Unboxing and Hands-On: Sony Vaio S-Series ‘Charged and Ready’ Program

I have owned Sony products that I bought myself for more than 30 years, starting with the original Walkman, and consisting of audio/video (cassette, CD and DVD), televisions (tube and flat panel), computers, gaming systems, and more. My wife bought a cute Vaio last year with a 13.3″ screen and a Core i5 processor and a really nice pink finish. Point is – in spite of how much I beat up Sony for a variety of reasons, I am a loyal customer for one huge reason – they make great stuff.

So when I had the opportunity to evaluate their new S-series laptops as part of the ‘Charged and Ready’ program, I leaped at the chance!

The ‘Charged and Ready’ program focuses on the ability of the S-series to offer up to 15 hours of battery life using the ‘slab’ battery that attaches to the bottom of the S-series. The focus is on students and their parents – imagine knowing that your child could head off to college with the ability to charge their laptop overnight and have it at class all day and still have battery power available to head to the library later on!

Here is an unboxing showing how little extra packaging was used:

And here is my first hand-on with the S-series:

The ‘Charged and Ready’ program lasts from today until July 17th, and the primary deal is that the extended battery is on sale for 50% off for everyone, and for students the extended battery is FREE!

Over the coming weeks I will be detailing my experiences with the S-series, including:
– a ‘Charged and Ready’, where I will see just how long the battery lasts in normal usage.
– ‘Game Day – where I pull out all the stops and see how long the S-Series performs as a gaming system

I will also be checking in with my overall experiences as I progress. I have already loaded the system up with Microsoft Office, an array of statistics software for work (Minitab, JMP and R), Google Chrome, and a number of games such as Duke Nukem Forever, Fable III, The Witcher 2 and more.

For now, enjoy the videos and head over to Sony to check out the offers!

Note: This post is part of program called “Charged and Ready” by Sony Electronics and Microsoft, where myself and a group of other bloggers have been given a Sony VAIO-S series laptop to test and review.

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