Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nandagopal Ra

One look at the Vaio F15 and we knew this is a de­sign that would work in a coun­try like In­dia. The unit we had came with a black matte fin­ish body, which we think is ideal for our con­di­tions. Plus, this is a full 15inch lap­top and not an ultrabook, so the price would def­i­nitely make it In­dia-friendly.

De­spite be­ing a full-size lap­top, the F15 is not that heavy at 2.5kg. There is a steely Vaio brand­ing on the front that adds to the style quo­tient. The key­board is well laid out and very re­spon­sive. But we wouldn’t say the same about the key­pad, which seems a bit stub­born at times.

The F15 has a 15.5-inch 1366x768p LED screen which is quite good. The view­ing an­gles are good, though the glossy screen tends to re­flect at lot.

One of the best things about this de­vice is its sound. Sony has added some ex­tra boost just for In­dia. The au­dio set­tings comes with a Bol­ly­wood set­ting too, which is a more fullish, bass-heavy au­dio. Plus, you have free ac­cess to Sony’s new Jive HD mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice. It was al­most in­stan­ta­neous with­out a hint of buffer­ing over WiFi. The au­dio qual­ity is re­ally good and on a lap­top as loud as this one that calls for a party with friends.

The F15 is pow­ered by an In­tel Core i3-3227U pro­ces­sor (1.90 GHz) and is quite sprightly. It came through our reg­u­lar tests quite well. In fact, we were re­ally im­pressed at cer­tain points as it did not lag even where mid-level note­book stut­ter of­ten. The other good thing is the bat­tery life, which can be stretched up to six hours with ju­di­cious use. Plus, this one comes with a DVD drive, RJ-45 and HDMI ports.

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