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Good basic notebook with a vivid color screen
on August 22, 2013
The Sony Vaio SVF1421ACXW is a stylish basic notebook at a good price. The notebook is relatively thin and light, and it has excellent vibrant Sony quality colors on the 14 inch 1600x900 screen. The notebook uses the recently released Intel Pentium 2117U, dual core processor which makes it a great starter notebook, or replacement for someone that does not have high end gaming requirements. It is about twice the speed of the previous basic low end Dell notebook we bought just a few months ago. This notebook will handle any normal web surfing, skyping, video viewing, word processing or other activities an average user would expect to perform.
When the notebook boots up for the very first time, the keyboard back lighting is turned on. When I booted this notebook, because of the bright sunlight from outside, the back lighting made it very hard to read the keys. I easily fixed that by turning off the keyboard back lighting once the machine was set up, and I have turned it back on again. I have noticed that the touchpad seems a bit squishy when moving the mouse cursor, and very sensitive as compared to the touchpad on my other computer, a MacBook. I have to be careful when using the touchpad on this notebook, otherwise, because it is sensitive, it wants to send unwanted mouse clicks. If I could give a 4.5 star, I would due to the touchpad issue; otherwise, the notebook is five star.
The notebook does not have a touch screen, which means that it is harder to run Windows 8 Apps, but that does not bother me because I have no plans to run Windows 8 Apps. When I installed the machine the default setup screens prompted me to create a Login account using my email address and to sign up for the Windows App store. I declined those choices and instead chose to do a custom setup. In the custom setup I declined all the Windows App Store services, and I clicked on a button in the lower right of the screen to create a Local Login account, which is the same type of login as on previous Windows releases.
Personally, I am not a fan of Windows 8, but immediately after I setup the note book, I found the Desktop tile on the Windows 8 start screen, and clicked into it. From there I installed an application called Classic Shell, which gives Windows 8 a start button and also makes the Windows 8 behave very similar to Windows 7. This program hides the Windows 8 tile start screen, brings back the normal windows screen each time the machine boots, and generally makes Windows 8 behave similar to Windows 7.
In summary, if you are looking for a good basic notebook such as a first school notebook or perhaps as a gift to someone who is not a teenage video game playing fanatic, this notebook should definitely be considered. It will not disappoint.