Sony VAIO EC3S0E 17.3 inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 460M 2.53GHz, 6Gb, 500Gb, DVDSM, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Win 7 Home Premium)
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A compact and stylish everyday notebook with smart textured finish and a choice of colours that's easy to carry and use. Convenient one touch features, fun software and a full size numeric keyboard on some models makes multimedia computing a breeze. Perfect for watching DVD movies too with high contrast VAIO Display screen and HDMI output for connecting to an HD TV.
HD entertainment comes home
Bring big screen HD entertainment into your home with the VAIO EC3SOE. This stylish, powerful performer is packed with the latest technologies to make your computing experience more enjoyable than ever. The combination of a cutting-edge Intel® Core™ i5 Processor and ATI Mobility graphics deliver incredible speed and rich visuals to make videos and games leap to life. The huge 17.3" screen offers 16:9 aspect ratio so you can view two web pages side-by-side and watch most movies without black bars. All you need to do is bring the popcorn for the immersive home cinema experience created by built-in DVD Drive and Dolby® Home Theater v3. No need to power up to get online, just press the WEB button and start browsing in seconds. Help is at hand too, with the ASSIST button providing diagnosis and maintenance tips in a few clicks.
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The EC3SOE has been designed to put maximum entertainment at your fingertips. With 1600 x 900 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, the 17.3" real-wide screen lets you enjoy movies as the director intended. It'll sound great too, thanks to Dolby® Home Theater v3, which delivers a powerful, immersive soundtrack for movies and games, as well as all your favourite music. Or connect the VAIO to your HDTV with an optional HDMI™ cable and watch all your photo slideshows in style.
Get online and stay connected
Press the WEB button on the keyboard and it'll instantly connect you to the internet without fully booting up, saving time and battery power. Friends, colleagues and family are just a blink away, with the built-in Motion Eye camera. Integrated software makes connecting easy, and the camera includes auto focus and brightness, so you enjoy the best possible picture.
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Smart technology, powerful graphics
When you're working with substantial multimedia files, you want to know that your PC has the power to support your activities. The VAIO EC3SOE is installed with Windows® 7 Home Premium for rapid access to all your programs and files and easier networking.
Multi-tasking's a pleasure, thanks to the new Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, which also incorporates Intel® Turbo Boost Technology to give you extra speed and precision when you need it. Up to 512MB of video RAM and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470 graphics will handle image editing, 3D games, HD movie playback and media-rich web sites with ease. These features are complemented by a generous 6GB DDR3 memory and large hard drive capacity of 500GB for hundreds of films or multimedia files and thousands of music tracks.
Turn on to Media Gallery
One touch of the VAIO button opens the Media Gallery software. It takes you straight to your favourite videos, photos and music, which can be organised by time and event. Intelligent technology means Media Gallery will recommend media stored in your library or on the web, based on your personal preferences. It gives you a truly personal library and helps you discover new music and movies you may like.
Get connected for efficient computing
If you want to connect up to other equipment, the EC2SOE offers a range of interfaces to work with for instant link ups to power and ethernet connectivity. These include an eSATA port, which enables you to transfer data at up to five times the speed of a standard USB 2.0 connection. Another way of getting connected is through the HDMI™ output. Use an HDMI cable to connect your VAIO to your HDTV and enjoy videos, movies and photos with family and friends in the comfort of your own home. If you're looking for a bit of help, just press the ASSIST button and you'll get access to VAIO Care, helping you maintain, diagnose and troubleshoot your VAIO in a few clicks.
Top Customer Reviews
However Amazon were very efficient in providing a replacement and collecting mine ( almost pre jumping my thoughts) and I am now evaluating this new one. Screen and keyboard are excellent and whilst I dont like lots of factory software I am getting used to the Viao gate display of programme and some of their other software. Inclusion of Office 2010 word and excel is a useful bonus.Battery isn't exactly brilliant, at about three hours, but i suppose with a 17 inch screen you are more likely to use it on the mains. Internal speakers are average. Windows experience index came out at 5.0, which is better than my desktop although I havent noticed much difference in performance between the two.
After the first experience I am still nervous but after a week I am getting more optimistic.
I would recommend this computer to most people but not those who want to be mobile and carry it everywhere, its far too heavy.
Construction is typically Sony (not Mac standards) but realistically half the price.
The screen is very good and it is reasonably quiet in operation. Boot up takes less than a minute, and there is a feature to do a quick web boot, but that really limits what you can do ... great for a quick check on something.
We thought that the audio quality is pretty good, but the volume is quite poor, as is the location of the on/off/standby switch ...all too easy to hit.
All in all, a reasonable price for the spec, good clear screen, and light enough to cart around.
I'm a little surprised that there is no catch or magnetic latch, but for our needs it is not an issue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this on the 26/12/2010 and seriously regret the amount I spent for a laptop that was faulty from the factory, repaired under warranty as I had bought it at John Lewis... Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2013 by Demetrakis Demetriou
Over all this laptop is great and would recommend it. However please be aware before you buy it that the mouse track pad is rough. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2013 by ElleT1000
I was very happy to receive this Sony Vaio 17.3 inch laptop initially. During the 1st year it developed an intermittent problem with the left click. Read morePublished on 9 May 2012 by bridmac
i bought asony just before xmas of amazon absolutly great amazon got it to me in 36 hours nobody could better that great company realy chuffed thanks amazon ps price was best on... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2011
This computer works Miracles! As well as working well and being a good all round computer, easyish to set up easy-to-see white keypad, it also mends old computers. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2010 by Allan Lewis