Quality - Designated Quality Test for SX12 / SX14

Designated Quality Test for SX12 / SX14

Other than general tests, a series of tests are carried out to target specifically for SX12 / SX14.
To achieve the upmost quality for VAIO SX12 / SX14, we simulated different extreme scenarios and inspected it repeatedly to improve the weaknesses of the body.

Laptop Body Torsion Test

Survives compression and torsion
Laptops may be subject to compressions and torsions from our bodies or surrounding objects in cases such as emergency braking. These scenarios may cause damage to the screen, the motherboard and other components inside the laptop. In the torsion testing, the laptop is affixed on three of the four corners. The testing machine then applies pressure on the remaining corner until it is noticeably bent. The laptop is then connected to power and checked to see if it can still function. We ensure that our laptop can survive extreme compression and torsion.

Keyboard Spill Test

The SX12 / SX14 are equipped with anti-spill keyboards. These laptops were tested to be able to continue normal operation for a period sufficient to complete data storage, even after 150ml of water was spilled on the keyboard.
* In the event of a water spillage, users should wipe away the water, before bringing the laptop to a VAIO service center for inspection or repair.
* The anti-spill feature is only available on the keyboard and is not applicable on water damage to other parts of the laptop.

Corner Impact Test

VAIO laptops remain sturdy even after receiving repeated impacts on the corners. One could make the corners of a laptop hit the desk by placing it on a surface single-handedly. During corner impact tests, all four corners of a VAIO laptop was simulated to have received impacts by placing it onto a desk surface from a height of 5cm for 5,000 times. Although the impact is relatively small each time, the damage can still be significant given the sheer number of impacts. VAIO laptops remains study and durable under repeated and prolonged corner impacts.

90CM Drop Test

The unexpected happens. VAIO engineers simulated the following impact tests to make each notebook computer being able to withstand life’s mishaps:
●Dropping to the floor when carried under a 170cm-tall person’s arm, which is about from a height of 90cm
●Dropping from the height of a desk to the floor
●Impacts from everyday use
The risk of your important data being damaged or lost can be reduced if the components and screen of a notebook computer can be protected during an impact.
During impact tests, the VAIO notebook computers are dropped on all six sides, at preset angles from 90cm. A notebook computer can be deformed and parts could be sent flying if its casing is not sturd enough to withstand the impact from a drop. After each drop test, we carefully examine all parts of the notebook computer to improve our design for maximum protection of user’s data.

Pressurized Vibration Test

VAIO laptops are robust and built to last, even under pressure and vibration. Imagine yourself carrying a laptop inside a crowded train compartment during peak hours, the screen, keyboard and the body unit of the laptop could be under serious pressure like a hard squeezed sandwich. During pressurized vibration tests, a VAIO laptop was tested for functionalities when a 150kgf* pressure was applied to it. Although boasting an ultra thin casing, VAIO laptops were tested to be sturdy under extreme conditions.
* kgf is a gravitational metric unit of force, equalling to the magnitude of the force exerted on one kilogram of mass under standard gravity.



The Pen Bend Test

The pen bend test is carried out to simulate an alien object, such a pen, is caught between a notebook computer’s screen and keyboard when closed. A user’s data could be better protected if the notebook computer’s mother boards and other hardware are not damaged under this scenario.

LCD chassis pressure test

Pursuit of an indestructible LCD screen
The LCD screen is one of the most vulnerable parts of a laptop, and is also a part that VAIO tests thoroughly and strives to improve. The test machine applies force onto various parts of the screen, simulating scenarios such as pulling the edge of the screen, pressing the chassis with elbows, and being squished in a bag. These tests ensures the chassis can protect the delicate LCD screen.

LCD screen twist test

Ensure a durable ultra-narrow bezel
Featuring a screen with an ultra-narrow bezel, the VAIO SX12 / SX14 is seemingly delicate compared to ordinary PCs. To examine the strength of the thin bezel, VAIO conducts two tests, including applying pressure on the bezel and opening the screen over 180 degrees – an angle that is beyond the limit of the hinge. The tests aim to ensure the LCD panel can survive any impact and compression.



※ Quality tests are carried out in specific environments based on VAIO’s regulations. The product’s quality tests do not guarantee that it is free from any damage or malfunction, nor do they guarantee the safety of the data in the SSD.


* General quality control testing is applicable to VAIO S11, VAIO S13, VAIO A12, VAIO SX12 and VAIO SX14 only.

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