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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Good value for the money. I've been using my Sony for 2 weeks and find it fast and reliable for work and home usage. Vista isn't great but it's alright for my needs.

The laptop battery life is quite good with the standard battery. I wish that the recharger cord was a bit longer. Also, when typing on my lap the bottom does get a little warm for my tastes but not too bad.

Overall, this is a good value for a personal laptop. I also considered Dell, Lenovo and Apple, but the Sony had the configuration I wanted for way less than the competition.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2008
Seems pretty solid. A couple points from other reviews. Yes the battery does rattle a small amount, however I was able to fix it by placing a small strip of tape on the side of the battery to take up the tiny amount of slack so that the battery now fits snugly.
It does come with a slew of software from Sony's "business partners", but you can uninstall it to speed up the machine and free up drive space. Also turning off Vista's eye-candy (Aero, desktop sidebar, etc.) will net better performance. This model does not come with recovery disks so make sure you make your backup disks (to blank DVD's) with the included software. After you do that you have the option to wipe the recovery partition and use the space as you see fit (you will be able to reinstall using the recovery disks you created). Battery life at the defaults is okay (2 hours non heavy duty use), but you can double it by getting into Vista's power management and changing the default max for cpu usuage while on battery to less than 100%. One note, while the specs say it can take 4GB of memory (comes with 2GB) , if you are using the 32bit version of Vista, you will be limited to 3GB of memory (this is true of all Vista/XP computers as it is an operating system based limitation, so don't blame Sony).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2007
This laptop is really worth the money!!! I was really confused whether to buy a SONY or a HP; HP was $300 cheaper..still I went for a SONY and I think I have made the right choice...
Pros : Looks, Weight, Soft keypad, good performance.
Cons : Comes loaded with very few softwares or none at all...

I have owned a HP and a TOSHIBA laptop previously and this is the best amongst the three!!! Would recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2008
This is my first Sony, so I am going to compare with many other brands that I had before: Toshiba,Gateway , HP and Dell. My decision about getting a SONY and not a second Dell ( the best one ) was made just based on cosmetics. This laptop looks gourgeous! But it is also a great laptop.
Thumbs UP: Very quiet , good configuration , the built in camera is excelent.
Why not 5 stars: Sound is terrible and lack of bluetooth.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2007
I love this laptop. I spent months agonizing over what laptop to buy and I decided on this one because I wanted a Sony. Having owned this for 2 weeks I can honestly say that it was a great investment and definetly worth the money.
The keypad is a dream to use. Beautiful keys that are perfect to operate. I dont think Vista is that hard to use. Maybe its a personal preference but I havent found any problems with compatibility when it comes to software drivers. I love the way that you can play DVD's without booting the whole system up. The only thing Id say is the sound card coulda been a little louder because when you play DVD's it can play a little low. Eg. Superman Returns played very low.You have to watch it with no background sounds. Thats a small gripe. I think had the sound been a little better then I would have given it 5stars ...so I highly recommend this laptop.
The color is beautiful. I love it so much .
I had to add to this review having now owned it for nearly 2 months. The sound is lacking on the Vaio...but if you get headphones you will be fine. I havent had the battery rattling problem at all. The laptop does get a little hot if you leave it on as I do but other than that.My review stays.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2007
First - I'm not a computer geek. But I am a buyer that demands the best. This computer has been perfect.

Good things:
- People asked be where I got it when I had to remove in the security line at the airport. Anything that gets me attention from others is a major plus. It looks great.

- It goes fast. Now I see why people enjoy YouTube! This thing moves fast, and setting up the wireless utility with my router was as easy as remembering to move over the wireless switch (which was very hard for me.)

- Poof! It's as light as a feather. When I first grabbed the box with the computer in it from the nerdy Best Buy dude, I thought he forgot to put the computer in. It's light. Very, very light.

Bad things:
- Vista. Why? I liked XP sooo much!

- Doesn't come with hardly any software. Doesn't come with Office or any anti-virus. If it does, that dude at Best Buy totally lied to me!

- Isn't a flying car. Seriously, it's hard to think of anything wrong with this fine piece of work except that it doesn't take me to work in less than three minutes. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2008
I have to say that I was really impressed with this computer when I just got it, because it looks absolutely beutiful (I have a gold one) I hopes long ago that there will be more choice in design and here it was, very light, just beautiful!
There is one main problem. I work typing a lot of text, transcribing. There is some charge that is going through the metal part of a laptop, right in front where the player bottons are, that doesn't quiet burn my skin, but discharging some electricity in to my wrist and it's quiet painful by the end of the day!
I love everything about it, but just for that little thing I would return it, if I did not live in Europe and spent so much money on getting it here from US. So now I just have to wear long sleaves or put some scarf over the metal bar in front, quiet annoying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2008
I bought this laptop for my sister after purchasing a new Lenovo. The lenovo was about $750 more with similar (slightly superior) specs but i feel for the most part it has a much better build quality. The plastic-y feel of the Vaio is a little cheap feeling, and the clicker is very rigid. Even with similar specs, its not as fast as the lenovo, and comes with a lot of "bloat ware" (difficult to remove AOL trails, etc)
It is very pretty and has no problems in terms of usage (the lenovo has been a bit of a headache to tell the truth).

Overall I'd say this is a solid deal for a student or light computer user, just remember that microsoft office is around $200!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2008
The VAIO is great, it has an excelent resolution and it's relatively fast. The reason why I didn't rate it as a 5 is because it takes too long to charge and the battery duration is less than I expected. I am looking forward to buy a battery extension...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2010
Within two months after purchasing this PC new... I had to return it to Sony for the mother board to be replaced... I have had nothing but problems with it ever since. This was my fourth purchase of a sony pc and after this experience, I will never purchase another one. The LCD screen went out (after warranty)and they replaced it for $500, after I argued it down from $750. Within one year, the screen is acting up again. I treat my computers with respect and very gently. There was no neglegence on my part. You would think for almost $2,000 dollars I wouldn't have these issues or the added cost. I rated it one star because it wouldn't let me leave it blank. Please note... I did NOT purchase the PC from this company, which I am sure is a very fine company!
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