Friday, April 16


Sony E Series Mini Review

Good: The screen is fabulous.  1920x1080 in a 15" screen means I need to scale up web pages and stuffs, but that means the text is rendered with a lot more detail and easier to read.  The colours are exceptionally vivid - it might not be colour accurate but it sure as hell is vivid.

It's fast too.  The Core i3 330M is the baby of the family, but it certainly gets the job done, and the Radeon 5650 is as fast as you'll find outside of a specialised gaming notebook.

Bad: It's built like a tank.  It looks good in pictures, but it's bulkier and heavier than you'd expect.  Though my opinion has certainly been shaped by a couple of weeks with Sae - it's really only a few ounces heavier than my old HP notebook.  Also, battery life is estimated by Sony at 1.5 hours.  Better than the 20 minutes my HP had been giving me, but still...

Ugly: The keyboard.  The keys are slightly too small, slightly too close together, and skewed way to hell off center by the numeric keypad.  If you plan to use it mostly at a desk - and you have small hands - it probably won't bother you.

Summary: A capable desktop-replacement notebook marred only by the evil of the numeric keypad.

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