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Sony, $1399

★★★★ The 17-inch en­ter­tain­ment

note­book has two-tone colour­ing, a wrapped de­sign and a back­lit key­board. Sony has ex­tended its ges­ture con­trols to a range of apps and by swip­ing fingers left,

right or down­wards, play­back of video or mu­sic will skip for­ward, back or pause. Vol­ume can be ad­justed by a clock­wise mo­tion. Ges­ture con­trols are avail­able with the me­dia gallery or Win­dows Me­dia Player plus while brows­ing the web, playing a DVD or

us­ing Pow­erPoint. The pro­pri­etary sound tech­nol­ogy and Dolby Home The­atre sys­tem pro­duces clear, crisp au­dio. The E17 has a rapid wake-up fea­ture and re­sumes op­er­a­tion in less than two sec­onds, and it has the abil­ity to charge USB de­vices even when it is

off. It has an op­ti­cal drive with op­tional Blu-ray player plus three stan­dard USB


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