Performance and Benchmarks
When you start shopping for an affordable 17-inch desktop replacement for less than $800 you’ll discover that most of these laptops provide roughly equivalent system performance. One way that Sony tried to shake things up (and make things more affordable) was to offer the VAIO EC with a relatively high performance dedicated graphics option and use that to power multimedia while using lower cost processors like the 2.0GHz Intel Pentium P6100 dual-core processor. Sony now offers the EC with a range of higher performance Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, but you can still find VAIO EC notebooks in retail stores that use the older processors.
Our review sample of the Sony VAIO EC handles most applications and multitasking duties just fine, but we did notice a little extra lag during application switching and launching despite 4GB of system memory. In addition, the 320GB 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 even our weaker test configuration of the VAIO EC provides more than enough power for basic computing activities.
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):