Sony Vaio E17 and Windows 8: no touching Video
Just in time for the launch of Windows 7, Sony throws a party for the new additions to its Vaio lineup, from touch-screen all-in-ones to pencil-thin luxury laptops.
From the design and features list of the 15.5-inch Vaio SE, it's clear Sony is targeting this as a high-end, powerful laptop with potential appeal to business users.
If you like the idea of having a touch screen on your Windows 8 laptop, the Sony Vaio T13 Touch isn't a bad way to go.
With Intel's new Core i3 processor, the Vaio EB1JFX/B is an affordable big-screened laptop that does many things well without much sacrifice.
The Sony VAIO SZ manages to be eminently portable without sacrificing a readable screen or a usable keyboard, and it incorporates all of the features and components, and most of the connections, that business users need.
Being marketed as a portable, end-to-end HD studio, the VAIO AR190G offers a pretty compelling set of A/V features to back up the claim: in addition to the Blu-ray drive, a 17-inch wide-screen display (WUXGA), an HDMI output, and a FireWire connection, yo
Sony's revamped Vaio S series laptops have slimmed down, but still offer plenty of high-end features, creating an affordable alternative to the attractive-but-expensive Vaio Z.
Earlier this year Sony was the unquestioned king of all-in-ones designed for home entertainment. The new Vaio L117FX retains and improves on many of the features we liked about older models, but revamped all-in-ones from its competition make the new Vaio seem a touch overpriced.
We like the idea of a Blu-ray-equipped all-in-one with a small footprint for home entertainment, but Sony badly missed the mark with the Vaio J114FX. In trying to make this system focused, Sony cut too many features. The result is that this PC is a terrible value relative to other all-in-ones in its price range.
You can find more-cost-effective large-screen all-in-ones for general productivity, but Sony's Vaio LV250B is our favorite for home entertainment. Loaded with unique features geared toward digital media convenience, this system will meet the needs of anyone looking for a PC to use as an entertainment hub.
Sony Vaio E (17in) Review
The good: The Sony Vaio E17 has an affordable base price, a lot of upgrade options, and a bright 1080p screen.
The bad: The small and uncomfortable touch pad is hard to use with Windows 8 gestures. Graphics performance isn’t up to snuff compared with other game-playing laptops.
The bottom line: If you want a reasonably priced desktop-replacement big-screen laptop, the Vaio E17 is worth a look. But it’s not a good Windows 8 showcase machine, and it lacks any touch interface other than a small touch pad.
Sony Vaio E (17in) Specs
Part number: E171290X
- Product Specifications