Sony refreshes the Vaio E series 14P with a bit of a graphics punch
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Sony has announced that they are refreshing their Vaio E-series, adding the new 14P notebook. The 14P sports a 14-inch 1366 x 768 display, with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The Japanese manufacturer is introducing a new hand gesture control technology that works by waving your hand in front of the integrated webcam. Unfortunately, at the moment its use is limited to less than a handful of applications namely, Windows® Media Player, Internet Explorer® 9, PowerPoint®, and PowerDVD.
Under the bonnet it features a dual core Sandy Bridge i3-2350M processor (2.30GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM. In addition, it packs a hybrid graphics solution comprising of 1GB AMD Radeon™ HD 7670M + Intel® HD Graphics 3000 which Sony claims will help deliver up to 7 hours of battery life. The internal drives included are the basic 500GB 5400 rpm and DVD SuperMulti drives. The input devices include an island backlit keyboard and a multi-gesture clickable touchpad. An ambient light sensor is used to automatically adjust the display brightness and to activate the backlit keyboard.
As far as audio goes Sony has included their proprietary xLOUD and Clear Phase technologies. Allegedly, these help boost volume levels without audio distortion. Dolby Home Theatre V4 was also included presumably to enhance the cinematic and gaming experience. As we have come to expect from Sony, the connectivity features are above average. They include the following: WLAN 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth® Ver. 4.0 + HS; USB 2.0 (x2), USB 3.0 (x1), USB 3.0 with USB charge (x1); HDMI out. Reportedly, the unit weighs about 2.3Kg (5.07 lbs) including the standard battery. There is no word yet on pricing or a release date for North America. It is expected to be released in Europe sometime around May. It will be available in 3 colors to choose from Black, White, and Pink. For any additional details, please check out the full press release by Sony.