Neon Chassis: Sony VAIO C Series VPCCB15FG review

Of all the notebooks available right now the Sony VAIO C Series VPCCB15FG is certainly one of the most eye-catching. Available in pink orange green and white the C Series has an all plastic exterior that’s strong although the screen and hinges have a bit of flex. Of note is the translucent plastic that covers the back of the screen and the palm rest and which mildly glows in direct light – it’s a nice touch. The island keyboard is generously spaced it doesn’t flex and the responsive silver keys have a short travel that we like. As for the touchpad it isn’t particularly sensitive and is merely competent.

The Full HD 15.6in screen in the C Series has a fantastic viewing angle but it’s very glossy. Powering the C Series is a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5-2410M processor and backing it up is 4GB of RAM along with a very respectable AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics card. A PCMark Vantage score of 5922 is a good performance but there are much more affordable notebooks that surpass that score. Battery life is a fair 3 hours during a mixture of videos and office work and during that time the C Series gets only slightly warm.

One good point is that the 500GB hard disk drive is 7200rpm so data access is faster than average. Apart from the main specs the C Series has everything you’d want including a DVD burner a 4-in-1 card reader good quality stereo speakers and many ports. There are three USB 2.0 ports a USB 3.0 port an HDMI port a Gigabit Ethernet port a pair of audio jacks and an analogue display port.

The style-conscious will certainly be content with the C Series and while the specs aren’t very impressive for the price it’s hardly toothless. As it stands the C Series is a solid vibrant-looking product with a great screen that is undermined by a very high price.

Available from Sony retailing for $1499.
APC rating: 7/10