Sony Vaio EE2E1E/WI

Sony Vaio EE2E1E/WI is a great laptop with Intel’s Core i3,Athlon II P320 processor,Intel’s HD integrated effort and many more…..

Sony offer some of the best quality laptops that you can buy and so if you are looking for superior build quality as well as fantastic computing performance then a Sony laptop is an ideal choice.
The Sony laptops are very well made and stylish and you will realise this as soon as you hold it. Cheap laptops often feel flimsy but the Sony laptops are very sturdy while also being very light and sleek and so they are ideal for use around the home. And most Sony laptops are also wireless and so you can enjoy the Internet all around the home and even in the garden if you have a wireless router and broadband connection and this is much more comfortable than being perched at a desk.

The Sony laptops also offer a great computing performance and so can run most software such as office applications and games. They also come with the latest Windows Vista operating system which looks fantastic and makes using your new Sony laptop a joy.

In recent years, AMD has struggled to compete with Intel’s dominance in the laptop market. But given the sheer enthusiasm with which it’s launched its Vision 2010 platform, that may be all about to change. Sony is the first major manufacturer to usher AMD’s Vision platform into its range, and this, the EE2E1E/WI, aims to bring a bit of Sony style to the budget laptop arena.

Make no mistake, this AMD-powered E-series is aimed squarely at the budget end of the market. Sony has plumped for the entry-level Vision platform, pairing a dual-core Athlon II P320 processor running at 2.1GHz with an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics chipset.

After the excitement of Intel’s Core i3, though, the performance of this AMD partnership will come as a disappointment. Where the Core i3-330M in the identikit chassis of Sony’s VPC-EB1S0E clocked an impressive 1.35 in our application benchmarks, the AMD-powered model barely scraped 1.01 overall.

Unfortunately for Sony, our doubts were bourne out by the results of our benchmark tests. An Overall score of 54 is particularly poor for a laptop of this size and price. It also failed to impress in our Call of Duty 4 test, producing a frame rate of just 3.5fps. Even battery life was a disappointment at two hours and 44 minutes.

This is a pity, as in every other respect, this is a great laptop. The glossy display, although rather reflective, is bright and clear. Its resolution of 1,366×768 gives plenty of desktop real estate and you can use the HDMI output if you want to watch 1080p video on a suitably equipped HD TV. Sound from the built in speakers is generally clear and loud, although the underpowered bass (as with all laptops) means that some tracks sounded a bit empty.

Graphics performance marks a tiny improvement on Intel’s HD integrated effort, but it’s nowhere near enough to redeem AMD Vision’s low-end duo. The ATI Radeon HD 4200 struggled through our lowest-quality Crysis test at an average frame-rate of 21 frames per second, barely two frames per second faster.

The keyboard lends itself to swift, accurate typing thanks to its flat, widely spaced keys. The trackpad is positioned below the spacebar, set slightly to the left of centre. There’s plenty of space for your wrists and the trackpad won’t get in the way of your typing. Although the EE2E1E/WI’s silver lid and white keyboard look good, dirt shows up easily on white plastic, and we noticed that the buttons below the trackpad had already begun to look a little grubby after minimal use. The wrist rest quickly became warm, although it wasn’t hot enough to make typing uncomfortable.

Any hopes that the AMD partnership might major on power efficiency are swiftly dashed, too. Even sitting idle the Sony stopped just short of the three-hour mark, finishing our light-use test in 2hrs 53mins. Pushing the processor to its modest limits, meanwhile, drained the 3,500mAh battery in just 1hr 8mins.

Usually, we wouldn’t complain about a 320GB hard disk, but it’s capacity is stingy given the corners cut on the processor and GPU. The laptop’s other features are as we’d expect at this price, with a DVD re-writer and two memory card reader slots that between them can handle SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards. We were pleased to find four USB ports, but you’re out of luck if you need FireWire or eSATA. Networking support is provided a Gigabit Ethernet port and 802.11n WiFi.

As you might anticipate, at just £416 exc VAT the EE2E1E/WI is a decidedly no-frills affair. But despite the low price and the AMD Vision sticker proudly proclaiming the hardware inside, the E-series’ charms are enough to distract from the performance limitations. It comes as no surprise to find luxuries such as a high-definition screen, Blu-ray drive or even a dedicated graphics chipset are missing, but if you’re expecting a boring, nondescript 15.5in laptop best hidden away from design-conscious eyes, you’re in for a surprise.

When you buy a Sony laptop you should take note of the hard drive size and the amount of memory that comes with the Sony laptop. The hard drive stores all of your files and these can be very large when you are downloading files and installing lots of software and so a large hard drive is very important. The memory is important as it is what the computer thinks with when it is working and so the more memory it has the more it will be able to do at any one time and so the quicker it will complete tasks.

Emerging resplendent in a combination of white and silver, all smooth curves and neat, unfussy design, this is one budget laptop that doesn’t wear its price tag on its sleeve. The glossy white wrist-rest gleams with a subtle sparkle, and the two-tone silver and white design looks far classier than much of the competition.

Although it looks good and is comfortable to use, the Vaio EE2E1E/WI is underpowered for its price. The dual-core Athlon processor can’t compete with similarly priced Core i3 and Core i5 laptops. Although the display and build quality are up to Sony’s usual high standards, there’s just not enough here to justify the price. Samsung’s R530 is even cheaper, with an equally good screen but better performance.