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Sony Vaio E Series VPC-EC3S0E/WI
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Sony Vaio E Series VPC-EC3S0E/WI
Advantages: screen resolution, weight, screen size, user interface, speed
Disadvantages: volume, price, battery life
I already had a Sony VAIO Computer (VGN FW11E), which although I still use frequently, was on the verge of packing in. However, despite my old one not being th emost durable, Sony's VAIO E-Series has been very popular of late, and at one point completely loved mine, so I decided to replace it with a newer model in the same series. The VAIO VPC-EC3S0E is stylish and modern, whilst running effectivly and quickly. Using white and silver plastics, it looks every bit the high-end home media centre and looks great in any environment, - for me my room.
It has an amazing screen, really big, so good for interaction, and yet is still light. Which is surprising. With its huge 17.3-inch screen this is a laptop designed strictly for home use, it would because of this be little use for university or work. At 3.1kg, it is light, but not light enough to justify lugging it about town for lectures and such. Of course, the benefit of such a large screen is the excellent multi-tasking and multimedia abilities it provides. Multiple windows can be placed side by side with ease and movies and photos look great, thanks to the stunning brightness, colour and contrast the screen provides. The screen has an amazingly high resolution, so images and crisp and clear. While it is not fully HD compatible, it renders software, photos and videos with impressive clarity, adding to the entertainment ability of this machine.
Its Intel Core i5 processor runs software with effortless speed and makes it easy to multi-task several applications at once.
Usability is excellent. The wide chassis provides enough room for a full-sized, isolation-style keyboard and features a dedicated numeric keypad. I love the keyboard because of the isolated style. Not only does it look attractive, modern and ultimately expensive, it so easy to type on and to use.Adding to the value of the Sony is its excellent software. Microsoft Office Starter provides market-leading word processing and spreadsheet tools, while McAfee Internet Security will help to keep your laptop safe against the plethora of online threats currently out there.
It's also so fast! Like extremely fast, the speed of the processers is unreal.
However the battery power for me is a definite downfall, when I first bought the laptop, I was running on a battery life of maybe 5 and half, 6 hours? However now, depsite it only being 4 months after my initial purchase, i'm lucky to get 2 hours from full charge. Another downside of this model is the sound. Honestly, I can barely hear it! The volume level just doesn't suffice, there is no other way to describe it.
Despite the downfalls, offfering stunning big-screen usability and ample software, the VAIO VPCEC3S0E/WI is a fantastic laptop. While it lacks the sound or battery life of some of its rivals, there is more than enough to compensate, making it a brilliant home office edition.
Summary: the positives outweigh the negatives, Sony's best product to date.
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