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I got this laptop I think about 6-7 years ago now and I still use it to date!! I also have a macbook which i'm using right now but I also like it because it's super light so I take it out with me and I move it around the house all the time!
MY Sony has now almost turned into a desktop computer and it stays put where I have it set up. I use this laptop when using photoshop as it's still super fast and I can do lots of things at once! About 1 year ago I felt my laptop getting super hot underneath, which was 5 years of use later... my macbook had this after 1!!!
They just don't make laptops like this anymore, well to be honest sony may be making better ones because Apple have nothing on Sony!!
My laptop has never broken, apart from the fact the 'K' key has broken off and that was only because an early learning unicorn fell from a shelf and targeted that key!! (haha don't ask!)
I've used this laptop for photoshop, as a gaming console and as dvd player and it's been brilliant for all! I'm now looking to buy a new laptop and because of the industry I am in, i'm leaning towards buying a new macbook, which I'm sad about since my 6 year old Sony is better than my 2 year old mac!!
Vaio are fantastic laptops! I shall miss this laptop once I do get a replacement...
I bought this laptop two and a half years ago as my first laptop. At around £400 it wasn't too expensive and as a non-gamer it has everything that I wanted. I mainly use it for word processing, browsing the internet and watching catch-up TV and DVDs.
The 15.4 inch widescreen is truly excellent with great clarity and bright colours. However I must report that now the backlight on it is not always working correctly, which is annoying and quite inconvenient. I have not yet looked into how much it would cost to have this replaced but may look at replacing the whole laptop instead. I have had two previous problems with this laptop (the system crashed once and the left mouse button on the touch pad stopped working), but as I bought it from Marks and Spencer I had a two year warranty on it which covered the repairs of both of these issues at no cost to me. Also it is worth noting that I haven't treated the laptop all that well - it has been dropped etc.
Despite these problems I must agree with a previous reviewer that I fell in love with this laptop and so am unwilling to replace it. I also have not upgraded the operating system to windows 7 as it wouldn't add that much to the product for me.
It is a very easy laptop to use and does everything that the average user would require from it. Despite it's faults I would definitely recommend this laptop. After two and a half years of use the battery still has a full two hours of life. The software which comes with it is also useful although a full version of microsoft office will need to be purchased.
The SONY laptop has been a brilliant laptop from day one and still is now 2 years on. Its quick at booting up even now and works perfectly for all my needs. It is a lovely silver colour with a textured body which makes it very stylish. It has a good sized screen which is very clear and sharp. I prefer this to my works laptop which is a brand new DELL at twice the price. It came with Vista which I was totally new too but after a few hours I became familar with it and found it very easy to use. The laptop has a decent amount of battery life and still holds 2 hours after 2 years old. It has had alot of use too there's not a day that goes by when its not used. We even took it on holiday while we was camping to watch dvd's and it was spot on. It has a wireless card built in so we never have it connected it just syncs with the router and off we go onto the web. That has always worked perfectly with no faults.
Overall it was a brilliant laptop 2 years ago and still works like new. Screen, keys, functions, battery all still work brilliantly.
When i started my GCSE courses two years ago, i decided that a laptop was a neccessity, as i would be spending a lot of time typing up coursework and doing online revision. I spent a lot of time searching the internet for the best deals on the requirements that i wanted, i.e, a large memory, dual core processor, and a 15.4 inch screen, and then eventually i came across this one. I know a lot of people who own sony vaio laptops, and have had no problems with them, so I decided to go ahead and buy one, as it is good value for money.
As soon as I turned it on I fell in love with it. Well, as much as you can love a laptop anyway. I don't want to sound like a computer freak, but this laptop is actually amazing.
The screen is really bright, the sound quality is the best, and it loads up everything quickly without freezing or crashing. I must point out that I am still using vista, I don't really need to change to windows 7, but a lot of friends have this laptop with 7 on it and it's just as good.
I must also point out, that I am a bit clumsy at times. My laptop has been dropped on, stood on, laid on, and left in the rain more times than i can count, and yet it still works perfectly.
So after 2 and a half years of using this product pretty much everyday, i've had no problems whatsoever, and it runs just as smoothly as it did when i first got it. On some laptops, I know that the battery life can decrease, but this one can still last well over 2 hours. If you're looking for a money well spent laptop, then this is definately one to consider.
When I graduated from University in 2008, I was left with one rather overused and somewhat outdated laptop. Having started my job, I decided that October of that year would be the time to update my laptop. I spent a long time shopping around, checking out reviews and prices before I settled on this laptop.
My requirements at the time were a 15.4" screen, 250Gb harddrive, decent processing quality/speed, good quality screen and, perhaps most importantly good sound quality (after horrendously tinny speakers on my previous machine). I spotted this model on a number of websites, and I'd heard nothing but good stories about Sony Vaio laptops. So my next step was to locate it in a store and test it out.
And as you will surmise from the fact that I'm writing this review, it lived up to my expectations. I'm writing this review with about 16 months usage, and whilst this is admittedly 16 months of relatively casual use, in that it is used recretionally in evenings and at weekends, it still lives up to those expectations.
Now I am the sort of person who's very careful with their electrical goods, but it is a sturdy machine, and with the exception of one key falling off (although it was the 'x' key so I can't really put that down to overuse. Relatively easy and inexpensive to locate a new part for the key and replace it however, so a minor issue) it's as good as new, aesthetically as well as funcionally.
It's a speedy machine, and I have used a good 3/4+ of the hard drive space. Starts up very quickly, loads everything speedily and runs acceptably with a number of programmes open (although I will admit that I am not in any sense of the word a gamer, so I can't comment on the functionality in that sense).
I have since upgraded the operating system to Windows 7, but I wasn't unhappy with Vista.
Sound and screen quality are brilliant for my uses, in that I listen to a lot of music and watch a fair amount of DVD's, and I have absolutely no complaints. Battery lasts me a decent two hours, more or less dependng on what I'm doing at the time obviously.
So overall, well worth it's price!
As this was my first laptop, I had an unbiased view regarding what to expect for the sort of prices. After looking around at Dells, HPs and lower end MacBooks I finally settled on a Sony Vaio, purchasing it from a Sony Centre shop for £440, at what I thought would be all the money I would need to pay out for it. How wrong I was!
But lets start with the positives: a 2.16 GHz processor, with Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3400 allows the user to download most softwares from the internet with ease, and the 3GB of RAM means that most products will have enough space to download, even the larger products such as the Adobe Creative Suite Range has no qualms. The Vista Home Premium that came as standard has been nothing but a friend to me; for all the bad press that Vista gets, this system has been fast, reliable and has not crashed on me at all, despite the fact I adore multitasking and frequently have numerous windows open.
In truth, I feel I have no need in forking out another 100 pounds for Windows 7, when I already have a good operating system: so don't be swayed by the majority.
Back to the Vaio, and as an A Level Student studying Design, running Adobe products, Cinema 4d and other related products have been nothing but a breeze.
That was the good stuff - now lets get down to the money I have spent getting it repaired on numerous occasions!
Now, I am a very careful person. I am the sort of person that, if he sees something out of place or untidy, he feels it is his moral obligation to straighten it, or tidy it, whatever it may be. However, just a simple menial task such as closing the lid, caused the whole system to collapse and then required the system to be backed up, costing me over 200 pounds! Prior to this I had managed to get a trojan, despite that fact that I hadn't even used the internet. By the way DON'T use Internet Explorer - use either Firefox or Safari. I find Firefox is good at home, and when I need to use my laptop at school, Safari gets around proxys, as my school has for soe reason put a block on websites such as google and the bbc website!
The battery life is also very poor - it says it lasts 2 hours, but I tested this by leaving it on from 100% on Normal setting with nothing up and it managed only 1 hour 25 minutes. Other Vaio users have said it uses up 20% by just switching it on!
So, for me there are two choices:
1. You can get this computer for all its redeeming features, and in addition to this, immediately purchase an external hard drive and a good security software (I recommend ESET), or;
2. Buy a low end MacBook - in total I have forked out almost the same amount for repairs which I used to buy the initial Laptop (£835), which is 40 pounds more than a low end MacBook (£799), which will have no viruses and will run extremely well
So, to sum up, the good points of this Laptop make your life a convenience, and the bad points burn a sizeable hole in your pocket!