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With the trend of laptops getting ever more advanced and powerful in ratio to their size, the advantages of having a desktop PC as the main computer in your family and/or business are becoming relatively minimal.Laptops are showing that they can be the main computer of choice, not just the travel companion - with products like the new SONY VAIO E SERIES bringing both colour (oh yes, Sony have gone rainbow on this one - with choices from pink to blue to good ol' black) and performance into the mix. The VPC-EC1S1E/BJ member of the E Series is in black, but I always was a more subtle type anyway (honest).
VAIO COME AND ME WANNA GO HOME?
Yes. But not because its bad. In fact, quite the opposite. I want it to replace my desktop computer! The being said, the VPC-EC1S1E/BJ was designed well for travels, and it has accompanied me mostly outside of the comforts of home. This laptop is crammed full of features, meaning its not the lightest on its feet tipping the scales at just over 2.7kg. In fact, its desktop aspirations are evident in its measurable size (248mm x 31mm x 369mm). But trust me, its still very slim and chic - and visually quite beautiful. Sony have certainly not held back on aesthetics with the E series - you could spend a fair while studying its many slight and appealing curves and contours. But after you've done that, does it matter where it really counts - inside?
Modern Inside is at the forefront of modern parts for medium-to-high end laptop. It is slightly on the heavy side of RAM (Memory usage) from the start-up, but you're getting a good standard for that little bit extra load. And with a very ample 4GB RAM as standard, it takes to your tasks quite swiftly and with dedication. Even gamers will be glad to know it has been tested and taunted with some heavy loads, and came through admirably (a Football Manager 2010 game on full database was not a problem on the memory front, whilst a few graphic-heavy First-Person Shooters served no worries for its Intel core i5-430M processor and a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics processor with 1 GB video RAM memory.)
7 is the magic number No Vista. Thank god. Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Operating System means its fully loaded. This is just the Operating System mind you, you'd have to aquire and install Microsoft Office et all after you've purchased E Series VAIO (which is of course standard fare with all new computers - unless you're lucky)
Interestingly... The E series has a couple of interesting features, notably a 'Web' button that loads a Linux-based graphical user interface that allows you to browse the Internet without having to wait for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to load. There's also a fancy 'Web clipping' tool that allows you to keep track of anything interesting you come across during your browsing session, and gain access to these things from any other PC or Web-connected mobile phone.
The Tech Bit The laptop consists of 3 MB L2 cache memory, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM with 1066 MHz speed and a 500 GB hard disk drive. It supports BD ROM, DVD+-RW, +-R DL and RAM optical format. In everyday speak, thats not too bad at all. Ultimately fast and effective, even though it may never quite win Gold in a race.
The 17.3 inch display with 16:9 image aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution is a real treat to the eyes with its excellent image clarity. This is of utmost importance if you use a computer alot, and a lot of effort has gone into this from Sony to make it a stand out feature.
The connectors include 1 microphone jack, 1 headphone jack, HDMI output, 3 USB ports, VGA output and an express card slot. It supports 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN and 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000-Base-T Ethernet.
The built in speakers ensures crystal clear sound output and the built in microphone enables sound input. This unit also features a 0.3 megapixels image sensor.
Battery life is good, not great. But that can be expected considering its relatively good price range. Good value for money can be had with a laptop that you can sense will last a long time.
Palmed off The textured effect palm-area was supposed to be a master-stoke (no pun intended). But the seemingly clever touch is in fact mildly irritating, evoking an image in the back of your mind of nails on a chalkboard. Although not that horrific, the part where you connect with the laptop the most (i.e. the mouse pad) feels rough and frankly, wrong. Still, looks nice though (says the designer at Sony).
Summary: All-in-all, laptop/desktop whatever you use it for - the SONY VAIO E SERIES VPC-EC1S1E/BJ comes out on top. Just buy a mouse to go with it!