Pros Lightweight and great battery life. The built-in web cam is a awesome feature for the traveling person.
Cons The charger is a bit on the heavy side and not as small as most chargers I've used. Also, the standard 512MB of RAM is a bit weak for being a multimedia savvy computer.
Summary Excellent machine, I couldn't be happier with it. A few drawbacks I've noticed (and there's only a few) is the size and bulkiness of the charger and the lacking 512MB of RAM. The first thing I did after buying the computer was upgrade the RAM to 1GB. Another nice feature, is with the 100GB harddrive, Sony made a partition to hold all the software and drivers for the machine so that there's no need to carry around a stack of recovery disks. The built-in webcam is a nice feature as well, with nice resolution and image quality. It's such a nicely designed computer for not much money. I would recommend it to anyone.
Pros Light, Thin, Bright Display, Dual Layer, Perfect Size, camera and microphone
Cons Heavy AC charger, Noisy Fan when in performance mode.
Summary The best laptop I have had. Great design, nice color, perfect size, buttons and mouse pad have the perfect size. Is a light computer so is perfect for traveling. Battery could last a little longer, but is OK (about 4 hours at low brightness and standard CPU performance).
Pros Best Screen, Great Keyboard, Built-in Camera
Cons HIgher price than competition but still made in China
Summary I am in the market for a 14 inch WXGA notebook. Tried out HP DV1000, Toshiba M55-329, Gateway MX and Sony FJ170B.
The Sony FJ170B has the best screen, solid build, attractive outlook and most comfortable keyboard. I don't think there will be much performance difference as they are all P-M, 512RAM and 900 intel graphic chip. I have no word regarding reliablity as they are ALL made in China.
If price if not an issue, I will get the FJ no doubt, but the Toshiba M55 is $200 cheaper which is also great.
Pros great processor with good DDR2 memory which takes it above the competiting DDR memory, AWESOME screen, nice keyboard, useful 100 gigabyte hard drive
Cons the power adapter is HUGE. and quite frankly the cord doesnt make up for this problem. If you are buying this as a light laptop, plan on bringing an extensions cord.
Summary Overall I love this laptop, but the cord and minimal sound quality kind of take out some of the other qualities. One other problem is that it doesnt have a latch. This hasn't been a problem yet but it may be annoying. And the camera is pretty cool. and of course it appears to be almost undestructable yet tends to heat up alot. I bought this from best buy over the toshiba m55 to replace my HP DV1040. I would definetely recommend it as best in class.
Pros Nice screen for watching movies, plentty storage place, built in camera and mic.
Cons The left Mouse buttom poorly designed, short battery life, extremely loud fan, gets hot quickly, short battery cord.
Summary I have enjoyed this computer and have had it since February 2005. It was a reliable computer for undergrad. I can watch movies on it, talk to friends on skype overseas with the mic and camera. I have saved tons of pictures and videos on it. There are 3 USB entries which is convenient. Wrote and saved all my papers and power point presentations on it. Coming in to the 3rd yr of owning it, it started to break down. Not the actual function of the computer but physically from the wear and tear. Seems to be pretty fragile. The black panel covering the screen has split on both sides at the bottom. The battery wiggles and feels like it is going to fall out eventhough it is locked in. The ethernet entry no longer works bc I dropped it on its side once. This computer will be useful with normal wear and tear for about 3 yrs from my experience.