Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

Af­ter the over­dose of Ul­tra­books over the past six months, we did not quite know what to do with a full­sized lap­top. Here was a de­vice twice the size and weight of an av­er­age Ul­tra­book, with no two sec­ond re­sume and with all the ex­tra fit­tings that its cousin has aban­doned for the sake of a size-zero fig­ure.

The Sony Vaio SVE14A is part of the new E se­ries which epit­o­mises flashy de­sign and high-end per­for­mance. The de­sign is in­ten­tion­ally kitschy with a crim­son band run­ning across the black matte fin­ish body. The crim­son also finds its way to the back­lit key­board as all keys seem to have an un­der­tone of the colour, which comes to life ev­ery time the keys light up. The key­board it­self is smooth, though it looks a bit too busy with so much hap­pen­ing all over. The three trade­mark Vaio one-touch but­tons are also there, just be­side the eject for the op­ti­cal drive. The touch­pad has pinch and zoom and scroll.

The per­for­mance is smooth and fast as you will re­alise if you try fid­dling around with some high­res­o­lu­tion pic­tures. The AMD Radeon graph­ics card and ded­i­cated video mem­ory is re­ally up to the task as far as graph­ics and HD video is con­cerned. This model has an In­tel Core i5-2450M Pro­ces­sor 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz, we are not sure if that is a good idea when In­tel has started sell­ing the third gen­er­a­tion. This does not mean the lap­top lacks power, it's just a bit “old fash­ioned”, to bor­row an In­tel phrase.

This is a good en­ter­tain­ment de­vice and has a 14inch LED back­light mon­i­tor and re­ally loud speak­ers with Xloud tech­nol­ogy. Like other Vaio mod­els, there is a dock that will let you keep the desk­top re­ally clean. There are many other soft­ware pre­loaded in the de­vice, in­clud­ing Adobe Pho­to­shop El­e­ments 10. If you are look­ing for a fully loaded lap­top and not re­ally both­ered about size, the Sony Vaio SVE14A is a good buy at 47,990.


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