Sony VAIO SE 15" Series  VPCSE2C5E i7, 1920x1080 screen £654.01 @ Sony online
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Sony VAIO SE 15" Series VPCSE2C5E i7, 1920x1080 screen £654.01 @ Sony online

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Found 21st Mar 2012
Free proceseor upgrade from i3 to i7 make this a good deal I think. Hard drive is a bit small so may want to spend extra 30 on the 500gb. Good looking, well bullt with an excellent 1080 screen.

You need to go to VAIO SE 15 Series "configure" and select the i7...
sony.co.uk/pro…ies
6.06% cashback on tcb so prob similar on quidco.

Key specs

Intel®Core(TM)i7-2640M,2.8GHz
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
HD digital camera
USB2.0 x2 + USB3.0 x1
HDMI(TM) output
Backlight keyboard
2 year warranty


Wireless WAN [+ £ 90.0 ]
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Good deal especially with that top quality screen
The only problem I see is that 1366X768 is best for viewing with 1600X900 being not so good.
You might just end up setting the screen to 1366 and downscale everything with resultant imperfections.

I'd test one first if I was you.
Trust me, that resolution on that size screen works very well indeed!
Great deal.
Is this available with 17" screen?
For a Vaio this seems a decent deal to me HOT.

The i7 processor is the i7-2640m Dual-core (the quad-core are about 50% faster but this is still a very quick processor)
The 6470m graphics aren't that great; (according to Passmark benchmarks the HD3000 on the i7-2640 are significantly faster!)
LadyEleanor

The only problem I see is that 1366X768 is best for viewing with 1600X900 … The only problem I see is that 1366X768 is best for viewing with 1600X900 being not so good.You might just end up setting the screen to 1366 and downscale everything with resultant imperfections.I'd test one first if I was you.



You do need a very good screen, and good eyesight to use 1080p on a 15.6" screen; on my Dell XPS I like the way web pages 'fit' the screen without needing to scroll around madly, but it's when photo or video editing I really notice the improvement.

Definitely something you'd want to test before buying...
LadyEleanor

The only problem I see is that 1366X768 is best for viewing with 1600X900 … The only problem I see is that 1366X768 is best for viewing with 1600X900 being not so good.You might just end up setting the screen to 1366 and downscale everything with resultant imperfections.I'd test one first if I was you.



This machine i'm using has got 1366x768 on an 11" screen, that same resolution on anything 4" bigger is wasting screen real estate IMO. Looking back can't believe people used to buy 15" laptops with 1280x800 resolution, everything looks massive on them if you see one now.


Edited by: "Bossworld" 21st Mar 2012
lazyboy

Trust me, that resolution on that size screen works very well … Trust me, that resolution on that size screen works very well indeed!Great deal.


Subjective, i cant stand 1080 on a 15
heat added..
spaceinvader

Subjective, i cant stand 1080 on a 15



Indeed, 15.6" 1920*1080 is great for me, but 17" 1440*900 is better for my 63 year old Dad.
If you can comfortably use it having this much desktop space is great. Especially handy for me to have work on one side and reference on the other while doing University work.
Excellent Mac alternative for those not wanting to hop OS/business needs
I'd always go for the highest resolution you can get (don't forget, you can always adjust text size independently).

The new Ipad has a native resolution of 2048x1536 in a 9.7 inch screen, which I believe higher than any laptop now available (or plasma tv for that matter) - so, if Apple think high resolution is cool, it must be, eh?
BlueDan

Indeed, 15.6" 1920*1080 is great for me, but 17" 1440*900 is better for … Indeed, 15.6" 1920*1080 is great for me, but 17" 1440*900 is better for my 63 year old Dad.If you can comfortably use it having this much desktop space is great. Especially handy for me to have work on one side and reference on the other while doing University work.


Yea, id certainly recommend people try it before they buy. I've got 20/20 vision but i just don't like it. Great if it suits you because as you say its more desktop real estate.
I hope none of you are interested in an iPad any time soon with issues with a 1080p 15" screen!
Changing the hard drive is usually really easy and a laptop of this spec should have an extra slot for an additional hard drive, Better to spent £60 on an additional SSD boot drive than £30 more for a 500gb in my opinion.
Meh you don't mind Dell refurb - get a quad core dell XPS 15 with RGBLED 1080p screen for £580

outlet.euro.dell.com/Onl…lla
I've got one of these, it's rubbish
Great Deal - Heat Added
I've just got a 17" dell XPS and I don't like the 1080 screen, the text dpi is adjusted to 125% to compensate for the greater detail and that messes the font up with a lot of my programmes. I'm disappointed after upgrading my old 17" studio. Bare in mind though most of my stuff is office related work. Reducing the screen res looks awful because I presume it's not it's native resolution.

pdug175

I've just got a 17" dell XPS and I don't like the 1080 screen, the text … I've just got a 17" dell XPS and I don't like the 1080 screen, the text dpi is adjusted to 125% to compensate for the greater detail and that messes the font up with a lot of my programmes. I'm disappointed after upgrading my old 17" studio. Bare in mind though most of my stuff is office related work. Reducing the screen res looks awful because I presume it's not it's native resolution.


So put the dpi back to 100% then.
you can barley read the text and that's on a 17"
+ 1 Heat Added
If you aren't running the xps at its native resolution then you can't expect it to look any good!
Bossworld

This machine i'm using has got 1366x768 on an 11" screen, that same … This machine i'm using has got 1366x768 on an 11" screen, that same resolution on anything 4" bigger is wasting screen real estate IMO. Looking back can't believe people used to buy 15" laptops with 1280x800 resolution, everything looks massive on them if you see one now.


I've used a 15inch screen with 1680 x 1050 for the past 5 years. It's been fantastic. It cost a fortune at the time, but for my business use it's great for productivity.
pdug175

I can barley read the text and that's on a 17"



Fixed that for you.

I need glasses to see anything more than a foot away and my 1080p 15.6" screen gives me no problems.
Edited by: "BlueDan" 21st Mar 2012
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320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm) = joke
AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6470M 512MB = joke

if you can live with small and slow hdd and super weak gpu, then i guess the screen and cpu can be worth it.
iPads are different.

You often have them in front of your nose, even more so I bet with that new one.
xelliex

I've got one of these, it's rubbish



Excellent review, any chance I can subscribe?

Anyways, this is a lovely machine but it does pain me to say the GPU is sub standard for the money and the laptop itself. Sony really need to keep up with the GPU's in their laptops. One of the main reasons I went to Mac, because Sony are not cutting it in the right areas.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is that their support for older hardware is very poor, my CW2 laptop had a 330 Nvidia GT onboard chip and it played the likes of COD MW2 etc very well, until they stopped sending out updates for the chip then things went downhill fast!
wombat6025

You do need a very good screen, and good eyesight to use 1080p on a 15.6" … You do need a very good screen, and good eyesight to use 1080p on a 15.6" screen; on my Dell XPS I like the way web pages 'fit' the screen without needing to scroll around madly, but it's when photo or video editing I really notice the improvement.Definitely something you'd want to test before buying...



Can increase icon/text size etc. quite easily - it's not a problem IMO (though I use 1080p on standard size).
xelliex

I've got one of these, it's rubbish



why did you buy one??
I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago. Brilliant laptop if you are looking for something with a great screen. Saying that, sareful if you need good colour reproduction as these are know to show some reds as a more orange colour (google Orangegate for more details).
The previous offer was for the free "slice" battery, which for me was a better deal as this means the laptop can run all day without needing mains.

Still a good deal though for anyone who wants the faster processor, so HOT from me.
I like the look of the 13" SA version, i7 processor, 500gb, 1GB HD 6630M Graphics - £649.01

Edited by: "nt1311" 21st Mar 2012
£34.70 Quidco, already tracked. (Think TCB is slightly more)
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Love the nob end who said about it being a good mac alternative! Lol f#%k off mate!

If you can't handle a proper os stick with your mac lol
Like BrAinz, I got one of these a couple of weeks ago with the free slice battery! The screen is brilliant in every way except making red! It is a real shame but the problem is obvious. Open paint on this laptop and red just seems to be missing from the colour palette. Also, some have complained about the fan. As I have only used mine for web browsing and on silent mode, I havent had it come on much, only a couple of seemingly random times... So it hasnt bothered me. BUT when it has come on it is very loud, so if the fan comes on regularly this would be annoying.

Having said that, there really isnt anything else out there that looks nice, is light and has a great screen! So there isnt much to compete with this! It gets my recommendation.
Its not a bad deal I'll say pretty expensive for a laptop that i will say and battery life ain't brilliant but none the less its decent. Not voting.
I guess it ok for the money. I had a quick play with it and must say it's very plasticy and flexible, especially the screen. For 700 pounds you can get an xps 15 with full HD, 2GB graphics and a 640GB 7200rpm drive and a more sturdy build. As to the resolution I think it's all down to personal preferences. I used 1440x900 on a 17" for the past 5 years and last month upgraded to a 1080p 15,6". It's a massive difference. It might be difficult to deal with it for some people, but you can set the DPI to your preferences and set your browser default zoom which works for me on chrome with no quality loss. Still some aplications don't support such a resolution and they're appear tiny (like Skype for instance), but I think to be future proof end of day you'll be better off with a higher resolution.
Edited by: "cabek666" 21st Mar 2012
snakeybidder

Love the nob end who said about it being a good mac alternative! Lol … Love the nob end who said about it being a good mac alternative! Lol f#%k off mate! If you can't handle a proper os stick with your mac lol



I think the first 3 words of your post summed you up
Good price. Heat added.
A further note.... Another main reason for me buying this particulat laptop was that I wanted something light weight with a decent screen.
I looked at all the alternatives I could find, and definitely things like the Dell XPs ARE a more sturdy build..... BUT at the cost of weight.

This particular Vaio is so lightweight, it's excellent. I can use it on my lap and hardly feel it, and doesn't get warm at all (with my general use)
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