Sony VAIO CA Series review

  • £799

Cheerful and colourful family laptop, with Intel's latest Core i5

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Sony VAIO CA Series review: Performance

Sony vaio ca series

Battery: 184
Mobile Mark: 281
3D Mark: 12,373

We've seen a lot of new laptops incorporating Intel's powerful Sandy Bridge chipset, and the scores we've achieved from our benchmark tests have been very impressive indeed, with a clear leap in performance over the original Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs.

The Sony VAIO CA uses an Intel Core i5-2410M running at 2.3GHz, with 4GB of DDR3 memory. Once again, performance is excellent, so you can comfortably run a number of applications at once with no lag or stuttering.

We witnessed a similarly strong effort from the new Sony VAIO S Series, which uses the same Core i5 chipset. The Dell XPS 17 managed to wring even more power from the 2410M in our benchmark tests, with the same amount of memory, although the difference isn't enough to favour one over the other.

Sony vaio ca series

Sony has also slotted a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6470M GPU into the VAIO CA. While the card can't handle the latest games without the detail settings dropped, it still does an admirable job with multimedia applications such as video editing software. You'll also be able to watch HD films, although the screen doesn't quite do them justice.

Sadly, this combination of Sandy Bridge power and dedicated graphics really takes its toll on the battery. We only got around three hours of life with brightness turned down to 50 per cent, which dropped further when watching DVDs. Anyone looking for portability would be better suited by the Sony VAIO VPCSB1V9E, which lasted almost five hours away from the mains.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time6.50 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
WimaxNo
Product FamilyVAIO C
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-2410M
ColourBlue
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height27.9 mm
Width341 mm
Depth235.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesC
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelVPCCA2Z0E
Product NameVAIO VPCCA2Z0E Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineVAIO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVPCCA2Z0E/L.CEK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationBeautifully finished

Stand out and be noticed. VAIO C Series are designed to be true style icons with a unique material finish that's like nothing ever seen before. Some models have increased transparency combined with a light emitting effect which reflects light within the material and emits it from the edge of the notebook. The ideal design statement for those looking to move on from just bold colours.

VAIO C Series is also available in subtle colours with increased surface transparency. Looks good by your side and complemented by a variety of colour-coordinated optional accessories.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • VAIO VPCCA2Z0E Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • VAIO International Repair Service Guide