Path back in obscurity ages, when Sony claimed the VAIO brand of customer PCs, I got one and utilized it joyfully for quite a while. For now is the ideal time, it was an incredible PC; it was moderately light to convey and had a sensibly decent showcase, an extraordinary console, a responsive trackpad, and it kept going far longer than I anticipated.
Sony sold off its VAIO image in 2014, and the new proprietors have spun the brand off into what they clearly expectation will be a line of business note pads with the light weight and smoothness of a cutting edge gadget. The organization’s most recent 14-inch PC, the VAIO SX14, is in fact slim and lightweight, with a sensible console and show. Also, with something different that couple of workstations today, even those went for business clients, have: parts and bunches of ports.
When I state parts, I would not joke about this. The VAIO SX14 is furnished with a SD card space (standard size, thank you), a USB-A 3.1 port, two USB-A 3.0 ports, a USB-C 3.1 port (through which you can likewise charge the PC, despite the fact that not so rapidly similarly as with its different AC control port), a HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a VGA (truly, truly!) port, and an earphone jack. You’d believe that as a client, I would be thankful for each one of those different ports, and I am. I would have been more joyful with less USB 3.0 ports and an extra USB-C port that upheld Thunderbolt 3 associations, yet it’s difficult to grumble with such a shame of wealth.
Furthermore, those ports could prove to be useful, contingent upon what you intend to utilize the PC for. For instance, I have a different screen at home, and when I needed to utilize it with a separable Windows 10 workstation, I needed to purchase a perfect docking station that I could use with the PC’s USB-C port. That wasn’t an issue with the VAIO SX14; it took one minute to associate the screen by means of the workstation’s HDMI port. (In the event that I didn’t have an extra HDMI link, I presumably could have discovered an old VGA link in the storm cellar and utilized that.) moreover, in spots where the Wi-Fi is wonky — a lodging or Vox Media’s New York office, for instance — the Ethernet port could prove to be useful, even today.
Then again, in the event that you don’t foresee utilizing a ton of connections, at that point the way that the VAIO SX14 is furnished with each one of those ports won’t have that quite a bit of an effect in your life. Furthermore, regardless of the ports, the US form is carefully Wi-Fi — while the European adaptation offers an incorporated LTE alternative, which is astonishing in a PC being pushed as a business machine.
When you draw your consideration far from the ports and take a gander at the VAIO SX14 in general, it shows as a smooth, appealing workstation with a decent, brushed-aluminum surface. The PC comes in four hues: dark, brown, silver, and red; the latter is a superior shading that, as indicated by the organization, may be accessible for a brief timeframe. The survey unit was one of these top notch units, which incorporated an eighth Gen Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, a 4K show, and 1TB stockpiling. This completely prepared model is evaluated at a lofty $2,299. Yet, don’t give the value a chance to unnerve you: as may be normal with a business PC, the VAIO SX14 has an assortment of models, with differing arrangements. It begins at $1,299 for a Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, a 1920 x 1080 LCD, and 256GB stockpiling. There is no touchscreen alternative, so if that is what you’re searching for, you’re up the creek without a paddle here.
The VAIO SX14 has an intriguing method for opening: the spread is somewhat longer than the console segment, so when you open the workstation, the spread drives the console up marginally with the goal that it tilts at a point. As per a VAIO rep, this was planned both to make an open to composing surface and for upgraded cooling (since there is wind stream on the base of the framework). While I was at first attentive about that tilt, I need to concede that it wasn’t unsavory to type on. I was significantly increasingly amazed when I found that it was sensibly agreeable when I utilized it on my lap, regardless of the edge of the spread sitting on my legs. What’s more, despite the fact that I never seen any untoward warmth — the VAIO SX14 ran astonishingly cool — on the off chance that it heated up, the space between the stand and the base of the PC would have shielded my knees from singing.
I likewise found the illuminated console agreeable to type on; the keys have tolerable, if fairly constrained, travel and are sensibly peaceful. In any case, the touchpad is something different. There’s nothing amiss with how it functions; it utilizes Microsoft’s effective Precision driver. Be that as it may, it is one of the littlest I’ve seen for a long while, and isn’t even as wide as the console’s space bar. Truth be told, it is small to the point that you truly need the different left/right mouse catches that line the base of the touchpad, and which click in an antiquated and not particularly wonderful way.
The light weight of the VAIO SX14 is expected, as per the organization, to the uni-bearing (UD) carbon fiber material that was utilized to manufacture the body of the workstation. This doesn’t just ensure that, at 2.32 lbs, the PC is incredibly simple to bear, yet it is additionally incredibly — truth be told, alarmingly — adaptable. Both the top and base parts flex to a point where, when I played with it a bit, I wound up apprehensive that I was going to break something. VAIO, in any case, guarantees this is by plan; actually, it has two or three recordings online that demonstrate the highest point of the PC being flexed by a mechanical finger.
You would imagine that something so bendable would likewise feel shabby, yet that is not the situation here. When I wasn’t attempting to test the adaptability of the case, it felt strong and dependable, with none of the flimsy vibe that you get with low quality parts or a not exactly alluring development. Tragically, there is no IP rating for fluid or residue security; as per the organization, the console is water-safe for as long as three minutes.
The adaptability unquestionably didn’t seem to hurt the showcase, even after I had a go at bowing it a bit; the 4K Full HD show was, as may be normal, consummately fine in showing video, and I didn’t get any slacks or jagging. The screen has a matte completion, not so common nowadays, which acted to limit glare. The showcase has a meager bezel on either side, and a to some degree thicker one on top; the top bezel likewise has the camera and, over that, a marginally covering edge which holds the framework reception apparatus. The base bezel plunges beneath the edge of the console (since it is being utilized as a stand).
The framework has two speakers situated on the base of the workstation toward the front, almost a piece of elastic that keeps the base of the PC somewhat raised, and shields the speakers from being stifled. That being stated, they are not incredible speakers; sound was not too bad however fairly tinny.
I likewise wasn’t extremely awed with the battery life. As indicated by the VAIO agent, the organization doesn’t discharge mAh data on the battery, yet asserts a battery life of as long as seven hours and 45 minutes. Following two or three weeks of utilization, I found that, with sensible use — including on the web applications, for example, Gmail and Google Docs, a periodic YouTube video, and maybe a couple of hour long Netflix scenes — it kept going just shy of five hours. Which, for a business workstation that could be going on a six-hour crosscountry flight, isn’t generally satisfactory, or up to the measures of most higher-end PCs today.
Execution, then again, was very tasteful, as may be normal from a framework outfitted with the most recent Core i7 processor.
So, the VAIO SX14 is a PC which is fairly equitably separated among positives and negatives: great execution, an exceptionally lightweight and in vogue body, and a decent showcase is counterbalanced by a clumsily little touchpad and baffling battery life. Be that as it may, its star fascination is the great number of ports that it has accessible, which could be extremely helpful for voyagers who utilize a ton of associations and would prefer not to bear an additional dock with them. On the off chance that that is the thing that you need — possibly there are still occasions when a VGA port could prove to be useful — you could do more awful than the VAIO SX14.