Thursday, April 15

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New notebook #2!

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It's a Sony E series.  Core i3 2.13GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB disk, Radeon 5650, 1GB video RAM, 1920x1080 display.

It has everything I wanted except for decent battery life and low weight, which are what I got Sae for.  I've been wavering on whether to also get this one, but I just went past the local hi-fi store and it was in stock and 10% off, and I unwavered.  Sae is my lightweight take-anywhere long-battery-life notebook; this is my high-power watch-anime-play-games when-I-can't-be-bothered-getting-out-of-bed notebook.

The only question: Yui or Mio?  I'd originally planned to get the white model and call it Yui, but they only had the black model in stock and it looks more like a Mio.

Then I just need to get two external disk drives - a silver one for Sae and call it Hiro, and a black one and call it either Ui or Azusa, depending...

This means that for the first time ever, I have two working notebooks.  Also, one notebook-shaped object.  I have heaps of old desktops that still work fine, but notebooks not so much.

Update: It's a lot bigger and heavier than Sae, and the numeric keypad means all the keys are in the wrong place; whoever decided that numeric keypads should be standard issue on notebooks should be shot.  Not sure about the non-stick trackpad either.

But the screen is amazing.  The viewing angle isn't as good as an IPS/S-PVA display, but the contrast and clarity and colour are as good as anything I've seen.  Going to watch something now, let's see what I've got in HD...

Update: Well, that was weird.  I spent an hour wondering if it was supposed to be as incredibly contrasty as that.  Web pages and stuff were just fine, but video looked seriously out of whack.  Eventually I went and started poking around in the video driver settings, and suddenly bloopf! and the video playback looks normal.  There was some gamma anti-correction going on somewhere - but for video playback only.

Typing on this thing in bed, though, is a pig.  It's too small to have a numeric keypad: you have to shift it way over to the right so that you're typing on the left, and your left hand ends up resting right on the edge of the computer.  It's ergonomically craptastic.  Numeric keypads on notebooks must die.

Nice screen though, now that I've worked out why Doctor Who looked funny.  Only problem is, you can see the pixels and artifacts in 720p video.  Need something better...

Update: Aargh.  The keyboard is slightly smaller than full size.  That's why it's such a pain to type on.  There was an almost identical Sony model at the store that seemed easier to type on, and that's why - it was a 16" rather than 15" screen, so it was a little larger, so the keys were the proper size.  But it was a lot more expensive and didn't have a 1080P screen - to get that model with a 1080P screen would have cost twice as much as I paid for this one.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 03:10 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Mio.  Definitely a Mio.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, April 17 2010 02:09 PM (mfPs/)

2 Yep, that's what I decided to go with. smile

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, April 17 2010 04:32 PM (PiXy!)

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