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Sony VAIO VPCEB1E0E 15.5 inch notebook (Core i3-330M 2.13GHz, 3Gb, 320Gb, DVDRW, Webcam, Win 7 Home Premium 64bit (Matte White))



Been looking for a Laptop lately & have a budget of around £500. Thought this was an excellent deal for a Sony Laptop and will be ordering myself one of these Bad Boy's on Tuesday.........

Couldnt seem to get the pic uploaed there is a pic when you follow the link

First post so be gentle folks
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#1
Hi,
Thanks for posting. I have added an image to your post.
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Cuzzy
#2
even on play it has 70 quid or summit knocked off to bring it down to 499
#3
Cheers cuzzy! Was trying to copy the link but it wouldnt work and i figured if someone wanted to look at the picture they could just follow the link. I'll certainly have a look for in the future
#4
If you don't want it for gaming, then it's pretty good for an i3 machine. If you want it for gaming, don't bother, the graphics card won't play anything from the last five years on decent settings.

If you are looking for a gaming machine, then just browse eBay and don't start looking for i3 machines as MOST have crappy graphics cards (and only 3gb of DDR3 which is worse than 4GB of DDR2) that won't touch any of the graphics intensive games. eBay have plenty of very good Core 2 Duo laptops with 4GB of RAM and decent ATI HD or NVidia HD cards with dedicated memory for £500 and below.
#5
Thanks for the advice Kaje. I wont be using it for gaming anyway as I like to keep any gaming I do through my gamertag & on the xbox but its certainly worth bearing in mind.

The main thing i will be using it for actually will be for Music and recording sets. I have searched the spec on different sites which said it had a LINE IN input. This is pretty much essential as going through the Microphone socket isnt as good quality etc.

If anyone on here has one of these and could confirm it does have a LINE IN that would be great....
#6
If you're going for it, there's a 'used - like new' one on Amazon for £430.
#7
think I would rather pay the extra 44 quid & have it brand new dude lol
#8
oh cuzzy i just read youre message again and realised you added the img, cheers bud
#9
Carpet Johnson
think I would rather pay the extra 44 quid & have it brand new dude lol


Fair play mate, but it is 'like new' which usually means no blemishes at all and £44 is a fair whack of cash to pay for something that looks identical, think of what £44 worth of accessories or beer would look like! .:thumbsup:
#10
how does this compare to the dell 1564 with 4gb ram and 500gb hard drive ?
#11
Looks like a pretty good deal to me against other suppliers, saw this in Tesco today for quite a bit more but it looks very smart but not being a pc buff not sure why its not being voted very hot?

The Toshiba laptop voted very hot on here the other day is now £429 at amazon and unless im missing something the spec of this Sony looks a lot better than the tosh???
#12
The reason it's being voted hot is purely because of the processor, one of the new i3 ones which is rather fast. The problem is that you only really need a beefy processor if you're rendering video, creating graphics or playing games - and for that you also need a decent video card, which this machine just doesn't have.

You'd be better off paying a bit less, getting a Core 2 Duo processor based laptop with 4GB DDR2 RAM and a decent graphics card to use as an all-round machine.
#13
Kaje
The reason it's being voted hot is purely because of the processor, one of the new i3 ones which is rather fast. The problem is that you only really need a beefy processor if you're rendering video, creating graphics or playing games - and for that you also need a decent video card, which this machine just doesn't have.

You'd be better off paying a bit less, getting a Core 2 Duo processor based laptop with 4GB DDR2 RAM and a decent graphics card to use as an all-round machine.


link us too an example then please,

the new i3 is not only much faster but considerably better on battery life than the old Core 2 Duos.
#14
Kaje;8566992
The reason it's being voted hot is purely because of the processor, one of the new i3 ones which is rather fast. The problem is that you only really need a beefy processor if you're rendering video, creating graphics or playing games - and for that you also need a decent video card, which this machine just doesn't have.

You'd be better off paying a bit less, getting a Core 2 Duo processor based laptop with 4GB DDR2 RAM and a decent graphics card to use as an all-round machine.


Thanks for that, anything you can recommend? I wont be using it for video or games.

My current laptop is an Acer Travelmate 5720 with core 2 duo and it seems to get slower every week :whistling:even tho im only using it for general internet and music........it wasnt particularly quick when I got it but im putting it down to Vista being rubbish
#15
If you won't be using it for video rendering/graphics rendering or games, then that laptop is very good for the price. You could have a search around eBay for one with a lower spec processor and a decent graphics card but there's not much point if you have no intention of ever playing modern games on it.

If you do perhaps want to play some games in the future though, then you're better off looking for an all-round machine. There are plenty on eBay at the moment, just make sure that it has a dedicated graphics card.

I found and bought one of these for my brother last week, superb all-round:

((It won't let me add eBay links for some reason, but pop over there and search for 'Acer Aspire 5738 Blue Laptop Excellent Condition' it's the one up for £399.))

It might be refurbished, but you're really not going to find much else for that price unless you compromise on the processor or the graphics card. It's a good all-round machine that will handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. You can pay the extra £70-odd for the Sony VAIO listed here, but you're getting a fantastic processor and an abysmal graphics card, and a gig of RAM less.

If not that one, just have a browse around Google. Get yourself to the Computers -> Laptops section, click on 'Core 2 Duo' on the left hand options, set yourself a maximum budget and then type '4GB' into the search bar and scroll through the listings. Keep your eyes open for 'dedicated graphics' and either ATI HD cards or NVidia cards.

Here's two invaluable websites to help you with determining what processors and graphics cards are the best from the search results you get from eBay:

[url]www.notebookcheck.net[/url] - Search for the graphics card on that site, then scroll down the review to the '3D Mark' comparison, the higher the number next to the card you searched for the better.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php - Search for the processor here, the higher the number in the first column and the lower the number in the second the better the processor is.

It's all about striking a good balance between the processor and the graphics card, it helps to have a notepad file up at the same time and make notes on the ratings for the processor and graphics card, then choosing the one with the highest for both!

I find searching the most fun part!
#16
This same laptop was available on dixons about 2 months ago for £495, and there was a 5% off voucher code, and 3.5% quidco which bought the price down to £453. I was going to use my Egg card with 1% cashback which bought it below £450. Decided against it because of the onboard graphics.

If you're interested, there is a refurb acer on Currys for £450 with a far better spec (i5 processor, 4gb RAM and 500GB hard drive, with a dedicated graphics card). Use MAY6 to get 6% off, and 3.5% quidco also available. Brings it down to £405ish
#17
Carpet Johnson
Thanks for the advice Kaje. I wont be using it for gaming anyway as I like to keep any gaming I do through my gamertag & on the xbox but its certainly worth bearing in mind.

The main thing i will be using it for actually will be for Music and recording sets. I have searched the spec on different sites which said it had a LINE IN input. This is pretty much essential as going through the Microphone socket isnt as good quality etc.

If anyone on here has one of these and could confirm it does have a LINE IN that would be great....


If you want to do this seriously, pick up an M Audio Transit for about £45, giving you proper 24 bit ASIO audio and also allows you to run Pro Tools M Powered. Line In with ASIO4ALL won't cut it at low latencies. I have an i3 laptop though and with 64bit W7, it eats audio software up.
#18
Amazon at their usual tricks as its up in price to £481 now - sods must stick things up when they get a few sales or hits on the item

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