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. If you choose, you can outfit this laptop with a quad-core processor, or Radeon 7550M discrete graphics.
Pros: Good keyboard, Strong processor performance, Many options
Cons: Poor touchpad, Short battery life, Poor value, Some pricy options
Excerpt: The redesigned touch pad might trip you up, but the 2012 Sony VAIO E Series is an otherwise well-designed 15.5-inch laptop that delivers fast performance and a big software bundle for a reasonable 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.
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.
VAIO E Series 14p review: a mid-sized laptop with a Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPU and discrete AMD Radeon graphics
Good Gear Guide.au
29 November 2011
Summary: Sony's VAIO E Series 14P has a good CPU and discrete graphics, making it a worthwhile laptop to consider if you want to do serious work, but it does have a very glossy screen, which could get irritating. Its design is interesting, but a little bulky, and Sony is the only vendor we've seen to ship keyboard overlays with some of its laptops, so this model will defintiely stand out with its purple keyboard.
Pros: 3rd gen Core i7 CPU, Discrete graphics, 1600-pixel screen
Cons: Touchpad buttons are frustrating, Keys a little too resistive, Very glossy screen