Ultra Book Review: Sony Vaio Fit 15A is Good, but Reflects Hybrid Challenges
For example, that thin case looks sharp (especially in black like my Ultrabook review unit was), but it means the keyboard has some flex in the middle. In comparison to the unibody aluminum MacBook Air, that gives the Vaio Fit 15A a slightly less solid feel.
My test unit had several keys where the backlighting wasn’t working — I wouldn’t be surprised if that flex had something to do with it. There’s a latch at the base of the display that locks the screen from pivoting on the hinge. On the test unit, that latch seemed a little cheap and there was enough play in it that the display would sometimes start folding out when I opened the lid.
Probably the biggest strike against the Sony Vaio Fit 15A when compared to the MacBook Air is battery life. With that big display and all those pixels to push, it’s rated at “up to 5 hours,” a number that was reflected in testing. In comparison, a 13-inch MacBook Air (also available with a Core i7 CPU) is rated for up to 12 hours of battery life.
Other PC makers are doing better than Sony too — in a post-CES Samsung Ultrabook review, a similarly equipped ATIV Book 9 (15-inch display with Core i5 CP U) ekes out 14 hours. Maybe Sony just needs a bigger battery.