Sony Vaio E-Series : Blu-ray Bargain Laptops Under £550

Sony announced a number of laptops yesterday as it refreshed its business rates; amongst these were the L, F-C and S-series, most of which will go on sale by the end of the month.

The one range that has actually attracted our attention lately has been the E-Series which hasn't been refreshed since last year but boosts some impressive characteristics matched with some smart pricing strategy which propelled it in the top 10 most popular laptops on Amazon.

Saverstore sells the EE320Z for a mere £511 which is less than any of the new laptops announced yesterday. Yet, look at the specification list and one can only be amazed how Sony has managed to cram so much hardware for so little, bearing in mind that this is a Vaio.

The laptop comes with a triple core AMD Phenom P840, one which has 1.5MB L2 cache and clocked at 1.9GHz. There's also a M880G chipset which comes with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145 graphics module, a renamed HD 4570 with a core speed of 720MHz and shares memory with the system.

Add in 6GB RAM (yep, 6GB), a 500GB hard disk drive, a Blu-ray reader, a HDMI port, four USB, a VGA, GbE, a 1366x768 pixels 15.5-inch screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and a webcam and you have a pretty decent system that's unmatched by Sony's rival.

The large form factor means that you have a full size numeric keypad and at 2.7Kg, the Sony EE3Z0E/BQ is at the lower end of the scale. The only fly in the ointment is the poor battery life at 2.5 hours with a recharge time of 3.5 hours.