Benchmark Overview

Sony’s E-Commerce UX

This is a case study of Sony’s e-commerce user experience (UX) performance. It’s based on a full-performance review of more than 550 design elements. 59 other sites have also been benchmarked for a complete picture of the e-commerce UX landscape

Sony’s Homepage & Category performance is acceptable. Notably, Sony’s category performance is hampered by mediocre Main Navigation and Site-Wide Layout, although this is helped somewhat by good Category Taxonomy.

Sony’s Cart & Checkout performance is poor. Sony’s checkout in particular suffers from usability issues caused by broken Focus and Data Input. That said, their checkout performs well within Copywriting.

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Homepage & Category: 64 guidelines · Score: 646.7

Homepage: 15 guidelines · Score: 134.5

These 15 ‘Homepage’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Homepage & Category UX research study, and outline the 15 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Homepage’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #237 Adhered High · Score: 33.0

Guideline #240 Neutral · Score: 0.0

Guideline #242 Issue Resolved · Score: 23.6

Guideline #248 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #235 Adhered Low · Score: 7.1

Guideline #238 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #236 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #246 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #249 Neutral · Score: 0.0

Guideline #245 Issue Resolved · Score: 23.6

Guideline #241 Violated Low · Score: -7.1

Guideline #247 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #239 Violated Low · Score: -7.1

Guideline #264 Neutral · Score: 0.0

Guideline #257 Adhered High · Score: 14.2

Category Taxonomy: 15 guidelines · Score: 252.5

These 15 ‘Category Taxonomy’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Homepage & Category UX research study, and outline the 15 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Category Taxonomy’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #253 Violated High · Score: -33.0

Guideline #261 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #263 Adhered High · Score: 33.0

Guideline #266 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #267 Adhered Low · Score: 16.5

Guideline #268 Adhered High · Score: 28.3

Guideline #259 Issue Resolved · Score: 37.8

Guideline #282 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #286 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #274 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #251 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #278 Adhered High · Score: 18.9

Guideline #277 Issue Resolved · Score: 18.9

Guideline #318 Adhered High · Score: 14.2

Guideline #1008 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Main Navigation: 16 guidelines · Score: 169.9

These 16 ‘Main Navigation’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Homepage & Category UX research study, and outline the 16 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Main Navigation’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #287 Violated High · Score: -33.0

Guideline #294 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #302 Adhered High · Score: 33.0

Guideline #289 Issue Resolved · Score: 23.6

Guideline #288 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #303 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #298 Issue Resolved · Score: 28.3

Guideline #291 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #297 Violated High · Score: -18.9

Guideline #256 Issue Resolved · Score: 23.6

Guideline #304 Adhered High · Score: 23.6

Guideline #305 Adhered High · Score: 18.9

Guideline #296 Issue Resolved · Score: 18.9

Guideline #299 Issue Resolved · Score: 14.2

Guideline #306 Adhered High · Score: 14.2

Guideline #300 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Intermediary Category Pages: 6 guidelines · Score: 23.6

These 6 ‘Intermediary Category Pages’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Homepage & Category UX research study, and outline the 6 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Intermediary Category Pages’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #307 Adhered High · Score: 37.8

Guideline #309 Adhered High · Score: 33.0

Guideline #308 Violated High · Score: -23.6

Guideline #311 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #312 Violated High · Score: -23.6

Guideline #310 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Site-Wide Layout: 12 guidelines · Score: 66.1

These 12 ‘Site-Wide Layout’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Homepage & Category UX research study, and outline the 12 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Site-Wide Layout’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #279 Neutral · Score: 0.0

Guideline #258 Issue Resolved · Score: 37.8

Guideline #252 Violated High · Score: -23.6

Guideline #250 Adhered High · Score: 18.9

Guideline #293 Violated High · Score: -18.9

Guideline #290 Adhered High · Score: 14.2

Guideline #284 Issue Resolved · Score: 14.2

Guideline #260 Adhered High · Score: 14.2

Guideline #255 Adhered High · Score: 9.4

Guideline #273 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #940 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #1057 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Cart & Checkout: 63 guidelines · Score: 247.8

Data Input: 15 guidelines · Score: -46.5

These 15 ‘Data Input’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Checkout Process UX research study, and outline the 15 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Data Input’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #1 Adhered High · Score: 62.0

Guideline #2 Violated High · Score: -46.5

Guideline #3 Violated High · Score: -46.5

Guideline #4 Adhered High · Score: 46.5

Guideline #5 Violated High · Score: -31.0

Guideline #6 Violated High · Score: -31.0

Guideline #7 Violated High · Score: -15.5

Guideline #8 Issue Resolved · Score: 23.2

Guideline #9 Violated High · Score: -23.2

Guideline #10 Issue Resolved · Score: 23.2

Guideline #11 Violated High · Score: -15.5

Guideline #12 Adhered High · Score: 15.5

Guideline #13 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #14 Adhered Low · Score: 7.7

Guideline #15 Violated High · Score: -15.5

Copywriting: 8 guidelines · Score: 112.3

These 8 ‘Copywriting’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Checkout Process UX research study, and outline the 8 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Copywriting’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #16 Neutral · Score: 0.0

Guideline #17 Adhered High · Score: 46.5

Guideline #18 Adhered High · Score: 46.5

Guideline #19 Violated High · Score: -38.7

Guideline #20 Adhered Low · Score: 19.4

Guideline #21 Adhered Low · Score: 15.5

Guideline #22 Adhered High · Score: 15.5

Guideline #23 Adhered Low · Score: 7.7

Layout: 15 guidelines · Score: 120.0

These 15 ‘Layout’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Checkout Process UX research study, and outline the 15 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Layout’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #24 Adhered High · Score: 54.2

Guideline #25 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #26 Adhered High · Score: 54.2

Guideline #27 Violated High · Score: -38.7

Guideline #29 Neutral · Score: 0.0

Guideline #30 Adhered Low · Score: 19.4

Guideline #31 Violated High · Score: -46.5

Guideline #32 Neutral · Score: 0.0

Guideline #33 Adhered High · Score: 23.2

Guideline #34 Adhered High · Score: 23.2

Guideline #35 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #36 Violated High · Score: -15.5

Guideline #37 Adhered High · Score: 15.5

Guideline #38 Adhered High · Score: 15.5

Guideline #39 Adhered High · Score: 15.5

Navigation: 8 guidelines · Score: 62.0

These 8 ‘Navigation’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Checkout Process UX research study, and outline the 8 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Navigation’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #40 Issue Resolved · Score: 46.5

Guideline #41 Violated Low · Score: -23.2

Guideline #42 Issue Resolved · Score: 46.5

Guideline #43 Violated High · Score: -38.7

Guideline #44 Adhered Low · Score: 15.5

Guideline #45 Adhered High · Score: 31.0

Guideline #46 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #47 Violated High · Score: -15.5

Flow: 7 guidelines · Score: 58.1

These 7 ‘Flow’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Checkout Process UX research study, and outline the 7 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Flow’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #48 Violated High · Score: -54.2

Guideline #49 Adhered High · Score: 54.2

Guideline #50 Violated High · Score: -54.2

Guideline #51 Adhered Low · Score: 19.4

Guideline #52 Adhered High · Score: 31.0

Guideline #53 Adhered High · Score: 31.0

Guideline #54 Issue Resolved · Score: 31.0

Focus: 10 guidelines · Score: -58.1

These 10 ‘Focus’ guidelines are only available in Baymard Premium — they are based on our large-scale Checkout Process UX research study, and outline the 10 elements necessary to create a high-performing ‘Focus’ implementation.

Premium also shows you why Sony and 59 other top e-commerce sites perform as they do, and allow you to self-audit your own sites to see how your UX performance stacks up against theirs — learn more.

Guideline #55 Violated High · Score: -62.0

Guideline #56 Violated High · Score: -62.0

Guideline #57 Adhered High · Score: 38.7

Guideline #58 Adhered Low · Score: 19.4

Guideline #59 Violated High · Score: -38.7

Guideline #60 Violated High · Score: -38.7

Guideline #61 Adhered High · Score: 38.7

Guideline #62 Issue Resolved · Score: 31.0

Guideline #63 Not Applicable · Score: 0.0

Guideline #64 Adhered High · Score: 15.5

All 60 sites were benchmarked across the 610 guidelines. During our evaluation, Sony’s e-commerce site adhered to 342 usability guidelines, violated 213, and scored neutral on 87 occasions, while a remaining 34 guidelines weren’t applicable.

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