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The Sony VAIO E15 is as stylish a mainstream laptop as you're likely to find. Starting at only $500 with a 15.5-inch screen and state-of-the-art ports and connectivity, it's an inexpensive way to impress your fellow humans with your astute judgment of things computing, as well as your fine taste in design. Though inexpensive in its least formidable configuration—which sports an Intel Pentium B970 CPU—the VAIO E15 may be configured with faster stuff up to about $1350 (Core i7). Our "nicely configured" $700 test unit has a Core i5-3210M CPU, 6GB of system memory, a CD/DVD burner, and a 5400-rpm, 750GB hard drive. Options include a Blu-ray player, but sadly, no 7200-rpm hard drives or SSDs. It is most likely the slowish hard drive that held the E15 in check during our testing and hands-on. As the chart below suggests, a WorldBench 7 score of 87 is a little below average even for an affordable laptop, and its subjective feel (the speed of menus and windows opening, icons being drawn, and so on) is slightly sluggish until Windows has cached icons and the like. On the other hand, 1080p video plays very smoothly, and sound through the speakers is more sonorous than with most laptops, which is to say, it's not grating.
While plenty of attention is given to slim portable ultrabooks and big bruising gaming rigs, for most people, a reasonably priced desktop replacement laptop is all that a shopper is looking for when they are shopping for a new laptop. The Sony VAIO E15 (SVE15116FXS) fits that bill nicely, sitting right at the intersection of affordability and usability. This entry-level desktop replacement laptop already had a ledger full of great features - like a selection of premium media editing programs and an advanced webcam sensor - but a new third-generation Intel Core i5 processor puts it over the top with category-leading performance. The new VAIO line updates with a wraparound design, where the grey plastic surface of the chassis appears to be folded back upon itself to form the bottom and palm rest of the chassis. It's more cosmetic than structural, but it does make for a slick-looking design. The lid is covered in bare brushed aluminum, with a polished chrome VAIO badge in the center. Along the leading edge of the lid is a strip of plastic, but being the same dull silvery color of the aluminum, it blends well.
As Sony's first mainstream notebook with an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, the $699 Sony VAIO E15 makes a statement. Combining a sophisticated design with a 15-inch display and a slew of audio and video-editing apps, the E15 is sure to be a favorite with media creators and consumers.Click to EnlargeWhen it comes to design, subtlety can go a long way. The lid of the VAIO E15 is made from brushed aluminum, giving the notebook an elegant yet modern look and feel. Sporting Sony's new "wrap" design, the dark gray color literally wraps around the bottom, up the front and then over the deck. From the side, the aesthetic is reminiscent of a piece of paper folded over itself. Adding to the effect is the fact that the lid stops a quarter-inch short of the deck.The notebook will also be available in Sharkskin Black and Seafoam White for those that want a splash of color.Click to EnlargeThe E15's interior offers the same feeling of sophistication, as the dark gray matte plastic deck contrasts nicely with the glossy black speaker bar near the top. Buttons for VAIO Assist, Web and VAIO Care sit above the keyboard along with a circular dark gray power button.The touchpad is slightly submerged with a slim, delicate chrome border.