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Hey guys got a question, do any of you have a Sony Laptop? If so how is it, how long have you had it and have you had any problems?

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Old 01-09-2011, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys got a question, do any of you have a Sony Laptop? If so how is it, how long have you had it and have you had any problems? I've been using a Dell Inspirion 1525 that I've had for about 2 years and its literally falling apart, the screan just falls down, its off its hinges and that numerous stress cracks in the case. So I'm in the market for a new laptop in the less than $1000 range. I don't do any heavy computing, and don't store tons and tons of info. Just basic word processing, internet and light gaming. Any recomendations?
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Hey guys got a question, do any of you have a Sony Laptop? If so how is it, how long have you had it and have you had any problems? I've been using a Dell Inspirion 1525 that I've had for about 2 years and its literally falling apart, the screan just falls down, its off its hinges and that numerous stress cracks in the case. So I'm in the market for a new laptop in the less than $1000 range. I don't do any heavy computing, and don't store tons and tons of info. Just basic word processing, internet and light gaming. Any recomendations?
One of my three current laptops is a sony vaio. I've owned a lot of laptops, but this one takes the cake for biggest POS.

The best I had would be a tie between my dell and my HP.
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Gonna pass on the Mac as I need windows
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My most recent laptop is a Sony Vaio Z series. Back then, in the days of Core 2 Duo and non-HD laptop displays, it was pretty good. It was light weight, had really good battery life, and looked and felt good.

Of all the laptops I've had, I've also noticed the screen itself has the most "neutral" look to it. Most laptops have some kind of coating to enhance contrast and color vibrance, including this one, and it usually has some strange results when compared to regular monitors.

Something to note, however, is I got this laptop 2 years ago. I have noticed that Sony has drastically changed their laptop lineup, and most of the new offerings appear to be made of cheaper materials than the past. Also, Sony's built in bloatware conflicts with iTunes because they use the same library sorting or something. If you do get a Vaio and use itunes, you may have to look up this issue, because it prevents your library from being saved in itunes.

I would avoid Toshiba right now. I got one for my girlfriend for christmas, and it has issues with its wifi. When we looked it up, literally 90% of the posts on the Toshiba forums involved wifi problems.
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One of my three current laptops is a sony vaio. I've owned a lot of laptops, but this one takes the cake for biggest POS.

The best I had would be a tie between my dell and my HP.
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I will never buy an HP again, they overheat frequently and are poorly built.

I bought a new MacBook Pro 13.3'' and it's the best thing I ever. I hate iTunes though, but overall, I'm quite happy with it. I play CounterStrike: Source and it runs fine on Mac OS X. Microsoft Office 2011 is also available for Mac OS X.
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Gonna pass on the Mac as I need windows
Vmware fusion, lets you run windows virtually or you can use bootcamp?
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Even then, spending the premium for a mac just to run windows seems oxymoronic. Not to emntion he wants to keep it at 1000 or under,
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These have good reviews on cnet:

Samsung SF510-A01
Lenovo ThinkPad T410 2522
Samsung QX410-J01
Dell XPS 15
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
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Even then, spending the premium for a mac just to run windows seems oxymoronic. Not to emntion he wants to keep it at 1000 or under,
I agree, but I was just pointing out it was possible, and you can get a mac for 1K.
I'm on Macbook Air ver1 since feb of 08 and have had no problems.
I use windows XP virtually for work but spend most of my time in snow leopard.
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Lenovo Thinkpads are a very good choice
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But for a $1,000 you might find a Dell one. Most laptops are over $1,000.
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I agree, but I was just pointing out it was possible, and you can get a mac for 1K.
I'm on Macbook Air ver1 since feb of 08 and have had no problems.
I use windows XP virtually for work but spend most of my time in snow leopard.
Yeah, I know it's been natively possible ever since Apple switched to intel chips from their own in-house chips. I'm just saying if your goal is specifically to run windows for basic low power use, and Apple is probably the worst bang for buck choice, but it does supply potential for future changes in use.

As for the listed uses, I would lo0ok for something with the i3 or i5 chipset. A lot of companies right now offer mid sized laptops with that chipset along with Radeon HD 5650 or equivalent graphics chips. This will give you a good balance of performance, gaming, and battery life. These laptops generally run from 650-800.
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