Pros (1) XBRITE screen technology, (2) portability, size and weight, (3) wireless on/off feature, (4) covered ports so dust won't get in.
Cons (1) decent battery life, (2) loud fan noises, (3) non-stain resistant laptop shell
Summary This is my first laptop ever, and I spent tons of time researching and reviewing computers. I vied to never buy a Sony product because a couple of my friends had a sony desktop before that had tons of problems, but not in this case. I actually own the S150, the first series of the VAIO S series, and in essence, there isn't really anything all that different except for the processing speed and probably hard drive space. I added a 512 MB ram which makes it 768MB now, I will upgrade my 256MB with a 1GB memory later on.
I was shopping for a portable computer that I can tote around school, work, and home without breaing my back. At 4.5 lbs this was a relatively light notebook compared to those that have the same features at 9 lbs. The downside to portability was the price increase. I spent over $2,000 for this computer, and I have been using it for a year now without any "large" issues. I think the performance truly depends on how you manage and maintain your computer too.
I did have problems setting up my wireless on the Sony VAIO at home and at school. However I was able to fix this problem, by downloading the necessary drivers and files to update, bypassing contacting tech support (I read that tech support was useless from a few readers on Cnet). But once wireless was set up, I was good to go. Make sure you turn on that B/G function not just use G or B.
My laptop started wheezing on me if I have my laptop screen open at a certain angle. This could've been because I dropped it a few times from a height of 3 feet and knocked it up a bit from my abusive usage. If it survived a 3 ft drop with only damages surmounting to whizzing sounds, I'm good.
Battery/hard drive heats up fast, and the fans are always on trying to cool it down. This is why you hear the fan, but don't feel the heat when you're typing. Unlike other laptops, while you're typing, you feel the heat on the palms and your fingertips. This was also one of my criteria for purchasing a laptop. No overheated keyboard.
The keyboard was also important. I have relatively large hands for a girl and I didn't want a laptop that was portable but was so tiny I couldn't see or type anything comfortably. So the keys are easy to get used to, however the "bounce" isn't the best. The letters on the keys wear out with use. I think they can push the design to another level if they used back lit keys like the APple...it ties into the whole Sonyesque feel
The Sony came with tons of software titles, which I uninstalled because I didn't need them and I know I'd never use them. Most of the bug fixes on the updates are actually for their software anyways. What the Sony didn't come with is the disk recovery, which you had to burn yourself from your computer. I've heard from people saying that there was an error with that function, so I didn't bother wasting 7 disks on it.
I've always received comments about my laptop. People would always say, "I wish I had a more portable laptop like yours...It's so cute" and "the screen quality is so wonderful" I'm definitely happy for my decision. Sometimes you have to spend a little more so that you can have your computer for longer than it would normally last.
Pros nothing. Everything is average
Cons unblievably poor service
Summary My laptop was broken from day 1 and they kept asking me to bring it for service. They don't accept any return evenif they agree that their product is broken. They just say everything can be fixed. So let's fix it. Dell accepts full refund without any question. Lenovo accepts full refund after 2 trial to fix over phone and sony did not accept the return (even exhange) after i sent it to their service center 3 time!!! Do you really want to take such risk and get stuck with such product. I will never again buy anything from sony. Not just laptop.
Pros As light as you'll ever need it to be, beautiful screen, fast, lots of memory, excellent customer support.
Cons Not enough USB ports.
Summary I don't have this computer, I actually have the closely related but custom built S480P. It has the same housing but a slightly faster processor (1.86GHz), twice as much RAM (1GB), and a few more minor modifications. I would recommend this to anyone who needs to carry a notebook around. It's superlight and still strong enough to handle just about anything you might ask of it. The GPU works wonders.
"super laptop. great performance. so much computer in such a small package. great style"on by hindupendent
Pros i love the bright screen and it's so portable. all the essentials included. great performance
Cons not a lot of multimedia ports....like s-video and only 2 usb ports
Summary this is the firts vaio i've ever bought. overall....i love this computer. it's perfect for anyone on the go. the performance and features are adequate for any one.
Pros nice designe and performance
Cons too expensive comapre with other competible notebooks