Vaio E Series 17", i5, Blu-Ray Writer, 1920 x 1080 Screen, 4 Gb Ram, Radeon HD 7650M 2Gb Graphics £566.36 @ Sony (Education Store)
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Vaio E Series 17", i5, Blu-Ray Writer, 1920 x 1080 Screen, 4 Gb Ram, Radeon HD 7650M 2Gb Graphics £566.36 @ Sony (Education Store)

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Found 21st Jun 2012
**update, they've changed things slightly, its a free screen upgrade now, which is worth slighty less than the blu-ray writer, you now get nearly the same spec and exact same price apart from the blu-ray writer, instead you get a blu-ray reader, comes to 594.26 for the exact same build as before***

First of you need to go through the education store to get the price listed, you save around £50 on the configuration ive listed. At the moment they are offering a free blu-ray writer and the upgrades are reasonable, so altogether i think its pretty good value. You can get it with the Intel® CoreTM i7-3612QM for £677.96. The configuration is as follows

Intel® CoreTM i5-2450M, 2.5GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
320 GB Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3-SDRAM
Blu-ray Disc(TM) writer
43.8cm LCD 1920x1080 + webcam
AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7650M 2GB

To get headline price, some more spec

HD digital camera
1 AC Adapter
3x USB 2.0 + 1x USB 3.0
Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11bgn)
HDMI(TM) output
HM76/-/-
Bluetooth® 4.0

Should be able to get 6.06% cashback with topcashback aswell.
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How long is the warranty on this?

Cheers
Mrman123

How long is the warranty on this? Cheers


2 years
Rather interested in this. Do I have to have some kind of student code however as it is only the Education Store?
Was about to spend £800 on a Asus with slightly better specs but this should do the trick if I could get it
weeble182

Rather interested in this. Do I have to have some kind of student code … Rather interested in this. Do I have to have some kind of student code however as it is only the Education Store?Was about to spend £800 on a Asus with slightly better specs but this should do the trick if I could get it



Well you can get it through the normal sony site for just over £600, it asks you the following for the education store

First name *
Last name *
Educational Establishment *
Student ID number *

but you can fill it with anything and it lets you go through and order, tho they do say they can cancel the order if they check and you dont qualify, so to be on the safe side if you know any students id use their details perhaps, or just try your luck and order with false details, if it fails get the asus.
Sawb

Well you can get it through the normal sony site for just over £600, it … Well you can get it through the normal sony site for just over £600, it asks you the following for the education store First name *Last name *Educational Establishment *Student ID number *but you can fill it with anything and it lets you go through and order, tho they do say they can cancel the order if they check and you dont qualify, so to be on the safe side if you know any students id use their details perhaps, or just try your luck and order with false details, if it fails get the asus.



Provided they do actually check, the Student ID number given by the educational establishment of the persons details you're using would need to match with their First Name and Last Name, that is of course assuming their college/university accepts phone calls from Sony to confirm information like this on the basis of applying discounts.
Can anyone recommend an insurance option for this?
Heat added, very nice.
Any reviews on the screen?

The last generation E Series the 1080p screens were supposedly crap.
Good price, but I would check the screen, and if you can afford it get the i7 (bearing in mind it is the neDr processor generation)
Nice find,heat added
Beware, Sony Vaio after sales support is atrocious. Don't expect any driver updates! They'll give you perhaps a years worth, then thats it.
Oh and don't try putting standard drivers on, they'll refuse to install and BSOD if forced.
Oh and they mess with their monitor firmware too to make them incompatible with linux.
Their support also won't want to know, if it's not the pre-installed OS or official drivers, you're on your own.
My software fix for my various CW series problems was to sell it on eBay and get a Lenovo.
The only downside on this is, the screen is held by tiny hinges. The S series get held by a whole line of hinge through out making it much more durable
How would this be for gaming? Also what do you reckon best colour would be I'm thinking of changing to white Cheers
Mrman123

How would this be for gaming? Also what do you reckon best colour would … How would this be for gaming? Also what do you reckon best colour would be I'm thinking of changing to white Cheers


Currently own a white one of the previous E Series model, and a shame to say it's beocming a lot more dirty than if i were to own a black one Oh and go for the backlight keyboad! For a tenner more!
Slower than a GT540m, supposedly. So not great gaming wise.
This will struggle Skyrim on minimum setting for any gamers wondering.

Decent price for a good brand though. Hot.
I own a very similar spec Sony Vaio E series (15 inch). I'm now looking for a new laptop as my Sony is incredibly noisy and produces a lot of heat even when idle. I've been asked by people over skype whether I am at an airport and the sound can be heard it the next room. The fan randomly gets noisy while doing some light browsing. Sony support refuse to help and say it is normal for modern PCs to be this noisy due to dedicated graphics, powerful processor etc. A google search reveals that this is a common issue which effects a number of Vaio laptops (including the upper end ones).
NitrousUK

Their support also won't want to know, if it's not the pre-installed OS … Their support also won't want to know, if it's not the pre-installed OS or official drivers, you're on your own.



What's the problem with that? Most companies will only support the product they provide to you with their official updates, not when you start installing your own operating system or 3rd party drivers.

It's an excellent price for this laptop, nice to see a 1080p screen in particular. Skimps out a bit on the hard drive and memory thought, and I'm not sure that graphics card would be up to much gaming.
Thanks OP, hot
Thanks OP- Dont bother with the i7 unless you are using for gaming! rather double up on the RAM
I've got a similar (though older) Vaio and it's OK, but nothing special. Battery life is rubbish (I knew before buying it wouldn't be great, but hadn't been prepared for quite how bad it is!) and the screen is very reflective, though I know that's common these days. The mousepad wears very fast as well, it has a textured finish but mine was wearing smooth after a month or so and now feels quite weird. The power button looks to have been moved on this model, but on mine it's right where you naturally pick it up and I've often accidentally turned it off. It also gives off small shocks from the ports on the left side, nothing big but a bit irritating. Overall they're definitely niggles rather than major flaws, but I probably wouldn't go for a similar Vaio again.
Edited by: "CurlyBen" 21st Jun 2012
CurlyBen

I've got a similar (though older) Vaio and it's OK, but nothing special. … I've got a similar (though older) Vaio and it's OK, but nothing special. Battery life is rubbish (I knew before buying it wouldn't be great, but hadn't been prepared for quite how bad it is!) and the screen is very reflective, though I know that's common these days. The mousepad wears very fast as well, it has a textured finish but mine was wearing smooth after a month or so and now feels quite weird. The power button looks to have been moved on this model, but on mine it's right where you naturally pick it up and I've often accidentally turned it off. It also gives off small shocks from the ports on the left side, nothing big but a bit irritating. Overall they're definitely niggles rather than major flaws, but I probably wouldn't go for a similar Vaio again.



Well i cant be certain, neither can you, but all your problems could easily be model specific and have no relevance on this particular model they are also problems with things that get changed all the time. This style e series is pretty dam new and looks quite abit different to previous models, i just cant really see the relevance in your comment.
Hydromancer

I own a very similar spec Sony Vaio E series (15 inch). I'm now looking … I own a very similar spec Sony Vaio E series (15 inch). I'm now looking for a new laptop as my Sony is incredibly noisy and produces a lot of heat even when idle. I've been asked by people over skype whether I am at an airport and the sound can be heard it the next room. The fan randomly gets noisy while doing some light browsing. Sony support refuse to help and say it is normal for modern PCs to be this noisy due to dedicated graphics, powerful processor etc. A google search reveals that this is a common issue which effects a number of Vaio laptops (including the upper end ones).



I bought a similar spec too, in May last year. (Model VPCEB4X0E). Overall I'm extremely happy with it and I like the HD 1920x1080 screen.

I had a similar problem to what you're describing (fan running fast most of time even when it seemed to be doing nothing much) when it was 5 months old so in the end I decided to back up everything, do a factory restore and then reinstall everything I wanted. This cured the problem and it has not come back... now after 8 months all is still fine. So, if you can be bothered, I'd suggest you try that - you might be lucky too.

I think this posted deal is good for this machine at that price. HOT from me.
annodomini2

Any reviews on the screen?The last generation E Series the 1080p screens … Any reviews on the screen?The last generation E Series the 1080p screens were supposedly crap.



still better than 1366x768 TN panels they put in 90% of the laptops these days.
I'm tempted by this over other laptops purely because of the 1920x1080 screen because I watch all my TV and Movies on my laptop.

I was just wondering whether it makes much difference over 1600x900? I mean would you notice much difference on a 17 inch screen?

Because with TV's a lot of people say that you don't need 1080p resolutions unless your screen is huge?
I on on the hunt for a new laptop and I am a big big fan of Sony products, although not very tech savvy when it comes to PC's.

I want something than runs programmes; namely internet fastly.
I want something that in time will still remain fairly fast/good battery life.
I want to watch tv/movies, although no gaming or juice heavy programmes outwith occasional photo editting.

Is this for me? Looking to spend in the £500 range; could push to this.

My £300 Lenovo from 3 years ago runs incredibly slow despite having very little on it, so prepared to spend a little more now.

What adittionals should I go for/not go for??

Thanks
Nice I have one but much lower spec. which I paid 540 for before Christmas
pazza2000

I on on the hunt for a new laptop and I am a big big fan of Sony … I on on the hunt for a new laptop and I am a big big fan of Sony products, although not very tech savvy when it comes to PC's.I want something than runs programmes; namely internet fastly. I want something that in time will still remain fairly fast/good battery life.I want to watch tv/movies, although no gaming or juice heavy programmes outwith occasional photo editting.Is this for me? Looking to spend in the £500 range; could push to this.My £300 Lenovo from 3 years ago runs incredibly slow despite having very little on it, so prepared to spend a little more now.What adittionals should I go for/not go for??Thanks



Ivy bridge i3/i5, HD4000 and SSD is your choice. speed of internet depends on the ISP.

brand doesn't matter that much, dell,asus,lenovo...whatever..just not packard bell & alike.

Edited by: "kunyk" 21st Jun 2012
Great deal of which I am very interested. Would it be worth going from 4GB to 6GB for the extra £20 or even go up to 8GB?

I would like to use this laptop for some light gaming (Football Manager for example). Would this machine be suitable do you think or would I need the I7?

Thanks in advance
diggergraves

Great deal of which I am very interested. Would it be worth going from … Great deal of which I am very interested. Would it be worth going from 4GB to 6GB for the extra £20 or even go up to 8GB?I would like to use this laptop for some light gaming (Football Manager for example). Would this machine be suitable do you think or would I need the I7?Thanks in advance



1, depends on use
2, it would be fine, no need for i7
Ordered one..
Is this correct that this particular model is released in last couple of weeks as iv been told by the customer service rep...
samk06

Ordered one..Is this correct that this particular model is released in … Ordered one..Is this correct that this particular model is released in last couple of weeks as iv been told by the customer service rep...



Yeah they haven't been around long, ive been looking constantly at sony/dell sites for a new laptop and not very long ago the sony e series had that horrible hexagonal shell, looked pig ugly imo, definitely revamped model.
Sawb

Well i cant be certain, neither can you, but all your problems could … Well i cant be certain, neither can you, but all your problems could easily be model specific and have no relevance on this particular model they are also problems with things that get changed all the time. This style e series is pretty dam new and looks quite abit different to previous models, i just cant really see the relevance in your comment.


The point was that overall my experience with a similar Vaio laptop fell short of what I expect from a premium laptop manufacturer, and probably wont buy another Vaio any time soon as a result. That opinion may or may not be helpful to someone thinking of buying this. I have the same model as JoeNearGlasgow1, but you've not told him his post was irrelevant!
CurlyBen

The point was that overall my experience with a similar Vaio laptop fell … The point was that overall my experience with a similar Vaio laptop fell short of what I expect from a premium laptop manufacturer, and probably wont buy another Vaio any time soon as a result.


Vaio was considered premium 3 years ago, before they decided to lower their prices to compete and introduced a value line. E series is a value line (E for Economical). If you want Premium, magnesium alloy case etc go for S series.
chemeng

Vaio was considered premium 3 years ago, before they decided to lower … Vaio was considered premium 3 years ago, before they decided to lower their prices to compete and introduced a value line. E series is a value line (E for Economical). If you want Premium, magnesium alloy case etc go for S series.


Fair point, I haven't really paid a lot of attention to the laptop market recently. Having said that, I paid a little over £500 for a 'refurbished' one from Amazon (not a mark on it) which I personally wouldn't call the Economical end of the market.
Does this price include the £50 reduction or not?
G3vans

Does this price include the £50 reduction or not?



Yep it does
Edited by: "shadders139" 21st Jun 2012
Very nice spec for the money. You will be lucky to get much more than an hour from the battery under heavy use though.

I wish battery tech could keep up with laptops and smartphones!
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