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    Is this laptop a good deal ?

    Sony Vaio E Series
    i3-330M
    15.5" screen
    320gb Hard drive
    3gb DDR3 RAM
    Bluetooth
    Intel HD graphics
    1366x768 screem res
    and all the other normal things for £479 (The laptop is new)

    I could upgrade the i3-330m to a i5-430 for a extra £50 but im not sure if I need to.

    I can also add a 512mb graphics card and make the screen 1900x1080 for a extra £90.

    Thanks for your time.



    P.S Does anyone know if I can ring Sony and get a discount ??? lol

    23 Comments

    Price?

    Original Poster

    dontdothatagain;8445262

    Price?



    £479

    dontdothatagain;8445262

    Price?



    £479

    sancho1983;8445266

    £479



    Wasnt there at first.

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    If you want to play games on it upgrade the graphics card

    Original Poster

    whatsThePoint;8445289

    If you want to play games on it upgrade the graphics card



    Thanks

    I dont use my laptop for gaming. Mostly searching the net and editing movies.

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    dontdothatagain;8445262

    Price?



    £479

    Banned

    op, for a vaio it sounds like a good price yes.

    Original Poster

    bykergrove;8445301

    op, for a vaio it sounds like a good price yes.



    Thanks

    The cheapest ive seen this in shops is £529 at Sony Centre. Then £549 at Currys and PcWorld.

    Is there a major different between the following res on a 15.5" screen : 1366x720 and 1900x1080 ?

    Decent price. Personally I would upgrade to i5 as well.

    gamer123;8445307

    ThanksThe cheapest ive seen this in shops is £529 at Sony Centre. Then … ThanksThe cheapest ive seen this in shops is £529 at Sony Centre. Then £549 at Currys and PcWorld.Is there a major different between the following res on a 15.5" screen : 1366x720 and 1900x1080 ?



    yeah, huge difference

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    gamer123;8445307

    ThanksThe cheapest ive seen this in shops is £529 at Sony Centre. Then … ThanksThe cheapest ive seen this in shops is £529 at Sony Centre. Then £549 at Currys and PcWorld.Is there a major different between the following res on a 15.5" screen : 1366x720 and 1900x1080 ?



    the larger number means you can fit alot more desktop into the 15.5" screen. but what that also means is the text goes really really small.

    on my 15.5" laptop i have 1366x768 and it is fine!

    Original Poster

    I dont really want to spend more than £550. I just got a full refund on my 11 month old laptop, Argos sent it for repair and it came back damaged so they had no other option. Lucky me

    What would you choose :

    £479 with i3-330m and Intel HD graphics and 1366x768 res.

    or

    £529 including the i5-430m

    or

    £569 with the i3-330m but a 512mb ATI HD graphics card and the screen upgraded to 1920x1080 ?



    Thanks again to all the people who have responded !

    gamer123;8445343

    I dont really want to spend more than £550. I just got a full refund on … I dont really want to spend more than £550. I just got a full refund on my 11 month old laptop, Argos sent it for repair and it came back damaged so they had no other option. Lucky me :)What would you choose :£479 with i3-330m and Intel HD graphics and 1366x720 res.or£529 including the i5-430m or£569 with the i3-330m but a 512mb ATI HD graphics card and the screen upgraded to 1900x1090 ?Thanks again to all the people who have responded !



    I'd fork out the extra for better processor, gfx and resolution (although the figures you're quoting don't look right, e.g. should the final res not be 1920x1080?)

    Original Poster

    DragonChris;8445361

    I'd fork out the extra for better processor, gfx and resolution (although … I'd fork out the extra for better processor, gfx and resolution (although the figures you're quoting don't look right, e.g. should the final res not be 1920x1080?)



    Yea sorry I have just noticed about the res.

    One thing I will recommend with ALL sony laptops is that you use a Windows disc and WIPE all the crap off there before using. The bloatware slows the machine down something rotten and you dont need any of it.

    Original Poster

    aircanman;8445373

    One thing I will recommend with ALL sony laptops is that you use a … One thing I will recommend with ALL sony laptops is that you use a Windows disc and WIPE all the crap off there before using. The bloatware slows the machine down something rotten and you dont need any of it.



    Thanks for the tip :thumbsup:

    Does anyone know if Sony laptops are good ?

    (I know the battery life is low)

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    gamer123;8445380

    Thanks for the tip :thumbsup:Does anyone know if Sony laptops are good … Thanks for the tip :thumbsup:Does anyone know if Sony laptops are good ?(I know the battery life is low)



    dude yes sony laptops are good.

    is this laptop going to be your only machine? because if its not then i'd say have your money and stick with the i3 and 720p res

    spending extra on things you probably wont use is dumb imo.

    if you are going to edit on this machine the i3 will be more than adequate and if you are going to view the videos on another machine/tv then you dont need the 1080p screen especially only on a 15".

    aircanman;8445373

    One thing I will recommend with ALL sony laptops is that you use a … One thing I will recommend with ALL sony laptops is that you use a Windows disc and WIPE all the crap off there before using. The bloatware slows the machine down something rotten and you dont need any of it.



    which will mean OP will need to pay for a brand new OS which means more ££

    numptyj;8445439

    which will mean OP will need to pay for a brand new OS which means more ££



    Well that depends doesnt it? - The product will have a perfectly legit license on that sticker on the bottom of the laptop . . . .

    Just use an OEM disc, and PC shop will lend you one if you ask nicely.

    On the other comment, Sony laptops are brilliant, very well made. I have the CW2 and its a superb machine. But the recovery partition etc needs to be taken off first, the software they put on these things is stupid.

    gamer123;8445307

    ThanksThe cheapest ive seen this in shops is £529 at Sony Centre. Then … ThanksThe cheapest ive seen this in shops is £529 at Sony Centre. Then £549 at Currys and PcWorld.Is there a major different between the following res on a 15.5" screen : 1366x720 and 1900x1080 ?



    the difference is HUGE but obviously only worth it if you need a hig res display, otherwise its just an extra expense and drain on system resources, but for me it would be a must. if you do much where you need to maximie screen real estate then this effectively gives you almost another half a display worth of content...

    p.s. i have seen a lot of posts recently about dubious Vaio build quality

    dt_matthews;8445632

    p.s. i have seen a lot of posts recently about dubious Vaio build quality



    I have read this and I am surprised. mine is lovely and I am extremely picky when it comes to laptops. One thing I will say is the HDD's are Hitachi, I changed that immediately and its made a massive difference.
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