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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 Conclusion

ultrabook-review-vaio-fit-reviewAs I said earlier, comparing the Sony Vaio Fit 15A to a MacBook Air isn’t exactly fair, but the reality of Sony’s situation is that if it wants to move the sales bar in a meaningful way, it needs to compete with Apple. Time and time again, Ultrabook review sites make this point — PC makers can be at the top of the Windows heap, but their eye needs to be on Apple.

Sony’s 15-inch Flip PC laptop definitely earns points for performance, style and its ability to make the most of Windows 8. Being able to transform into a serviceable Windows 8 tablet with a very responsive touchscreen and digital stylus support is a useful feature and the Sony Vaio Fit 15A does it better than many hybrids.

If a Google (GOOG) Chromebook isn’t your thing and an Apple’s not in the cards, then this is a very snazzy looking and capable PC.

Compared to the MacBook Air, it’s priced competitively, offers a similarly wide range of models and price points and looks the part of a premium piece of gear. It offers extras Apple’s ultra portable can’t match like the touchscreen, quasi-tablet capability and stylus support. But, it loses marks for low battery life and a few minor annoyances — like a noisy fan — that MacBook Air owners simply don’t have to put up with.

As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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