Pros ability to add plenty of ram. runs Windows 7 flawlessly, has a great resolution screen.
Cons IDE hard drive vs SATA
Pros Superb, full hi-def display before anyone even cared about 1920 x 1200. Reasonably stable. Useful docking station/media port included. Screen went kaput after four years.
Cons XP Home. Awful proprietary Sony software, zero battery life, HEAVY, huge, limited connection options, sometimes up and disconnects from docked speakers. MSRP is ludicrous. Screen went kaput after four years. TV tuner in dock and not computer.
Summary It seems like forever that I picked up this beast. It served me well for many years. It's totally impractical to take anywhere, as it's heavy, too big for most backpacks, and gets rotten battery life (2 hours if you are lucky).
The included docking station and media center is interesting, and works reasonably well. I was never able to get the TV tuner working, which wasn't really the end of the world. The docking station also comes bundled with some decent-sounding, but forgettable speakers that are powered from the station itself. Dock also has RCA in/out, S-video, and an optical out, which I found interesting but never used.
The lid alone comprises nearly half the weight of the thing. It's just a monster. Desktop replacement in every way. There is really no sense in buying it because it offers next to zero functionality as a notebook.
The screen just up and fizzled out after a few years, which was disappointing. I was able to run it through an external display for awhile, but eventually wound up buying a new dell.
She served me well.
Pros everything is awesome (could be cheaper)
Cons ... but tv will not work w/ non oem version of xp
Pros Solid feel, unbelievable screen, good battery life (2-3 hours for something this big is very good.); the bundle is great, the speakers are decent, the dock rocks, the remote is cool. RAM is OK but needs 1GB (which is 80 bucks), and now that the 7200 rpm
Cons The remote software SUCKS. It is not even set to use hotkeys. If you buy this laptop, go purchase a copy of girder. I also cannot believe that sony put the IR reciever on the speakers instead of the laptop, but they did find room for a modem and memory
Pros After having a really BAAAAD experience trying to buy the HP 7000 series with the 17" screen, this proved to be better by a mile. Great features, well integrated. I have found Sony support to be VERY helpful and prompt. Couldn't ask for more in the way
Cons Sure, the Mac is lighter and cooler-looking, but if you're buying a 17", you're probably not travelling all that much, so it doesn't matter.