"Great laptop"on by fatboi1000
Cons Nothing at all
Pros Fast, light, cool design.
Good support software (No floatware)
Cons Not at the moment
Pros Design, screen, keyboard(ish), customization options, price
Cons Speed, fan noise, crashing, screen issues(many), average to poor customer service, trackpad, speakers
Summary Quick background: design student, longtime Windows user, this system was bought from Sony and customized on their site, the base was the performance model and upgraded from there.
Going into buying this laptop I was very excited. Nice design, clickpad, good screen resolution and great options with a great price. However, after living with this laptop for three months, I regret my decision.
First off is design. It's nice, but not very logical now that I am living with it. The finish cracks off on the corners (never dropped and keep in a case while traveling) and the materials aren't as nice as I had thought. Unnecessary buttons as well.
I also have a faulty screen (issues with color fracturing, flickering, and screen becomes distorted when I try and use power saving mode). Customer support has not been helpful. Otherwise it's a nice panel.
Keyboard is decent, quieter than an Apple keyboard but less responsive. Clickpad often registers single click as a "right" click and is only of average responsiveness.
The system runs alright, decently fast. However, the fan noise is very noticeable, I can always hear it and becomes very obnoxious when multiple programs are open. The laptop handles Photoshop decently well but not the fastest, studders quite often and the fan noise is completely unacceptable when using similar programs.
Random annoyances like the mouse settings resetting and the DVD drive making loud and obnoxious noises when starting up.
Overall, a disappointing machine. Loud, finicky, fragile, and slow. Would not recommend. Sorry Sony, I was so excited before I actually used it!
Pros Asus, Toshiba, Samsung, Lenovo all have similar laptops w/ the same specs for maybe $100 cheaper, but this one is by far the lightest! I bought it cuz it's under 5 lbs. Thin and sleek, plus a lot of viewing screen when set to 1920 x 1080.
Cons For a 3rd-gen i7, it feels a little slow, prob due to the bloatware. Other laptops have a GTX vid card as opposed to 640GT on the VAIO, but the GTX adds MUCH more weight. Only other things to note are the wobbly screen & finicky mouse pad.
Summary Everyone basically came out with their own line of 3rd-gen i7 laptops, all with about the same specs. Asus kills it with on paper with their GTX video card and rugged design, but those things are tanks at ~9 lbs. Everyone else basically has the same 640GT 2GB vid card, hdd option (no ssd version for the VAIO), and WiDi. And while the Sony is on average about $100 more than the others, none of the ones I saw were anywhere as thin or light as the Sony VAIO. People have complained about the battery life and the track pad so it might not be the best choice for the road warrior that needs to operate on 8 hrs of battery and no peripherals. However, I don't need that kind of battery life, and I bought a wireless mouse cuz, let's face it, a wireless mouse works better than ANY trackpad. The screen wobbles a little more than I want it to, probably due to how thin it is (some people thought this was the Z Series). Overall, I'm happy I got it. I'll probably upgrade the RAM to 12GB and a SSD, but I'll wait until they get stupid cheap in a couple years. For now, it'll handle everything I throw at it (except maybe the brand newest video game at uber-max video settings, and hammers).
Pros 1920x1080 Hi-Res IPS panel display
Quad core i7
Reasonably quick nvidia graphics
Magnesium-Aluminum alloy construction
Illuminated keyboard with num-pad
Very good web-cam
Cons Very poor sound quality AND volume level
Finicky track pad
4GB of ram is soldered on the motherboard
Summary Please make no mistake about it... this is not a MacBook Pro, if you want that pay for it. Never-the-less this is a really nice laptop with some great specifications for a general purpose machine. The video card is powerful enough for most modern games however it's 2GB of ram is the slower DDR3 type... When you read the CNET review and it appears that this laptop scored lower in the graphics tests than some of others keep in mind that it was tested at its native (much higher) resolution than the others... had the resolution been lowered it would have scored much higher... The IPS display as great as it is (trust me, it is) doesn't render reds very well. The biggest complaint I have by far is sound quality and volume level... I had read about it prior to purchasing this laptop, however I was not prepared with how truly pitiful this laptop's speakers are. SONY really??? The keyboard is OK with some flex. I have already replaced the hard drive with a 240GB SSD with a clean install of Windows sans the bloatware and it made a huge difference in boot times and general everyday use.