Performance and Benchmarks
When you start shopping for an affordable general purpose notebook in the $500 to $800 price range you’ll discover that most of these laptops provide roughly equivalent system performance. Our review sample of the Sony VAIO EA handles most applications and multitasking duties with ease thanks to the 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 370M dual-core processor and 4GB of system memory. In fact, the difference in raw computational speed between the HP Envy 14 with 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 450M processor and this VAIO EA is negligible in terms of real world performance.
In fact, there are only two elements that hinder the performance of the VAIO EA, neither of which will likely matter to most consumers. The VAIO EA uses the relatively weak Intel HD integrated graphics which means streaming video online is fine but you’re going to have a hard time playing most games other than casual online games such as Bejeweled or World of Warcraft on the lowest settings. In addition, the 500GB hard drive included in this configuration is a slower 5400rpm model which makes system startup, and loading massive files a bit slower than notebooks equipped with 7200rpm hard drives.
Still, most consumers will find that the VAIO EA provides more than enough power for daily use.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (high scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):