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This laptop is good for random tasks such as emailing, office work, web programming.
As soon as you decide to go for hardcore tasks like programming desktop applications say goodbye to this laptop. Also the casing feels loose and a bit empty which makes me think they tried to save a bit too much money on the cooling system.
They were a bit tight with the RAM, for any decent game or programming task you require more RAM than that when you are using 64 bit systems. If you just want office work or standard networking work such as emailing or web browsing from your system then this is a brilliant system, but for anything else it just wont cut it.
The 500 GB hard drive is a bit too much for my liking as the partition becomes more fragmented sooner, and files harder to find as you have no reason to be care full with the file system.
This one went to upgrade my girlfriends much older Vaio. This isnt the most powerful, isnt the thinnest or the lightest laptop. What it is is an excellent all rounder.
Vaio has always been known for making its designed laptops its own. This is no different. You will find touches on here that you will find on few other laptops in the price range. Most useful of which is a quick startup WEB key. When this key is pressed it starts up a cut down OS that allows you to very quickly access the internet. Useful on the move and also recognises what most people use their laptops for nowadays. There is also an ASSIST key to aid inexperienced users in troubleshooting. A user friendly advancement that will save allot of nagging at the technically minded in the house just to solve simple problems.
However the main reason to spend the extra and plump for a Vaio has always been the design. The new E series doesnt disappoint. Clean lines lead to well turned corners. The keyboard is slightly inset from the shell and usefully includes a numeric keypad. The plastics used are glossy (textured in places) and so far promise to maintain their finish without tarnishing through use.
Internals are uninspired but more than adequate (go for the 500Gb drive, you can never have enough space). The fan doesnt spin up frequently and the battery life is average.
Overall its a fine machine. In my opinion worth paying the extra over a similar speced machine which doesnt have the Vaio design enhancements.