Sony VAIO E Series laptops model number VPCEG15 is a hot selling product in India. This laptop powered by second generation Intel Core i3-2310M Processor running at 2.10 GHz is the cheapest 2nd gen i3 available in the Indian market and already giving a tough competition to its competitors.
There is a difference when buying an i3 Intel processor and buying a 2nd gen i3 Intel processor. This is what most people do not realise and buy the previous i3 processor just because it is a bit cheaper. There is one way to find which generation processor is used on the laptop. Just look for the Intel inside logo, the second generation Intel logo is different. The image below will clear your doubt.
If you are planning to buy a new laptop go for the 2nd gen processors, they are the latest and it makes sense investing in the same. But make sure you know what you are buying and look for the logo.
Sony VAIO E Series VPCEG15 features
This laptop comes with Windows 7 Home basic edition 64 bit version, powered by Intel® Core™ i3-2310M Processor 2.10 GHz*1 with 3 MB cache memory and 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM memory that can be upgraded to maximum 8 GB. The hard disk used is of capacity 320 GB. Display screen is 14 inches LED backlight supporting a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels (wide screen).
The VPCEG15 laptop houses the Intel HD 3000 graphics accelerator that adds gaming capabilities, Bluetooth version 3.0 for wireless connectivity and HDMI output to watch movies on a larger HDTV. The laptop weighs 2.3 kg (with battery).
The Sony VAIO VPCEG15 laptop comes with SD memory card reader that supports commonly used memory cards and there is another Sony Memory Stick reader to read Sony Duo / Memory stick PRO. You will not find this on any other laptops, useful only if you are using Sony Cameras and other products that make use of Sony memory sticks. Other features are 4 USB 2.0 slots, RJ-45 connector, Mic, Headphone and Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n*6.
There is a front side camera of resolution 0.3 megapixels for use as webcam and for gesture control. The Touchpad also comes with gesture supported.
The bundled Lithium-ion battery lasts for about 3 to 4 hours. With this laptop you get the following software pre-loaded namely Media Gallery 9, WinDVD, Quick Web Access, Adobe® Reader® X, VAIO Control Center / Utilities, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 60 days subscription and support software.
Sony VAIO E Series VPCEG15 is priced at Rs. 29,990 (Ask if the laptop comes with any scheme, most probably the store/dealer may give you an option to purchase anything worth Rs. 500. I got a Microsoft mouse free worth Rs. 512)
Box Pack contains: Laptop, Laptop cables, Quick start guide; warranty and specification papers. You also get a free Sony VAIO laptop carry bag.
E Series VPCEG15 is available in Black and White colours but as I said before it is a hot selling item, difficult to find in stores and if you are lucky you may have to choose whichever colour you get.
Sony VAIO E Series VPCEG15 reviews
The laptop comes with a cool unique truss pattern design and is a bit sleeker. Performance wise it does well, loading takes some time, shutdown is pretty fast. The one thing that amazed me is the gesture control feature. The software is included, when you load the software you can play music, videos or view photos and can control by using simple gestures.
Bundled Battery VGP-BPS26 Lithium-ion lasts for up to 3.5 hours.
Optionally you can install VGP-BPL26 Lithium-ion battery lasts for up to 7.5 hours
The video below is about Unboxing of Sony VAIO E Series VPCEG15 laptop along with a brief demo of how the gesture control works.