With a price of $350, the VPCEL22FX/B is the cheapest Sony VAIO-branded laptop on the market today and apparently the cheapest Sony notebook ever.
The VPCEL22FX/B belongs to the 15.5-inch VAIO EL series with AMD Fusion processors. The $350 model sold via Best Buy has the E-450 dual-core 1.65GHz Fusion with AMD Radeon integrated graphics. The product specifications on BestBuy.com list the Radeon 6310, but it’s a typo since the E-450 includes the 6320 GPU.
Anyway, both GPUs provide similar performance, but there’s another bigger mistake in the product description. It says that warranty for the laptop is 90 days, like on some refurbished computers. But, Sony responded in the product Q&A section, claiming that the offered VPCEL22FX/B is brand new and has a standard 1 year manufacturer’s limited warranty.
Sony’s VAIO VPCEL22FX/B comes with 4GB of system memory, a 320GB hard disk, and a DVD writer. It has a LED-backlight 1366×768 screen panel, built-in webcam and microphone, HDMI, four USB 2.0 ports, a media card reader, as well as Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN connections.
The notebook weighs six pounds and is one and a half inch thick. It has a charcoal black chassis with a textured, diamond-shaped pattern.
It runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS.
Although the $350 price tag is low for a traditionally pricey Sony VAIO brand, you can find notebooks on the market today which are at the same time cheaper and better specced than the VPCEL22FX/B. One of the examples is the Lenovo 1068AFU with an Intel Pentium processor and a 500GB hard drive for $340.
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