Pros Beautiful case and finish (black). Very bright backlit keyboard with included number pad. Very fast and responsive. Super thin and light. All major connections are on one side of the machine. Cheap memory upgrade.
Cons Medium to short battery life (set on 'Speed'). Seems a little fragile, hinge (as mentioned in Cnet's review) seems weak. Sheet battery is a little pricey at $150. To me, these are minor issues.
Summary Plain and simple, I did close to (2) months of research looking for a replacement for my HP G70. I was interested in changing brands and the Sony F Series (16.4") loaded laptop caught my eye. It had everything I needed, but lacked style; it is heavy and (to me) an unattractive design. What drew my into the Sony SE was the design, specs available and the smaller screen. I am a graphic designer, and to 'step down' to a smaller screen didn't make sense at first. With the SE's 1080p screen, I gained screen size over my 1600x900 HP. I know this is common knowledge, but it was new to me. Being a new model, I did have to buy it off Sony's website. I opted for the Core i7, 1gb 6630m hybrid graphics, 750gb HD, 4gb memory, and CD/DVD burner = $1219.00. I felt good about the cost. I did upgrade my memory to 8gb (Newegg - DDR3 PC3-10600) for under $30, saving $130 off the factory install.
I have been using the Sony SE for (2) weeks now and really have no complaints. It's fast enough for tons of open applications with a bright screen and beautiful keyboard. There are better computers out there, but this one fits me perfect. Enjoy!
Pros EVEN OUT NOW
Cons EVEN OUT NOW
Summary thats a complaint about customer service on a sony product thats not even out... what is Cnet doing???? i mean, look through all the reviews people post.
Pros Great keyboard and over all design
A powerouse for gamers and photo and video editors
good range of specs
Cons only 15.5 inch version for now
Summary Again i'm evening out the score here. From this review I believe this will turn out to be a great machine and will last me a couple of years. the other reveiws clearly states owning a DIFFERENT computer, because this one is not available to the public yet. excited, and pumped for this release and hoping for a 14 inch version.
When on the Sony website they are putting the current EG/H version 100$ of until supplies last. thusly concluding to expect a new model soon in my opinion. cheers.
Pros The specs sound great and Sony makes good stuff...
Cons There isn't any way to report ridiculous reviews...
Summary See the reviews by jrvslam AKA tacopower_PHD, in which he explains why he gave the SE two 5-star "reviews" to offset the two 1-star reviews, one by a person who reviewed a different model and another by a person who reviewed Sony services. While two 5-star "reviews" to "even out" the SE's average rating was a great idea, they aren't enough; they raised the average rating only from 1 to 3, but the 1-stars are still there and will continue to drag down the average rating until there are a large number of real reviews. My 5 brings the average up to 3.4. I don't have a second login ID, so I've done all I can. But if three more people enter 5-star "reviews" the average will be exactly 4.0, which is a much more reasonable starting point when real reviews start coming in. Any volunteers?
Pros Excellent matte monitor
Cons Keyboard unresponsive if you type fast
Battery life short
Frame a bit flimsy/weak
Build-in speakers lame
Summary My initial spec was a notebook with two harddrives (1 SSD), DVD drive not needed, matte 15" screen, backlit keyboard, 8GB RAM and as fast as possible for not more than 2000 Euros.
I was first looking into gamer notebooks because they can be highly customised, unfortunately they are just plain ugly. E.g. Clevo cases are solid but the notebooks look like tanks! Same with Alienware notebooks, they might be visually appealing to teenagers but not to professionals.
Being a freelance Web Developer I needed a notebook that looks good and is easily portable to client meetings so I ditched the idea of getting a gamer notebook and found the Sony Vaio line!
The Sony Vaio SE ticked all the boxes (apart from the second harddrive that I might add manually) and I am really happy with it :-) I hope it will last the next 5+ years!