Backlit keyboard, Bluray drive, under 4lbs (without extended battery)., Core i7, stand alone graphics card with optional settings, extended battery capabilities, unique color, built-in Verizon/Sprint, no junk software (other than Norton trial, finger prin
Trackpad could be mor "Mac-like", the surface finish is REALLY scratch prone, for a price - a blu-ray burner should have been included
Sony really did a great job putting together the new, re-designed, Vaio S laptops. The Vaio is is something between the 13" MacBook Pro and MacBook Air - that includes features Apple forgot to in their last releases (I'm normally a Mac guy, that's why I'm comparing ... Read full review
Sony really did a great job putting together the new, re-designed, Vaio S laptops. The Vaio is is something between the 13" MacBook Pro and MacBook Air - that includes features Apple forgot to in their last releases (I'm normally a Mac guy, that's why I'm comparing to the Pro and Air). The Vaio weighs less than the 13" MB Pro, yet not much more than the Air - yet includes a great GPU, which the MB Pro lacks, includes a backlit keyboard, which the Air lacks, and includes a Bluray drive, built-in Verizon, and a finger print scanner, which Apple refuses to integrate. ...with that being said, I still do like OS X a lot more than Windows, but the Vaio S specs are great and I haven't met any obstacles running anything on the Vaio S. This laptop is way better than most other PC's out there, if not for the specs alone, it beats all other PC's for including top hardware in a 13" sub-4lbs computer.
The first thing I did when I got my Vaio S Signature edition, was get a RAM upgrade (Sony left one slot open) - so I now run 8GB of RAM. This really makes a difference in performance.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. The only things I really hate about the Vaio S are the lack of color options for a premium laptop, and also the finish/material Sony chose for the exterior finish. In the past, Sony has offered carbon fiber systems, which are more resistant - yet, for this premium laptop they chose a shiny finish - which looks nice, but I already had hair-like scratches on day 2. Just for the finish alone, I might consider replacing my Vaio S once the new Vaio Z or MacBook Air comes out (I hope in the Fall of 2011) - considering the specs are similar, and considering a metal finsh is offered on the new Z.
In short, I love the specs and features on the Vaio S Signature, and I'm sure any power user will. My only big complaint is the finish on the laptop, which may be ok if you keep it in a sleeve and take care of it.