Sony viao i5, 3gb Ram, FULL HD (1920x1080 15 inch screen) £579 (5% quidco) - HotUKDeals
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Been looking for a laptop with a high resolution screen and came across this (custom built viao)
Intel® CoreTM i5-480M, 2.66GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
English (QWERTY)
White
320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
3 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAM
DVD disc drive
39.4 cm LCD, 1920x1080, webcam
ATI MobilityRadeonHD5470 512MB

even cheaper if you want an i3 or aint interested in high resolution screen. White laptop is 40 quid cheaper so price is for white or pink, want black or brown and its an extra 40 quid.
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#1
upgrade to 4gb is 50 quid, downgrade to i3 saves you 40 quid, built in graphics and lower resolution screen saves you 60 quid.
#2
seems link does not work.
but looks interesting as it has good specs. thanks.
#3
hey rock2007, goto sony.com and click e-series then customize. then click the spec i said and its cheap for a viao.
#4
Hi,
Do you have a link to the Laptop? or a model number?
#5
Had a quick look at the site and it does seem much cheaper for the VAIO E Series 15 than the comparable 14 and 17 models. I haven't seen a Vaio without a good keyboard and screen, so for i5 I think this is great value.
#6
It's £619 for the spec you posted
#7
It's £579 for the i3
#8
Just been through the configuration process and can confirm the OP's price.
White (silver lid - looks quite smart) or light pink.
The OP has chosen the 'sweet spot' in terms of price/performance I think, but it's totally configurable.
I think the 1080p resolution is nice to have for a multimedia machine (although definitely very high for a 15" screen). I have it on my 17" laptop and it's already quite small for designing websites.
#9
annodomini2 - check the OP's notes about the chosen spec. It's bang on.
#10
you need to select white, and select 3gb ram (it auto sets to black and 4gb ram).

I have just ordered, delivery is 3-4 weeks which sucks but the screen is full hd. its custom built to order so you can get i3,3gb ram, 320hdd, white for 539 or i5 for 579, then theres 5% quidco.

i've been looking for a laptop with high resolution screen for a while. i'm a programmer so its most important that i have high res screen and good cpu with decent keyboard. The viao was the laptop i wanted but generally very expensive. great deal
#11
annodomini2 -> you need to select white and 3gb for the model i posted, if you want black or 4gb it will be more.

dont understand why white and pink are cheaper. i've always liked white laptops but worry it will show marks.

screen is high thingswelike and i will be designing websites on it(mainly programming over design) but its exactly type of screen i want, should be crisp and bright and being a sony you know its going to be a good deal
#12
Don't forget 5% Quidco.

I'd drop the RAM to 3GB. For what they're charging for 4GB (£50), you can easily get a 2GB stick for under half of that at a later date.

The XPS 15 deals on the Dell Outlet are still better. You can get an i5, 4GB, 7k RPM HD, GT420M GPU and high res screen for under £550. A similar speced Sony would come to £720.
#13
gurujockstrap arent dell outlet refurbs? cant really compare a new laptop to a refurb. agree that is good on dell outlet with 10% quidco maybe? the xp15 screen is low res unless i can't see it 1366x768 vs 1920x1080 is a considerable different. and if you dont want high end screen its 80 quid cheaper...

my plan is to upgrade to 8gb ram in the near future and perhaps a blu ray drive.
#14
They are refurbs but check out the thread. Lots of people received laptops in pristine condition. I've always had a good experience from past purchases.

The XPS 15 screens are 1366x768 (absolutely dire. I ordered an XPS 15 with one and its going back this week) but 1920x1080 was an option when buying new, so you do get XPS 15's with high resolution screens appearing on there. But you have to be quick as they get snapped up really quickly.

If people are bothered about having a 'new' laptop, then this Sony is a good deal.
#15
yeah i was looking at some refurb dells and sonys on ebay and direct from sites. i imagine they are great, its just spotting them. i've been looking for a few weeks and after quidco its 550 quid. perhaps spend another 20 quid to add the ram.
*update* its got 2 slots so for another 50 quid could get 8gb ram.

i also plan on getting a ssd drive for it...

Edited By: toothe on Feb 28, 2011 11:16
#16
why's this cold? its sony laptop, i5 good screen and good price with quidco....
#17
I doubt full HD would make much of a difference on a 15 inch screen in terms of video and image quality although I can see how it would benefit in terms of screen real-estate.
#18
yeah, JustExtreme i had a 15 inch laptop with 1440x990 and it helps massivly with screen hogging programs like visual studio and other development platforms. but its personal choice, you can downgrade the screen to standard 720p and knock 80 quid of the price meaning a brand new sony viao with i5 cpu for under 500 quid...
#19
think has been this price for a while
worth checking clearance now and again, like dell outlet but there are 2 distinct categories:
clearance is brand new discontinued or refurbished (returns or repairs)
can get as good a deal there as on outlet - just seems to be way less of them.
(perhaps a good thing they dont have an endless supply of refurbs like dell.. returned or repaired for a reason)

whilst the 15inch looks cheapest the others aren't so different as they come with different base spec



Edited By: brilly on Feb 28, 2011 13:05: .
#20
brilly, its the standard price (i think) but its cheaper than a pre-built model.

you can also make the laptop cheaper than sonys starting from price (from 539) but

# Intel® Pentium® P6200, 2.13GHz
# Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
# English (QWERTY)
# White
# 320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
# 3 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAM
# DVD disc drive
# 39.4 cm LCD, 1366x768 + webcam
# Intel® HD Graphics
# Office 2010 Starter
449 inc delivery.

Also the option to engrave.

the dell outlet is all refrubs, but their is a clearance line as well (says dell outlet - refurbished).

their are some amazing deals on the sony refurb but most out of stock.

This isnt a special offer just a good deal imo. reviews say how good the laptop is, the keyboard is good, screen is good and it has an instant web button to use the internet without booting the laptop up. useful for me that =)
#21
toothe
brilly, its the standard price (i think) but its cheaper than a pre-built model.

you can also make the laptop cheaper than sonys starting from price (from 539) but

# Intel® Pentium® P6200, 2.13GHz
# Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
# English (QWERTY)
# White
# 320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
# 3 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAM
# DVD disc drive
# 39.4 cm LCD, 1366x768 + webcam
# Intel® HD Graphics
# Office 2010 Starter
449 inc delivery.

Also the option to engrave.

the dell outlet is all refrubs, but their is a clearance line as well (says dell outlet - refurbished).

their are some amazing deals on the sony refurb but most out of stock.

This isnt a special offer just a good deal imo. reviews say how good the laptop is, the keyboard is good, screen is good and it has an instant web button to use the internet without booting the laptop up. useful for me that =)

yes i know i already said most of that^^
there is or at least was a bad aspect of the e series and that was the amount of keyboard flex at the enter key (above the dvd drive)
if they have sorted that then they are great machines although the graphics comes locked and underclocked which is a bit of hassle.
tbh if buying a configurable then may as well configure it and not just get cheapest else its pretty much the same as 1 of the 10 laptops that get posted each day.
had forgotten about the engraving but its pretty minor now i look again, nice touch i guess.

a tip from another thread is to use the phone to order and you can get a 5% discount - not sure how certain that is though.

Edited By: brilly on Feb 28, 2011 13:35
#22
brilly
a tip from another thread is to use the phone to order and you can get a 5% discount - not sure how certain that is though.
Link to the thread pls...
Also, will that not invalidate the quidco?!
#23
cool.
yeah i think its way to go if you need something specific.
i was looking for i5 with high res screen so suited me. other people might just want a cheap laptop or a cheap i3 etc...

can get 8gb of ram for 50 quid so should be a lean machine. quidco is only paid on the ammount before vat, just a note .
#24
Voyager
brilly
a tip from another thread is to use the phone to order and you can get a 5% discount - not sure how certain that is though.

Link to the thread pls...
Also, will that not invalidate the quidco?!

yeah i guess but i assume that guaranteed 5% is better than a pretty hopeful 5% if you use it and if you dont then even better.
sec ill try looking for link, was basically the same as this one^^
edit: link http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/self-configure-your-own-sony-vaio-597-sony/861497

Edited By: brilly on Feb 28, 2011 13:53
#25
Thanks brilly!
#26
Does anyone know which of the prebuilt Vaios have the full HD screen?
#27
Koocha
Does anyone know which of the prebuilt Vaios have the full HD screen?

the expensive ones..?
#28
koocha theres a few, and most of the f-series. problem is they work out a lot more expensive than this unless you go 2nd hand.
#29
toothe
koocha theres a few, and most of the f-series. problem is they work out a lot more expensive than this unless you go 2nd hand.

where do you see the prebuilt? whenever i try to look i get sent to the configurable on sony or sonystyle sites...or do you just mean the base configurable model for the FX range?

free upgrade to 500gb HDD atm btw

Edited By: brilly on Mar 01, 2011 08:56
#30
brilly
toothe
koocha theres a few, and most of the f-series. problem is they work out a lot more expensive than this unless you go 2nd hand.
where do you see the prebuilt? whenever i try to look i get sent to the configurable on sony or sonystyle sites...or do you just mean the base configurable model for the FX range?free upgrade to 500gb HDD atm btw

Good spot, also quidco mentions free upgrade to bluray player, but cant see this?
#31
I would go for:

# Configured

* Intel® CoreTM i5-480M, 2.66GHz
* Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
* English (QWERTY)
* White
* 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
* 3 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAM
* DVD disc drive
* 39.4 cm LCD, 1920x1080, webcam
* ATI MobilityRadeonHD5470 512MB
* Office 2010 Starter
* No protection
* No Adobe® Creation

Total: £579.00
With 5% Quidco = £550.05 :)

Great price imo.

centaurandrew
brilly
toothe
koocha theres a few, and most of the f-series. problem is they work out a lot more expensive than this unless you go 2nd hand.
where do you see the prebuilt? whenever i try to look i get sent to the configurable on sony or sonystyle sites...or do you just mean the base configurable model for the FX range?free upgrade to 500gb HDD atm btw


Good spot, also quidco mentions free upgrade to bluray player, but cant see this?


Looks like the free Blu-ray writer upgrade only applies to the F series.
Hopefully Sony add the option to the E series. That would make this an awesome deal.
#32
they cycle the upgrade offers quite abit, whether its half price bluray, extra ram, hdd, graphics etc
usually they claw most of it back elsewhere though :)


Edited By: brilly on Mar 02, 2011 22:20

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