Sony VAIO E15 Series SVE15128CXS 15.5-Inch Laptop Review

Sony VAIO E15 Series SVE15128CXS 15.5-Inch Laptop

The Sony VAIO E15 Series SVE15128CXS 15.5-Inch Laptop is a beautifully engineered, high performance laptop for those who need to get real work done on the move.

Measuring 14.65 x 9.99 x 1.32 inches (WxDxH) and weighing just 5.97 pounds, it is small and light enough to be easily portable, yet power users will appreciate the computing muscle of the third generation 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-3612QM, quad core processor that lies at the heart of this machine.

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Capable of automatically increasing speed to 3.2 GHz as needed, thanks to Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology, and supported by a generous 8GB of DDR3 RAM, it should have no difficulty with even the most demanding applications.

The machine relies upon Intel HD Graphics 4000 to drive the 15.5-inch LED backlit HD 720p display. The Graphics 4000 hardware is easily able to handle the kind of professional and day-to-day computing challenges that this machine is designed to meet – productivity software, HD video and casual gaming are well within its capabilities. However, although it is compatible with Direct X 11.1, the Graphics 4000 hardware will struggle with even moderately challenging games, and the most demanding titles are beyond its reach.

A 1TB hard drive provides enough storage capacity to keep even the most dedicated document, picture and video collector busy for quite some time. But, should you need extra storage capacity, or wish to make backup copies of your data, it is a simple matter to connect an external USB 3.0 hard drive to the machine’s high-speed USB 3.0 port for rapid data transfer.

Conveniently, the USB 3.0 port can be used to charge cellphones, MP3 players and other devices, even when the laptop is shut down. It is also, of course, backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, so you can still use it even if you don’t have any USB 3.0 devices yet. A further three standard USB 2.0 ports ensure that you have plenty of scope to connect peripherals like printers, memory keys and cameras to this laptop without needing to buy a USB hub.

Pros :

  • Fast and powerful workhorse laptop
  • Large Hard Disk
  • Plenty of RAM
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Graphics inadequate for serious gaming

Other ports include a Memory Stick Duo slot, Secure Digital memory card slot, microphone and headphone jacks, and a VGA port for connecting to older monitors and projectors. An HDMI port allows you to attach the laptop to an HDTV, so you can watch your favourite movies on a big screen – either streamed over the internet or played from the 8x multi-format CD/DVD drive.

Network access is provided via a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networks or 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for wireless networking, while Bluetooth 4.0 + HS connectivity makes it easy to access wireless devices such as mice and headsets.

The built-in HD webcam and microphone makes this machine ready for video chat right out of the box – just sign in to your favourite chat software and start video chatting with your friends and family. The camera in this laptop is designed to work well even in low light conditions, so you can be sure that your chat partners are getting the best possible pictures at all times.

If low light levels are your thing, you’ll probably also appreciate the softly backlit keyboard fitted to the SVE15128CXS. Each key is carefully outlined, and the individual letters are illuminated to make typing easier. Unlike many laptops, this machine’s keyboard also features a 10-key numeric keypad – ideal if you enter a lot of numeric data.

A large, multi-gesture touchpad makes this machine easy to use with Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s world famous operating system, which comes preinstalled. Although it is a little different from previous versions of Windows, most users get to grips with the improved layout very quickly, and are soon able to take full advantage of the software’s new and improved features.

Overall, this is an impressively powerful laptop with some nice additional touched. It isn’t a games machine, and doesn’t pretend to be one, but it is more than capable of handling the needs of mobile power users. If you’re looking for a stylish and well equipped laptop with enough muscle to cope with demanding tasks on the move, this could be the machine for you.

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