VAIO Fit 13A | Flip PC
Great Buy!! I love it!!
This is a great laptop. For the monetary value you are making a great investment. I am going to be totally honest and transparent. The laptop does come with things that can be improved on but that is not to say that the laptop isn't great already. For starters the keyboard is a little bland. It is fine. But not great neither it is it terrible. The fan can be loud when installing all the updates but after that it seems to quiet down to normal. Another things that might get under peoples skin is the fact that they have to run a ton of updates. That may be a problem for a person who is in a rush to start getting to work with their laptop but it wasn't much of a hassle for me. I finished updating and getting everything to my standards in about two hours. Now there are amazing things worth noting with this laptop like how light it is, how everything looks beautiful on the screen and just the hardware itself, and the great hardware that it has inside the laptop itself. It runs smoothly and efficiently. It is everything that I expected and more because mine shipped with the stylus which is awesome to take notes on. Be eco-friendly people. Stylus+Computing device is a dawn of a new age. But anyways. This is well worth your purchase and if you are patient with the laptop at first, it will make you happy and proud to be a vaio owner for the rest of its life.
March 4, 2014
Best Portable Machine Ever!!!
I have had Sony laptops since they started the VAIO series. I use to collect the larger screen laptops like 16'4 inch and 17' inch, which I have but needed something more portable and light plus having a touch/screen works great.
I use this machine to monitor my trades and also do other business tasks.
I purchased the i7 version with 8gb Ram - 256 SSD - 13".
I really like the design and the weight,
January 22, 2014
Beautiful Machine but Disappointing
I have owned portable computers since 1981- upgrading every three years. I owned the original Compaq suitcase machine succeeded by other many other Compaq’s, a Gateway, HPs, an IBM, one Fujitsu and a Dell. Along with those portable computers, I also owned many desktop computers- all Microsoft compatible versions. Then I made the mistake of venturing into a Sony. I purchased the SVF13N17PXB- with Sony’s most powerful processor in the Flip series, 256 GB SSD, touch screen, etc. This is the first computer that I purchased that I could not make work, even with the many hours on the phone with Sony’s help line. I was originally concerned that Sony’s help line would not be accessible- my fears were unfounded. Sony help was accessible and properly took control of the machine when warranted. Sony help lines were not the problem.
The fan noise listed on the Sony feedback site was also a concern before my purchase. But, while fan noise did subside after an upgrade to the Sony drivers, it did not disappear. And, I have many other portable computers with which I have experience to compare with the Sony Flip. However, I could live with the fan noise.
The problems- Sony ships this machine with older drivers and windows 8.0. So in order to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you must first update all Sony drivers and software. This took approximate three hours. Then the upgrade to windows 8.1 was only one more hour, as you must go thru numerous updates before you actually get to 8.1.
I have Office 2010 on my last computer and am licensed to load this software on the Sony Flip. It failed to load. I went to the Microsoft help line and after two long calls- five hours in total- the Microsoft technicians got it loaded and functioning. The problem was that Sony had a prior load of Office 2013 and the preload of that software, was not fully functioning. The pre-loaded version of Office corrupted the load of Office 2010. Microsoft eventually deleted the Office 2013 software and then the last trick was to delete further the Office Software from the recycle bin. Who would have known this- certainly not the first Microsoft technician? Microsoft eventually got Office 2010 to load properly and work.
After the updates, my mouse ceased to function properly. The external monitor for viewing large spreadsheets would not connect. Back to the Sony help line and the next technician went thru recovery and reloaded the original software on my Sony Flip-wiping out the many hours of work that I invested in the Flip’s setup. The technician could not get the jumpy mouse pointer to stabilize- eventually he gave up as well. After reloading the original operating system, the external monitor still did not work and the Sony help line technician could not get the Sony flip to recognize my USB flash drive for recovery purposes; however the machine would read the files that were on the USB drive. To be clear, the Sony Flip could read the USB drive for file purposes but not for purposes of creating backup media. I would never have been able to conclude this was a hardware problem with the Sony Flip without the Sony Tech guidance. Then on to another hour long wait on the phone while Sony was upgrading my case to more experienced technicians.
At this point, I realized that I had - in front of me- many hours of downloading the Sony drivers again and then the windows upgrade to 8.1 again and I threw in the towel. I offered Sony the chance to take physical control of the machine to perform the upgrade and they declined. So the machine was returned to Sony. Sony was gracious in providing a full refund as well as paying for the return shipment.
On the positive side, the 13” Flip was light, powerful and had a brilliant screen. The lay flat mechanism was creative, sturdy and worked well.
I am an early adopter of technology and a friend bought the same machine the week after I purchased and later returned my Sony. My friend is not experiencing any of the problems that afflicted the Sony Flip machine shipped to me.
My advice- only buy this machine from Sony if it is consumer ready. Get Sony to load all of their updates and update to Windows 8.1. There is not enough time in my schedule to fix the Sony Flip. First computer that I could not get to work in 32 years!
January 13, 2014
Works great after updates
It took about 2 months for me to decide on this. I had originally seen the 15 inch model at Best Buy, however when I went to the Sony Store, they had the 13 inch model. I loved the weight versus the 15 inch. The price was the biggest challenge, but Sony offered a good deal of a no interest purchase.
The fan problem was an issue and there were a few other issues, however after multiple updates, the computer became more friendly and usable. The fan noise is also a thing of the past, although it still runs up fast every now and again, its not any different to other laptops I've worked on before. It is fast and boot times are incredible. I updated it to Windows 8.1 which seems to work a little better. I have never been overjoyed with windows 8, however this PC seems to make it a lot easier to work with.
The flip to tablet mode is easy and quick and it does not disappoint, the 13 inch is light enough to work with easily and the active pen makes it a breeze.
Boot times are extremely fast and it seems to handle all applications pretty well.
If there were any points that I would say could be a negative, the touch pad seems too sensitive and eventually I had to turn some of the features of the touch pad off. The other point I noticed when running on battery, the auto dimming feature becomes very distracting as it is constantly dimming and brightening.
Overall, its a very nice to work with computer and I cant understand the negative reviews after all the updates are done. The flip works better than any other hybrid I tested. Battery life is pretty good as well.
Very happy with my purchase.
January 11, 2014