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.