Sony Vaio EE is the new Sony laptop that uses the new AMD Vision platform which is a combination of AMD CPU and ATi GPU. This ensures satisfactory performance at reasonable price. So, do we recommend it? Read more to find out!
Build quality is up to Sony’s standard and it truly looks amazing in person. Its matte silver lid opens to reveal a white-and-silver design which looks very elegant. It has an amazing chiclet-style keyboard that feels very comfortable, even for long typing sessions. A nifty addition is the inclusion of numeric keypad that sports a double-height Enter and “+” keys. Under the keyboard, you will find a very spacious touchpad. Multi-touch gestures worked like a charm.
The display is brightly lid and packs a full 15.6-inches sporting 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Saturation levels are adequate for a normal user. Display can be outputted to a bigger display using its VGA or HDMI port which can process both video and audio content using a single cable. Performance-wise, it is better than most netbooks around, but definitely not on par with the other 15-inch notebooks. It was also able to output 1080p video on a monitor or HDTV. Sound from speakers is loud enough for sharing a YouTube video with the person sitting next to you.
Battery life is so-so for this 2.7kg Sony notebook. I was able to get mere 3 hours on a single charge. So, if you actually planning to use this notebook while on-the-go, make sure to get separate batteries or carry a charger wherever you go. For storage, you get a spacious 320GB hard disk. There are two memory card reader slots and SD card slots. We were very happy to find 4x USB 2.0 ports on the machine as well. You get a lot of pre-installed Sony Vaio software on the Vaio EE. One such program is PMB that lets the user import and organize a bunch of photos and videos. Similarly, Vaio Media Plus application lets the user view media stored on the hard disk and UPnP servers. If you do not own a UPnP server, you can configure the Vaio EE as media server. You also get a software to control a PS3 console residing on the same network.
Verdict – Vaio EE offers great build quality and a very comfortable keyboard. I would recommend it to a normal user without a hitch.
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