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Need help! Choosing between these two... ASUS and SONY VAIO

by stochar / October 8, 2009 4:39 PM PDT

First of all, one big HELLO to all of You wise Ones! Happy

I'm about to buy myself a new laptop and these last couple off days I was trying to find some interesting ones... so, at the end, here I am... trying to make up my mind...

This one(ASUS N70SV-TY043C):

Or maybe this one (SONY VAIO VGN-FW41M/H):

What would You guys suggest me?

By checking the specifications, I could see that many of them are the same, but still, some are not....
.... so now I'm asking You experts - what would be Your choice here?

I've never had any experience neither with ASUS, nor with SONY VAIO laptops, so maybe You could tell me which one could I trust more?

SONY is a bit more expensive, around 80 euros, but price doesn't matter in this case. I just want to buy one that is better... if SONY VAIO is the better one - I would not mind paying those extra 80 Euros as all.

Greetings and thanks in advance! Happy

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Need a little more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2009 8:30 PM PDT

For example I always nod to the unit with better keyboard and less heat if its for office use. For gamers then you go full tilt with hot short lived units but high end GPU and speed.

You didn't reveal what the machine would be used for.

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I apologize for not writing some more details...
by stochar / October 8, 2009 9:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Need a little more.

Since I'm not a gamer, this laptop should be used only for my work.

I am an architect, so I need a machine that is able to show some good performances during the permanent usage of software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) etc...

When I was checking the specifications, I have to admit, I couldn't tell the differences between the, for example, chipset, and similar details that I'm, unfortunately, not too familiar with.
Also the display and the graphic cards... If someone knows, I would be grateful to see your opinion about these two that are listed on these two links above.

And still one thing I would also love to hear from you experts... Generally speaking, considering all experiences, when you choose between Asus and Sony Vaio, what would you take? Are there any major issues that I should be aware of, which could maybe be the outweigh for my choice?


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Both are fine spec wise.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2009 9:43 PM PDT

But let me warn you that both companies are known to not be able to solve and one of them is downright onerous (sorry I won't reveal which one) over changing the supplied OS.

I've done the Windows 7 beta and RC and I have nothing but good things to write about that. Here's why I think it matters. In just a few weeks the machines flip to Windows 7 and my prediction is that people will re-discover Windows and like the faster boot times and other improvements. They will however dislike how common tasks may be in new places.

I'd go with the one with the longer warranty and ALWAYS see the unit before purchase. My son dismissed one model due to the keyboard. Another one because of the keyboard color (some silvery-white) and another because there was a hot spot on the palm rest. These items are only noticeable if you can see the unit. Stores that have these machines lined up and working are your best bet to head off a bad decision.

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Thanks a lot for your answer!
by stochar / October 8, 2009 10:11 PM PDT

I have to say that I know about the OS issue, but for now I first need to figure out which one of these two should I follow... My biggest problem is that I didn't use neither Asus, nor Sony Vaio before, so both are quite blurry to me.

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This is why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2009 10:20 PM PDT

We must see such in person and after they have been on for a few hours. The number of posts complaining about a too warm palm rest means they didn't do the last bit of research. And as there are some thousands of models changing weekly it seems we can't pick by name for these final details.

Find those units and inspect them first hand. Make a list of what to look at.

1. Display (do you like what you see?)
2. Keyboard feel, color.
3. Is there a too warm spot on the palm rest?
4. Do they offer a 4 year warranty? How much and from who?

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Of course
by stochar / October 9, 2009 12:17 AM PDT
In reply to: This is why.

One of these two laptops I planed to order online, so this "surveillance" wont be easy an easy task, since I only can check them once they arrive.
But I'll see...

For now my biggest problem is which one to choose, because, looking around the net I found so many different opinions... So now I don't know where is the truth :))
Some people praise this Asus, some are saying the same - but for the Vaio... so now I don't know if here only works that old Latin maxim "De gustibus non est disputandum", or there is some universal valuation and truth which I could follow while I'm choosing. Happy

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