Conclusion: Sony’s refreshed Sony Vaio E fits snuggly into the current mainstream laptop market, but the computer is also what you make of it. The review unit we received is a typical budget laptop that makes a few subtle attempts to class things up. It includes a good keyboard with backlighting, a stylish exterior and an aluminum lid.
Pros: Good keyboard, Strong processor performance, Many options
Cons: Poor touchpad, Short battery life, Poor value, Some pricy options
Summary: Those who like the idea of owning a laptop that's as portable as a netbook but offers more graphics power will find the VAIO E Series 11 to be an attractive choice. Of course, a sub-$500 15-inch notebook is the way to go if performance is a priority. But if you want a cheap secondary PC for travel or you're heading off to school this low-cost VAIO is certainly worth a look. It's attractive, offers good sound, and comes loaded with useful software.
Pros: Attractive modern design, Great audio for size, Solid multimedia app suite
Conclusion: In the end, it boils down to the touch pad. If you have no trouble with the buttonless design, you will find a lot to like about the Sony VAIO E Series. This 15.5-inch laptop delivers an otherwise attractive and functional design, excellent application performance, and a varied and useful software bundle at a very fair price.
Pros: Outstanding application performance for the price, Respectable audio output, Varied and useful software bundle
Cons: Buttonless touch pad is awkward to use, Subpar Webcam
Summary: The $699 VAIO E15 is an attractive notebook that delivers power and a compelling suite of apps to leverage its third-generation Core i5 processor. In fact, the bundled software on the E15 might be worth the price of admission in and of itself for those who know how to use it. The wrap design is unmistakably Sony, and the sound is also quite good for the price. We just wish the display were brighter and the battery lasted longer.
Pros: Sleek modern design, Great audio, Solid performance and graphics, Professional grade multimedia creationediting software
Cons: Screen a bit dim, Shorter battery life than other 15-inch notebooks, Keyboard has some flex, Lackluster webcam
Excerpt: This bright sub-$1,000 notebook handled multitasking well, and its CPU was powerful, though it struggled with 3D gaming. Moderately demanding users with a hankering for color will like this model.
Summary: The Sony VAIO E provides a strong mix of style, performance, and multimedia features, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for the best possible multimedia system, you may want something with better sound. You also might want to hold out for the 1920 x 1080 screen configuration of the VAIO E.
Pros: divdivAttractive design with several color options, Strong graphics performance, Crisp Blu-ray playback, Good webcam, divdiv
Summary: The Sony Vaio E Series 17 offers decent overall performance, along with a Full HD screen and a Blu-ray player. Nearly every part is configurable when you buy it so you can opt for lesser specs if you can't afford this top model.
Pros: Decent performance, Full HD screen, Blu-ray drive