The VAIO Y Series is running on an AMD Fusion APU with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics. An APU combines the Sony VGP-BPL2A_S Battery CPU and GPU (graphics processing unit) onto a single low power chip. That means that the system is powerful enough for some moderately serious gaming and it is even powerful enough to play DirectX 11 games. The APU enables the CPU and GPU to work hand-in hand, so that the CPU can off load multimedia intensive tasks to the GPU as needed.
The laptop's battery life is pretty good. We weren't expecting much from a machine that's not built to be particularly portable but, when we ran the N53SN's CPU at a constant 100 per cent, the battery held out for 2 hours and 33 minutes before conking out. You can expect longer battery life with more responsible use.
As a result, the APU ends up being powerful enough for gaming, serious multimedia tasks, and even HD video playback and video editing. In particular AMD fusion offers some other “bonuses” like the ability to accelerate apps lie Powerpoint, it can serve to auto-enhance Flash 10.1 video so that the video looks and plays better, it can Sony VAIO VGN-BX570 Battery dynamically help improve contrast and anti-aliasing on video, and it can also speed up photo and video tagging.
Those meaty components we mentioned before certainly seemed to pull their weight in our benchmark tests. The CPU is a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM clocked at 2GHz, and there's a monster 8GB of RAM too. With an Nvidia GeForce GT 550M graphics card also nestling inside, the N53SN scored a mighty 8,280 in the PCMark05 test, and a similarly impressive 8,815 in 3DMark06, which rates a laptop's graphics performance.
An officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on May 26 to investigate a fraud complaint. A Sony VGP-BPS4A Battery resident reported that she had gone to her bank, TCF Bank in Olympia Fields, to check on an automatic deposit from her employer. When she checked her bank account, she was informed that her account had been closed by the bank. She was informed that a check for $2800 had been deposited into her account on May 20 and that the check was fraudulent. She also noted four ATM withdrawals that she did not make from the account, according to police. Police continue to investigate.
More impressive is that this 15.6-inch panel is very bright and colourful, so games, photos and videos should look Sony VGP-BPS14_S their best. Admittedly, the screen is very glossy, so there are some annoying reflections bouncing around but, for the most part, the display is bright enough to cancel those out. Using the N53SN in direct sunlight won't be much fun, but we didn't find the reflections too irritating.