Sony VAIO Y11 V9E / VPCY21S1E/SI.CEK / Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz / 4GB / 320GB / 13.3 inch / Laptop Netbook £499 @ Play
Sony VAIO Y11 V9E / VPCY21S1E/SI.CEK / Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz / 4GB / 320GB / 13.3 inch / Laptop Netbook  £499 @ Play

Sony VAIO Y11 V9E / VPCY21S1E/SI.CEK / Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz / 4GB / 320GB / 13.3 inch / Laptop Netbook £499 @ Play

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Bought because was looking for WWAN and good ULV processor, in addition to excellent connectivity e.g. HDMI, gigabit ethernet etc.
@ Coldvoters - please say why? Thanks.
Almost went for the very hot DELL adamo, which has SSD HDD, but a lower clocked processor SU9300 & poor connectivity:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3 GHz, 3MB (L2 Cache) (L3 Cache)
CPU Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Chipset: Intel GS45
Memory: 4 Gb PC3-6400 800 MHz DDR3 (8 Gb max.)
Hard Disk: 320 Gb 5400 rpm SATA
Optical Drive: No
Keyboard: QWERTY Keyboard
Pointing Device: Multi Gesture Touch Pad
Display: 13.3" LED Backlit TFT Colours
Display Resolution: 1366 x 768
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Speaker: Built-in
Integrated Microphone: Yes
Interfaces/Ports: VGA, HDMI, RJ-45, 3 x USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Mic-in, Headphone out, ExpressCard Slot (34 mm), DC-in
Network (Wired): Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps
Network (Wireless): IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wireless Network Speed: Up to 150 Mbps
WWAN: Qualcomm Gobi 2000 WWAN Module (7.2 Mbps)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Camera: Integrated 0.3 MP Webcam
Software Included: VAIO Gate, PMB VAIO Edition (Without VAIO Creation features), VAIO Care, VAIO Transfer Support, VAIO Update, VAIO Smart network, Google Chrome Browser, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Essentials Suite
Security: McAfee (60 days free virus update), Norton Online BackUp Trial
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Battery: 6 cell, Li-Ion, 5000 mAh
Form Factor: Notebook
Case Colour: Silver
Security Locking Mechanics: Kensington Lock
Dimensions (WxDxH): 326 x 226.5 x 32 mm
Weight: 1.78 Kg


I suppose £500 is a good deal for a ULV but i'd rather spend the extra £50 and get an i3 ULV which has a bigger kick thanks to it's 4 threads and support for Hyper Threading, also it supports higher system clocks which mean faster response and less latency.

So cold for me


Original Poster

Thanks for your input. Good point.
I have cancelled my order! Am now in the market again.
May follow your recommendation.
Edited by: "cfphoenix" 22nd Oct 2010

Blimey cfphoenix m8, you didn't put up much of a fight defending your deal. I'm after a 13" ulv myself and got to agree there's better value deals about. A mate at work bought the recent 13" Toshiba T130 16W offer from Comet at £330. Not as powerful as the two notebooks mentioned above but very, very nice. I'm prepared to wait but it will have to be an exceptional deal to tempt me to buy a high value item from play.com.

is the processor not a bit crappy on this for the price?

Original Poster

The WWAN & SONY brand tempted me but decided to wait.
There is not much difference between the two processor ranking, other than hyperthreading which gives the i3 more edge.

Thank you, cfphoenix.

I'm on the lookout for a ULV, and can't trust myself to lug around an expensive Macbook Pro.

The Acer Timelines look too ugly to me, and whilst this is nice, £500 is more than I would have spent. Still looking - the HP dm3 tempts, but I've heard bad things about it's trackpad.

Whatever I decide, I know I'll end up compromising (_;)

Im looking at buying on of these myself for general uni work, web browsing and watching HD films.
Would any computer-minded people be kind enough to highlight the key differences between this older model of the Y series and the newer version that PC World/ Currys are currently selling for £699;

The only differences I can see are the processers (older=Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3 GHz and newer=Intel® Pentium® Processor U5400 1.2GHz) and graphics cards (older=Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD and newer=Intel HD Graphics)

Will these greatly affect performance, i.e can the older version still multitask and play HD video as I know the newer model displayed in PC World can? And if so is it worth the £200 difference!?

Many thanks in advance for any help

Original Poster

SU7300 ranks better here:

Do a comparison of the two processors on intel's site.
U5400 does not support virtualization as compared to the SU7300
U5400 = 32nm
SU7300= 45nm

Name Intel® Pentium® Processor U5400 (3M Cache, 1.20 GHz) Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor SU7300 (3M Cache, 1.30 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Code Name Arrandale Penryn
Status Launched Launched
Launch Date Q2'10
Processor Number U5400 SU7300
# of Cores 2 2
# of Threads 2 2
Clock Speed 1.2 GHz 1.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency
Cache 3 MB Intel® Smart Cache 3 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Bus/Core Ratio 9
Bus Type DMI FSB
System Bus 2.5 GT/s 800 MHz
FSB Parity
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4
Embedded Options Available No No
Lithography 32 nm 45 nm
Max TDP 18 W 10 W

Edited by: "cfphoenix" 23rd Oct 2010

Original Poster

Bought this Toshiba (Refurbished) with i3-330UM processor from Dixons for including Quidco Discount for £392.15.


Although refurbished, it has only recently been released, Toshiba branded, i3-330um, 4gb memory, 500gb HDD, HDMI, 1.3mp camera with built-in mic etc...
I would say, better VFM than the sony and Lenovo...

And being voted cold here??

Edited by: "cfphoenix" 23rd Oct 2010

I saw that the SU7300 was rated better than the U5400 but just don't understand if it's a newer model how it could possibly be worse? Would this laptop be suitable for some minor multitasking e.g word, webpages, streaming HD video and listening to music ect?

Excuse my lack of computing knowledge but is it the graphics card that deals with such things as HD movies, would the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD on this model be sufficient for this?
Edited by: "holteender" 23rd Oct 2010

Bump, any recommendation or help would be greatly appreciated
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