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Sony VAIO VPC-EB37FX 15.5-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

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Sony VAIO VPC-EB37FX 15.5-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

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The Bottom Line

Nov 15 2010 - Sony's refreshed VAIO EB series laptop makes some compromises to keep the system affordable but still very media focused. The system now features a Blu-ray compatible drive but sacrifices a dedicated graphics processor. They has also added in the Intel WiDi feature for streaming 720p video to an HDTV without wires. This makes the system a good choice for those wanting a strong multimedia laptop as long as you don't mind no 3D graphics, some fairly weak speakers and limited viewing angles.
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Pros

  • Blu-ray Compatible Drive
  • Excellent Keyboard
  • Excellent Mix of Peripheral Ports

Cons

  • Integrated Graphics
  • Weak Speakers

Description

  • Intel Core i5-460M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 15.5" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, ExpressCard/34, MemoryStick Slot, SD Slot
  • 14.6" x 9.8" x 1.2" @ 5.9 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, VAIO Suite, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Sony VAIO VPC-EB37FX 15.5-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

Nov 15 2010 - Powering the Sony VAIO EB37FX is the almost ubiquitous Intel Core i5-460M dual core mobile processor that can be found in most of the new mid-ranged laptops. This processor provides solid performance for most tasks save the most intensive such as desktop video. This combined with 4GB of DDR3 memory allow the system to have a very smooth experience even when multitasking.

One of the nicer additions to the VAIO EB37FX is the Blu-ray combo drive. This allows the system to playback Blu-ray movies in addition to playback or recording of CDs or DVDs. Outside of this drive, the other storage features are fairly typical. This includes a 500GB hard drive that spins at the more sedate 5400rpm rate that doesn't offer the same level performance as faster 7200rpm drives. There are also slots for SD and Sony's MemoryStick flash memory cards.

While the VAIO EB37FX has the ability to playback Blu-ray movies, they will be restricted to 720p modes because of the 1366x768 native resolution 15.5-inch LCD panel. It would be nicer to see a higher resolution panel but this is fairly common for a laptop in this price range. Viewing angles are fairly narrow and the glossy coating can be distracting in certain light. The disappointing part is the reliance upon the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. This is fine for HD video playback and standard web usage but it lacks any kind of #d playback for even casual 3D gaming. The one plus is that it also incorporates the Intel WiDi wireless display feature that allows one to stream the video to an HDTV via an optional external receiver box and display up to 720p video.

Like most laptops in this class and size, a standard six cell battery pack is included with the VAIO EB37FX. In DVD playback tests, this resulted in roughly two and a half hours of running time before going into standby mode. More traditional usage should yield around forty-five extra minutes and very close to Sony's three and a half hour claim. Blu-ray playback will take a bit more power from additional CPU usage which will drop anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes. This places the laptop in roughly the middle of laptops of similar features and price.

While the Sony VAIO E Series may not have the best external design of their laptops, it still features the very well designed isolated keyboard layout. It is probably one of the best available in this price range and provides a very solid typing experience. Sony has also positioned their trackpad in the middle of the space bar which is more natural for users during typing than the more traditional center of the laptop design. They also have continued to use individual buttons for the trackpad rather than using the integrated buttons like many other companies.

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