Sony unveils VAIO E Series 14P w/ webcam gesture controls

01 Sony unveils VAIO E Series 14P w/ webcam gesture controls

Sony has just released its latest VAIO E Series 14P notebook, a 14-inch model which while not being worthy of ultrabook status with its 5.07 pound weight and residing DVD drive, does offer a number of attractive design cues and features.

Sony has just released its latest VAIO E Series 14P notebook, a 14-inch model which while not being worthy of ultrabook status with its 5.07 pound weight and residing DVD drive, does offer a number of attractive design cues and features.

The notebook is quite slim at just 0.88-inches and it does sport a nicely redesigned chassis with highlighted color wrapping around the edges and a colored speaker bezel on top of the machine. The new model also gets a backlit keyboard and a nice large trackpad.

01 Sony unveils VAIO E Series 14P w/ webcam gesture controls

Packed inside is Intel's Core i3-2350M processor with 4GB of DDR3 memory and AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics using 1GB dedicated VRAM. It ships with a 500GB 5400rpm mechanical drive and as mentioned there is a DVD burner implemented too. Battery life sounds quite decent with Sony reporting seven hours.

In terms of connectivity, the VAIO E Series 14P has a couple USB 3.0 ports (one capable of cell phone charging even when the notebook's turned off), a couple USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0+HS.

02 Sony unveils VAIO E Series 14P w/ webcam gesture controls

One particular attribute of interest is that Sony has chosen to implement a 1.3-megapixel Exmor HD webcam into this notebook which not only can be used as a regular webcam for video calls etc. – it also supports Gesture Control in a somewhat Kinect-type manner.

By holding up your hand in front of the camera and moving it in certain ways, this will allow for certain apps to be controlled. You can swipe left or right to move through webpages or photo galleries, or do things like lowering your hand which pauses music playback, while rotational movements can increase or decrease music volume.

At this stage however, Sony'S Gesture Control feature in the VAIO E Series 14P is confined to Windows Media Player, IE9, PowerPoint (probably where it's most useful) and PowerDVD.

04 Sony unveils VAIO E Series 14P w/ webcam gesture controls

Color options are white, pink and black (our favorite). Pricing and availability details are yet to be disclosed.

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