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What's up with all these different model numbers? Typically one looks like this "SVE14A290X". It's actually quite simple. "S" stands for Sony, "V" for VAIO, "E" for E-series, "14" for the display size - there is also an "11", "15" and "17". It's similar to a MacBook Pro 13, 15, or 17.
All of the VAIO E series laptops are made-in-Japan and have the usual Sony built quality you'd come to expect. E series stands for "Everyday computing", which doesn't have to mean entry-level models, but not not something high end like the VAIO Z. The E series is an in-the-middle mainstream line-up. In terms of weight the 11-inch is 3.32 lbs, the 14-inch is 5.30 lbs, the 15-inch 5.97 lbs, and the 17-inch 7.05 lbs. That's comparable to say an HP g-series where a 15-inch weighs 5.46 lbs.
Battery life depends on the size. As with many other laptop, you generally have better battery life when you go small. The 11-inch gets about 5 hours and 30 minutes, the 14-inch gets 5 hours and 30 minutes, and the 15 and 17-inchers get about 2 hours and 30 minutes. If you need mobility and battery life, the 14-inch is a clear winner.
All of the display are decent Sony LED-LCD display, with the 17.3" giving you a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. The 14 and 15-inchers comes in at 1366 x 768 resolution, pretty typical for laptops in their price range, except for models with a Touchscreen where the resolution is an improved 1600 x 900. Most models come with Intel HD 4000 except for a few 11-inch and 14-inch models with AMD Radeon HD 7340M and AMD Radeon HD 7670M.
If you want your laptop in a specific color most e-series models come in Black, White or Pink. You might also be surprised to find most E series laptops sport a back-lit keyboard. The only one without is the 11-inch size.
All in all, the E series are fine machines that have been very popular through-out their lifespan. Their models are constantly being refreshed in style through time. While they're not a super computing powerhouse, they are far from being slow machines either. Most models can play light gaming with the integrated graphics - though, to be honest, if you're looking to game you probably shouldn't look at this line-up of VAIOs. It's an "every man" laptop with different color choices, a backlit keyboard, and respectable battery life.
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