Sony Vaio VPC-EB1S0E/WI review

Sony has struck gold with this excellent all-round laptop

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Our Verdict

The all round performance and build quality of this laptop make it one of the best in the current crop of Vaio models

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Great performance
  • Good keyboard and build quality
  • eSATA and HDMI
  • Good 3D power


  • Screen not as good as other Sony models
  • Glitter effect may put off some people

The Sony Vaio VPC-EB1SOE/WI is a new laptop targeted at the average consumer. Boasting an all new chassis design, the laptop impressed us with the level of performance, portability and usability available at such a decent price point.

The 15.5-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel resolution display is typically bright and sharp, making viewing photos and videos a pleasure. Colour reproduction is also good, although colours are not as deep as we've seen on other Sony models.

The new chassis design is very attractive, and the mock metal and white plastic finish look great, although the subtle glittery effect on the palmrest might put some off.

Excellent keyboard

The laptop's keyboard is very firm with only a slight hint of flex and the isolated style keyboard that Sony often uses is in evidence, providing a very comfortable and accurate typing experience. There's also a dedicated numeric keypad.

Intel's latest processing power comes courtesy of a Core i3 processor, alongside 4096MB of DDR3 memory to produce extremely fast performance. You'll have no problems running everyday office applications or more resource-intensive programs such as editing suites.

An ATi graphics card from its latest Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series gives the laptop some 3D punch, and its 512MB of video RAM means you'll have no issue rendering images in editing suites and playing less-resource intensive games.

The 500GB hard drive is more than capable of holding thousands of files, folders and videos, and also provides a good deal of future-proofing.

Portability is decent enough and the 2.6kg the machine weighs won't be a hassle to carry around. The 179-minute battery life is just about acceptable.

The laptop comes with a wealth of features unique to Sony, including a new Assist button that helps you maintain your laptop and diagnose any issues you're experiencing, a web button that allows you quick access to the internet without booting up the Windows 7 operating system and, finally, a VAIO button, which gives you quick access to your music, movies and photos.

802.11n Wi-Fi is onboard, as is an HDMI port for sending high-definition (HD) content to an external monitor and an eSATA interface for backing up your files to an external device at high speed.

The Sony VAIO VPCEB1SOE/WI is a very impressive machine that provides great performance, power and usability. It's a great all-rounder with versatile performance and would make the perfect machine for the whole family.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5470
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyVAIO E
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-330M
ColourMatte White
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.4 cm (15.5")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.70 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height31.1 mm
Width369.8 mm
Depth248.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesE
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelEB1S0E/WI
Product NameVAIO EB1S0E/WI Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineVAIO
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVPCEB1S0E/WI.CEK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The VAIO EB1S0E/WI Notebook is also a pleasure to use with an edge-to-edge isolated keyboard featuring integrated numeric keypad. Watch your favourite multimedia on a true real-wide screen with high contrast and vivid colours. With HD resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, you can enjoy movies with reduced black bars and scroll through the Internet with ease.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • VAIO EB1S0E/WI Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord