Product Type: Sony laptops
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Sony Vaio FW21E
Member Name: anglophile
Sony Vaio FW21E
Advantages: battery, bright screen, fast, widescreen, built-in webcam and microphone
Disadvantages: hardware, usb placement, sound quality, random software
The best features:
-The screen is good enough, but I find it strange that it is advertised as having such an amazing screen given the fact that my last 5-year-old laptop had a higher resolution and sharper image. Fail.
-While not extroidinarily so, this computer is fast. That is its best feature.
-The second best feature is the battery life. I've never had a battery perform so well on a computer, I am very impressed by this!
-Widescreen films fit the shape of the screen perfectly. On the other hand, things like Word look a bit scrunched up from top to bottom.
The worst features:
-The right-click mouse button NEVER worked. And I still haven't gotten around to getting it fixed.
-This highlights another problem, all of the 3 USB ports are in a line on the right front side of the computer. Not a single one elsewhere! Meaning there is NO good place to plug in a mouse, since that is where your wrist goes! The only option was to invest in an expensive cordless mouse. It couldn't be a cheap one, because the bit that plugs into the computer stuck out so far, my wrist would snap it right off.
-For a Sony laptop, I would have expected better sound quality as well. The speakers have a tin sound to them. My old HP had better sound quality, so I really notice the difference.
-All the Sony Vaio software that came with the computer absolutely clogs the machine. Windows Live One Care is an extreme nuisance, blocking nearly every program on you computer, therefore causing you to have to make countless exceptions.
-I was told Sony Vaio was a good brand, but I certainly have not had a good experience with mine. I'm sure one can find similar features in another computer for a similar price, perhaps it would be worth trying another brand or at least a different model.
Summary: Would not recommend, this computer has been problematic.
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