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Sony VAIO VPC-EB17FX

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and performance. The keyboard and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the touchpad. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and sound.

screen, price, keyboard, performance, design

battery, sound, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VPC-EB17FX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony VAIO VPC-EB17FX

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony VAIO VPC-EB17FX from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

design, durability, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Its a good laptop

 

Sure you could get an i7 with 1080 for a few hundred more dollars, or you could get a lower resolution for a bit cheaper. But this laptop is a perfect middle. Also, it has a strangely 'large' keyboard for a laptop in my opinion, just takes some...

1080 resolution ; Blueray ; instant internet button ; number pad

Battery life was a bit less than expected, and you can't download ATI drivers from their site, you HAVE to use Sony's bloatware/updater suit - but its not THAT terrible ; Oh, and it seems strange to happen to so many people, but my outer box was...

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Great laptop

 

The position of the touchpad is correct. It is under the space key, so you will not touch it when typing.

Cheap. For the price you can hardly find any better laptops. So I give it five eggs ; Awesome 1080p display. Good contrast and brightness ; Nice keyboard, very comfortable to use ; ATI card, much better than Intel IGP ; It is powerful enough for those...

Average speakers ; A bit noisy under load ; I used system recovery function to shrink driver C. It takes at least one hour to install the bloatwares and that is very frustrating

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Pleased

 

Have not tried any games yet, but I'm not much of a gamer. So far I am pleased, if anything comes up I'll be sure to post

15.5" HD Screen looks really good. Plays Blu-ray with no problem. Relatively quick bootup time. Number pad on keyboard is a plus. Very quiet PC. Handles multi-tasking very well, programs open and install quick

The box it was shipped in was destroyed (probably due to UPS) but the computer and its packaging were fine. PC runs a bit hot at times, would recommend cooling dock. Battery life is very short

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A Solid Notebook

 

Overall, I am satisfied. This laptop is a good value at the price I paid (about $820). I do wish it had either better graphics or at least the i5 CPU or both. The 15.5 inch screen is nice, but it makes the notebook pretty large, which makes this system...

1. 1080p screen is gorgeous, but you should probably change Windows 7 settings to make everything look bigger. By default, the 1080p resolution makes everything on the desktop look tiny ; 2. ATI Radeon HD 5470 is much better than the Intel HD Graphics...

1. The laptop emits a high pitched noise. It becomes somewhat louder when you disconnect the battery. Apparently, it's caused by Intel's CPU switching from high to low power mode. Still, it's disheartening that Sony has not sound proofed the CPU or...

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Read this before you buy

 

Most burners will burn about 2500 disc's before they show signs of errors,and other weird problems,But you can still use it for a reader when that happens for a long time.This is a great deal.I'm buying this for a back-up burner,just in case,plus the...

all the other thing are great but sony has this thing called the WEB button. When the computer is shut down you can just hit this web button and the computer will load a linux browser to surf the internet without loading the system which will get you...

not much integrated intel an use almost 2gigs for the graphics but you may wanna buy more ram

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Good but not great

 

I love SONY products but this is just not the computer I expected. Since the price dropped after I got it, it might be a 4 egg rating for you. My friend owns the 16.4" i7 SONY and its definitely worth the extra cash and upgrade in quality.

Intel i3 is a solid processor with the ability to perform many functions without delay. The 500GB hard drive is big enough to store most everything except for the avid Blu-Ray and DVD storage freaks. Finally, 4GB of memory and the entry level ATI 5470...

The ergonomics are all wrong for me; the mousepad is irrationally centered to the left of the keyboard, the three USB ports all all clustered tightly on the right-hand side of the computer, the power cord placement is weird, and the power on-off button...

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GOOD BUT

 

Ok, I beat up on the nitty here. The bottom line is Sony is getting better with there laptops and this is one that is it the right path. I can say this. The laptop is a good purchase but I would wait for ASUS and Sony to come out with a better one. The...

Will play any game you throw at s not a highest setting though but close. Big screen for the size weight is just right. Dual video monitors NICE when you work with photoshop/illustrator

Sound is to low even at highest volume settings. Finger pad it to the left so you are away moved the cursor even if you don't want to. The plug it to the left side next to the rear, and the CPU vent port is right in front of the plug. Plug gets hot....

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A very good deal

 

I bought this because I wanted a very hi-res screen so I could do real work on it (nothing graphically intensive but lots of reading/writing/note-taking requiring side-by-side viewing as well as needing to have 6 or 7 applications open and running at...

Good specs, big disk, lots of RAM, 64b OS, fast processor, simply gorgeous screen, reasonably solid manufacture (the CD tray is intentionally a little "loose"), not much crapware to remove, EPEAT Silver (see epeat.net), good price, fast delivery and...

Power button annoyingly placed (I've grabbed it 3 times today and accidentally put the thing in to sleep mode!), only 3 dedicated USB ports (but the eSATA port is also a USB port - one or the other, not both at the same time), very limited performance...

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SONY VAIO E Series VPCEB17FX/B NoteBook Intel Core i3 330M(2.13GHz) 15.5" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm BD Combo ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

 

I downloaded 23 GB of music from another computer, connected to the network via wireless and the download went fine. I'm looking forward to being able to try out MW2 on it and seeing how the graphics card handles that. I tried putting Linux on it, not...

1080p, specs are perfectly fine for everything I use it for. Overall it feels pretty solid. The screen also looks really nice. Graphics card handles games like RoN easily. The keyboard is absolutely fantastic, in my opinion the best I've experienced on...

Certain parts (the case above the USBs, the CD drive) feels a little flimsy. I'd have liked more USBs, but I guess 3 is enough for a laptop. Fingerprints show up really well on it. Having to make my own recovery disks are kind of a pain, but it seems a...

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SONY VAIO E Series VPCEB17FX/B NoteBook Intel Core i3 330M(2.13GHz) 15.5" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm BD Combo ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

 

If they could have put a better quality blu-ray drive and a faster hd it would have been 5 eggs. It's still a great computer for the price. its just delicate.

price, 1080P, speakers, blu-ray, has some good sony software, graphics not bad. performance with hd movies and games are pretty good. the cpu is good

cheap drive ( as in flimsy ), laptop seems overall delicate, slow harddrive ; it plays blu-ray discs alright but regular dvd's it vibrates too much

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Product Specifications

No matter what you do on the E series notebook, it's sure to look fantastic. Whether you're watching HD movies or editing your digital photo collection, your day-to-day processor functions will be optimized for serious productivity. You can do it all with the E series notebook at an incredible value. Choose the Intel Core i3 processor for a fast, responsive PC experience. Sporting isolated keys and an edge-to-edge design, the E series notebook's keyboard is quite impressive. You'll love the firm yet comfortable feedback of the keys, and the numeric keypad is a welcome addition for inputting figures fast. It's about time you organized all of your favorite photos and videos, and the E series notebook makes it easy. In just three easy steps, you can create professional-looking movies to share with family and friends. If you can enjoy it on the E series notebook, you can enjoy it on your HDTV. The E series lets you enjoy it all on the big screen via HDMI output. Get some face time. The E series notebook features a built-in webcam and microphone that lets you quickly snap photos and stay in touch with family and friends in real time. It's just like being there.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.8in
Height:1.2in
Weight:6lbs
Width:14.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.4cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VPC-EB17FX/W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO E Series

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard

Miscellaneous

Color:Black lava/Coconut white/Iridescent blue

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.13GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:I3-330M
Type:Core i3

RAM

Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
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