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Sony Vaio i7 Ultrabook & Sony quad-core laptop available from under £600

Until this Friday, you can bag yourself a 10 per cent discount from online retailer BargainCrazy by entering the code WTEN at checkout. Doing this brings the price of the Sony Vaio SVT F04015KK from £660 to just under £600 and slashes £57 off the price of the Sony Vaio SVE1513C4ESI, down to £513. Both prices exclude delivery (at £2.95) and both models are refurbished ones although they do come with a full year warranty.

The more expensive of the two is an Ultrabook that is only 19mm thick and weighs just over 1.4Kg. It is powered by a dual-core Intel Core-i7-3517U processor, a third generation Ivy Bridge model that is powered by an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU and is clocked at 1.9GHz. It runs on Windows 8, has 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, a 32GB system SSD, a 13.3in display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution and touchscreen capabilities.

Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a pair of USB ports, a webcam and a HDMI port. We would have preferred had Sony swapped the system SSD and the hard disk combo for a single SSD instead. In addition, 4GB of system memory is likely to be far from enough to run Windows 8 smoothly especially if part of that is already taken by the graphics unit.

As for the cheaper model, it comes with an Intel Core i7 processor (the i7-3632QM with four cores, 6MB L3 cache and clocked at 2.2GHz), 8GB of RAM, a massive 1TB hard disk drive, a 15.6in display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, an optical disk drive, a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 7650M dedicated graphics chip, HDMI, USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a webcam and Windows 8.

Which one should you go for? Well other than the price differences, there are a number of obvious differences. The Vaio E series is heavier and bigger although its screen resolution remains the same. It also has a much more powerful CPU, a graphics card, a numeric keypad, more storage and more system memory.

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