Sony VAIO E full review

The Sony VAIO E is a 15.5-inch mainstream laptop from Sony, based on the Intel Core i5-520M processor - a cheaper, Intel i3 version is available.

The Sony VAIO E has a matte black finish, comes with useful proprietary software and offers very good multimedia experience.

Sony VAIO E: Design

We may not be huge fans of its monotonous, all-black look, but like the Sony VAIO CW, the Sony VAIO E laptop has a matte finish on its screen lid, with the word VAIO boldly emblazoned at its center. The VAIO E laptop has no hint of gloss anywhere else on its exterior - no more fingerprints and smudges troubles! The VAIO E is very well built and weighs 2.7-kg - about what you would expect from a 15-inch laptop with a six-cell battery.

Apart from the 15-inch glossy LED-backlit screen, any other semblance of gloss on the VAIO E is confined to a small strip of palmrest, but it isn't overdone and looks just right. Another design highlight of the Sony VAIO E that most laptops don't have is its slightly raised palmrest, with the keyboard situated at a lower level. It aids typing remarkably well, and is wide enough to give your wrists a nice parking place on the laptop. Thoughtful design to say the least.

Sony VAIO E: Hardware Features

The Sony VAIO E is based on an Intel Core i5-520M 2.4-GHz processor with Intel Turbo Boost technology which dynamically allows the CPU to overclock (whenever required) to upto 2.93GHz.

Additionally, the Sony VAIO E has 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard drive, and onboard Intel GMA HD graphics - not a bad set of basic hardware building blocks, if compared to the Lenovo Ideapad Y550, Dell Inspiron 14-1464 or Acer Aspire 5740 laptops. Apart from all the regular input-output ports and a DVD writer, the VAIO E also includes Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity.

One of the USB ports on the Sony VAIO E conveniently doubles up as an eSATA port - a trend we're seeing increasingly adopted by laptop manufacturers. The VAIO E also comes with an ExpressCard slot, an SDHC card reader, and Sony's proprietary MagicGate Memory Stick Duo reader. Disappointingly, despite its mainstream, all purpsose billing, the Sony VAIO E doesn't have a dedicated graphics card.

The laptop comes with 64-bit Windows 7 Professional operating system. The Sony VAIO E also bundles in a bunch of built-in software, out of which VAIO Gate is the most mention-worthy. VAIO Gate resides as an application dock along the top edge of the desktop; it houses all the frequently used programs and applications, including multimedia tools, for quick and easy access, and it's extensively customizable. Media Gallery's a good way to organise and view your photos and other media files, and there's plenty more useful proprietary software on the Sony VAIO E. It isn't all mindless bloatware for sure.

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