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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Sony VAIO VPC-EB17FX. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and screen also get good feedback. Opinions about the touchpad and sound are different, and there are some critical comments about the energy efficiency and battery.

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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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony VAIO VPC-EB17FX from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the design. The performance is also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the screen and sound. Many are critical about the usability.

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

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (

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...

Jul, 2010

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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

Jul, 2010

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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

Jul, 2010

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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...

Jul, 2010

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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

Jul, 2010

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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...

Jul, 2010

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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....

Jul, 2010

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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, 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...

Jul, 2010

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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...

Jun, 2010

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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

Jun, 2010

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 system:Intel High Definition Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery Capacity:3500
Battery life (max):3.5
Battery performance:3500
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes


Color of product:Black / Blue

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.5
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

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


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Maximum graphics adapter memory:2.231
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO E Series

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:103
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2


Color:Black lava/Coconut white/Iridescent blue


Type: None


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

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

BD-R read speed:6
BD-RE read speed:4
BD-ROM read speed:6
CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:16
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Audio system:Intel High Definition Audio
Graphics adapter family:ATI
Infrared data port: No
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Handheld remote control: No


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Clock Speed:2.13GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / Intel Core i3-3xxx
Processor frequency:2.13
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:i3-330M
Processor Number:I3-330M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Type:Core i3

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
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 Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
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: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:47663
Processor code:SLBNF
Processor package size:34
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


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


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


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


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS Duo, MS PRO, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):9.77
Height (imperial):1.22
Width (imperial):14.6