The EH1's design can't hide the fact that its Pentium processor is under-powered, and it also lacks USB3 support
The Sony EH1J1E is typical of Sony’s budget laptops. Although it doesn’t come in a range of garish colours (there’s a choice of white, black and dark blue) it has an interesting texture on the lid and wrist-rest: a faceted design like the surface of a large gem. It’s the first laptop we’ve seen for a while with a Pentium processor, in this case a B940 running at 2GHz.
The Pentium is Intel’s budget range, and the B940 doesn’t look impressive on paper. Its two cores aren’t effectively doubled by Hyper-Threading, and it doesn’t support Turbo Boost for brief increases in clock speed. As a result, its score of 30 overall in our multimedia benchmarks wasn’t much of a surprise.
A score of 52 in the image-editing test shows it’s fast enough for single-threaded applications, but the scores dropped to 31 and 22 in the multi-threaded video-encoding and multi-tasking tests, so demanding applications such as HD video editors won’t run too quickly.
Graphics performance is what we’d expect at this price. The integrated Intel GMA 3150 chip can just about handle HD video content, but it wouldn’t run our Dirt 3 benchmark. You might find it runs old 3D games, but newer titles are unlikely to work.
As with many laptop screens, the EH1’s has a glossy finish that makes colours more intense but reflects light sources. If you’re not looking at the screen square on, contrast suffers due to poor vertical viewing angles, so you’ll have to position the laptop and tilt the screen carefully. Overall image quality was average: the backlight wasn’t entirely even and a bit dim.
|Processor||Intel Pentium B940|
|Processor clock speed||2GHz|
|Memory slots free||1|
|Sound||Conexant SmartAudio HD|
|Viewable size||15.5 in|
|Graphics Processor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Graphics/video ports||VGA, HDMI|
|Total storage capacity||320GB|
|Optical drive type||DVD+/-RW +/-DL|
Ports and Expansion
|Wired network ports||1x 10/100/1000|
|Wireless networking support||802.11b/g/n|
|PC Card slots||none|
|Supported memory cards||SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo|
|Other ports||minijack audio output, minijack microphone input|
|Operating system||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Operating system restore option||restore partition|
|Software included||Microsoft Office 2010 Starter|
|Warranty||one year RTB|