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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
I bought this for my retired parents who mainly wanted a medium sized laptop for internet, email and occasional movies. I was not expecting much for $430 but the laptop was a pleasant surprise in its performance and responsiveness. And I added another 2GB of ram for a few bucks which made it super fast.
Pros
- Medium weight, not super heavy
- Nice wide screen for 16:9 movie watching
- Display is nice and bright with crisp colors
- Works well with our wireless n network
- Unlike other laptops that fill out all the ram slots, this one uses only one slot for the 4GB RAM so adding more doesn't mean replacing
- Has an optical drive (my parents still use dvds/cds)
- Runs cool, I had it on my lap for several hours with no discomfort
- Didn't time the battery life, but lasted at least 3 hours
Cons
- Not super stylish, with a weird plasticy shell
- Feels kind of clunky (maybe I am used to my macbook air)
- Lots of bloatware that's a pain to uninstall

Other options
Before buying this I considered chromebooks briefly since they were in similar price range and form factor, but I decided against it for two reasons: First, my parents print a lot of stuff - (its crazy-webpages/emails etc) and chromebooks support a limited set of printers. Second, I saw mixed reviews on chromebook usability when not online, and it felt like it'd not be the right fit for my not so tech savvy parents.

I also looked at the acers/asus' etc in the 400-550 price range. I think some of them had bigger screens / more powerful processors, but the one gating factor with all of those was the weight/size - they were all massive and didn't seem good for travel.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2012
I just bought this laptop, and I absolutely LOVE it. I've had an HP and an Acer, but this laptop tops them both. The Acer was a good laptop, but it was time for me to get a new one. This laptop is lightweight, fashionable, and overall very durable. It has a sleek look to it, and it's basically an Apple Mac without the ridiculous price tag. With 640gb, and being built for media, it's a great laptop for anyone, from a gamer from someone who just needs a lot of space for their music. Even someone who just simply needs a laptop for sending mail to others, the keys are easy to see and are individually spaced so there is a lower chance for typing the wrong thing.
Two things that I absolutely love about this laptop are that the part of the charger that plugs into the laptop is L-shaped, so even if it moves around the cord inside won't break. I had that problem with my HP and I have completely sworn off HP computers. I have also had a few other problems with HP, but it's just not worth buying an HP.
Also, the part of the charger that goes into the wall only has two prongs, not three, so it can be plugged into any outlet. I live in a very old house, so the majority of my wall outlets are only two pronged. This is nice because now no matter where I go I can plug in my laptop. It also has a very long battery life.
Overall, this is a great laptop, and if I could give it ten stars I would.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
After researching carefully and owning a few other types of computers all with problems, I finally found the perfect match. Ideal size for transporting and it has everything I wanted for features. Arrived very shortly after ordering and was easy to register, set up and start using. The price was fantastic for such a quality product. Light weight and solid. I would recommend to a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2012
I received this lap top couple of months ago.I absolutely love it. it is very fast and efficient, it loads fast and performs tasks very fast as well. set up didnt take long 30 min max. its a very good product for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2012
The computer is very nice, fast I can run current games without any problem "low quality of course" movies in 1080p run fine too and the best of all the price, worth buying this computer I recommend them to 100%
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
I've been using this laptop for the past month or so now and the title really does sum up my feelings toward it well; it's good, but nothing amazing. I have nothing to complain about, but I think I'm just used to the amazing specs on my 2011 iMac, so moving back to a portable device makes it seem a bit sluggish. I think I was somehow expecting the Pentium processor to match the performance of an i5 processor, which is probably not realistic.

Overall, great computer, solid performance, although I could have done without the pre-installed bloatware from Sony. Thanks Amazon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
I bought this laptop 10 months ago for my wife. It's pretty, clean looking and has a nicely designed keyboard. It was primarily for her programming classes and stood up to the load pretty well (her previous Netbook was shutting off during heavy operations)

Tonight this Sony laptop has manifested its expected failure. The laptop is still running fine but the fan is sounding really bad and CPU temperatures are a little warmer than usual. The fan needs to be replaced to avoid the problem growing into more expense.

I've been repairing laptops professionally for the past five years and Sony has always had problems with their CPU fans. I must say I didn't expect the fan failure this early but hey its the best kind of failure where money is concerned. The CPU fan normally costs less than $20US and is really easy to replace on these Sony Vaio laptops.

Compared to motherboard failures from HP and then HP giving you some bootleg refurbished board that fails exactly outside your warranty. Compared to Dell laptops ceasing to charge the batteries (old/new/any condition); a problem that usually requires changing out the motherboard to be able to charge the batteries again. Compared to speedy motherboard failures of Acer/Gateway laptops - I'd take it the way of Sony

While I do have warranty on my laptop, I'll say again, I bought this laptop expecting this failure and it'd be cheaper and faster for me to fix it on my own. I'll still recommend Sony as a preferred laptop brand to all my customers as they hold up pretty well otherwise.

I'm hoping someone at Sony would take note and chuck whoever supplies them with CPU fans and go for a higher quality unit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2012
This laptop is being used as my desktop now and it screams with speed! Of course I bought the expansion memory module, and it flies on Windows 7 and can't wait for the great deal on Version 8. I will never buy a traditional desktop again. Space saving, economical, long lasting battery life and light as a feather! The screen may be a little small for some, but it makes up for it in performance and video quality. Going to buy another as soon as they get them back in stock!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2012
We bought this computer for my daughter. It is a great computer for the money, and I highly reccomend this to other customers. The diamond deisgn gives it a great texture. It works really good and didn't have any problems.
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