Sony VAIO Fit 14A multi-flip review

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Fusing the best of both laptop and tablet worlds is a tricky ask, but the VAIO Fit 14A multi-flip – the middle child of Sony’s new 13in, 14in and 15in hybrid family – is hoping to manage the feat. And despite the Full HD display and novel design, the price comes as a pleasant surprise – the cheapest model starts at £699 inc VAT.

Whichever specification you opt for, the Fit 14A’s striking physique remains the same. Brushed metal spreads across the lid and keyboard surround, a fissure running through the centre of the lid accommodates the “multi-flip” hinge, and soft-touch black plastics curl around the lid’s edges and cover the base. If the silver finish is too showy, the Fit 14A is available in a more sombre black; and if it isn’t showy enough, it also comes in pink.

Initially, there’s little evidence you’re looking at a hybrid device at all: the Fit 14A is indistinguishable from a standard laptop. Until, that is, you glimpse the switch along the keyboard’s top edge. Flick this to the side and the catches securing the display release, allowing it to spin backwards through 180 degrees. It’s necessary to use two hands to unhook and spin the display around – strong, hidden magnets hold the display in place even once the catch is released – but, that done, those same magnets snap the display solidly into place in its secondary position.

In laptop mode, the Fit 14A is refreshingly free from compromises. There’s a full-sized, backlit keyboard and a wide, buttonless touchpad, and while we’re not keen on the keyboard surround’s sharp edges, the wristrest is deep and wide enough not to dig into your wrists in normal usage.

The 14in touchscreen is a cut above. Both multitouch and pressure-sensitive stylus input are on the cards, and the Full HD resolution makes for pin-sharp clarity. Put to the test with our X-Rite colorimeter, the Sony’s IPS panel provided a maximum brightness of 322cd/m[sup]2[/sup] and a contrast ratio of 685:1, and its palette of delicious, bold colours covered almost every corner of the sRGB gamut. If there’s a criticism to be made it’s a minor one: the crisscross pattern of the digitising layer is faintly visible.

Sony VAIO Fit 14A multi-flip

Thanks to the presence of Intel’s Haswell processors, there’s also ample power for most applications. While the cheapest £699 model makes do with a Haswell-based Pentium chip, the 1.7GHz Pentium 3556U, our review unit came equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB of DDR3L RAM and a 1TB hard disk – a combination that scored a respectable 0.67 in our Real World Benchmarks. Should you so wish, though, it’s possible to improve the performance – and send the price soaring to £1,354 – by equipping the Fit 14A with a 512GB SSD and Core i7 CPU.


Warranty2 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions336 x 234 x 20mm (WDH)
Travelling weight2.3kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4200U
RAM capacity8.00GB
Memory typeDDR3L
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total0

Screen and video

Screen size14.0in
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 4400
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1


Spindle speed5,400RPM
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes

Other Features

3.5mm audio jacks1
SD card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad, touchscreen, stylus
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.9mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use5hr 48min
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.67
Responsiveness score0.84
Media score0.67
Multitasking score0.50

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 8 64-bit
OS familyWindows 8
Recovery methodRecovery partition

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