My Dell XPS M1330 went belly up a couple of months ago due to the infamous NVidia 8400M chipset, as I don't live in the USA I'm not entitle to the class action. So it was time for a new laptop. I followed the rumours and decided to wait for the SB and their announced performance gains. I always had a thing for Macs but for one reason or another never owned one, therefore I was expecting the MBP 13in to move the 1440x900 resolution and continue to have a discrete GPU if that had happened then I would've already order one. Problem it didn't. Along comes Sony and announces the new Vaio S (VPCSB1C5E) with the following specs: # Intel® CoreTM i5-2410M 2.30GHz # Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium # Silver/Black/White/Pink/Blue # 320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm) # 4 GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 4096 MB) # DVD disc drive # 33.7 cm (13.3in) LCD, 1366x768 Matte # Webcam # AMD Radeon HD 6470M + Intel® HD # 1.75kg (3.86lbs) # Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Body # Wireless LAN(bgn) + Bluetooth® # HDMI(TM) output # Backlight keyboard # 2x USB 2.0 + 1x USB 3.0 # VGA port # Memory Stick + SD Considering that the MBP 13in base model hiked 100 in price with the SB revision (in my country) and that the Sony costs 969 (£789) in the configuration above, means less 230 than the MBP. The BTO options are also more appealing and cheaper. Intel® CoreTM i3-2310M 2.10GHz: -50 (-50£) Intel® CoreTM i5-2520M 2.50GHz: +50 (+50£) Intel® CoreTM i7-2620M 2.70GHz: +150 (+100£) 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm): +30 (+30£) 500 GB Serial ATA (7200 rpm): +60 (+60£) 640 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm): +60 (+60£) 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm): +90 (+90£) 128 GB Ultra SATA Flash SSD: +350 (+320£) 256 GB Ultra SATA Flash SSD: +660 (+690£) 6 GB 1333MHz DDR3-SDRAM: +40 (+40£) 8 GB 1333MHz DDR3-SDRAM: +80 (+80£) Blu-ray Disc(TM) writer: +160 (+150£) AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6630M 1GB: +60 (+60£) Wan (HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS) Dl 7.2 Mbps / Up 5.7 Mbps: +80 (+100£) Finger Print Recognition & Trusted Platform Module (TPM): +30 (+30£) Long-Life Battery (doesn't extend behind, clips underneath, 2x battery life): +120 (+120£) Sources: https://shop.sony.co.uk/shop/VAIO-Laptop-PCs/S-Series-13-3 http://www.sony.es/product/vn-s-series/tab/models I travel quite a lot, I don't use it in air-planes and such that much but I have to carry it around and with airlines squeezing every penny from us, size and weight do matter. It'll be my primary machine, so it has to be able to do the usual web surfing, emails, skype and other light task as well as the odd game and Lightroom and Photoshop (amateur photographer). This Sony might be what the new MBP should have been. What you guys/gals think?