Pros Best Processor on the market right now, Intel Core I7, 10-key pad built-in. Blu-ray Disc to watch DVD's.
Cons Works Best when used with AC adapter, is a battery hog.
Summary Very Powerful. Can't ask for much more in a laptop! On the Expensive on the expensive side but you get what you pay for.Lots of power but on the expensive side. Guess you get what you pay for.
Updated on Aug 5, 2010
Pros Back Lit Keyboard, Speed, Ram, Video, And Touch-pad Sensitivity.
Cons Two USB ports on front right conflict to where i have my wireless mouse. Machine only has two USB ports, and power brick could be a little slower.
Summary I play the new games on here without hassle, I run emulators and play Super NES and Genesis easily, and I watch plenty of video (Netflix) all of these run great and look awesome on this machine. I also use this laptop for work and school."Machine only has two USB ports, and power brick could be a little slower." Should have read "Machine only has two USB ports, and power brick could be a little smaller."
The only thing I wish were different were the USB port placement. Anything sticking out of the right hand side conflicts where I rest my hand to use my wireless mouse. However, a minor setback and i am pleased with this purchase.
Updated on Aug 22, 2010
Pros - Wicked fast speed
- Tons of RAM
- Huge HDD
- Backlit Keyboard
- Awesome graphics card!!!! (1 GB)
- Sturdy high quality chassis
- Vaio power controls (protects battery life by giving you options on how far to charge battery when plugged in)
Cons - HDD is 5400 rpm, and nowadays that tends to be sort of slow...not necessarily the laptop's fault, but could use a faster HDD option.
- a smaller power adapter block would be nice
Summary This is an incredible machine. It lets me play multiple games at the highest or nearly max graphic settings without lag. Bluetooth connectivity is convenient. I would recommend this machine as a desktop replacement in laptop form. Despite being 16", you don't notice the size, but you do notice the weight.
Pros Fast, hardy, everything I could need in a computer
Cons Battery life sucks
Summary If you want a layman's review, read on... I don't know much about computers, but I do know that while my previous three HPs died natural, pathetic deaths at the young age of 2 (seriously HP?!), this delightful Viao which I affectionately call "the monster" is still chugging along perfectly at age 3 without a hitch and while sustaining much unfortunate inevitable abuse from day to day life with kids. This computer has never given me a problem at all... not one (except for the battery, see below). It has remained fast and healthy, which I consider a miracle after my previous HPs. This computer has converted me to Sony.... never buying an HP ever again.
The only issue it has is it now needs a new battery and also for the battery port to be replaced (the charger is too loose when inserted and only charges at a certain angle). But this is surely from abuse and I can't imagine it would have happened with proper care. What can I say, our computers are up to quite a task when they live with us! I do wish the battery life was better. Even when it was new, couldn't take it anywhere unplugged without it dying in 45 minutes.
Even with that one negative, though, I'd still buy this computer again in a heartbeat.
Pros CPU is an i7
Cons Warranty is only a year.
Sony will not stand behind their merchandise when it is clearly defective from the manufacturer.
Summary This was a decent laptop due to the powerful CPU/RAM. There was problems that I never liked.
The screen adjusts itself and you can't disable this from what I have seen.
It seems to have been setup from the factory to dim the screen automatically.
I was also not happy at all about the fact they only give you 2 USB ports.
I have owned it for 1 year and 4 months.
This is when the hard drive failed.
I have never had a hard drive fail that soon.
Sony responded by telling me they were so very sorry and they would be more than happy to sell me another one since the warranty ended after only a year.
I rarely take this laptop anywhere and that is why it makes it more aggravating that the hard drive died as there is no user events that could have caused it.
You would think that a manufacturer would stand behind their product better than this.
I doubt I will ever buy a Sony product ever again since they don't stand behind them.