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see how the gesture controls work.
See p. 6 for more info on how to use this code with your cell phone.
In addition to fun color options and funky keyboard
skins, the 14-inch sony VAIo eA packs in a lot of
technology for a reasonable price. this thin-and-light
notebook comes with nifty gesture control media
software, a blu-raydrive, andIntel’s Wireless Display
technology for streaming video to your tV.
the eA is available in a wide variety of colors,
including black, blue, green, purple, and white.
We really dig the swirl pattern. the chiclet-style
keyboard is black, but our system came with a
bright teal removable keyboard skin ($19.99) to
repel crumbs. the keys offered good feedback
and the large lettering was easy to read.
At just 5 pounds, this laptop is portable enough
for occasional travel. It fit nicely on an airplane
tray table. the multitouch touchpad was a little
small, but the two discrete mouse buttons provided
the VAIo eA’s 14-inch dis-
play was bright and clear. An
episode of Buffy The Vampire
Slayer looked good, but the
reflections in the glossy display
were somewhat distracting.
the speakers really shouldbe
better. they’re tinny-sounding
and not very loud. even while
sitting in front of the laptop,
we found ourselves turning
both the media volume and
the system volume all the way
up just to hear the audio.
the webcam produced clear images, but on
a skype call in a brightly lit room, the caller said
video looked dark and pixelated.
on PCMark Vantage, the VAIo eA scored just
below the thin-and-light average. the hard drive
booted Windows 7 slowly as well, but
once up and running, it transferred
files a bit faster than we’d expected.
Intel’s integrated HD graphics performed
predictably. this system is fine for light
Photoshop work and video editing, but don’t
expect it to handle demanding games.
However, you can equip this laptop with
a 512Mb AtI Mobility Radeon graphics
card for $50, and a 1Gb card for $100.
As part of VAIo Gatedock with short-
cuts to VAIo Care and Arcsoft WebCam
Companion 3, sony’s bundled Media
Gallery lets users control their media
with hand gestures. by leveraging the
webcam, users start and pause songs
or slideshows, or move to the next
or previous item.
While the VAIo eA
easily picked up
swipes to the right and left,
we found ourselves leaning
back to get it to register the
VAIo Gate also offers an
Rssfeed reader for quick acess
to the latest headlines.
For such an easily portable
system, theVAIo eA won’t let
you stray from an outlet for
very long. the notebook lasted
just 4 hours on the LAPtoP
battery test. that’s 54 minutes shorter than most
notebooks in this class.
We saw above average wireless throughput from
the Intel Centrino Advanced-n 6200 card. A WiMax
radio is included for 4G data where available.
the VAIo eA includes Intel’s Wireless
Display technology, which allows you to
wirelessly stream music, photos, and
videos to a nearby t V. However, the
required Push2tV Adapter costs $99.
note that WiDi is currently limited to
720p resolution and doesn’t support
DRM-protected content, including
With head-turning color options
and good over-
the VAIo eA is
Sony VAIO EA Series
this fashionable 14-inch notebook delivers lots of style, Blu-ray playback, and fun gesture controls.
a compelling all-purpose laptop. We also like
the gesture control software and that you get a
blu-ray drive for $799. We just wish the battery
lasted longer and the speakers were louder.
— Meghan J. McDonough
PCMark Vantage 4,476
LAPtoP batt er y test
LAPtoP transfer test
boot time (min:sec)*
(autodetect/ma x) 25/13 fps 105/32 fps
LAPtoP batter y
efficienc y Rating*
* Lower is better
cPU: 2.4 -GHz Intel Core i3-370M Operating
system: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
RAM/Expandable to: 4Gb/8Gb hard drive
size/speed:320Gb/5,400 rpm Optical drive:
bD-RoM/DVD±RW display size/resolution:
14 inches/1366 x 768 graphics/ Video
memory: Intel HD Graphics/shared Wireless:
802.11a/b/g/n Ports: three Usb 2.0, esAtA,
HDMI, ethernet, VGA, headphone, mic card
slots: expressCard/34, Memory stick Pro,
sD/sDHC card reader size: 13.6 x 1.1 x 9.4
inches Weight: 5 p o u n d s Warranty: one-year
limited/24/7 toll-free phone
Comfortable keyboard with protective gel skins
Innovative Media Gallery gesture controls
Includes Wireless Display technology
speakers not very powerful
below-average battery life
WiDi adapter sold separately
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the sony VAIo eA is available with a variety of colored lids, including
Caribbean Green, Iridescent blue, and Passion Purple.
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