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I bought mine about 18 months ago at a Duty-Free shop at Gatwick Airport as I was leaving the UK to work abroad. The Laptop was easy to use but the size took a little getting used to.
I was able to log on to WiFi hotspots and plug into the internet via a cable as well. Wonderful stuff. A Bulgarian colleague was amazed that he could see the internet on screen but no cables. The look on his face was amazing.
All my colleagues were impressed with both the compact size and features, especially females as they likes the style and the light weight.
The hard-drive did pack up after only a few months. I'm not sure if this was a fault or the fact that the cleaner in my accomodation rough-handled the Laptop when I left it out one day. Getting a replacement wasn't easy and I didn;t use the Warranty as the country I was in made it likely I would never see the computer again. I now have a 40 gig h/d instead of a 30 gig.
I've used it for all kinds of work and plugged it into a projector for presentations. All worked well.
I would like to see at least one more USB slot and a connector similar to the additional monitor slot but the other way round, if you know what I mean.
I'm more than happy with my Sony and hope to get a few more years use from it before it become an antique.
I bought a Sony VAIO PCG laptop for £1,350 in 2003 having chosen the machine mainly for its large, high-resolution screen (16inch, 1600 x 1200) and in the belief that Sony laptops were some of the most reliable on the market. However, when the computer was just over 14 months old (not quite three months out of warranty), the keyboard failed completely, and I had to purchase an external USB keyboard to be able to continue using it. I wrote to Sony, arguing that such a major fault was unacceptable, and asked them to repair the product at their own expense. Their response was to offer me a derisory 10% discount on the cost of repairs.
Then, about a month later, the screen flickered briefly and died completely! I was left with an expensive laptop that was effectively reduced to a desktop machine that could only be used with an external keyboard and an external monitor.
So, here was a laptop that had been used carefully for about five hours a day, in a benign environment, had never suffered any kind of physical damage, and had only been taken out of the house on a handful of occasions, and yet had developed two major faults in the space of just sixteen months! Sonys response to my complaints was simply to argue that their machines are some of the most reliable available on the market.
Not one, but two major faults in just over a year. Reliable? Judge for yourself. My advice: think very carefully before purchasing a Sony VAIO laptop unless, that is, you intend using it as a desktop machine.
After this review I will be not reachable for two or three weeks straight as all the dealers would have offered a ransom to wipe me off the gizmo gadget review scene, why? Cause none of them are offering the top of the line or latest products I review and they are sold even in Dubai deserts to men wearing gowns! I seriously think it?s high time they start respecting the Indian buyer and figure out on there own that if we can get the latest Kompressors, Skodas and Corollas why not the freshest gadgets, are you listening new product launch teams, huh? Any notebook can?t be performing, looking or weighing better then the latest Sony TR1MP Notebook, read on? The recently launched SONY TR1MP Notebook (Laptop) weighs only 1.4 kgs. And boasts of a 900 MHz Intel Pentium M processor (Gamers sorry), 256MB Ram, 30GB hard disk, DVD-CD-RW combo drive (CD writer with a DVD drive), Intel 855M integrated graphics, 10.6 inch 1,280 x 768 TFT screen, 802.11b, Bluetooth, VGA camera built in and Windows XP operating system on board! Along with designer Grey and Silver exterior you get this new age silvery white interiors, yes including the keyboard its all silvery white this time. (Did the SONY design team attend LIFW 2003?) The top of the screen has a Motion Eye camera, which turns around 180 degrees vertically for comfort of shooting great Digital pictures. The right hand side of the screen has an image capture button for kids to shoot when dads are not around, it?s that easy? Considering the size this lil devil has a lot to offer like the CD-RW / DVD drive is on the front panel (unlike the usual side) for easier use and also has a 30 GB hard disk, a very large number of PC users still do not have that size of hard disk on there desktops! The integrated 802.11b wireless switch is on the front chassis, a cute lil Memory Stick slot on the right and a VGA out if you suddenly want to connect your Notebook to a projector.
Keyboard is a lil smaller but with very well defined and spaced keys for ease of typing. Two USB 2.0 ports accompanied by a mini FireWire and also with a DC out for letting you charge your Digital Cameras, glad? The right side also has an Ethernet and modem ports, Headphone and Mic sockets and a single Type II PC Card slot as well. The battery lasted for 3 hours straight till I finished 5 different kind of cha and Mocha?s, that?s double the time compared to your normal Pentium 4 notebooks! The 10. 6-inch TFT screen is the newly launched Sony?s ?Onyx Black? technology; these screens have a higher contrast ratio than other Sony screens, which makes DVD watching a truly enhanced experience. Over all its one of the best Notebooks you could buy for your monies with amazing comfort for travelers and mind blowing features but as I told you none of the dealers are offering this at the moment in India, the price in London is approximately 1800 Sterling pounds only, go get it! Mehul Patel is the Consulting Director of KIPL.Net - Digital Design & Communications, The author can be reached via email on firstname.lastname@example.org