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Comment: Hi guys, it seems I'm the only one with problems with sve1712.
I noticed something wrong surfing on ansa.it site, I see it at this way (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/69/ansavaio.jpg/) and sony support says that is okay, even if other sve1712 users say that they see this site in a right way. Further I created from that background image a full image and I see a great flickering (this is the image http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/imgtipo.jpg/).
Could you test that site and that image pls?
Good: Good performance
Bad: Needs cleaning a lot
Comment: I just received my new Vaio E17 last week, and agree with most of the points in this review. I bought a custom model from the Sony UK website, with most, but not all, of the hardware upgrades. It was delivered ahead of schedule, and I was happy with the service. I work from home, and this is my work machine, so I use it a lot. Although I've only been using it for a few days, I really like it so far.
I do a lot of image processing in Photoshop & other programs, and this laptop is coping very easily with the larger files that my previous machine struggled with (I opted for the i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and the 2GB video card). I can also create new files from scratch that are much larger than I could use before, so am very pleased about that.
The hard disk is 5400 RPM - I was surprised that a 7200 disk wasn't an option when ordering, as I'd have been happy to pay more for a faster one. I might end up upgrading to 7200 or maybe switching to SSD at some future point, but the disk isn't an issue right now.
The case has quite a curvy design, which I like. As the review says, it is plastic looking, but IMO not in a bad way. It feels pretty solid too. I got the black colour, and it has a soft sheen finish which looks very nice until you touch it, then it starts to show every fingerprint in embarrassingly greasy detail. Definitely a fingerprint trap, and the worst laptop I've used in this respect. I never realised how oily my fingers are until now! I find myself constantly rubbing at it with my sleeve to get the marks off, but less OCD types might not be so bothered. : )
This is a comfortable laptop to use, with a nice backlit keyboard, and a smooth rounded edge at the front (I mention this because my previous Vaio had a nasty sharp edge which always cut into my arms). The fan isn't particularly noisy.
The touchpad is ok; it took me a bit of time to get used to the Windows 8 gestures, but it works. I do find that it's not quite as responsive as my previous laptop when tapping and dragging - sometimes it works perfectly, and sometimes not at all, but this is probably just because I'm not quite used to it yet. I disagree with the reviewer's complaint about the size - I find it plenty big enough - but then again my last machine had a touchpad much smaller this one, so I suppose it depends what you're used to. The touchpad is offset to the left, because of the numerical keypad. I thought that looked a bit odd in the photo before I bought, but it's still centered on the main part of the keyboard, so the placement makes sense.
I'm also happy with the screen quality. I do design-related work, and this is an ok screen as far as laptops go. The text is clear, and the colours are vibrant. I tweaked the colour settings a bit, and haven't calibrated it properly yet, but for many people the out of the box settings will probably be fine. The large monitor size is especially nice after my previous 15 inch model.
I also found the brightness settings to be ok. I actually have the brightness at less than 50%; more than that gives me a headache. But I only use it in my living room, which isn't especially brightly lit.
I opted for the 1600x900 resolution, and find that it's just right for me. My eyesight isn't the best, and I find 1920x1080 too hard to read. I also find 1600x900 more user-friendly for actually working, as opposed to gaming or watching movies (neither of which I'm really into - if you are, you might prefer the HD upgrade).
I've only had this laptop for a week, so can't comment on its long-term performance, but all is well so far. I've been a Vaio user for 11 years now, and my previous laptops were very reliable, so hopefully this one will be the same.
Windows 8 was the only option available, so that's what I have. I'm just mentioning this because I've seen many comments elsewhere from people who are wary of Windows 8, and really it's nothing to worry about. Once you get past the new Start screen onto the desktop, it's very similar to Windows 7. And the new features are easy enough to learn. If Windows 7 had been an option, I might have chosen that, but as it is, I'm happy that I was forced to get 8!
So overall I like the E17 a lot, and can recommend it.
Good: powerhouse computing... elegant design... rock solid build... Sony 3 yr warranty beautiful full HD screen
Bad: nothing i can find since owning it in july 23rd
Comment: simply an excellent buy with great feature set and good value... cant believe how powerful this laptop is running Batman Arkham City at max everything at 1344 x 756 at around 54 FPS for example and Win 7 home premium 64 bit is great for running legacy software... i am wary of trying Win 8 as they have changed so much and made the desktop environment a sort of afterthought needless to say PC gaming will suffer under the new metro OS and many developers have said they wont support it... suffice to say buying from Sony Online and configuring the factory options was a seemless and very simple thing to do plus the 3 year warranty is brilliant
Comment: Does it have a built in webcam? USB 3.0? SSD for OS partition? For that price, it seems like you're being charged just for the full HD resolution, theboot by Blu-ray player and the brand name.
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