CNET First Look
Sony Vaio EB SeriesSony's Vaio line of laptops, including the midpriced EB series, look great and include some high-end features--we just wish the CPU had been updated for the sake of better battery life.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we're here, taking a look at the Sony Vaio E Series. Now, Sony's Vaio Laptop throws a favor to people with a lot of aesthetic consideration when it-- when it comes to a laptop. People looking for a re-designed minded laptop and the E Series even though it's kind of a mid priced, Sony Vaio Laptop actually looks a lot better than one of other laptops in this price range. You can use and find this for about 700 dollars or maybe 600 dollars depending on the exact configurations you get. Despite the fact, that the Vaio E looks like a more expensive machine than it is, it is a mid priced machine and we were disappointed to find that its got the last year's version of the Intel Core i3 CPU and then we're halfway through 2011, right now, so to get a 2010 CPU in here was a bit of a disappointment. You also a feel a little bit budgettish when you're checking out the 15.5-inch screen, it's only 1366 x 768. Now, this about what you'd find in a midlevel 15-inch laptop or a smaller laptop. But, for something that's little more stylish, a little more high-end looking, you'd expect a definitely higher screen resolution. Now, you're maybe taking a look at this and going wow, it's kind of a peerless and white but look at this crazy orange keyboard. That's a crazy looking design. It's actually one of Sony's very popular keyboard skin [unk] and just whip it off like this and actually get different colors. Actually one is about 20 bucks and stick them on there and different models have their own custom size version of this keyboard's skin. It actually slots on very nicely, nice and tight. Typing is a little bit more difficult with the skin on just because it wiggles at the tiniest bit under your finger, but you do get use to it. We also like the touchpad a lot. It's not particularly big but it's got this like little race dot pattern on it that gives you just enough tactile feedback. We always do have to on Sony Laptops whoever going and tweak the touchpad settings a little bit. This little scroll zone here on the-- on the right side. This is just a little bit too wide for my taste. I always end up accidentally hitting it while I'm mousing around. You do get a handful of cool extras like an eSATA port which is always useful for hooking up a big external hard drive and this has got Intel's wireless display built-in. So, if you go and get the 99 dollars sold separately adapter box, you get like that into a TV and just beam a video signal from this directly to your big screen TV. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Sony Vaio E.