Product Type: Sony laptops
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Does all i need and more!
Sony Vaio E Series VPC-EC3S0E/WI
Member Name: kathboo
Sony Vaio E Series VPC-EC3S0E/WI
Advantages: Big screen, looks good, high speed
Disadvantages: nothing really
This Christmas I decided to treat myself to a new laptop -afterall the chances of actually recveiving one as a present were minimal! I have had my old laptop for many years and it had recently been running very very slowly and ten it upon itself to switch to a different page just when I was in the middle of doing something - very frustrating. Up until this point though the laptop had not given me a moments difficulty, so I decided to opt for the same make, a Sony Vaio.
The only other essential on my list of criteria was a 17inch screen. I do a lot of writing so it was important fo me to have a larger screen to make life a little easier, and be kinder to my deteriorating eyes. So the search began for a Sony Vaio with a 17inch screen, at a reasonable price of course! T =his splendid laptop was the result.
Appearance & Ease of Use
The laptop looks really smart; it is simple and stylish closed and opened. The 'qwerty' keyboard is as you would expect, with an extra number block adjacent which I find so handy. Even the actual keys press down well - they take no effort to press down but you are able to feel if they have been pressed hard enough to produce the required letter/action. The built in mouse has a slightly rough surface which gives great control and is not so sensitive that an accidental brush past it moves the cursor. I am also happy that extra pressure to the movement part of the mouse doesn't act as a left click, as it did on my previous laptop. Again, this lack of feature is great and helps avoid frustrating accidents.
I am no computer whizz so I was a little concerned about how I would switch to using a new laptop when I was so used to my older one. It was however, absolutely straight forward. It simply required plugging in, following given instructions to connect it on-line, loading on the anti-virus software and it was good to go. The computer was supplied with 2 manuals - one for a basic, quick set up and one troubleshooting manual (which even I didn't need to look at!) and also instructions as to how to get full instructions of use on the laptop itself, which I found were unnecessary, but it's nice to know they're there if needed.
This is one of the main factors I love abput the laptop - it's so fast. Whether it seems so fast is because I'm, comparing it to my tortoise-like previous one I'm not sure, but I am delighted with the speed of everything. Websites appear almost instantly, and downloads seem to take no time at all. Checking my emails used to be a long job; now it's done in 1 minute flat.
It's a laptop, so obviously one of its selling points is the fact that it can be transported around the house, or elsewhere if there is an internet connection. The larger screen makes it a larger laptop of course, which in turn makes it a bit heavier to carry, but it doesn't make a difference in my eyes. A full battery will give approximately 5 hours of wireless use which I am pretty impressed with.
As a non-computer expert I can't confidently give the technicalities but I have been assured that this laptop has a HUGE memory and has ample space to store all my writing documents, personal documents, photos, videos, music and more. What I use my computer for means I don't need a massive memory, but knowing that it will never ever be a problem is wuietly reassuring.
Value for Money
The store where apparently giving a £200 discount on the laptop, making it £550. I say apparently as I am a little dubious as to whether in-store discounts are real! Nevertheless it was exactly what I wanted, and a further offer of a £50 discount secured the sale. The salesman assured me that to get discount on a Sony computer was an achievement as they are such a reputable brand they don't require discounts to sell them.
This is a great purchase, I'm delighted with it and hope to get many many trouble free years of use from it.
Summary: Great laptop
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