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Sony Vaio VPCEA46FM/B Review – Core i3-380M processor

February 7th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sony Vaio VPCEA46FM/B is a 14 inch notebook powered by Intel core i3-380M, a dual core 2.53 GHz processor with 3 M L3 Cache . The Core i3-380 is the highest clocked processor in the core i3 Series and you can expect a decent level of performance for you entry level or the moderate processing needs (More about it later).  The Sony Vaio VPCEA46FM/B  comes with 4 GB of RAM and 620 GB of hard disk.  Other than the common features available in the notebooks the Sony Vaio VPCEA46FM/B  has HDMI and the Intel WiDi capability that we believe are worth mentioning. But the most important reason you will be willing to pay $799, the price at which this notebook is available at Best Buy is not its specification or the feature but the reliability on the Sony Brand Name. For $800, otherwise, you may get several Core i5 based notebooks that should give you better performance with Turbo Boost and higher clock frequency.

Starredreviews has not physically checked this notebook, and therefore,  the review is actually based upon the specifications available for this notebook. We have however, taken into account, the prices, the brand reliability and part of the specifications, that we expect are good enough inputs to arrive at a reasonable judgment. We expect the real users to comment on the look, keyboard, and hands on experience in the comment section below.

As part of the specification based Sony Vaio VPCEA46FM/B Review, we present a concise list of the features available with  this notebook.

– Intel core i3-380M ( 2.53 GHz, dual core, 3 M L3 Cache)

– 4 GB RAM and 640 GB Hard Disk

– Blu Ray ROM / DVD writer

– 14 inch Display (1366 x 768 resolution)

– HDMI Output

– 4 USB 2.0 connectors

– Wired and Wireless Networking

– Intel WiDi Ready

– Bluetooth

– Integrated Webcam ( Sony calls it Motion Eye)

The list of the features makes it clear that the Vaio VPCEA46FM/B  comes with pretty much everything that you expect in an entry level notebook. Additionally it had HDMI output, it is is WiDi ready and has WiMax ability. The WiDi is the Intel’s technology that gives the notebook ability to display the contents of the notebook on a TV. It requires a separate module that you will need to hook to the HDTV. Your notebook then displays the content using the WiDi. WiMax is another feature, with which you get wireless broadband connection on the go. A separate subscription is required.

The Vaio VPCEA46FM/B has a great 5 hours of battery life which could be useful if you plan to use this notebook for a long time without the power connection being available.

Although we generally recommend Sony notebooks for its workmanship and quality, we believe that at $799, the  Vaio VPCEA46FM/B is slightly overpriced. You should either wait for some deals to arrive, or look for other notebooks in this price range.

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