VAIO Pro 13 | red edition
An Amazing performer, lightweight and sleek
I have owned many laptops and desktops over the years. I made the switch to the Apple world around 10 years ago. I have since began to tinker with Microsoft's latest OS the much maligned Windows 8. I am running Windows pro 8.1 on this little powerhouse.
I love the assist button. Sure I know it is in many ways just a link to existing software but regardless it is still nice.
When I first got this laptop I followed the Sony directions. I did a Windows update for Windows 8 pro from the charms menu and then hit the assist button and boom there it was....all of the software including bios updates. I ran all of those. Then went back and reran two charms update and it found a few things. Then for safety sake I ran the assist button one more time.
Then it was off to the update at the Windows online store.
The update to windows pro 8.1 went without a hitch.
all of my programs, links, internet connections and intranet connections worked just fine.
This is a very fast laptop. It is amazing that they could get all that they did into something so sleek and lightweight. The screen is amazing and the audio is acceptable to great.
I have tried it in house and out in the wild. WiFi is working just fine and in fact is very fast. It works fast at cafes and at home.
In a 3,000 square foot home I was able to take it from one corner to the next and maintain full strength on my WiFi. So the WiFi issue that some have talked about is fixed. As is everything else.
This is only my second sony anything in 10 years and I am impressed.
I also bought the sheet battery. It works just fine and does give me 8 to 12 hours of battery life. It should be noted though that I have mine set to performance mode rather than balanced. I do allow the screen to go blank after two minutes but the second I even touch the laptop it is wide awake and ready to go.
January 20, 2014
Discontinued After 2 Months on the Market?
When a brand new line of laptops is released under much hype and one of those particular models reaches "discontinued status" in a matter of 8 weeks after launch, there must be something going on.
My Sony Red Edition 15 Fit looked amazing, I must admit.
But the issues I was continually having with it were far too frustrating to deal with for the $2000 price tag.
It has been documented in a least a dozen other reviews I have read that the Red Edition line is notorious for poor WiFi connectivity. I found it somewhat disheartening when, during my fist of five calls to Sony Support, I was told that I would need a third party USB wireless network adapter for this machine. That made little sense to me given its price and date of release. Sony, though, did provided that adapter free of charge and promptly shipped it to me.
However, that adapter did absolutely nothing to remedy my laptop's inability to find any WiFi signal each time it awoke from Sleep Mode.
Additionally, anytime I perform a soft restart, the laptop would hangup at the "Restarting...." screen. Even a BIOS update could not fix that issue.
I will admit that Sony was very empathetic to my issues both in their Support and Customer Service/Return departments. It certainly made this frustrating experience as a first time Sony customer a little bit easier to stomach.
I love much of what the Red Edition line has to offer and have no doubts that it IS the industry's best looking laptop to date, but am reluctant to swap out for a RE Duo 14 or RE Pro 13 given some of the other reviews I've read concerning the WiFi connectivity with those models.
Perhaps, Sony just isn't for me.
October 16, 2013
After recieving the first device, we sent it back (had significant trouble doing so) and after receiving the second unit, we experience the same thing, poor wi-fi connectivity issues. Actually purchased a stronger router and still same results. I had to change the mode to G only, Increase the power of the transmitter to Max, and made one additional change and even then, still appears to be some degredation in the wi-fi strenght. Unacceptable for a nearly $3K computer.
September 15, 2013