Sony Vaio Fit 15E FREE upgrade 4th gen i5 + nvidia 740m from £469 @ Sony
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Sony Vaio Fit 15E FREE upgrade 4th gen i5 + nvidia 740m from £469 @ Sony

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Found 29th Dec 2013
IMPORTANT NOTICE: if you buy the laptop via the Student store(on the Sony website) the starting price is £431

Simply click on the Fit 15E model and select the i5 4200u + nvidia geforce GT 740m 1gb upgrade-option for NO ADDITIONAL COST

Comes with 2 years warranty as standard, 30% discount on Office Home and Student when buying the laptop (go to software section)

White or black design, you choose

DVD drive, USB 3.0 ports, backlight keyboard (as standard)...its all there

1080p resolution and touchscreen options available

Have ordered one of these for myself, had to share this deal with you guys

Snatch one quickly though, deal ends soon

Should be noted that there are two versions of the 740m graphics card (64bit and 128bit), I phoned Sony to ask which version this laptop contained, they were unable to tell me

My guess is that it is the 64bit, which performs slightly worse than the 128bit, but is less taxing on the battery life and still outperforms the 640m in most cases.

This is the kind of deal I have been waiting for, hope you guys appreciate it

Price with free upgrade option selected starts at £469
- skgwho

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Op I can't add price so please do...

skgwho

Op I can't add price so please do...



Thanks for posting, i have added from £469 to your thread
Edited by: "missgem" 29th Dec 2013

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missgem

Thanks for posting, i have added from £469 to your thread



My bad, thanks
Edited by moderator: "updated" 29th Dec 2013

Comes through as 469 for me?

Original Poster

its only me

Comes through as 469 for me?



Corrected in description

Yeah 399 is NOT for the i5 with GT740 but for the pentium processor with no dedicated graphics card
Edited by: "Doors" 29th Dec 2013

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Doors

Yeah from 399 is NOT for the i5 with GT740 but for the pentium processor … Yeah from 399 is NOT for the i5 with GT740 but for the pentium processor with no dedicated graphics card



Yup, just corrected

its only me

Comes through as 469 for me?


Ditto. The base price of £399 can only be achieved by specfiying the lowest spec processor (Intel® Pentium® 3556U, 1.70GHz with 2 MB L3 Cache) and with a 1366x768 display. The lowest price i5 spec is £469 and with a 1366x768 screen. The upgrade to a 1920x1080 screen is £80. Unless I'm missing something...:|

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largeruk

Ditto. The base price of £399 can only be achieved by specfiying the … Ditto. The base price of £399 can only be achieved by specfiying the lowest spec processor (Intel® Pentium® 3556U, 1.70GHz with 2 MB L3 Cache) and with a 1366x768 display. The lowest price i5 spec is £469 and with a 1366x768 screen. The upgrade to a 1920x1080 screen is £80. Unless I'm missing something...:|



Yeah, as mentioned before have corrected this

Description doesnt say that the 1080p option is free, just that it is available for anyone who wants it, the deal itself is for the free upgrade to i5-4200u and nvidia gt 740m graphics card, as it says in the description

Would have bought if there was more ram/larger harddrive.

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Rizsparky

Would have bought if there was more ram/larger harddrive.



There are options available to select to increase the RAM and HDD up to 8GB and 1TB respectively, ofc this comes at an additional cost, but its there

I myself just left it as 4gb RAM and 500gb HDD to fit the price within my budget, anymore RAM isnt really essential and both the RAM and HDD can be upgraded in the future if need be anyway.

As much as I like my Sony Vaio - I am annoyed with Sony and their policy of support. Mine has Radeon graphics, and Sony bespoke the driver for it. It's an i5 based machine - early i5, and Sony no longer support the machine thus I cannot upgrade it to Windows 8. The Radeon driver recognises the machine as a Sony, and tells you to go to Sony for the update, which doesn't exist. Doubt I'll buy another Sony as a result.

TheTankMan

There are options available to select to increase the RAM and HDD up to … There are options available to select to increase the RAM and HDD up to 8GB and 1TB respectively, ofc this comes at an additional cost, but its thereI myself just left it as 4gb RAM and 500gb HDD to fit the price within my budget, anymore RAM isnt really essential and both the RAM and HDD can be upgraded in the future if need be anyway.



I was interested in some medium quality gaming, I'm still contemplating whether this specification would be adequate for newer games based on the base parts.

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Rizsparky

I was interested in some medium quality gaming, I'm still contemplating … I was interested in some medium quality gaming, I'm still contemplating whether this specification would be adequate for newer games based on the base parts.



I had medium quality gaming in mind too when I bought this laptop. I have researched the graphics card in this laptop thoroughly, assuming that it was the 64bit (weaker) version, according to Game debate and Notebook check, games such as Borderlands 2 and Shogun 2 (which I plan to play) can be played in medium-high settings, thats good enough for me.

Anyone know if an ssd can be added to this by ourselves?

Great price but need an ssd.

Also, don't forget student discount for those who can get it.
Edited by: "cron7" 29th Dec 2013

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cron7

Anyone know if an ssd can be added to this by ourselves?Great price but … Anyone know if an ssd can be added to this by ourselves?Great price but need an ssd.Also, don't forget student discount for those who can get it.




What do you mean by student discount? Do you mean the MS Office discount?

And I was also wondering the same thing about the SSD, might replace the HDD in the future, but need to find out if this is possible first.

TheTankMan

I had medium quality gaming in mind too when I bought this laptop. I have … I had medium quality gaming in mind too when I bought this laptop. I have researched the graphics card in this laptop thoroughly, assuming that it was the 64bit (weaker) version, according to Game debate and Notebook check, games such as Borderlands 2 and Shogun 2 (which I plan to play) can be played in medium-high settings, thats good enough for me.



This ultrabook has an 17 processor and has the GT710 at 2GB - would it hold u against the Vaio?
amazon.co.uk/Len…1-2

TheTankMan

What do you mean by student discount? Do you mean the MS Office … What do you mean by student discount? Do you mean the MS Office discount?And I was also wondering the same thing about the SSD, might replace the HDD in the future, but need to find out if this is possible first.



Nope, with the student discount, the base price turns to £431 for me. You need to go via the student website link.

Yeah ssd is key for me.

£549 delivered for 1080p screen / i5 (Latest Haswell) / Dedicated Graphics (albeit entry level) / Backlit keyboard / 2 Year Warranty / 0% APR Finance (over 6 months)

Potential 6.3% TCB or 6% Quidco (cashback bonus amount if premium member)

Not too concerned about the 4GB RAM, this can be upgraded - can anyone confirm if an SSD can be installed too?

500GB HDD only 5400 rpm but should be suitable for most.

Seems on par with Medion prices... Hot!

Edited by: "lozmeister" 30th Dec 2014

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Rizsparky

This ultrabook has an 17 processor and has the GT710 at 2GB - would it … This ultrabook has an 17 processor and has the GT710 at 2GB - would it hold u against the Vaio?http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-IdeaPad-14-inch-Touchscreen-Ultrabook/dp/B00F93MB7I/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1388330084&sr=1-2



I have already seen this deal, trust me, when I said I did my research thoroughly, I meant thoroughly

The processor in that ultrabook may be an i7, but it's still a dual core processor, the performance won't be that much better than the processor in this laptop, not significantly better such that you should choose the Lenovo over this anyway

The 710M graphics card is in a whole different tier to the 740M, the 710M is an entry level graphics card, while the 740M is a medium-range one, here's a description of the 710M taken from Notebookcheck website:

"Depending on the clock rates, the 3D performance of the GeForce 710M is just slightly below the GT 720M, but a bit faster than the GT 620M. In comparison to the competition, the 710M offers a performance similar to the HD Graphics 4400/4600 and Radeon HD 7660G. This places the card in the entry level segment. Current games (as of 2013) will run fluently only in low settings."

"performance similar to the HD4400", the HD4400 comes integrated into the 4th Gen i5 processor in the Sony Vaio laptop, so you can see, its not really worth buying the Lenovo for its graphics capabilities

Hope I cleared things up a bit

superb find

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cron7

Nope, with the student discount, the base price turns to £431 for me. You … Nope, with the student discount, the base price turns to £431 for me. You need to go via the student website link.Yeah ssd is key for me.



Thanks for letting me know about the student discount. I'm a student, so am going to contact Sony and see if I can refund the difference between what I payed and what I would have payed had I gone through the student store. Fingers-crossed, hope they have a heart

TheTankMan

Thanks for letting me know about the student discount. I'm a student, so … Thanks for letting me know about the student discount. I'm a student, so am going to contact Sony and see if I can refund the difference between what I payed and what I would have payed had I gone through the student store. Fingers-crossed, hope they have a heart



Where is the link for the student discount?


EDIT: Nevermind, found it. On the Sony website, click offers, then education store. Fill out the details and you've got it.
Edited by: "Kroganwrex" 29th Dec 2013

TheTankMan

Thanks for letting me know about the student discount. I'm a student, so … Thanks for letting me know about the student discount. I'm a student, so am going to contact Sony and see if I can refund the difference between what I payed and what I would have payed had I gone through the student store. Fingers-crossed, hope they have a heart



No worries, yeah give them a call. Otherwise, just cancel it and order again. Adding on the 1080p screen and 8gb ram turns to £541 for me which is a steal. If only it had an msata port for the ssd.

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cron7

No worries, yeah give them a call. Otherwise, just cancel it and order … No worries, yeah give them a call. Otherwise, just cancel it and order again. Adding on the 1080p screen and 8gb ram turns to £541 for me which is a steal. If only it had an msata port for the ssd.



Do you know if it is possible to replace the HDD in this laptop with an SSD?

It says they do 0% finance on the website, but there is no option for this as you checkout. ANybody have any insight into this?

TheTankMan

Do you know if it is possible to replace the HDD in this laptop with an … Do you know if it is possible to replace the HDD in this laptop with an SSD?



Yeah, I'm pretty sure you will be able to replace the HDD. Can't see any guides on youtube for it though.

Simes123

As much as I like my Sony Vaio - I am annoyed with Sony and their policy … As much as I like my Sony Vaio - I am annoyed with Sony and their policy of support. Mine has Radeon graphics, and Sony bespoke the driver for it. It's an i5 based machine - early i5, and Sony no longer support the machine thus I cannot upgrade it to Windows 8. The Radeon driver recognises the machine as a Sony, and tells you to go to Sony for the update, which doesn't exist. Doubt I'll buy another Sony as a result.



You can download the latest AMD Beta driver. WMP won't display video and neither will the Metro apps but VLC player works fine as does any streaming via a browser. I have Windows 8.1 on my early i5 Vaio. Game performance is better with the Beta driver than the 2010 driver provided by Sony.

Obviously it's not ideal, but thought I'd let you know that you can upgrade if you can live without WMP and apps. I can and do.

TheTankMan

I have already seen this deal, trust me, when I said I did my research … I have already seen this deal, trust me, when I said I did my research thoroughly, I meant thoroughly ;)The processor in that ultrabook may be an i7, but it's still a dual core processor, the performance won't be that much better than the processor in this laptop, not significantly better such that you should choose the Lenovo over this anywayThe 710M graphics card is in a whole different tier to the 740M, the 710M is an entry level graphics card, while the 740M is a medium-range one, here's a description of the 710M taken from Notebookcheck website:"Depending on the clock rates, the 3D performance of the GeForce 710M is just slightly below the GT 720M, but a bit faster than the GT 620M. In comparison to the competition, the 710M offers a performance similar to the HD Graphics 4400/4600 and Radeon HD 7660G. This places the card in the entry level segment. Current games (as of 2013) will run fluently only in low settings.""performance similar to the HD4400", the HD4400 comes integrated into the 4th Gen i5 processor in the Sony Vaio laptop, so you can see, its not really worth buying the Lenovo for its graphics capabilitiesHope I cleared things up a bit



Thanks for that, will go for the Vaio.

Edit: Does a charger not come with this model?
Edited by: "Rizsparky" 29th Dec 2013

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Rizsparky

Thanks for that, will go for the Vaio.



If you do go for the Vaio and you are a student, make sure you buy it through the student store

I didn't know about the student store when I bought it, could have saved £40

All the best with your purchase

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Rizsparky

Thanks for that, will go for the Vaio.Edit: Does a charger not come with … Thanks for that, will go for the Vaio.Edit: Does a charger not come with this model?



A charger does come, look under "also included" on the right hand side of the configuration options, see "AC adapter"

does this laptop have an ethernet port, can't find it in the specs?

found it, the pic on the spec page shows the port

TheTankMan

I have already seen this deal, trust me, when I said I did my research … I have already seen this deal, trust me, when I said I did my research thoroughly, I meant thoroughly ;)The processor in that ultrabook may be an i7, but it's still a dual core processor, the performance won't be that much better than the processor in this laptop, not significantly better such that you should choose the Lenovo over this anywayThe 710M graphics card is in a whole different tier to the 740M, the 710M is an entry level graphics card, while the 740M is a medium-range one, here's a description of the 710M taken from Notebookcheck website:"Depending on the clock rates, the 3D performance of the GeForce 710M is just slightly below the GT 720M, but a bit faster than the GT 620M. In comparison to the competition, the 710M offers a performance similar to the HD Graphics 4400/4600 and Radeon HD 7660G. This places the card in the entry level segment. Current games (as of 2013) will run fluently only in low settings.""performance similar to the HD4400", the HD4400 comes integrated into the 4th Gen i5 processor in the Sony Vaio laptop, so you can see, its not really worth buying the Lenovo for its graphics capabilitiesHope I cleared things up a bit



Isn't the i7 more powerful? Just checked both up on cpubenchmark and it seems the ultrabook is more powerful. The graphic card is worse though but it does seem more powerful than the Vaio.

If you look at the picture used in this (not wholly positive) review, it appears that it is possible to access the HDD enclosure - at least I think so. Someone with greater tech knowledge perhaps can take a look and clarify.

Cheers

largeruk

If you look at the picture used in this (not wholly positive) review, it … If you look at the picture used in this (not wholly positive) review, it appears that it is possible to access the HDD enclosure - at least I think so. Someone with greater tech knowledge perhaps can take a look and clarify.Cheers



The hard drive bay is accessible, I installed an ssd in mine using the recovery discs. You need to turn off secure boot in the bios. I spoke to sony on chat and replacing hard disk invalidates the warranty but theres no seal or anything so I don't think they'd be able to tell.

There is an ethernet port as well.

It looks really good in white and on the whole its a good laptop. Main cons I found;

-The hard drive (mine was hitachi 320gb) is very slow.
-Windows 8 interface is annoying (if you get the pro version you can downgrade to win7)
-I couldn't make recovery discs after using sony update and so I factory reset it
-small battery so if u plan to use it on the move check it meets your requirements, probably works out the same as its a low power cpu.
-no discrete touchpad buttons
Edited by: "unine" 29th Dec 2013

unine

The hard drive bay is accessible, I installed an ssd in mine using the … The hard drive bay is accessible, I installed an ssd in mine using the recovery discs. You need to turn off secure boot in the bios. I spoke to sony on chat and replacing hard disk invalidates the warranty but theres no seal or anything so I don't think they'd be able to tell. There is an ethernet port as well.It looks really good in white and on the whole its a good laptop. Main cons I found;-The hard drive (mine was hitachi 320gb) is very slow.-Windows 8 interface is annoying (if you get the pro version you can downgrade to win7)-I couldn't make recovery discs after using sony update and so I factory reset it



What's the battery life like?

Kroganwrex

What's the battery life like?



I've only used it plugged in. Its quite a small battery though, they've definitely reduced the size of it since the previous E series . But its a low power cpu as well so maybe it balances out to a normal amount, i'm really not sure. I don't think you'll get more battery life compared to non haswell laptops though which I thought was one the main selling points of haswell processors.

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KashMoney123

Isn't the i7 more powerful? Just checked both up on cpubenchmark and it … Isn't the i7 more powerful? Just checked both up on cpubenchmark and it seems the ultrabook is more powerful. The graphic card is worse though but it does seem more powerful than the Vaio.



The i7 is undoubtedly more powerful than the i5 in the Sony Vaio, the maximum turbo boost clock speed is similar, and since the i5 is 4th gen and the i7 is 3rd gen, the i5 is more efficient per ghz, plus the i5 is an ultra-low voltage processor so it will offer much longer battery life than the i7.

What's the battery life like?



Should be long battery life because of ultra low voltage Haswell processor and 64 bit version of 740m which drains battery less than 128 bit graphics cards

TheTankMan

The i7 is undoubtedly more powerful than the i5 in the Sony Vaio, the … The i7 is undoubtedly more powerful than the i5 in the Sony Vaio, the maximum turbo boost clock speed is similar, and since the i5 is 4th gen and the i7 is 3rd gen, the i5 is more efficient per ghz, plus the i5 is an ultra-low voltage processor so it will offer much longer battery life than the i7.Should be long battery life because of ultra low voltage Haswell processor and 64 bit version of 740m which drains battery less than 128 bit graphics cards



That would be true if they kept the battery size the same as any other typical laptop. In this case it's the size of a stick of blackpool rock.
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