Vaio, one of the most popular laptop brands which was known for launching some great laptops at a time – Literally disappeared. They haven’t had a launch for a long time and were very silent. But even after so many delays, we finally have two new laptops from them. So this is going to be an article about Vaio, where I would explain why they are a little late to the party. Also read, Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra
Why is Vaio late?
Vaio launched a total of 3 laptops, which included E15 and the SE14.
The E15 offered 2 variants, which included a Ryzen 5 3500U and a Ryzen 7 3700U.
Meanwhile, the SE14 came with an Intel Core i5 8th Gen. Both the laptops offer some decent specs, but the problem arises when we see the prices of the same. Also a quick note, these laptops are selling exclusively on Flipkart.
Firstly talking about the Vaio E15, it comes with an old Ryzen chip. For the price of INR 45,000, it is pretty decent. But users will now expect a better and new chipset. Don’t get me wrong, the Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are pretty good chips. But compared to the competition, where we get chips like Ryzen 5 4500U, the older generation chips doesn’t feel like that great choice.
For the other laptop, Vaio shouldn’t even have launched this one. It comes with an 8th Gen Core i5, again don’t get me wrong. The i5 8th Gen chip is a pretty good chip, it offers some decent performance and good battery life. But compared to what we are getting on the other laptops, the price isn’t justified anymore. For INR 62,990 users here are getting a very old Intel chip, which I doubt will make buyers put that good chunk of money in.
Let’s compare it with other laptops now, so let’s take an example of the latest offering from Asus. The VivoBook 14 Ultra, is a newly launched laptop from them and is priced at INR 58,990. Here compared to the Vaio offering, we get an Intel 11th Gen Core i5 chip. Which is significantly improved from the old Intel i5 8th Gen on the Vaio offering.
Another example could be the Acer offering, here which is the Acer Swift 3. It comes with a 13″ FHD Screen, which makes it a very compact machine. But back to the point now, this laptop also comes with the 11th Gen Core i5 chip. And that too at the price of INR 59,990, which makes far-far better than the Vaio offering.
In the end, I would like to say that. Instead of spending, money on these new Vaio laptops, users should go for some other laptop brands like Asus and Acer. As for the same price or even less, they offer much better specs compared to what we are getting on the Vaio side of things.
So if I have to speculate then I would say that Vaio had been busy with paperwork for really long and then the unexpected pandemic and other things might have terribly delayed their plans to launch this series. If they pushed these launches at least a year back then they might have stirred the market a little as the brand is pretty known among a lot of consumers, especially those who dig nice, sleek looking and well-designed laptops.
Here’s hoping I was able to articulate my thoughts well with my first article here. Check out Mr MuBot on YouTube and Twitter. Madhav out!