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I have a confession. I used to own an Acer Travelmate. I say this quietly, in case my sexy Sony Vaio hears of my relationship with an inferior computer (which had air vents underneath, so when you put it on your lap, it cut out....handy) and goes into a huff.
I am writing a lot these days. About 30,000 words worth of thesis in fact. So I need a laptop which I can rely on, but also something which I can happily live with up to 12 hours a day - not including screen breaks for good health, obviously.... ;-)
The Sony Vaio meets all my expectations and more.
So, here are my examples of why I think this computer shines, and where it could do better.....
The sound quality through the speakers is great, I often play albums as I work. The speakers are set at the foot of the screen, on the keyboard, which is nifty, and the sound is not at all tinny.
The battery power seems to be holding up well - I have had the computer for almost a year and there is still about 2hours battery time when it is not in the mains.
Performance-wise, it "does what it says on the tin", really. I've had no problems with it not doing what I have wanted it to.
And finally, this gorgeous X-Black screen. If you don't have one, get one. It makes the world of difference. Suddenly everything is clear and sharp. Except when the sun is behind me, when it just becomes a mirror, which is a bit of a drawback, I suppose.
But as drawbacks go, there are relatively few. I feel it is very much built for a lap, rather than a table, beecause there is a large space between the edge of the keyboard and the keys, which is great for resting your wrists but at the wrong angle - ie sitting at a desk - this can be a little annoying.
It is, as with all Sony's, a bit expensive (around £800). But I think you get what you pay for, particularily with regards to the look and feel of a Sony.
My other half quickly went out and bought the same computer, only the widescreen version, which I have to say, I'm a bit envious of....
The mains adaptor is a bit big, and can get pretty hot..... but I'm really reaching for the criticims now.
I can't tell you about manufacturer support etc, as I've never had to contact them.... 'nuff said.
It is a really lovely computer, I cannot praise it highly enough (and I think after all this flattery it has just about forgiven me for once owning an Acer...)