Rated 5 out of 5 by mfernandes Best purchase ever made
I live in Brazil and this ultrabook has not even been released there . And while it is certainly the price will be stratospheric . So for me, the price was very cheap . Researched a lot before buying and do not regret a bit of the choice made . The fan noise really bothers a lot at first, but after you do all updates via sony updates , the noise almost disappears , you often do not even realize that the ultrabook is on. After upgrading to Windows 8.1 , screen brightness insists on staying much darker than I desire . Got better after disabling the auto screen brightness. I hope Sony solves this problem in the next updates . The Sony is quick in performing all tasks so far.Furthermore , the design is beautiful and draws a lot of attention from people , especially when you solve transforms it into tablet mode . Even my friends , who are applemaniacs and bought the MacBook Pro , were delighted with the Sony Vaio Flip , mainly the transformation in tablet mode . So, worth every penny paid for this Sony Flip and I 'm very happy with my purchase .
March 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by RF84214 256 hard drive = 161gb open disk space
I've been excited for this computer and upon visiting the Sony store in University village I decided to bring ti home. I chose this model because I it was double the HD space and thought I'd have reasonable storage. Imagine my surprise when the used disk space out of box was almost 1/2! Well I guess its a good thing I bought the one with more disk space, but even with its partition for restore the amount of used space is absolutely mind boggling and something that should be listed in the the spec sheets.
Computer review other than that? Great, I'm still getting used to Windows 8 and wish there was a hot key for turning off the back light on the keyboard. Love the design, stays pretty cool and personally after initial start haven't had issue with the fan like the other reviewers.
Lastly I wish the sales rep hadn't convinced me into black (since thats what they had) it shows prints easily, which drives me kind of batty but not enough to pay a 15% restocking fee.
December 22, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Christoph Extremely Loud
If you need:
- a convertible laptop to commute
- a Laptop for travelling
- a Laptop for an open office
- a Laptop for presentations
- a Tablet to read or watch movies on your couch or in the bed
this is the WRONG one.
While the design is really nice, the case is excellent and the screen of high quality - the multi-flip is extremely loud.
Even with the stock settings, if you turn down the CPU to silent and powersave, it spins up all the time.
I have this item for 1-2 weeks now and use it around 12 hours a day. The fan did never stop, even if it was completely idle.
The noise itself is so annoying that my co-workers and even someone in the train complained.
This is surely not what Sony advertised with this product. You don't actually expect a tablet/hybrid to make any noise.
I think it also can be fixed with a bios upgrade, but having had some Sony products for a while, and since there were problems (wifi) with the VAIO pro as well (which Sony keeps ignoring) - I doubt that they will do or respond to any complaints.
I've contacted Customer Support and they told me that they are hearing this for the first time. This is simply a lie because there are already quite a bunch of threads about the Multi-Flip out there, and every single user complains about this fan noise. Some sent it back immediately.
For the price of this, it's not worth it with this severe flaw. I'm disappointed.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by rvrichardson 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by njfife I love this thing
First, a BIOS update was released that helped the fan issue a lot. However! It is STILL noisy compared to other machines like this one, I think they just bought a bad fan or something, it makes a constant Whistling noise. Like I said, it is MUCH better, it is a little worse than most machines like this one noise wise, but it is usable in a meeting for example now if you need it.
The battery life is pretty good, not amazing, but still good.
The main thing I love about this machine is the look and feel, the hardware, the pen, and the way it converts.
The way it flips down is perfect for me. It protects the keyboard, and I can use the pen, which is excellent btw, not as good as the surface's pen, but then again, nothing is as good as the surface's pen.
It comes with great hardware, I can play some video games on it if I want to. Probably not BF4 or the really graphic intense games, but I can play StarCraft II and any Source game ect...
The SSD means very fast startup and load times
Overall this is a great machine, if you want a good machine, with a great pen that converts in one of the best ways possible, then this is the way to go!
Only downside is the fan, which is MUCH better after the update =) Thanks for fixing that Sony
December 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by LDBr Be careful how you pick it up!
Having debated/shopped new laptop vs tablet for several months, I was excited to see this online. After getting my hands on a store display to try out the (possibly precarious) hinged-lid mechanism, I ordered from Sony's web site. My chosen model was actually still listed as "preorder" status & didn't ship for over a week but upon receipt I was thrilled. First impressions: practically weightless, gorgeous display, superfast boot. The trials of updating/fine-tuning a new device & tribulations of learning Win8 were only minor annoyances; fan noise was never an issue for me. Then came the buggy wireless connectivity & some annoying system freezes, which another round of updates seemed to fix. Less than 3 weeks in, I picked it up while in tablet mode & noticed that the touch screen functionality no longer worked; after a few minutes messing with it I noticed a tiny crack in the left corner of the Windows Home button indentation at the bottom of the screen. I soon realized the crack had spread across the screen in two directions--it looked like a stress fracture. Other reviewers have noticed the flex in the bottom (keyboard) part of the unit; same goes for the screen/lid. It's SO light & thin there's no structural rigidity to help support the glass, plus the indentation for the home button creates a weak point. I feel this is a SERIOUS design flaw--handle with extreme care!
December 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Waldi 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
Rated 1 out of 5 by PaperGuy 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