Sony VAIO Laptop E Series Review: VAIO SVE14132CXW
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Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW comes with 14-inch and Windows 8 OS. Major changes over previous models of the E14 series are not available. Our tested unit is equipped with an Ivy Bridge Core i3 processor and a touchscreen. This Sony VAIO laptop is available at prices from $600 to $750.
Details on Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW
The housing of the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW is like that of its predecessor. The only differences are in the color and material: For example, the back of the lid is made of aluminum. The largest part of the upper side of the base unit consists of silver matte plastic. The remaining area of and thin display bezel are made of black, shiny plastic.
The base unit of Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW leaves a solid impression. Unfortunately, you can twist the base unit a little too easily when it strikes at the front corners. The cover shows, thanks to the aluminum back much more stable: it can hardly get over. However, it can be pressed into the middle of the back so strong that one recognizes image changes on the display. The hinges hold the lid firmly in place, but after a little bounce. A one-handed opening of the lid is not possible.
Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW Equipment
The Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW is equipped with the usual ports and today it resembles its predecessor. The slots of the Sony Vaio laptop are inconveniently located at the front of both sides.
The Intel WLAN module (Centrino Advanced-N 2230) of the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW supports WLAN 802.11 b / g / n. The module also delivers the Bluetooth 4.0 functionality of the Sony laptop. On the Wi-Fi reception, there is nothing to complain about. Both in the immediate vicinity (about 3 feet) and two floors below the router location shows the Windows wireless display full travel. The module also offers the opportunity to combine an appropriately certified display via wireless with the laptop (Intel Wireless Display technology). The Gigabit Ethernet chip on the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW comes from Realtek (RTL8168/8111). The webcam gives a fairly acceptable picture at a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels.
The Vaio comes with preinstalled Windows 8 (64 bit) to the buyer. An installation DVD is not available. Sony laptop is equipped with a recovery system. To get access to the recovery system, when turned off, press the “Assist” button. The laptop turns on and then immediately starts the recovery system.
Input Devices of Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW
The chiclet keyboard is similar to the model in the previous unit. The only difference: The keyboard of the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW is illuminated. The main keys are of a size of just 15 x 15 mm. The individual keys have it over a central hub and a very pleasant resistance. The pressure point is clearly evident. As you type the keyboard bounces slightly. Overall, it offers a comfortable typing experience.
The touchpad also has in common with its predecessor. The multi-touch click pad (a touchpad without separate mouse buttons, and the entire pad is a button) has the dimensions of 9.9 x 5.6 cm. The minimally rough surface hinders the fingers when sliding. The pad has a short stroke and a clearly audible and tactile feedback.
Display Quality of Sony VAIO Laptop E Series
The Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW is equipped with a brilliant 14-inch display. This works with a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. The display of our tested model has an average brightness of 180.9 cd / m². This value is at best in the midfield.
Contrast (448:1) and black level (0.44 cd / m) of the screen is within an acceptable range.
When delivered, we have measured the screen (target color space sRGB) and were able to constant DeltaE 2000 deviations in all colors (color saturation; DeltaE 5 to 10) to determine. In the range of gray levels, the DeltaE 2000 deviation is comparatively small. The high accuracy at 30, 40 and 50% black makes for a low average of DeltaE 6th
The low brightness of the screen and the highly reflective surface make it very difficult to use the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW outdoors. At best in darker environments the screen can be read reasonably content.
The Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW supplies in the viewing angles the usual picture: A change in the vertical viewing angle on the screen quickly leads to the collapse of the image. In the horizontal direction, the angle is measured generous.
The Performance of Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW
Our test model is a 14-inch office laptop. It offers sufficient power to daily amount of activities such as word processing, Internet communications, but also the video playback (including HD videos).
In our Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW performs an Intel Core i3-3120M dual-core processor is serving. The CPU is an offshoot of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor series. It works with a base speed of 2.5 GHz.
The Cinebench tests completed the processor at full speed. The results in the CPU benchmarks are as expected before.
The powerful processor and a fast hard drive allowing the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW a brisk work. The PCMark 7 benchmark confirmed the positive impression. The previous model can not keep up, because it is equipped with a weaker CPU and a slower hard drive.
Sony equips the 14-incher Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW with a Toshiba hard drive that has a capacity of 500 GB and operates at 5,400 rpm. CrystalDiskInfo reports a read speed of 105.8 MB / s HD Tune delivers an average transfer rate of 83.3 MB / s So the board is in a good area for 5.400er disks.
The video output does Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 GPU. It supports DirectX 11 and operates at speeds from 350 to 1100 MHz.
The results in the 3D Mark benchmarks are in the expected level. We have installed a trial basis, a second memory module in the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW. This measure increases the result in 3D Mark 11 benchmark on 651 points.
The HD Graphics 4000 GPU is able to run the latest 3D games at low resolution and low quality on the screen. Some frugal games will run well at higher resolutions and at a higher quality level is still fluid – for example, the FIFA series. The frame rate can be – depending on the game and the quality settings – increased by adding a second memory lock something. The HD 4000 GPU with a memory that works in dual channel mode maxed better. We tried the whole thing.
The average frame rate for the game F1 2012 is increased at high quality settings (native resolution) from 22 to 26 fps. In Anno 2070, the frame rate increases at low quality (resolution: 1,024 x 768 pixels), and middle-level quality (native resolution) to 46.9 and 24.8 fps. The frame rate of Skyrim can at a low level of quality: increased to 33.1 fps (1,024 x 768 pixels).
Noise, Temperature and Speaker
During idle operation, the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW uses 30.6 to 30.8 dB which is very quiet. However, the fan is never still. Under full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark work) turns on the Vaio and produces a noise level of 43.6 dB.
During idle operation, the casing of the Vaio laptop exceed at any point, the 30-degree Celsius mark. Under full load, the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW with values from 25.4 to 40 degrees Celsius, not overly warm. The device could thus be placed in every load range on the thighs.
The stress test (Prime95 and Furmark to work at least one hour), the CPU and the GPU process both in-network and in battery mode at full speed (CPU: 2.5 GHz GPU: 1.100 MHz). The CPU temperature has leveled off in the network operating at 63/64 degrees Celsius.
The stereo speakers sit above the keyboard of the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW. They produce a little dull, low bass sound with a slope into Blecherne. Also, the Dolby Home preinstalled software can not save much more. Those who value a better sound output must resort to headphones or external speakers.
In idle mode, we measured power consumption from 9.9 to 11.7 watts. These values are a little too high.
With a single charge, it brings the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW in idle mode on a battery life of 9:57 h. The running time in idle mode is determined by the Battery Eater Reader’s test. The screen runs at minimum brightness, the power saving mode is active and the radio modules are off. Under load, the operation is around 1:42 h. In the last test of the Battery Eater Classic test works on the laptop. Here, the screen running at full brightness, the high performance profile and the radio modules are enabled.
The WLAN test the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW ended after 6:02 h. Again, the Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW is significantly ahead of the competition. The power management profile is active and the display brightness is around 150 cd / m² regulated. DVD playback stops after 4:48 h on the Vaio.
Conclusion on Sony VAIO Laptop E Series Review
The Sony VAIO Laptop E Series SVE14132CXW confident with a good application performance and long battery life. Even the quiet operation in idle mode and the low temperature rise like. In addition, the laptop is equipped with a usable keyboard and leaves a good impression.