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      03.01.2011 22:44

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      The best laptop experience I have ever had. You will not be disappointed!

      I bought this laptop for use as my main computer. I was a little unsure about the bright colour at first; i didnt know whether it would look a bit cheap/toy like. It looks anything but cheap! The colour is amazing (i went for the blue model), and it has a really 'deep' effect. It is hard to explain, but it is a lovely effect and makes the notebook really eyecatching and different from the usual silver and black notebooks that fill the market.

      I use this notebook for design, and I have absolutely no problems with it. It is fast, great with graphics, and works effortlessly with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, which I use on a daily basis. The screen is amazing! It is so clear, text is crisp, images sharp and colours vivid and bright. The keyboard is a joy to use and typing feels natural and comfortable. The trackpad is slightly textured, and I find it very responsive and accurate.

      On the outside, the notebook is slim, compact and quite elegant. It feels really well built and everything about this notebook looks and feels high quality, from the screen to the keyboard.

      I was originally looking at a macbook pro after many fellow designers recommended them to me (apparently you're not a 'proper' designer if you work on a PC). But macbooks are so expensive and you get relatively little for your money when compared with other brands. You end up paying a premium for the design. I would have ended up paying more than double what I paid for my Vaio notebook, and the spec wouldnt have been anywhere near as good.

      All in all, I am delighted with my Vaio laptop, and it is without doubt one of the best (if not the best) notebooks I have ever used. It was worth every penny!

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      17.10.2010 18:49

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      True Value for Money Laptop one can get from Sony Stable.

      One of the most value for money laptop available currently in the market.Sony VAIO's E-series redefines the word VFM.It offers a pretty good package for the price one is paying.The heart of the laptop the core i3 is peppy enough to do all the work pretty fast.500GB HDD provides ample of space to store our content.The 14inch screen is brilliant and color reproduction is really very good.

      If your are considering this laptop for gaming then you should look elsewhere as the HD5145 is not enough for gaming.Although it would suffice for the casual gamers.But not at all recommended for extreme gamers who need to play with all eye candies turned on.

      14 inch screen size makes it quite portable and useful for people on the move.Although movie bluffs would want a little bigger screen size for movie watching.

      Overall it is a perfect laptop for those who needs to do office work as well as need some bit of entertainment on the move.

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      13.10.2010 06:44
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      Sony Vaio VPC-EA1S1E is a fast little computer with good battery life and no major issues

      The Sony Vaio VPC-EA1S1E is one of the latest additions to my ever-growing collection of electronic gadgets and I must preface I'm extremely satisfied with it a part from a few minor glitches I'm about to describe. The laptop looks great, it is quiet (no nasty noises of fans or anything) and it's very fast both when navigating the internet and during my normal tasks like watching a divx, editing pictures with photoshop or with programs of the office suite like Word, Excel and Powerpoint that I use extensively for work.

      One of the things that I didn't entirely like is the trackpad. Actually the mouse moves too fast even if it is generally accurate but I found it to be not as good as my Apple macbook's. You probably won't have any major issues with it, but working with graphics on the go it becomes sometimes kind of annoying. Also while all is fine with my headphones the audio from the speakers might lack bass frequencies completely but, again, I believe this is pretty common with this class of portable computers.

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      11.10.2010 07:09
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      Sony offers an average, but beautiful laptop at a premium price. There are better deals to be had.

      I use computers hard. No one that knows me would question that and I hold them to a high standard. I recently had a chance to use this laptop for a few weeks and I found to have decent power, but it didn't really meet my needs as a power user. While it had a reasonable amount of ram (4gb) for a mid range laptop, the Intel Core i3 processor left something to be desired. My hard drive was 500gb, which is a good size and the DVD burner was fast and realiable.

      Like most Sony laptops, it did look sleek and gorgous, but the preloaded software was a somewhat bloated. It was very light and thin, but the battery life, at about 2 hours, was just not up to modern laptop standards. I want to be able to get atleast 3 hours out of a laptop and an average user should be able to get 4 or 5.

      The real problem with Sony laptops is the price and this one is no different. It's a mid range laptop at a premium price. You are paying for the sony name and admitidly beautiful design.

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      25.09.2010 16:25
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      a nice laptop with a average/good performance

      Introducing the Intel Core processor i3 the first of the new series of smart and faster Intel processors that offers good multitasking performance at an attractive price.

      Wireless Internet seems specially made for the Sony Vaio VPC-EA1S1E. After browsing through the integrated wireless feature fast and above all without the hassle of network cables on the Internet. The Sony Vaio VPC-EA1S1E work anytime, anywhere easy and enjoyable.

      In addition, the laptop is almost immediately ready for use. Windows 7 64 bit is the default installation that is on it.

      It is a small laptop with the following dimensions:
      Length 23.9 cm
      Width 34.6 cm
      thickness 2.7 cm
      The total weight of this laptop is 2350 grams.
      because he has size, there is no numeric keyboard present. The laptop has a 14 inch screen, and is thus easy to carry.

      purchase of this laptop there are the following accessories in the box:
      - Battery
      - Home Charger
      - Manual /description
      - 2 years pick-up-and-return warranty (with extra charge)
      - 6 months warranty on battery

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      21.09.2010 16:46
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      An effective laptop.

      I would like to point out that I am reviewing the VPC-EA1S1E/L which is actually blue, not the white version but Dooyoo will not add it as a seperate item.

      Over the last year I have spent more and more time on the internet as I have had my hours at work reduced and I also find that I get quickly bored by television in the evenings so like to spend my time on Dooyoo instead. Our old desk top was struggling to cope with many of the sites I was visiting and I could have gone and made a cup of tea in the time it took to load some pages. The desktop PC is in the spare room and when we came to think about replacing it my husband suggested that I might like a laptop instead so we could at least spend our evenings in the same room! This seemed quite a sensible idea so I started to look around, it didn't take me long before I realised that I had no idea what I was looking for and since most major purchasing decisions are made by me I thought my husband could choose for me for a change.

      He came home several days later with a Sony VPCEA1S1E which I am now typing this review on.

      I am afraid I was immediately very girly and fell in love with the appearance of this laptop. It is a beautiful shiny turquoise blue with a small dot pattern so that the edges are slightly darker and there is a large silver Vaio design across the top. It is a really attractive looking laptop and I found myself stroking the glossy cover appreciatively with no care about it specifications at all. I had seen some laptops which I felt were too large but at 34cm x 24cm x 2.5cm this seemed a perfect size and I couldn't wait to get started with it.

      Being a bit useless on the technical front hubby decided to set it up for me. I cannot remember exactly what he had to do but I know he was impressed with how quickly the battery charged and he managed to get everything working, including the wireless connection very easily. We have just purchased a different laptop for my daughter which nearly led to divorce it was so stressful to start up and took hours so I know mine must have been straightforward or I would have remembered the agro!

      The Vaio operates with Windows 7 which I had never used before although I had heard a lot about it from television adverts etc. I have found it very easy to use and most of it seems quite intuitive to me which must mean it is simple enough for anyone.

      I will not pretend to understand the technical specifications at all but I know there is a Dual Intel Core i3 processor with a speed of 2.13. The machine has 4GB of memory and 500GB drive. I don't know how these compare to other similar laptops but I do know that I am now working on a fast machine that seems to be able to handle several operations at once with very little change in the speed. I am frequently writing reviews, uploading pictures and messing about on the internet simultaneously and have no problems at all.

      There are 3 USB sockets close together on the left side of the laptop so they are easily accessible. I find this layout suitable for me but if you were left handed I imagine one socket on the left instead to attach a mouse would be useful instead. I load my pictures regularly from an SD card which goes in a slot at the front of the laptop, although this works perfectly well I sometimes rest the front of the laptop close to me and I have accidentally pushed the card a second time causing it to eject without me noticing. This slot does only seem to take SD cards, it does not appear to be the sort of multifunction slot that I have seen on other computers, it does however also have a HG Duo slot which I am sure is useful if you have any idea what it is (computer numpty here has never heard of it!).

      The mains cable fits into the back of the left-hand side of the unit. I find this very convenient as the cord is well out of the way when I am using the machine plugged in. I am not sure how long it takes to charge as I tend to simply plug it in whenever I am working in the lounge. I did pay attention today and it was on 50% when I plugged it in about an hour ago and I have been working in that time and it is at 100% now. Once it is fully charged it seem to work for about 3 hours depending on what I am using it for, normally reading and reviewing and some downloading gives me 3 hours before the charge is worryingly low. Every week the computer does a check on the quality of the battery as all rechargeable batteries degrade over time, mine is currently still classed as excellent.

      I imagine all laptops these days are designed for wireless connectivity and this one has always worked well. My daughter's old laptop could not pick up a wireless signal upstairs in our house but with the same router I have no trouble anywhere in the house or in our (small) garden. Bluetooth is also available but here I must show my age and admit that I have no idea how to use it but my children have loaded photographs from their phones easily using this.

      I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the speakers, obviously they are not Bose standard but they are not too tinny for listening to a bit of music whilst I am working or catching something on iPlayer. There is also a built in microphone which I have not used so can't comment on but my daughter has used that and the webcam when chatting to friends and says that she has had no problems. The webcam is above the screen as you would expect, this is another gadget I don't use as I like the anonymity of my computer and I don't need people knowing that I haven't washed my hair or put my make-up on this morning. I believe this also acts as a camera but what the point of that is beyond me.

      Before I gave my husband free reign to choose my laptop I had looked at several. Many of them seemed to have a slightly tooled surface and I found that touching them set my teeth on edge (like fingernails on a blackboard) so I needed a smooth surface which proved a bit of a challenge. I also didn't like a lot of the keypads as the keys were too big, I particularly like the keys on the Macs but didn't want their operating system. The Vaio is perfect as the keys are all individually set in the surface like the Apple (but unfortunately not back-lit) and the rest of the machine is smooth. The keypad has the Number Lock multifunction rather than a separate number keypad which suits me. I was surprised by how many laptops had neither of these functions.

      The mouse pad is situated slightly to the left below the keypad and has two buttons. This pad took a bit of getting used to as it is extremely sensitive and I kept clicking on things by accident as changes in pressure were registered even when unintentional. Like everything you soon get used to the change and I now find using any other mouse pad a little frustrating as mine is so quick to scroll and react. It also uses the two finger technology that allows you to change screen size etc by moving your fingers apart of together across the pad. During the first few days I didn't realise what I was doing if I had one finger resting on the corner of the pad by accident and then everything kept changing size!

      This Vaio has a DVD/CD drive ( tech details state DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM)which I have used successfully for watching films and also producing videos from out holiday recordings too. It is accessed on the right of the keypad and it requires a firm press to open it so it doesn't open accidentally.

      The 14"screen is lovely; the resolution of 1600x900 gives a very clear image. The colours seem really bright and writing seems exceptionally clear. I tend to have it quite bright but you can turn the brightness down if you prefer and this also conserves the battery life if working on the move. The only problem with these flat LED screens that I find is that they are very reflective and sometimes it can be hard to work if there is a lot of bright sunlight around, they also show all the dust and marks and have to be cleaned frequently.

      One of the handy features that this laptop has is instant Web access without the need to turn the computer on. There is a button above the keypad that you press and within seconds you have access to the internet without waitin. I find this particularly useful when my children want to look something up and I am busy doing something else and don't want to come and type my password (if I didn't password protect it they would be on it all the time!). It is also handy for those annoying TV moments when I can't remember where I have seen a particular actor before and want to find out.
      Having said that it does not take long for this laptop to open up anyway. From switching it on it s usually ready and connected to the internet within about 90 seconds which is amazing to me after the 10 minutes my decrepit desktop takes. It also closes down quickly and easily as well.

      This laptop comes with a 60day trail of Microsoft office Home & Student which I didn't use as we already had one user left on the version we already have. It has 60 days free Mcafee virus update which I used for a couple of days but I also had another user agreement for McAfee which I loaded instead.

      The most annoying problem that I have with this laptop is the position of the On button. It is on the right hand side, quite near the screen. If ever I lift the laptop to move it elsewhere or to show someone something I automatically put my hand there so that I can support the screen as well and it turns itself into sleep mode. I presumed this was just me but my husband and my daughter have both found it irritating as well as it seems to be a natural way to pick it up. The button only requires a light touch to change the status, it would be better if it needed firmer pressure or if it was located elsewhere.

      My computer was purchased from John Lewis at £699. Unlike other suppliers John Lewis provide a 2 year warranty rather than the standard one year that was available elsewhere.

      Overall I am really pleased with my laptop. I adore the look of it but I felt that writing a review saying it is gorgeous and shiny and blue lots of times was not very helpful. I am very happy with the speed that it works, I have loaded lots of pictures from my many holidays and there have been no problems. It handles all the jobs I want to do with ease. I am not a gamer so I cannot even guess at whether this is a suitable machine to play on however it does have an ATI Radeon graphics card. I am sorry if this review does not have enough technical information but after 5 months I have decided that this is a great compact machine that seems to be reliable (so far!) and is easy to use so I would be happy to recommend it.

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        16.08.2010 17:22
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        This laptop can't be used as a laptop, the battery get's depleted really fast.

        Do not buy this laptop! Seriously, I've bought this laptop a while ago and after 4 months the motherboard broke down. It was within the terms of the warranty so I sent it back to the manufacturer. I took them another month before the laptop was repaired, which is too long if you ask me. Fortunately I also have a netbook, an EEE PC, so I was still able to do my job.

        Of coarse you have to take into consideration that maybe it was just me, just one of them broke down and that the rest of these laptops are of great quality. That's why you should always take the other reviews in consideration as well ;).

        Anyway, the battery life is not really good. The battery only lasts about an hour, which in my honest opinion is not enough for a laptop. I want to use it on the road to do some reading or some copywriting and that's not possible if there's not a power source around. I find this really annoying.

        The speed isn't optimal as well, often I find myself waiting for windows file explorer to open up. Sometimes it makes a lot of noise, because of the cooler, while it's not doing much.

        The outer appearance is really slick though, it looks really good and almost beats the macbook if you ask me. But the battery life makes this laptop overall not very usefull as a laptop.

        A tip from me, install a light version of linux or a cloud operating system, this makes your laptop a lot faster and more usable.

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          07.08.2010 16:56
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          A laptop which is as good as the Macbook, maybe even better

          What a laptop!

          Many people want the Apple Mac series, but this is also just as good as them, even better i rekon actually. I use this as my main computer and love it.

          First of all, the laptop itself and design. It is very nice looking and looks expensive, which after all it is. It has 3 USB ports which come in handy. I like the fact that it has HDMI. This means i can connect this to my HDTV and stream media from my laptop in great quality, or i can just hook it up to show family and friends photo's from holidays etc. It also had built-in bluetooth which is good for using my phone as i can transfer media quickly and easily rather than using wires.

          The screen size is pretty nice aswell. It is 14'' inch and is not too big, however it is nowhere near as small as a notebook.

          This laptop is superb, I love the fact it has one of the new core's by intel, Core i3. This is really fast, topped up by the fact that this laptop has 4GB of memory, only adding to the speed. I can open many things at once without the laptop even blinking. There is also a 500gb hardrive to store all your music, documents, videos, software etc and for me that is more than enough and should last me a very long time.

          It comes with windows 7 premium edition installed already. I quite like it compared to vista which is encountered numerous problems with.

          I don't play hardly any games on laptops as i use my Ps3 and Xbox for that, but i do like playing the football manager games. It has a decent graphics card inside which can cope with alot of games, even though this laptop is not necessarily seen as a 'Gaming' laptop.

          The battery life is a downside to this. It only last me about 1hr 30 mins if i use the internet. This can be a problem to some but for me it is not too much of a problem as this is always at home, and when i travel etc i just take my netbook. Afterall, the battery would be quite short as there are so many powerful things in this laptop shuch as the core i3 processor.

          Overall, great laptop, definately reccomened despite it costing alot. In my opinion it is well worth the money you pay for it and it won't let you down. It's just like a macbook, but with a better processor and much cheaper. Definately reccomened.

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            17.07.2010 12:45
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            Fails with the key aspects of a laptop

            I am currently using a Vaio laptop whilst writing this review. I have various other make of laptop before purchasing this particular one.

            The first and most irritating problem is the shocking battery life, it will last about 10 minutes if you're very lucky, and then you have to sit next to a mains socket...which almost defeats one of the main advantages of a laptop over a desktop computer. As mentioned previously, I have owned a couple of other laptops, all of which were less expensive and of a less well known brand and I have found that the battery life in those were far better than that in this Vaio laptop. This I find incredible, as this is a Sony laptop, and therefore you would think a much better brand!

            I only have one other negative experience with this laptop, and that is that you can only 'click' on something using the buttons, whereas on most other laptops, you are able to just press the touchpad and it 'clicks' for you. The so called 'mouse' buttons can also be quite tempremental at times and often find yourself pressing numerous times before it does what you need it to do!

            Other than those couple of points, the rest of the laptop is problem free, however they are quite vital parts of the laptop, and so therefore probably wouldn't recommend this to anyone, and would suggest going for a cheaper, less known brand, as in my experience they produce better laptops than this.

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            16.07.2010 01:48
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            not great

            I am the owner of a Vaio computer, but not necessarily a proud one. I actually now use my mothers, the same model but in blue, as the first one died a somewhat catastrophic death by virus. Maybe not the computers fault, more the failure of Norton Antivirus. Anyway, the computer has quite a few faults apart from that.

            The first is low battery life. It really is quite poor, and got so bad on vaio no 1 that it wouldn't last 5 minutes if not plugged in. Very very irritating. Even on the new one, it doesn't last more that half an hour. This makes working on public transport, in the car etc, very difficult.

            The second is the fact that it always hibernates and doesn't turn off properly. This wastes battery life, and it makes a very annoying humming noise. Also, when I turn it on after hibernation, it claims to be connected to the internet, when really it isn't.

            It keeps failing at basic processes. Such as organising documents into files, and opening up tabs in internet explorer.

            In terms of appearance, it is nice. It's quite sleek and light, and nice and compact. But I wouldn't buy it again.

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              02.07.2010 20:55
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              This is a great laptop for people who are both young and old. I highly recommend it!

              I love this laptop for so many reasons! One would be because of the impressive Intel Core i3, with a processing power of 2.13 GHz, not to mention two cores, meaning that it's extremely good at handling multiple tasks, my two favourite being listening to music on windows media player, and playing a RAM eating MMORPG that runs extremely well with a 512 MB video graphics card and an amazing 4 GB of RAM that is more than enough for the majority of the world's population.

              The incredibly large 500 GB HDD is more than ample room for a large database of music, videos, documents, and program files. The screen also has a high resolution giving it a crisp look, with a LED backlight that can be either very dim or extremely bright according to your settings. The laptop also has wireless LAN, and bluetooth too, making it possible to synchronise and exchange files between mobile phones and laptops without the hassle of installing softwares and linking up cables.

              The battery life is somewhat disappointing when having the laptop on 'full blast' although that can be expected from any laptop. The laptop also comes with all the pretty much standard software such as trial versions of microsoft office and internet security, as well as certain buttons next to the keyboard that can immediately open up help or the web browser for example.

              One last added bonus that I find worth mentioning is the relatively standard webcam that is useful for video chats and also having some fun recording videos and messing about with them or uploading them on YouTube!

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              The VAIO E series notebook refuses to blend in. 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.

              You can do it all with the E series notebook at an incredible value. Choose the Intel Core i3 processor for a fast, responsive PC experience.

              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.

              It's about time you organized all of your favorite photos and videos, and the E series notebook makes it easy. In just three easy steps, you can create professional-looking movies to share with family and friends.

              Get some face time. The E series notebook features a built-in webcam and microphone that lets you quickly snap photos and stay in touch with family and friends in real time. It's just like being there.

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              Product Description: Sony VAIO E Series VPC-EA1S1E/W - 14" - Core i3 330M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD
              System Type: Notebook
              Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
              Processor: Intel Core i3 330M / 2.13 GHz / 3 MB Cache
              Memory: 4 GB DDR3
              Storage: 500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
              Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL
              Display: 14" LED backlight 1600 x 900 / HD+
              Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145 - 512 MB
              Networking: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR , Gigabit Ethernet
              Battery: Up to 3.5 hours
              Colour: White
              Dimensions (WxDxH): 34.6 cm x 23.9 cm x 2.7 cm
              Weight: 2.4 kg
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