Sony VAIO SE Review
When looking around for a new laptop you have a slew of options to choose from. You’ll want the complete package, good storage space, fast processor, quality video graphics, nice design and form that can work with how you use your laptop. The Sony VAIO SE is a laptop that brings a lot of heat behind it. You have an Intel Core i5 processor, switchable AMD graphics, a DVD drive and a full HD display You can also have an optional battery sheet to extend your already quality battery life for over 10 hours of enjoyment. All of this can be yours if the price is; oh wait I might get in trouble if I finish that, so let’s just say all of this for under $1000.
The design of the laptop shows a unique take on a minimalist look and feel. You have a brushed aluminum interior which is the same material as the outside of the case. That really helps cut down on fingerprints. You won’t see any flashy graphics or swirling lines, Sony kept it simple and clean. Just the VAIO badge on the lid’s center and chrome rear hinge. Above the keyboard you have some hotkeys to select like the Eject button, VAIO assist, Web browser, power, VAIO media gallery and the Stamina/Speed switch to toggle between the GPUs and to top it off two thin speakers.
Sony VAIO SE is 4.4 pounds, the 14.9 x 10.1 x 0.9 and incredibly light, in fact it is one of the lightest 15-inchers on the market. It's lighter than both the 5.6-pound Dell XPS 15z (15.2 x 10.3 x 1-inches) and the 5.8-pound HP Envy 15 (14.9 x 9.6 x 1.1 inches). However, when its extended sheet battery is attached, the VAIO SE weighs 5.7 pounds and has a thickness of 1.3 inches.
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From the moment I started using the Sony VAIO SE I fell in love with it. I mean sure I also fell in love with the Dell XPS 15 MLK, there are a slew of major differences between the two loves of my life in laptops. The display was amazing and the quick jump options at the top of the screen made moving from certain apps even quicker. Plus the front facing camera can also be used to control your onscreen music player. With simple swipes of the hand you can jump to the next track or turn the volume up and a whole slew of other options. It is those little tweaks that help propel this device beyond others I have tested out. Just the unique little twists to the UI that can make or break a laptop.