Sony VAIO E Series review, guide and deals

VAIO E Series Overview

VAIO E SeriesThe VAIO E Series is Sony’s mainstream consumer laptop line and includes 11.6-inch, 14-inch, 15.5-inch and 17.3-inch models. The lower-end 11.6-inch version is positioned as a premium netbook with internals comparable to laptops. The 14-inch, 15.5-inch and 17.3-inch models are designed for multimedia use by consumers and feature a range of Intel processors. The 14-inch model offers Intel Dual-Core, Core i3 and Core i5 options while the 15.5 and 17.3-inch models feature CPUs from Dual-Core up to Core i7. The E Series features aluminium lids which help give the laptop a premium feel. The E series features a touchpad that recesses like a MacBook Pro and has mouse buttons built-in. Models with Core i5 and Core i7 processors feature the latest versions of those CPUs.

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VAIO E Series review

Since Sony refreshed the E Series in 2012 and got rid of the old textured plastic design and brought in the new slicker redesign, the laptop has improved both in looks and in quality. The aluminium cover adds a very nice touch and helps add to the premium VAIO feel, something that the last E Series lacked. Thankfully, Sony has still kept the price of the E Series the same, which makes the newer model even more impressive. Based solely on looks, the E Series does not seem like a budget model by any means. The keyboard is one of the best out there; and the newer touchpad also works very well. There are now four USB ports on the E Series, with one of them supporting USB 3.0. The configuration options are quite extensive, with a choice of processors available on the 14-inch, 15.5-inch and 17.3-inch models. The 11.6-inch model feels like a premium netbook, with an AMD CPU but shares the same high-end design. The 15.5-inch version has a very big drawback in the form of its relatively low-res 1366x768 pixel display. Competing laptops with higher resolution displays are only slightly more expensive than the S Series which is a negative point. The displays on the S Series are quite good with very good colour reproduction and above-average viewing angles. The newer E Series features quite light designs as well and the battery performance has also improved considerably. Considering the premium design, the lower-end configurations of the S Series are especially remarkable as the high-end design remains but the overall price goes down. Even with a high-end configuration, the S Series still features quite competitive laptops with the design easily matching more premium laptops like the Dell XPS 15. The main advantage the E Series has over its competition is its premium looks and high quality construction, something missing in most budget laptops. Even though laptops like the Lenovo G570 and the HP Pavilion G6 easily beat the S Series based on sheer value, those laptops still feel like cheap models in front of the Sony VAIO E Series.

The Good
The Bad
  • Excellent premium design
  • Base models feature excellent value
  • Great keyboard
  • Several configuration options
  • 15-inch version’s display resolution a bit poor
  • 11.6-inch model does not feature many CPU options
  • Higher-end models not better than competing Ultrabooks
  • New touchpad may take time getting used to

VAIO E Series Main features:

  • Available in 11.6-inch, 14-inch, 15.5-inch and 17.3-inch models
  • Resolution: 1366x768 pixels (11.6-inch,14-inch and 15.5-inch) and 1600x900 pixels(17.3-inch)
  • 17.3-inch version has 1600x900 / 1920x1080 pixels resolution
  • Dual-core, Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processors available (14,15.5 and 17.3-inch versions)
  • AMD E-series processor (11.6-inch version)
  • 1 USB 3.0 port with HDMI
  • Plastic body with Aluminium lid
  • Webcam with microphone
  • Weight : 3.32 pounds(11.6-inch), 5.3 pounds(14-inch), 5.97 pounds(15.5-inch), 6.8 pounds (17.3-inch)

 

Other Laptops to consider

  • HP Pavilion G6
  • Samsung RV series
  • Lenovo G570

If you are considering buying an VAIO E Series then these laptops are worth looking at as possible alternatives to the VAIO E Series.