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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Sony VAIO VPC-SB1V9E. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and keyboard. The design and portability also get good reviews. There are mixed reviews on the size and usability. The energy efficiency and image quality get critical views.

performance, portability, design, keyboard, battery

screen, price, reliability, image quality, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VAIO VPC-SB1V9E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Holmes (

Sony Vaio SB VPC-SB1V9E


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...

Thin and light, impressive multimedia capabilities

Poor 802.11n performance, large bundle of trial software

Sony's Vaio SB is one of the nicer business laptops we've tested recently. It's thin and light, with few or no compromises, and it even fits an optical drive in. We did find Sony's labelling of the SB's GPU switch amusing, but there's a lot to be said...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SB1V9E review


Feature-packed Sony ultraportable laptop

Sandy Bridge CPU ; Highly portable ; Great set of features ; Plenty of storage ; Anti-glare screen

Not much of a looker ; Occasionally noisy

The Sony VPC-SB1V9E is Sony's latest power ultraportable laptop but it's unusual for Sony - itfalls into the business-oriented VAIO S-Series range.

Apr, 2011

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-SB1X9E


Started live well.

Lasted 6 months, never work right. Always crashing. Righting this on my MacBook Pro, need I say more.

Feb, 2013

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-SB1X9E


Started live well

Lasted 6 months, never work right. Always crashing. Righting this on my MacBook Pro, need I say more

Dec, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-SB1X9E


Good performance laptop

Hard drive issues. Changed my hardrive twice in six month

Nov, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-SB1A9E


light weight and design

very bad sceen resolution, freezes, gets hot to quick and noisy. too expensive for the quality.

Oct, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-SB1V9E


Great laptop, I am a computer programmer and I have used many different makes of laptop over the years but my Sony VPCSB1V9E has by far been the best. It can handle anything, and hasn’t given me a day’s trouble in the year I have owned it. I would buy...

Non that I can think off, it really is a great laptop

May, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-SB1V9E


Great laptop, I am a computer programmer and I have used many different makes of laptop over the years but my Sony VPCSB1V9E has by far been the best ; It can handle anything, and hasn’t given me a day’s trouble in the year I have owned it ; I would...

Non that I can think off, it really is a great laptop

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-SB1X9E


Great lightweight design. Fantastic keyboard. Superior enhancments over manufacturers.

No dedicated graphics. Could handle games a little better. SSD storage should come as standard. Fingerprint scaner location compromises use of buttons. Poor multitouch performance on the trackpad. Would be good toops have more gestures, e.g. 2 finger...

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-SB1X9E


The machine is very efficient, lightweight and has everything you need for computing on the move, without compromising on speed, weight and battery life.

Unfortunately I returned this machine back to the store because I was unable to get it to work with an external monitor when working at base. The picture on the monitor was wavy and despite purchasing a new monitor for this machine I still could not...

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:HDA
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):48.84
Battery life (max):7.5
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6470M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:2.261
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1200
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Full-size keyboard: No
Keyboard backlit: No
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
Labelflash: No
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Other features

Battery Type:VGP-BPS24
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
Power supply type:VGP-AC19V32
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Handheld remote control:N
Mouse included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Handheld remote control: No
Mouse included: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.9
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:2.3
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-2410M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No


Bundled software:Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Windows Live Essentials 2011, Adobe Reader 10
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Online Backup


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Weight & Dimensions

Height :2.39