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I Regret Buying This Laptop
on March 31, 2015
I regret that I bought this laptop. I paid $1,200 for it at the Best Buy store. I should have just spent some extra money and bought a MacBook. I'm done with Microsoft products. Here is a list of reasons why I regret buying this laptop.
#1. It came wit Windows 8, which is complete crap. Windows 7 was much better, and don't tell me anything stupid like, "You just don't like change". Use your brain. Everyone hated Windows Vista. When Windows 7 was released, it was completely different from Vista, and everyone loved it. It was a change in the RIGHT direction.
#2. The speakers are WAY too small, and the left speaker shorted itself out withing the first two weeks of me owning this laptop. Since the speakers are so small, they produce absolutely no bass and they sound a little "tinny".
#3. The batter life is horrible. The battery would only last about two hours wile I had it unplugged. After about a year of usage, the battery would not charge to 100%.
#4. The battery design is retarded! Which idiot in Sony decided that it would be a good idea to screw the battery to the bottom of the computer? A batter should be able to be easily removed.
#5. Another problem with the battery is the the screws are connected to the battery with a thin piece of flimsy plastic. After a year, one screw had broken from the battery, which causes the battery to hang and lose its stable terminal connection with the computer. The connection was then intermittent, but not related to the battery not being able to charge to 100% capacity.
#6. Although the touch screen is a nice feature, it is completely useless on a laptop. Also, the material used for this touchscreen collects dust and fingerprints like it's some kind of magnet! I've never seen a laptop screen attract so much dust and so many fingerprints as this one in my entire life.
#7. The touchscreen is way too sensitive! There is no option to turn off the touchscreen function, so there isn't a day that goes by where I don't change or move something on the screen by accidentally touching it.
#8. There is a "lip" at the top of the screen which is made of very cheap plastic. It broke within the first 6 month of me owning the laptop, and that's just because I brushed against it with my right thumb.
#9. The microphone is placed at the base of the keyboard near where your wrist rests while typing. That is a HORRIBLE place to put a microphone because it picks up ALL of the fan noise and it's not in the direction of the camera. A better location for it would have been either above or below the camera which is located about the screen.
#10. The camera is horrible under poor lighting conditions. It's incapable of deciphering colors under poor lighting conditions, therefore no one will be able to see you unless you put some extra light inside of the room. I KNOW Sony could have done a better job. I have a Sony Xperia T smartphone, and its camera is amazing in all lighting conditions, including total darkness!
#11. The SD card slot works intermittently. Sometimes I have to continuously remove and install an SD card in order to get the laptop to communicate with the SD card.
Here are a few good, but not redeeming, things I can say about this laptop.
#1. It's very fast. The processor is nice and it doesn't overheat at all. The laptop runs relatively cool compared to other Microsoft-based laptops.
#2. The picture/video quality is super bright and clear. Unfortunately, it's usually blocked by a multitude of fingerprints and dust.
#3. The amount of hard drive space is lovely. An external hard drive is not really needed unless you want to use one as a backup.
#4. The keyboard backlight is nice. It has three modes to choose from. It can be on 100% of the time, turn off after about 10 seconds of not pushing a button, or it can be off 100% of the time. It's helpful when trying to type in either a dark or poorly-lit room. Unfortunately, it's not the quickest and most comfortable keyboard I've used. Also, the backlight only comes in the color of white. The color cannot be changed.
#5. The touchpad is very easy to use and the cursor has smooth operation.
#6. USB 3.0. Need I say more? I just wish that there would have been more than one USB 3.0 port.
Overall, I give this laptop a 2/5. The system functions well, but the build quality is very flimsy. This is definitely not worth the $1,200 I paid for it. Down through the years, I've been going through Microsoft-based laptops like water. The next laptop I purchase will be from Apple. Those things last for many years.