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I noticed a lot of Vaio deals being posted recently and I had to mention the education discount! With this dicount it makes the 1920x1080 IPS screen Vaio SE spectacular value right now! I own this laptop and it is a premium machine, far better than the E series or even the other S series models.

Price given includes the excellent 7% educational discount available to student, teachers or educational staff. Plus free processor upgrade from i3 to i7. Also, when you order from sony online you get acrobat standard (not reader) included for free!

Finally, I have checked out forums and there is mention that quidco works with this also! Which would mean another 6% off that price!

Spec:

VPCSE2C5E
£ 608.23

VPCSE2C5E

Configured
Intel®Core(TM)i7-2640M,2.8GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6470M 512MB
4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3-SDRAM
DVD disc drive
39.5 cm LCD, 1920x1080+webcam
Security features
No Wireless WAN
Standard battery
HD digital camera
Office 2010 Starter + Acrobat


English (QWERTY)
1 AC Adapter
USB2.0 x2 + USB3.0 x1
Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11abgn)
HDMI(TM) output
Backlight keyboard
Bluetooth® 3.0

Upgrades also benefit from the 7% discount, and Intel WiDi seems to be a feature that doesnt get mentioned by sony, but is present!
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Ferrari100#1
So just how good is this thing?

I'm considering it.
therams09#2
I assume this is a dual core not quad core i7 @ this price?
kingofbeans#3
therams09
I assume this is a dual core not quad core i7 @ this price?


Correct. Dual Core. Good processor: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i7-2640M-Notebook-Processor.59913.0.html
kingofbeans 2 Likes #4
Ferrari100
So just how good is this thing?

I'm considering it.


I guess that depends on what you are looking for in a laptop. I have always wanted a laptop with decent screen and build quality and so always ended up spending well over what most people spend on a laptop.

This has been the first time I have ever felt like I was buying a modestly priced laptop and it is still the nicest screen and best build quality laptop I have ever owned. The processor is more than fast enough for 99.9% of tasks, as there arent many quicker laptops available. I believe it is also the lightest 15" laptop available and the keyboard is great IMO.

There are some negative though, firstly the speakers aren't great, second the SSD upgrade costs a lot (although all upgrades are cheaper than they appear as the 7% come off the total cost including upgrades) and finally, the screen has the orangegate problem (google) where reds appear orange. Although, I find, in normal use it isnt noticeable.
Adidas Addict#5
Personally would go for the SA series over this but voted hot as they are really good and this price is very decent.
kingofbeans 1 Like #6
Adidas Addict
Personally would go for the SA series over this but voted hot as they are really good and this price is very decent.


Fair enough, but the SA screen has nothing on this. SA also a bargain with free upgrades and discount.

Reviews:

- PC Pro (reviewed 4 1/2 months ago at nearly double the price!): http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/371107/sony-vaio-se-series

- CNET: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/sony-vaio-se/4505-3121_7-35003065.html

- Laptop Mag: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/sony-vaio-se.aspx

- Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/31/sony-vaio-s-series-review-15-inch/

- Notebookcheck: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Sony-Vaio-VPC-SE1Z9E-B-Notebook.65741.0.html
Adidas Addict#7
kingofbeans
Adidas Addict
Personally would go for the SA series over this but voted hot as they are really good and this price is very decent.


Fair enough, but the SA screen has nothing on this. SA also a bargain with free upgrades and discount.

Reviews:

- PC Pro (reviewed 4 1/2 months ago at nearly double the price!): http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/371107/sony-vaio-se-series

- CNET: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/sony-vaio-se/4505-3121_7-35003065.html

- Laptop Mag: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/sony-vaio-se.aspx

- Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/31/sony-vaio-s-series-review-15-inch/

- Notebookcheck: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Sony-Vaio-VPC-SE1Z9E-B-Notebook.65741.0.html


I thought the SA screen was beautiful, much better than the SB and just as good as the standard Z series 1600*900 screen. Either way, Vaios (SA, SE & Z Series) have seen some of their best pricing lately, which can only be a good thing. Just hope it carries on once IvyBridge is released.
Adidas Addict 2 Likes #8
Careful guys, if this gets on the front page it will get butt raped like the recent Vaio Z deal.
softpurple 1 Like #9
Adidas Addict
Careful guys, if this gets on the front page it will get butt raped like the recent Vaio Z deal.


You seem genuinely distraught and traumatised by that deal. I wish my problems could be so trivial. RAWR!
Picard123 2 Likes #10
Samsung Series 5,7 and 9 blow this out of the water.

Also 1920x1080 on a 15" is completely stupid.
kwl147#11
This isn't half bad and it makes a little more sense to have 1080P on a 15 inch compared to 13 inch. A lot more appealing at this price. The dedicated graphics also helps, i7 is a little over kill but if you run demanding applications then you'll appreciate the extra grunt. The 4GB RAM will help windows 7 tick along very nicely. Only down side is that the price is still quite high for something like, the HD is on the small side but not terribly small and its not too hard to replace it or ask for a bigger one. I still believe that the i7 for the average user is over kill and this on the whole is too expensive for people but I'm voting hot for this.
kwl147#12
Adidas Addict
Careful guys, if this gets on the front page it will get butt raped like the recent Vaio Z deal.


Loool except that Vaio Z deal asked for it big time. Who on earth would waste their money on that crap?
BlueDan 8 Likes #13
Picard123
Also 1920x1080 on a 15" is completely stupid.


No it's not, I'm using a 1920*1080 15.6" right now.
plewis00#14
Voted hot because I place value on high-quality laptop displays, why is it only tablets that get the high-contrast, high colour gamut, IPS treatment? I currently use a B+RGLED equipped Dell XPS 15 and it's a stunner.

For the money you are paying for the screen and the brand (which I like) though if I had a complaint it's the weak graphics that isn't really suited to the processor or screen it's paired with.
flob 1 Like #15
BlueDan
Picard123
Also 1920x1080 on a 15" is completely stupid.


No it's not, I'm using a 1920*1080 15.6" right now.


Are you wearing glasses? Maybe not yet....
cyclotonic#16
Thinking about ordering the SA Series 13.3" Laptop just wondering what the graphics are like on this?
BlueDan 4 Likes #17
flob
BlueDan
Picard123
Also 1920x1080 on a 15" is completely stupid.


No it's not, I'm using a 1920*1080 15.6" right now.


Are you wearing glasses? Maybe not yet....


Yes, since middle school, for distance work.

I've had two eye tests (bi-yearly) since getting this laptop and my prescription hadn't changed.

Have either of you two used such a screen? It would perhaps be unsuitable if you have to wear reading glasses and have trouble focusing on things close up.

Come to think of it, why are we arguing about this? You both think a 1080p 15" screen will destroy your eyes (rubbish) and will never buy one, so it's not a problem.

Edited By: BlueDan on Mar 31, 2012 21:07
aaron1uk#18
epic price here, if only the gpu was a 6600 series.
Sammy108suspended#19
already ahve a vaio but the screen on this is incredibly bad, thinking this might be a good one to get and the fact its ips makes it too good.
Nujol#20
I've got an F13 with the older i7-740M processor, 1920x1080 display, 500gb HD and 4gb RAM, with blu-ray writer. Got it about 6 mths ago for I think £850??

Screen is 16.4" and absolutely brilliant, no worries with the resolution. Very very quick machine.

Excluding the lack of blu-ray writer which is fairly specialist anyway, I reckon this is a cracking deal. £200 less than I paid for what is very close to the same machine except this SB processor is a good 20% faster.

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