VAIO Pro 13 | red edition
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