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alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of Sony VAIO VPCCA1S1E. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and portability. The keyboard and design are also appreciated. There are some less positive opinions about the reliability and touchpad. There are mixed comments on the image quality and usability.

performance, design, keyboard, portability, durability

screen, battery, price, touchpad, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VPCCA1S1E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Review Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E Notebook


Beacon buoy. "Envious" looks will be a sure thing with the CA ran

Solid build; Autonomously luminescent surfaces; Striking material combination; Quiet & cool; High application performance; Good input devices; Viable battery life; USB 3.0 & 1.3 MP webcam

Few interfaces; Intensely reflective display; Low contrasts & viewing angles; Only for undemanding 3D games

Sony has the fan management under control. The temperature stays low and the easygoing fan doesn't overdo it with noise.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Sony VAIO VPC-CA1S1E/G review


A brightly coloured laptop featuring good performance, but poor battery life

Vibrant screen ; Light ; Excellent build quality ; Features ; Performance

Battery life ; Glossy and colourful finish may not suit all tastes ; Limited storage

May, 2011

Expert review by : Tom Morgan (

Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E review


The CA1S1E is a great showcase for the new mobile Sandy Bridge processors. It's a stylish laptop with great performance.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by (

Sony - Vaio C Series VPC-CA1S1E


As you'd expect from Sony, the new Vaio C Series is something of a looker. Our review model was the white version of this mid-range lifestyle laptop which comes in a choice of four other colours: ...

The Vaio C Series has a lot going for it on a number of fronts, not the least of which is the excellent build quality and stylish appearance. It's a quiet running and pretty well specified machine with enough pep to run games, albeit without any bells...

May, 2011

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E


The lit keyboard and general performance

Microphone socket broke with normal use and the screen had an annoying pixel break in the middle of the screen. The plastic transparent cover collects dirt and if anything near it it is caught underneath and can't be cleaned. That with poor Sony...

Aug, 2013

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Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E


backlit keyboard is great

battery life is appauling 3hours max its supposed to do 6hours the touchpad can drag at times but its only a minor point screen viewing angle is poor also you have to tilt the screen to get a good picture constantly

Mar, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E


backlit keyboard is great

battery life is appauling 3hours max its supposed to do 6hours ; the touchpad can drag at times but its only a minor point ; screen viewing angle is poor also you have to tilt the screen to get a good picture constantly

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E


The performance is great for daily usage at work and pairing to a monitor etc.

Battery life is poor. Speakers are also pretty poor as is the windows performance rating.

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E


This laptop was chosen for the pink colour, could not find another anywhere due to flooding in Thailand. I really wanted Sony Vaio as son and daughter have one each and theirs have been no bother.(unlike prev cheaper ones bought from another well known...

Can't find any bad points at the moment.

Jan, 2012

Consumer review (

Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E


great look quality pay a bit more for the Sony name but looks the part for my daughter so worth the extra money happy with iy :-)

just the price but this is expected with Sony

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Home Theater
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Capacity:4000
Battery life (max):3 / 3.5
Battery performance:4000
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 1024


Color of product:Black / Green / Orange / Pink / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:43.2


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512 / 512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6470M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:2.294
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled:N, Y / Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:43.2


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
L2 cache:3
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.9
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.3
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2410M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52224
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320

Technical Details

Floppy drive installed: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9 / 9.25
Height:1 / 1.1
Weight:4 / 5.4
Width:13 / 13.4