We’re always a bit sceptical when companies release products that are clearly designed to sit in the ‘quirky’ and ‘fun’ market gap. They’re easily spotted thanks to vivid colouring, but closer inspection usually reveals a set of lacklustre specs.
Sony’s new Vaio E Series 14 and 17-inch laptops certainly have the oddball design and neon brightness, but also squeeze in enough admirable features and innards to make them real powerhouses.
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For a start, there’s the new breed of Intel Core processors – available in 4GB high-speed DDR3 flavour – while graphics taken care of by ATI’s Mobility Radeon 5000 series cards. Both are LED backlit for crispy HD goodness (thanks to built-in Blu-Ray drive) and there’s also a WEB button that launches the internet without actually having to boot the laptop up. Both E Series variants are stuffed with a 500GB hard drive and have admirably large keyboards with isolated keys.
Battery life when watching HD movies is up to 2.5 hours, with 3.5 hours being the peak at the default setting, which isn’t bad given the E Series’ powerful workhorse nature.
Differences between the two models apart from screen size are, as you’d expect, mostly about memory and graphics cards, but it’s the 14-inch models that come in the tasty bright hues. Sir’s choice of pink, blue or green are available on top of the standard black and white that the 17-inch model offers.
Both models are available now from £579 and £609, depending on screen size.