Sony Vaio E Series review: Sony Vaio E Series

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Good expandability. Decent power for the price.

The Bad Textured touch pad isn't nice to use. Low screen quality. Low battery life.

The Bottom Line Sony's E series are perfectly good budget laptops, with the only real detractors being the screen quality and battery life. But for the price, what you're getting is a good deal.

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"Sony" and "budget laptop" are two phrases not used to cuddling up next to each other, but here they are almost spooning with the E Series, after the initial Vaio YB flirtation.

Only one of the E series comes with AMD inside though, the rest are Intel. Sony arranged two models for us, which have the soft and cuddly names of VPCEB45FG and VPCEB46FG, with Core i3 and Core i5 respectively.

The E series has actually been around for a while, but it's still hard to get used to the missing trademark of Sony's side-facing power button. While the plastic is incredibly smooth, shiny and there's a definite depth to it, take off the Sony labels and you could have any laptop manufacturer's design, down to the mismatching black keyboard strip.

The keyboard is serviceable, but the textured touch pad is an instant turn off. Expandability is well apportioned given the price range, with three USB ports, a USB/eSATA port, DVD+-RW drive, gigabit Ethernet, VGA and HDMI out, ExpressCard 34 slot, SD card and MS card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, bluetooth and 2.4GHz 802.11n.

Sony's software bundle is decent with only a few blights, the most impressive thing being the bundled copies of Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements.

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Sony Vaio E Series

Part Number: CNETSony Vaio E Series

Typical Price: $999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.