I remember, when I was in college - which is not all that long ago, really - my dream laptops were always VAIOs.
And for good reason. VAIOs have always been the coolest; They'd come in these youthful yet elegant designs that any student would find attractive.
My only problem then was that VAIOs used to cost an arm and a leg. Yes, they were totally expensive and only the richest kids carried them in school.
So I guess you can't blame me for saying that today's high school and college students are so darn lucky that they can already own a Sony notebook for just Php 23,999.
That's just how much this 11.6-inch variant of the 2012 Sony VAIO E series costs!
Available in Glossy White and Matte Black, the gorgeous Sony VAIO E 11.6-inch runs Windows 7 Home Premium with its 1.7 GHz AMD E2-1800 Accelerated Processor, which is hardly a screamer but nonetheless delivers decent performance for everyday computing. Other hardware features include a 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 320 GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive, a 11.6 inch WXGA (1366 x 768 pixels) LED-backlit display, VGA and HDMI ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. The notebook doesn't really have an optical drive but I think it more than makes up for it by weighing only 3.3 lbs - making it a true ultra-portable in its own right.
I got the chance to play with the notebook for a bit during its intimate media launch in the Philippines a few weeks back. Allow me to share with you some of my initial impressions of the device.
1. Not bulky nor clunky! While not as thin and slim as the far more expensive Sony Vaio T laptops, Sony VAIO E 11.6 inch, which measures only 0.925 of an inch at its thinnest point, should slip seamlessly into backpacks and school bags. Students shouldn't have any problems carrying this around the campus and young professionals, I'm sure, will find it a joy to have in their messenger bags or tote bags while walking from the office to a nearby cafe.
2. Island-style keys and very large trackpad The combination of the easy-to-use keyboard and the generously-sized trackpad gives the impression that Sony VAIO E was designed to help the user become really productive. I tried typing on the notebook and I got a good tactile response from the clicklet keys. Also, since the trackpad supports multi-touch gestures, you can accomplish some tasks - like resizing photos - faster than you would using just a mouse or a small trackpad without such feature.
3. Unique Design Looking at the notebook from this angle (shown in the photo), you can somehow get an idea of the inspiration behind its design. To me, it looks like a folded newspaper or even a moleskin notebook.
Alright, that's it for now. Hopefully we can spend more time with this laptop soon so we can tell you more about its actual computing performance and its key multimedia features including xLoud Audio, Remote Play with PlayStation, Media Go, TrackID with BRAVIA, and Exmor for PC, among others.
|Name||Sony Vaio E Series 11.6-inch 2012|
|Dimensions||11-inch: 290.0 x 23.5 x 203.5 mm|
|Weight||1.5 Kilograms or 3.3 lbs, including battery|
|Available Colors||Glossy White, Matte Black|
|Operating System||Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 64bit (English Version)|
|Display||11.6 inch wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display (VAIO Display, LED backlight)|
|Processor||AMD E2-1800 Accelerated Processor (1.7GHz)|
|RAM||2 GB (2 GB (SO-DIMM) x 1) DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable up to 8 GB)|
|Hard Disk Drive||320 GB (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)|
|Graphics Card||AMD Radeon HD 7340 Graphics|
|WiFi Support||Yes, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth V4.0 HS|
|Webcam||HD web camera powered by "Exmor for PC" (Resolution: 1280 x 1024, Effective Pixels: 1.31 Mega pixels)|
|Audio||Intel High Definition Audio |
Internal, Stereo speakers
Internal, Monaural microphone
Sound Technology: "Clear Phase", "xLOUD"
|Ports||Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port Type A Connector x 2 |
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) with USB charge port Type A Connector x 1
Analogue RGB, Mini D-Sub 15 pin x 1
1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T x 1
HDMI Out x 1
Stereo, Mini Jack x 1
"Memory Stick Duo"("Memory Stick PRO" compatible, Not support for copyright protection)
SD memory card(SDHC, SDXC compatible, Not support for copyright protection)
|Battery and Uptime||VGP-BPS21B Lithium-ion battery: up to 4.5 hours of use|
|Value-Added Features||VAIO Control Center, VAIO Gate, VAIO Gesture Control, WebCam Companion, Magic-i Visual Effects, Remote Keyboard, Remote Play with PlayStation, Remote Keyboard with PlayStation, Media Go, TrackID with BRAVIA|
|Announcement||June 21, 2012 in the Philippines|
|Availability||June 2012 in the Philippines|