Sony Vaio VPC-EC1S1E reviews and prices: 17.3" Laptop computer

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+ This laptop has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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8.0 out of 10 based on 18 reviews.
Sony Vaio VPC-EC1S1E with Intel Core i5 i5-430M 2.26 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows 7 Home Premium. Blu-ray combo, 3.5 hours of battery See full product description

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Liam, Manchester Music, gaming or video

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It has the right looks for me, good size and weight, great 17:3 inch screen size being full HD 1080 (1920x1080) and ALL of my modern gadgets software will work now and it has a nice kinda shiny look. Thankfully none of my modern PC games like Resident Evil 4 freeze anymore. The shortcut buttons are good asswell. It aso has a great internet connection strengh and great loading/downloading speed.
Bad points:
Not a verry long battery life.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Jun 2010

Steph, Glasgow

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The cheapest laptop I could find anywhere with what I needed - high screen resolution, big screen, fast chip and gaming graphics. I was worried that the graphics card wouldn't be adequate for shifting all those pixels around, but it's certainly doing fine so far. I'm not a power gamer mind - Everquest is my game of choice - but I can run 2 or 3 instances of that with no slowdown. The i5 and gfx card are better than my desktop system so I am happy. Nice to get a BluRay drive thrown in as well :)
Bad points:
Set aside an hour or maybe two to uninstall all the junk that Sony preinstall. It'll be less time if you just uninstall everything, but I searched around to find what was necessary to keep.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Fast, great for watching blurays in the bath.
Bad points:
Textured mousepad doesn't suit me. 'Bouncing bar' was annoying before I worked out how to turn it off.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Aug 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Beautiful screen, keyboard is like a dream, very powerful (not one hang since i bought it), beautifully made.
Bad points:
the usb sockets are all on the right hand side, very close to the user which can make it quite hard to use a mouse instead of the touchpad. The blu-ray playing feature of the laptop is a bit lacklustre, as although it will play them without trouble, the colour reproduction and contrast is very ba, almost making them unwatchable. DVDs don't have any problems, so it looks like it might be the software or blu-ray drive.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Aug 2010

Sam, Cambridge

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Has a quality look and feel. Works fast. Good solid keyboard.
Bad points:
The free McAfee trial didn't work. A bit too much pre-installed software that I'm unlikely to use, some of which I have uninstalled.
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Aug 2010

Liam, South Hetton Music, gaming or video fan

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great Design and usability. Any laptop with the Numeric Pad on its keyboard layout is always a plus in my book as it grants better userability as it feels just like a normal PC keyboard. You dont have much downtime when waiting for something to load, and with its powerful i5 processor, and more than capable Graphics Card, even the most hard core of gamers and can play mostly any game and "Good" or higher graphic setting quality, and even "Ultra" for some games like World of Warcraft.
Its built in Wi-Fi operating on the B/G and N always for ultra fast streaming across a network (Recommended to use the 802.11N setting if you have the available on your router).
And to top it off, you dont need to buy a BluRay player for home, This has one built in! And with the external HDMI connection, you can simply attach the laptop to your HD compatible TV and start watching BluRay movies from your Laptop.
Bad points:
The i5 processor can somtimes hang and not load some (not many) program as quickly as I would expect an i5 to take, if this happens, dont keep trying to open the same program over and over, as this WILL cause the system to slow as you will be overloading the processor and the RAM with too many commands.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Mar 2011

Confirmed purchaser Music, gaming or video fan

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Screen quality is very good. The processor and graphics have been able to cope with everything I have thrown at it so far.
Bad points:
The location of the USB ports are too near the front. After just over one year the USB/headphone socket stopped working and I have had to replace the board. Adding a second drive after purchase it proving to be very difficult as the connector is not available in the UK. The cooling fan has become very nosy even when the system is not heavily worked. The software provided with the machine contains a lot of bloat ware which slows the boot time and soaks up memory.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2011

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Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 17.3
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core i5
Processor number i5-430M
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.26
Number of USB ports 4
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray drive
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive Blu-ray combo
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Battery life (Hours) 3.5
Weight (kg) 3.3
Graphics card brand ATI
Graphics card model number Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 1024
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Chipset series HM55
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 40.91
Depth in cm 27.38
Release date 40246

Also known as: Sony VAIO EC EC1S1E/BJ

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