Sony VAIO E Series VPC-EC1S1E/BJ
The VAIO E series notebook refuses to blend in. Designed with personalization in mind, its spectrum of available colors, subtle patterns and inviting ...
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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?
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)
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 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).
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!
Product Information : Sony VAIO E Series VPC-EC1S1E/BJ
Manufacturer's product descriptionThe VAIO E series notebook refuses to blend in. Designed with personalization in mind, its spectrum of available colors, subtle patterns and inviting finishes let you choose a style that's all your own. Even the interior is striking, with clear-coat palm rests that match the lid and available colorful keyboard skins to spice things up.No matter what you do on the E series notebook, it's sure to look fantastic. Whether you're watching HD movies or editing your digital photo collection, your day-to-day processor functions will be optimized for serious productivity.Sporting isolated keys and an edge-to-edge design, the E series notebook's keyboard is quite impressive. You'll love the firm yet comfortable feedback of the keys, and the numeric keypad is a welcome addition for inputting figures fast. And with keyboard skins available in complementary colors, you can add even more flavor to the mix.
Product Description: Sony VAIO E Series VPC-EC1S1E/BJ - 17.3" - Core i5 430M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD
Product Type: Notebook
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5 430M / 2.26 GHz ( 2.53 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Memory: 4 GB DDR3
Storage: 500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL / Blu-ray
Display: 17.3" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 / Full HD
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - 1 GB
Networking: 802.11b/g/n , Gigabit Ethernet
Battery: Up to 2.6 hours
Dimensions (WxDxH): 40.9 cm x 27.4 cm x 3.2 cm
Weight: 3.3 kg
MPN: VPCEC1S1E/BJ.CEK, VPCEC1S1E/BJ.CE, VPCEC1S1E/BJ.FR5, VPCEC1S1E/BJ
Product Type: Notebook
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Processor / Chipset
CPU: Intel Core i5 430M / 2.26 GHz
Max Turbo Speed: 2.53 GHz
Number of Cores: Dual-Core
Cache: L3 - 3 MB
64-bit Computing: Yes
Chipset: Mobile Intel HM55 Express
Features: Intel Turbo Boost Technology
RAM: 4 GB
Max RAM Supported: 8 GB
Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
Speed: 1066 MHz / PC3-8500
Main Storage: 500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM - fixed
Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 4x (BD)
Write Speed: 16x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)
CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Audio & Video
Graphics Processor: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - 1 GB
Total Available Graphics Memory: 2740 MB
Camera: Integrated webcam
Resolution (MP): 0.3 Megapixel
Resolution: 640 x 480
Sound: Stereo speakers , stereo microphone
Compliant Standards: Dolby Home Theater
Type: Keyboard, touchpad
Features: Built-in numeric keyboard, multi-touch touchpad
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n, 802.11n
Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet
Technology: Lithium Ion
Capacity: 3500 mAh
Run Time: Up to 2.6 hours
Connections & Expansion
Slots: 1 x ExpressCard/34 ( 1 free )
Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0 ¦ Microphone input ¦ Headphone output ¦ HDMI ¦ VGA ¦ LAN ¦ USB 2.0/eSATA
Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo )
Software Included: VAIO Update, McAfee AntiVirus (60 days trial), Windows Live Essentials, VAIO Care, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0, VAIO Gate, VAIO Media Gallery, Norton Online Backup (Trial), VAIO Transfer Support, Google Chrome, VAIO Smart Network, Sony Picture Motion Browser, Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition (60 days trial), VAIO Media Plus, Adobe Reader 9
Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Dimensions & Weight
Width: 40.9 cm
Depth: 27.4 cm
Height: 3.2 cm
Weight: 3.3 kg
Listed on Ciao since: 11/04/2010