. Weighing in at 2.6kg, it is not the lightest... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S laptop
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S laptop

By Stephen Patrick

It's not hard to be impressed with Sony's notebook style, as the machines are as innovative as they are good looking. Except for the budget notebooks, which have tended to be a little too basic for our liking. However, the Sony VAIO VGN-NR11S has certainly... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-N31M/W laptop
3.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-N31M/W laptop

By Stephen Patrick

We’re great fans of Sony’s ultraportable and high-end notebooks but we’ve never been too taken with the company’s entry-level machines. The main problem is they tend not to live up to the build quality or innovation of the more expensive machines.... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z laptop
3.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-CR21Z laptop

By Stephen Patrick

The popular perception of Sony notebooks is that they’re the best on the market. So much so, whenever we asked to recommend a notebook, the first question as is often "should I get a Sony" or "is it as good as a Sony"? This is because Sony has always... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop
4.5 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop

By Stephen Patrick

With the world seemingly obsessed with ever cheaper and cheaper notebooks, it’s great to see that Sony has continued to strive for portable perfection with the release of the VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B. This machine won’t satisfy the everyman looking for a... Read more

Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T
4.0 stars

Sony Vaio VGN-G11VN/T

By Stephen Patrick

Sony ultraportable notebooks dominate the slim and light sector of the market and the company has added to the range with this, the Sony VAIO VGN-G11VN/T, which has been designed to sit in between the tiny TX Series and the all-in-one 2kg machine that... Read more

Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S laptop
4.0 stars

Sony VAIO VGN-AR21S laptop

By Stephen Patrick

Sony may be best known for its ultraportable notebooks but it isn’t afraid to take a few chances at the other end of the scale, as this 3.8kg desktop replacement can attest to. Sure, you wouldn’t want to carry it around too often but it’s got a... Read more