Rated 1 out of 5 by JohnTX Terrible product - waste of $$!
I bought this product after my previous VAIO laptop lasted me over five years without any problems. (Oddly enough, I'm writing this review on my old laptop after giving up on this new piece of junk.) I bought this item and had to exchange it after two days, as the battery refused to take a charge after going through two complete charge cycles. My second of this model had a better battery, but experienced the problem everyone else seems to recognize in this model -- the wifi card is purely awful. My laptop is typically no more than fifteen feet from my router, and this model still drops the signal way too frequently. While this model is aesthetically pleasing and the touch screen is accurate and fully functional, it's very flimsy. Perhaps that's simply in comparison to my older model VAIO, which is sturdy as can be, but this particular model seems especially flimsy and surely isn't anything I'd have any confidence in were it to accompany me on my business travels.
Besides that, the i7 processor is pretty solid, but overall performance is limited by the 5400rpm hard drive.
In short, don't waste your time with this piece of junk, unless you anticipate never needing internet connectivity.
November 9, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by ENSS Underwhelmed
I purchased this laptop expecting a great performance from Sony- my last Vaio laptop lasted me over 4 years. I'm not particularly tech-savvy, but I'm also very comfortable using a personal computer.
This computer has a slower start up time than I expected- I expect brand new computers to be very quick, but this one isn't. I've also had a lot of trouble with the touchpad- accidentally turning it off, erractic and random mouse movements. After several calls to the awkward Sony support, it seems like this is a common issue and yet they don't have a solution for the touchpad to remain functional.
Windows 8 takes some getting used to, but the touch screen makes use of its best features. And its handy when the touchpad isn't working!
Overall, the computer is fine- functional. I'm not impressed, I've had some issues, I'm reconsidering my allegiance to Sony.
November 11, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cathleen Great unless the hard drive goes out and you wait
Great computer until the hard drive goes out and then you wait 4-6 wks for the part and no one knows what is going on or when it will be fixed
December 26, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by KevOh Buyer beware! Awful wifi!
Wireless Internet users beware. This PC has absolutely horrible wifi. Constantly connects and disconnects making Internet browsing a drag. Shouldn't be a problem if you keep your laptop connected to a wired connection or are a time traveler from 1994 who's used to dial-up speeds. As someone who relies on a good wifi connection I am extremely disappointed in my purchase. Aside from that it's a decent computer, however, the wifi is an absolute deal breaker for anyone without access to a wired connection.
September 6, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by KevOh Good PC awful wifi
Good all around PC but can't get the wifi to work for anything. I've gone through all of the trouble shooting tips and advice i've found online and still can't get it to work. Constantly connects and disconnects to networks, can't locate networks, and shows weak signal for the networks it does locate. Its a great lightweight PC but isn't mobile due to needing to be connected to a ethernet cord in order to connect to the internet. I would recommend a Desktop PC over this device due to the wifi problems.
September 11, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by DonG very disappointed
touchpad doesn't work correctly, cursor keeps disappearing.....enormous amount of time wasted....wish I had gotten another toshiba
September 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BuyingTheBest This is SONY. All is said with this.
I love this laptop, it is awesome, functions very good...the only thing I hate in this product is the Windows 8 installed already. What king of trash! I have never tried it before, but if I have a choice I order one without Windows at all or with the 7 or 2003. Amazing company, amazing products, but software is sometimes...no words....
September 15, 2013