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Great Budget Laptop with Excellent Styling!
on June 3, 2012
Purchased this laptop as a gift for a niece that's graduating high school. Figured a 14" laptop would offer a great balance of portability and size to get the job done in college. I was originally looking to get a laptop that has an Intel i3 processor minimum. But the only decent one I found was at least $100+ than this one. Anyway, I determined a college student wouldn't need much processing power to tackle the normal tasks that a student in college should be doing anyway (i.e. emails, internet surfing, word processing, etc.). Don't be fooled, I was surprised at how fast and snappy the Pentium dual core processor is in this system. I was able to start this machine up pretty fast and the setup was a breeze. To my surprise, there was very little bloatware too. My only comparison I have really is my Sony Vaio 14" laptop (VPCCW13FX) that I got several years ago. It has the same RAM but is using the older Intel® Core(tm) 2 Duo T6600 (2.20GHz) processor. The only other difference is my older laptop has a dedicated graphics card by NVIDIA (256MB VRAM). I'll tell you what... I checked out a benchmark comparison and the newer Pentium outpaces my older laptop. So to sum it up, this new 'budget' EG3 Vaio laptop still kicks pretty decent butt for the price. I could definitely see the speed difference and it was still able to handle normal tasks as well as run Adobe CS3 (i.e. Photoshop) without problems. I also like how the EG3 laptop has an HDMI out. I enjoy connecting my HDMI cable to my LCD flat panel TV to watch some of my shows streaming over the net (i.e. Hulu, Netflix, etc.).
If you have the extra money to spend, I'd still recommend getting a laptop with an i3, i5, or i7 processor (more RAM the better too). But if you want a decent machine for doing simple tasks and then some, you can't go wrong with this EG3 Vaio. I really like my older Vaio because it's still running strong and I had no second thought picking this new one up. In my experience, Sony/Vaio is a quality manufacturer.
On a side note, I picked up a matching white mouse, the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500. As for the case, I picked up the Samsonite Xenon Laptop Portfolio. Both are a great match for this laptop that you might want to consider.