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Ultrabook Review: Can Sony Vaio Fit 15A Take On MacBook Air?

Sony Vaio Fit 15A makes the most of Windows 8 and offers premium look, but slips on a few details

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Ultrabook Review: Sony Vaio Fit 15A is SNE’s Best Shot at Reigning Champ MacBook Air

ultrabook-review-vaio-fit-reviewOne of the chief criticisms of slim PC laptops you’ll often find in an Ultrabook review is the sometimes blatant attempts to mimic Apple’s iconic ultra portable machine.

But looking at the Vaio Fit 15A and comparing it to the MacBook Air is literally like comparing apples and oranges. The Vaio is a slim, powerful and attractive PC, but that’s as close as it comes to the MacBook Air.

This Flip PC laptop is bigger (it’s a 15-inch model vs. 11-inches or 13-inches for the MacBook Air), it runs Windows 8, and to take full advantage of Microsoft’s tablet-friendly user interface it’s equipped with a touchscreen display which pivots on a hinge.

This transforming act lets you use the Vaio Fit 15A as a traditional laptop, or as a slightly thick and heavy Windows 8 tablet. Or, you can flip the display around (that’s where the Flip PC comes in) to face the rear — perfect for running presentations without the distraction of looking at a keyboard.

The MacBook Air can’t manage any of these tricks.

The Vaio Fit 15A is also equipped with Sony’s Triluminos display technology and even on my tester (which was Full HD), it looked great — I can only imagine how brilliant the 2880 x 1620 version is.

Sony has also positioned the Vaio Fit 15A as a powerhouse laptop. The version I was sent is equipped with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor. I wasn’t able to find benchmarks among the usual Ultrabook review resources, but this portable Flip PC seemed snappy and never left me wishing it had more power under the hood.

In short, the Sony Vaio Fit 15A looks good and performs solidly. But it’s not quite at the level of the MacBook Air.

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