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Review Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Peter Krastev), 03/13/2013

14-inch with long battery life. Sony has recently started offering models of the SV-E14 series with a touchscreen. Our E14A3M2ES is such a notebook. Our review reveals whether the touchscreen provides added value or if it just raises the price unnecessarily.

For the original German review, see here.

With the E14A3M2ES Sony introduces a 14-inch office notebook. There are no major changes over the previous models of the E14 series. Our test unit is equipped with an Ivy Bridge Core i3 processor and a touchscreen. This package costs between 650 and 750 Euros (~$847 - $977). We have previously reviewed the SV-E14A1M6EW (Core i3-2350M, Radeon HD 7670M), which belongs to the same series. Our review reveals whether the new model is convincing.

For comparison, we chose from the competition the MSI CR41-587 (Core i5-3210M, HD Graphics 4000) and the Acer Aspire V5-471G (Core i5-3317U, GeForce GT 620M). Both models do not have a touchscreen. We have chosen these notebooks, because according to us the touchscreen is nothing more than a nice extra. In addition, there are currently no 14-inch notebooks on the market that feature both a touchscreen and a standard CPU and are priced below 800 Euros (~$1043). The available models with touchscreens are either ultrabooks or standard laptops with ULV hardware. For example; the Sony Vaio SV-T1312V1ES (750 to 800 Euros; ~$977 to $1043), the HP Envy TouchSmart 4-1102sg (800 to 900 Euros; ~$1043 to $1173) and the Asus Vivobook S400CA (650 to 700 Euros; ~$847 to $913). All three of these feature a Core i5-3317U processor and an HD Graphics 4000 GPU.

Case

The casing of the Vaio is very similar to that of its predecessor. The only differences are the color and the materials. The back of the display lid is made of aluminum. Most of the top side of the base unit is made of silver matte plastic. The rest of the base unit and the thin display frame are made of black glossy plastic. The Aspire and the MSI notebooks are made entirely of plastic.

The base unit leaves a solid impression. The top side barely gives in when pressed and only the left and right sides of the keyboard can be depressed slightly. Unfortunately, the base unit can be twisted too easily when held at the front corners. This is accompanied by a creaking noise. The aluminum display lid is much more stable and can barely be twisted. However, it can be pressed in the center so deeply that image distortions are noticeable. The hinges hold the screen firmly in place, but permit slight teetering. The lid cannot be opened with one hand.

Silver and black constitute the color choice.
Silver and black constitute the color choice.
The display lid is made of aluminum.
The display lid is made of aluminum.
Two small maintenance panels are available.
Two small maintenance panels are available.

Connectivity

The Vaio is equipped with the usual ports and closely resembles its predecessor. The CR41 and the Aspire do not offer more interfaces than the two Sony notebooks either. Very good: all four notebooks feature at least one USB 3.0 port. The ports of the Vaio are inconveniently placed at the front end of both sides.

Left side: AC jack, VGA port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0
Left side: AC jack, VGA port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0
Right side: audio out, microphone in, 2x USB 2.0, DVD drive, Kensington Lock
Right side: audio out, microphone in, 2x USB 2.0, DVD drive, Kensington Lock
The card reader is located at the front (SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Duo).
The card reader is located at the front (SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Duo).

Communication

The Intel WLAN module (Centrino Advanced-N 2230) installed in the Vaio supports the 802.11 b/g/n standards. This module also provides the notebook with Bluetooth 4.0 functionality. There is nothing to complain about with the Wi-Fi reception. The Windows wireless indicator shows full bars in the immediate vicinity (about 3 meters, ~9.84 feet) and at two floors below the router. The module also allows the connection of a certified display to the notebook via the wireless network (Intel Wireless Display Technology). The Gigabit Ethernet chip of the Vaio is made by Realtek (RTL8168/8111). The webcam has acceptable image quality and has a maximum resolution of 1280x1024 pixels.

Accessories

Sony delivers the notebook with a couple of thin booklets (safety guide, warranty information, recovery guide) and a quick start guide.

Operating system and recovery

The Vaio comes with a pre-installed Windows 8 (64-bit). There is no installation DVD in the box. The notebook is equipped with a System Recovery instead. This allows the user to revert the operating system to its factory settings, if Windows 8 cannot load. In order to access the System Recovery menu you need to press the "Assist" button with the notebook turned off. The laptop is then turned on and the System Recovery is started.

Maintenance

The Vaio notebook does not have a lot of maintenance options. There are only two removable panels on the bottom. The hard drive is behind one and the system memory is behind the other. Access to the rest of the components is not possible. The notebook has two RAM slots. In our model, one 4 GB module was installed. The Vaio supports up to 16 GB of RAM in total (according to the manufacturer).

Warranty

Sony delivers the E14A3M2ES with a 24-month warranty. The Aspire and the MSI come with the same warranty period. This period can be extended by one or two years for a surcharge of about 90 Euros (~$117) and 130 Euros (~$170) respectively.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The chiclet keyboard is the same as the one in its predecessor. The only difference is that the E14A3M2ES has a backlit keyboard. The keys are almost 15 x 15 mm (0.6 x 0.6 inches) large. The individual keys have a medium stroke and a pleasant tactile feedback. The pressure point is also very clear. The keyboard wobbles slightly during typing. Overall, it offers a comfortable typing experience.

Touchpad

The Vaio also shares the touchpad with its predecessor. The multi-touch ClickPad (a touchpad without separate mouse buttons - the whole pad is one button) has a size of 9.9 x 5.6 cm (3.9 x 2.2 inches). The lightly roughened surface does not hinder finger gliding. The touchpad has a short key drop and a clearly audible and tactile feedback.

Touchscreen

The new input device here is the touchscreen. The screen promptly responds to any input. The sensitivity is configured optimally. But a touchscreen on a conventional notebook is nothing more than an unnecessary gadget. Prolonged and comfortable use is not possible, because the user's arm must be kept in the air constantly.

The keyboard has backlighting.
The keyboard has backlighting.
Sony has installed a ClickPad.
Sony has installed a Clickpad.

Display

Our Vaio is equipped with a glossy 14-inch display. It has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The E14 series notebooks can also be equipped with an HD+ display (1600x900 pixels). The screen of our test model has an average brightness of 180.9 cd/m². This is mediocre at best. The displays of the Aspire (187.4 cd/m²) and the CR41 (193.6 cd/m²) are also not that much better.

173
cd/m²
180
cd/m²
166
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
191
cd/m²
163
cd/m²
183
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 197 cd/m²
Average: 180.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 195 cd/m²
Black: 0.44 cd/m²
Contrast: 448:1
Sony SV-E14A3M2ES vs. sRGB
Sony SV-E14A3M2ES vs. sRGB
Sony SV-E14A3M2ES vs. AdobeRGB
Sony SV-E14A3M2ES vs. AdobeRGB

The contrast ratio (448:1) and the black level (0.44 cd/m²) of the display are in the acceptable range. The MSI (500:1, 0.44 cd/m²) is on par with the Vaio. The Aspire (306:1, 0.66 cd/m²) cannot keep up with the competition. The display of the Vaio cannot cover the sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces.

We tested the display with its factory settings (target color space: sRGB) and measured a constant DeltaE 2000 deviation in all colors (color saturation: DeltaE between 5 and 10). In terms of grayscale, the DeltaE 2000 deviation is similarly small. The high accuracy at 30, 40 and 50% black levels results in an average DeltaE of 6.

CalMan - color accuracy
CalMan - color accuracy
CalMan - grayscale
CalMan - grayscale
CalMan - color saturation
CalMan - color saturation

The low brightness and highly reflective surface of the display make the notebook hardly suitable for outdoor use. Only in darker environments is the screen content fairly readable.

In terms of viewing angle stability, the Vaio offers the usual: changing the vertical viewing angle quickly leads to image deterioration. The horizontal viewing angles are more generous.

The Sony Vaio outdoors.
The Sony Vaio outdoors.
Viewing angles of the Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
Viewing angles  of the Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES

Performance

Our test model is a 14-inch office notebook. It offers sufficient performance for daily tasks such as word processing, Internet communications and video playback (including HD videos). The notebook costs between 650 and 750 Euros (~$847 and $977).

Sony offers the E14 series notebooks in various configurations. Different processors, displays, and case colors are available. There are also models with the Radeon HD 7670M GPU. Whoever does not like the pre-configured models can order a personal configuration from Sony's online store. The current cheapest model costs 590 Euros (~$770).

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo GPUZ
Systeminfo HWInfo
System information Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES

Processor

Our test model comes equipped with an Intel Core i3-3120M dual-core processor. The CPU belongs to Intel's Ivy Bridge series. It operates at a base clock frequency of 2.5 GHz. There is no Turbo Boost.

The processor completed the Cinebench tests at full speed. The resulting scores are, as expected, higher than the V5-471G (Core i5-3317U, GeForce GT 620M) and below the MSI (Core i5-3210M, HD Graphics 4000). The Acer notebook has a weaker CPU and the CR41 has a more powerful one. In the GL tests the Vaio performed significantly worse than the CR41, despite the fact that both models have the same GPU. It is worth mentioning that the RAM in the CR41 works in Dual-Channel mode. The Aspire is far ahead of the competition thanks to its powerful GeForce GPU.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3455
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6520
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5390
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4471 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9564 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5391 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.96 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.51 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
13.61 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
13.61 fps ∼11%
Sony Vaio SV-E14A1M6EW
Radeon HD 7670M, 2350M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
8.31 fps ∼7% -39%
Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Radeon HD 7600G, A8-4555M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
11.99 fps ∼10% -12%
Sony Vaio SV-T1312V1ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, ADATA AXM14S3-128GM-B
12.21 fps ∼10% -10%
Asus VivoBook S400CA-CA006H
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-9WS142 + 24 GB SanDisk U100 SSD Cache
12.28 fps ∼10% -10%
HP Envy TouchSmart 4-1102sg
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
16.91 fps ∼14% +24%
MSI CR41-i587
HD Graphics 4000, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
18.07 fps ∼15% +33%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
20.77 fps ∼17% +53%
Acer Aspire V5-471G
GeForce GT 620M, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
23.46 fps ∼19% +72%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
2.51 Points ∼14%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
0.85 Points ∼5% -66%
Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Radeon HD 7600G, A8-4555M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
1.24 Points ∼7% -51%
Sony Vaio SV-E14A1M6EW
Radeon HD 7670M, 2350M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
2.19 Points ∼12% -13%
Sony Vaio SV-T1312V1ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, ADATA AXM14S3-128GM-B
2.37 Points ∼13% -6%
HP Envy TouchSmart 4-1102sg
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
2.35 Points ∼13% -6%
Acer Aspire V5-471G
GeForce GT 620M, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.38 Points ∼14% -5%
Asus VivoBook S400CA-CA006H
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-9WS142 + 24 GB SanDisk U100 SSD Cache
2.41 Points ∼14% -4%
MSI CR41-i587
HD Graphics 4000, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
2.82 Points ∼16% +12%

System Performance

The powerful processor and fast hard drive make brisk work possible on the Vaio. The PC Mark 7 Benchmark confirms the positive impression. The notebook's results position it right in the middle of its competition. The CR41 (Core i5-3210M, HD Graphics 4000) scores more points thanks to its powerful CPU and the Aspire (Core i5-3317U, GeForce GT 620M) has slightly worse results. The predecessor model cannot keep up, because of its weaker CPU and slower hard drive.

We urge the E14 buyers to install the Windows 8 Updates (several hundred megabytes) upon receiving the notebook. The Vaio runs smoothly only after this has been completed. The notebook sometimes did not respond and some of our benchmarks refused to start when we tested the laptop as it came from the factory.

4.9
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.9
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.3
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark 72542 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
2542 Points ∼37%
Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Radeon HD 7600G, A8-4555M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
1627 Points ∼23% -36%
Sony Vaio SV-E14A1M6EW
Radeon HD 7670M, 2350M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
1851 Points ∼27% -27%
Acer Aspire V5-471G
GeForce GT 620M, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2154 Points ∼31% -15%
Asus VivoBook S400CA-CA006H
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-9WS142 + 24 GB SanDisk U100 SSD Cache
2823 Points ∼41% +11%
MSI CR41-i587
HD Graphics 4000, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
2989 Points ∼43% +18%
Sony Vaio SV-T1312V1ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, ADATA AXM14S3-128GM-B
4441 Points ∼64% +75%
HP Envy TouchSmart 4-1102sg
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
4460 Points ∼64% +75%

Storage Device

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

Sony has equipped the 14-incher with a Toshiba hard drive that has a capacity of 500 GB and works at 5400 RPM. CrystalDiskMark reports a read speed of 105.8 MB/s. HD Tune shows an average transfer rate of 83.3 MB/s. The hard drive is thus quite fast for a 5400 RPM drive.

Toshiba MQ01ABD050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 46 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 110.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 83.3 MB/s
Access Time: 17.5 ms
Burst Rate: 124.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.2 %

Graphics Card

The video output is done by Intel's HD Graphics 4000 GPU. It supports DirectX 11 and works with a clock frequency ranging from 350 to 1100 MHz.

The results of the 3D Mark Benchmarks are on the expected level. The Vaio cannot reach the score of the CR41-i587 (Core i5-3210M, HD Graphics 4000), because the MSI has a more powerful CPU and system memory that works in Dual-Channel mode. For testing purposes we installed a second RAM module in the Vaio. This upgrade increased the score in the 3D Mark 11 Benchmark to 651 points. Both notebooks cannot keep up with the Aspire (Core i5-3317U, GeForce GT 620M). The GeForce GPU is far superior to the Intel GPU and delivers 70 to 80% higher scores in the 3D Mark 11.

3D Mark
3DMark 057053 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
4102 points
3DMark Vantage2923 points
3DMark 11590 points
3DMark Ice Storm33004 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3419 points
3DMark Fire Strike445 points
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Gaming Performance

The HD Graphics 4000 GPU can play current 3D games only in lower resolution and lowered quality settings. Some less demanding games can be played in higher resolution and higher quality settings, such as the FIFA series. The frame rate can be increased, depending on the game and quality settings, by adding a second RAM module. The HD 4000 GPU performs better when in cooperation with a system memory that work in Dual-Channel mode. We have tried and tested this.

The average frame rate in F1 2012 at high quality settings (native resolution) increased from 22 to 26 fps. In Anno 2070, at low (resolution: 1024x768 pixels) and medium (native resolution) quality the frame rate increased to 46.9 and 24.8 fps respectively. In Skyrim the frame rate can be raised to 33.1 fps at low quality settings (resolution 1024x768 pixels). If you like the Vaio, but also really want to play some games, you can order it with the Radeon HD 7670M GPU.

low med.high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 26.813.3fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 38.819.712.8fps
F1 2012 (2012) 322722fps
Anno 2070
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:on (sort by value)
Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
19.7 fps ∼8%
Sony Vaio SV-E14A1M6EW
Radeon HD 7670M, 2350M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
32.78 fps ∼14% +66%
1366x768 High Preset AA:on AF:2x (sort by value)
Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
HD Graphics 4000, 3120M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
12.8 fps ∼7%
Sony Vaio SV-E14A1M6EW
Radeon HD 7670M, 2350M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
21.05 fps ∼12% +64%

Emissions

System Noise

In idle use the Vaio works very quietly at 30.6 to 30.8 dB (A), although the fan never stops completely. The MSI (32.5 to 36 dB (A)) and the Aspire (32.1 to 36.9 dB (A)) cannot come close to these results. Under full load (stress test, Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously) the Vaio produces a noise level of 43.6 dB (A). Again, the CR41 (46.6 dB (A)) and the V5-471G (44.9 dB (A)) are noisier.

Noise Level

Idle 30.6 / 30.7 / 30.8 dB(A)
HDD 31.3 dB(A)
DVD 34.7 / dB(A)
Load / 43.6 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Sony Vaio during the stress test.
The Sony Vaio during the stress test.

In idle state no point on the casing of the Vaio exceeds the 30 oC (86 oF) mark. The MSI CR41 is just as cool. The Aspire warms up slightly more. Even under full load, the Sony is not too warm, with temperatures of 25.4 to 40 oC (77.72 to 104 oF). The notebook can thus be used on the lap in any situation. Both of the rivals show higher temperatures.

The CPU and GPU completed our stress test (Prime 95 and FurMark running simultaneously for an hour) at maximum clock frequency (CPU: 2.5 GHz; GPU: 1100 MHz). The temperature of the CPU remained in the range of 63/64 oC (145.4/147.2 oF).

Max. Load
 32.1 °C31.3 °C25.8 °C 
 30.9 °C32 °C27.4 °C 
 25.4 °C26.2 °C28.6 °C 
Maximum: 32.1 °C
Average: 28.9 °C
25.5 °C31.8 °C40 °C
26 °C36.6 °C36.6 °C
32.7 °C30.6 °C27.2 °C
Maximum: 40 °C
Average: 31.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  52.5 °C | Room Temperature 23.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Vaio are located above the keyboard. They produce a slightly muffled and tinny sound that lacks bass. Even the preinstalled Dolby Home software does not bring much improvement. Whoever wants a better sound should use headphones or external speakers.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

In idle state we measured an energy consumption of 9.9 to 11.7 W. These results are higher than expected. The MSI CR41 with its more powerful processor consumes only 7.8 to 10.9 W. The Aspire draws between 7.3 and 11.7 W. Under full load (Prime95 and FurMark) the Vaio (45.4 W) is ahead of both the Aspire (52.1 W) and the CR41 (52.5 W). The high energy consumption of the MSI CR41 is due to the Turbo Boost.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 9.9 / 10.7 / 11.7 Watt
Load / 45.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

With a single battery charge, the Vaio lasted 9:57 h in idle. The CR41 (8:01 h) and the Aspire (5:36 h) cannot keep up. These run times were measured with the Battery Eater Reader's Test. The screen brightness is set at minimum, the energy-saving profile is active and the wireless modules are turned off. Under full load, the Vaio's battery was empty after 1:42 h. The competitors do not last as long (CR41: 1:15 h; V5-471G: 1:01 h). For this test we used the Battery Eater Classic Test. The screen brightness is set at maximum, the high performance profile is chosen and the wireless modules are active.

The Sony notebook completed the WLAN test in 6:02 h. The Vaio is again ahead of the competition (MSI: 4:10 h, Acer: 2:26 h). During this test, a script opens a different web page every 40 seconds, the energy-saving profile is chosen and the screen brightness is set at 150 cd/m². The Vaio managed 4:48 h of DVD playback. Both the Aspire (2:44 h) and the MSI (3:18 h) cannot reach such run times. The DVD test was completed with the energy-saving profile active (or higher, if the DVD did not play smoothly), screen brightness at maximum and wireless modules turned on.

The battery life of the Vaio is not surprising, because it has the battery with the largest capacity of the three notebooks (Sony: 59 Wh; MSI: 49 Wh; Acer: 37 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 57min
WiFi Surfing
6h 02min
DVD
4h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 42min

Verdict

The Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES.
The Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES.

The Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES impresses with its good applications performance and the long battery life. We also liked the low system noise in idle state and low temperatures of the case. In addition, the notebook has a handy keyboard. The touchscreen works perfectly and leaves a good impression, but is nothing more than a fancy gadget. It is available at Sony's online shop at a surcharge of 100 Euros (~$130). Those who can do without it will save money. So, we come to the biggest problem of the notebook: at 650 to 750 Euros (750 Euros in Sony's online store), it is very expensive. There are more powerful laptops, without a touchscreen, that are cheaper. For example, the CR41 is currently priced below 600 Euros (~$780).

The MSI CR41-i587 is ideal for users who want high performance and better equipment for less money. The Aspire V5-471G is ideal for those seeking a lightweight, affordable 14-inch notebook that is also gaming capable. The Aspire is also currently priced under 600 Euros (~$780). Without the GeForce GPU, the price even drops below 500 Euros (~$650).

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Specifications

Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Core: 350-1100 MHz, 9.17.10.2817
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, Single-Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Resistive multi-touch, LG Philips LP140WH2-TLE2, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
Harddisk
Toshiba MQ01ABD050, 500 GB 
5400 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio out, microphone in, Card Reader: SD, SDHX,SDXC, Memory Stick Duo, Sensors: Ambient light sensor,
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8C2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.4 x 341 x 245 ( = 0.88 x 13.43 x 9.65 in)
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz) Power Supply: 220 g ( = 7.76 oz)
Battery
59 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1 V, 5300 mAh
Price
749 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 1.3 Megapixe, 1280x1024, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee Internet Security (30-day trial version), Adober Reader, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Microsoft Office 365 (trial version), 24 Months Warranty

 

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The DVD drive reads and writes all sorts of DVDs and CDs.
The DVD drive reads and writes all sorts of DVDs and CDs.
Sony delivers the notebook with many preinstalled applications.
Sony delivers the notebook with many pre-installed applications.
The Control Center provides access to various settings.
The Control Center provides access to various settings.
The hinges hold the display firmly in place.
The hinges hold the display firmly in place.
The Vaio outdoors.
The Vaio outdoors.
...and delivers a maximum of 65 W.
...and delivers a maximum of 65 W.
The power supply weighs 220 grams...
The power supply weighs 220 grams...
...and has a capacity of 59 Wh.
...and has a capacity of 59 Wh.
The battery weighs 320.3 grams...
The battery weighs 320.3 grams...
The hard drive is easy to replace.
The hard drive is easy to replace.
Two RAM slots are available.
Two RAM slots are available.
The two opened maintenance covers.
The two opened maintenance covers.
There are four special buttons above the keyboard. Their function from left to right: DVD eject, "Vaio Care", browser start, "Vaio Control Center".
There are four special buttons above the keyboard. Their function from left to right: DVD eject, "Vaio Care", browser start, "Vaio Control Center".
The keyboard is backlit.
The keyboard is backlit.
The speakers are located above the keyboard.
The speakers are located above the keyboard.
The system recovery of the Vaio.
The system recovery of the Vaio.

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Pro

+Long battery life
+Up to 16 GB of RAM
+Good application performance
+Quiet in idle state
+Good keyboard
+Does not become too warm
 

Cons

-High price
-Hardly any gaming performance
-Quite dark display
-Limited maintenance options

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What we like

Long battery life and good applications performance.

What we'd like to see

A brighter display. One with a matte surface would not hurt either, because this one is very reflective.

What surprises us

The Vaio has a battery life that many ultrabooks don't.

The competition

Acer Aspire V5-471G, MSI CR41-i587, Sony Vaio SV-T1312V1ES, HP Envy TouchSmart 4-1102sg, Asus S400CA-CA006H, Lenovo IdeaPad S405, Lenovo IdeaPad S400, Sony Vaio SV-E14A1M6EW, Samsung Serie 5 535U4C

Rating

Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES
02/18/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
69%
Weight
84%
Battery
89%
Display
74%
Games Performance
66%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
90%
Noise
88%
Add Points
84%
Average
83%
84%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review Sony Vaio SV-E14A3M2ES Notebook
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-03-13 (Update: 2013-06- 6)