Pros Super light, great screen.
Cons Wifi does not work. Hard to believe, but true.
Summary Sony Pro 11 and Pro 13 use the Intel 7260 WiFi card which locks up in less than 10 minutes. Hundreds of complains and many returned laptops. See
Strongly suggest waiting for Sony to fix the Wifi problem. I had no choice but to return the laptop after days of Sony and in house IT working on it. Too bad - its a sexy design, but whats the point if it won't work?
Pros Very light.
Cons Wi-Fi continually drops. Fan way to noisy. Can't use if it won't stay connected. I am returning this machine. Terribly disappointed in Sony. To bad the C-net review on this never mentions this catastrophic problem.
Summary Find something else.
Pros Lightweight, good screen
Cons WIFI!!!!!!! It keeps dropping. Also, the laptop has really sharp edges
Summary Avoid buying until Sony fixes the laptop problems. I wouldn't hold my breath though - despite the wifi problems being mentioned by a lot of users on Sony forums, Sony hasn't even acknowledged the problems yet!
Pros Good weight and size.
Cons Serious wi-fi problems (and trackpad and Sony/Windows software update problems). Do not buy.
Summary Purchased the machine on a Wednesday, tried to configure it that night, returned it to the store the next day, told they'd "prepare" a new one with needed firmware updates, exchanged for a new one, took the (second) home on Friday, tried to configure well into the night, many wifi problems on my network and several others. There are well-known wifi (and others, less important) problems with laptop. Note I have an above average knowledge of computers -- build and configure computers and networks routinely. For such an expensive computer, you'd think Sony would sell a USABLE computer. Most importantly, they take no ownership of their problems -- no press releases, nothing on their website, no recognition of the problem. Returned this computer and added Sony to my "do not buy" list for the foreseeable future.
Pros cool design, lightweight, fantastic screen
Cons wifi is practically unusable on this machine
Summary There are currently 3 VAIO laptops with wifi problems resulting in very poor wireless connection performance:
- Sony VAIO Pro
- Sony VAIO Duo
- Sony VAIO Fit
There are specific discussion threads on the net about each of them and in each case Sony acknowledged the problem. Sony claims they are working on "permanent solution" and offers "temporary solution" for the owners of above mentioned faulty devices, which is external USB wifi dongle.
We, customers, strongly feel that Sony is trying to hide this problem. The dongles are offered only for those, who insist on it. There is a common practice for local supports to convince customers that there is no problem at all, or that this has been already solved by drivers update.
At the end they silently acknowledge that the problem really exists and that new VAIO serie is faulty - then they offer wifi dongles.
In the meantime there is a complete lack of official information on Sony forums. Sony is simply ignoring the problem and us, their customers. It's not clear whether they really work on a permament solution or just trying to calm everything down?