Sony Vaio VPCEC1Z1E

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPCEC1Z1ENotebook: Sony Vaio VPCEC1Z1E (Vaio VPC-EC Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3.4kg
Price: 1200 euro
Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPCEC1Z1E

60% Sony VAIO EC Series review
Source: Engadget English
We can't pinpoint anything that's inherently wrong with the Sony VAIO EC – actually, we like it quite a bit -- though we think the design is a bit plain and the speakers are a bit weak. More than that, we can't help but look at the better Core i3 and Blu-ray deals to be had. For instance, the $800 Gateway NV79C35u has the same Core i3 processor and Blu-ray drive as the EC, though it doesn't have discrete graphics.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Sony Vaio VPCEC1
Source: Digital Versus English
Designed with comfort and multimedia capacity in mind, the Vaio VPCEC1Z1E is Sony's latest laptop to come with a Full HD display. Sony's Vaio VPCEC1Z1E is a great Full HD laptop. Its excellent performance makes it suitable for a wide range of tasks, and it's comfortable to use too. Unfortunately, that meant we were even more disappointed by the lack of contrast on a display that Sony's marketing hypes so much.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/08/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650: Middle class DirectX 11 capable graphics card with a power consumption of about 15-20 Watt. Supports Eyevision (up to 6 monitors)

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


520M:

The Core i5-520M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.4-2.93 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


17.3": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.4 kg: This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit in this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

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70%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-04-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)