Rated 5 out of 5
by Rous Very Good!
I was not sure to buy a PC, I use to be MAC user for the last 7 years. But due other personal reasons I decide to sell my 27" iMac, and I just kept my iPad and I thought I could do everything with it, but no... there are some websites and stuff that I do online that require a desktop. After a couple of months of research and check and see, last night I decide to go for this laptop, actually I never have liked laptops, but this was is different since I can flip over the screen and can be used as a tablet or desktop with and additional mouse and keyboard. But honestly this was a friendly to use and set it up, specially with new things and PC stuffs, I was very surprised how things has changed since I had a PC back in the 2007 and there is nothing that I miss from my MAC. :) I'm really happy with this purchase, I spent almost 1500.00 b/c I added the warranty for 4 years. Another good thing for me, is that I had carpal tunnel surgery in my hands, and that was another reason why I didn't like the laptops, but this is very sensitive and I don't have any problem to key in or use the mouse. I hope my opinion can help you... :)
February 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by LakeCreek Great function…poor customer service
Buyer beware. I have been a loyal Sony fan for many years however, that has recently changed. Long story short, I recently purchased the Sony VAIO flip laptop and have had nothing but trouble with it to the point where Sony replaced the computer. Issues included intermittent touch screen, intermittent WiFi, slower than some older less powerful computers (with the same software) in my house, bios updates wont register (continually wants to be updated), software incompatibility, to name a few. Unfortunately, the new computer also began having issues; however, with the Sony stores closing and the reduced tech support hours (12-hours down to 7-hours) getting reliable service has been a challenge so say the least. I have sent emails to Sony customer service, which have gone unanswered. I would not recommend a Sony computer unless something changes with the Sony customer service.
Customer service and reliability aside, the functionality of the computer is exceptional. Sony did a great job blending the function and performance of a laptop and tablet.
May 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by azman Far superior to any mac book
this is the best laptop i have ever used I customized my 15 in with a core i7, 256 gb ssd, 2gb nvidia graphics card, and 8 gb of RAM. thus far it has stood up to every task i have thrown at it, games, design programs such as solid works, and much more. it is far superior in every way to my moms and sisters mac book pros which cost about $200 more a piece. windows 8 has been a pleasure to use and works like a charm, after a little bit of messing a round with all the settings i have come to like it even more than windows 7. the flipping of the screen works like a charm every time and feels very sturdy and well built, using the laptop in tablet form is a pleasure as well especially writing with the vaio pen. all of Sony's hand writing recognition software works great. my only complaint with this product is that the battery life is sub par just in the time i spent writing this review my battery percent has fallen from 72% to 68% this is not too much of a problem for me i mostly use it with in reach of a cord anyway.
March 20, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Irishombian Severely disappointed
After many years of being happy with all sony products prior to this, this particular machine could give a woodpecker a headache with all its issues when it comes to working after a required windows 8.1 update. Touchscreen stops working, files go missing making it impossible to create a recovery point or set it back to factory setting, WiFi stops working after VIAO updates, and now an entire partition of my drive has gone missing. I just got my laptop back from the geek squad " to whom i had to send it to because sony tech support was unable / unwilling to diagnose the issues" and a few short moments after the updates "which i would assume are good to do" the same issues started up again. I will be returning this computer / very impressive transforming paper weight back to where i purchased it in hopes of a refund. Perhaps its time to give a mac a try. I urge all potential consumers to stay away from this particular Sony product.
May 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ITEngineerSteve A ferrari that stops after 10 minutes!
I repeat Jastow's comments. The laptop has great potential. I am a IT Engineer and power user. The ability to have all the power of a full size laptop in a ultrabook thickness is awesome!
The Good:The machine is very solid including the hinge. Nothing flimsy about it. The 1TB hybrid drive actually loads Windows faster than my other pure solid-state laptop! The 16 NAND cache has been optimized well. Read/Writes are slower of course for file transfers. Upgrading your RAM and storage will actually be very easy since it only takes 4 screws to access all the bays, but this will void the warranty. I believe the battery life is excellent considering there is 2 GB of discrete video. I worked intensely on this machine for 4 hours straight and still had 40% battery life. Discrete video cards gorge on power. If you don't game or do video processing you may desire a unit without the additional video RAM so you have longer battery life. Also, This machine as a hand tablet is way too heavy! I am 6'2" and will not use it standing up. As tablet I use it sitting down and for displaying data at meetings on a table. For this it is awesome! Much more inviting to my associates than a smaller screen. Also as an artist, I have never experienced a touchscreen that is so perfect! My signature written on the screen looks EXACTLY like it does when I use a pencil on paper!
The Bad: Touch screen functionality fails anywhere within 30 minutes of operation. I noticed sometimes this is triggered when changing flip position. Other times it is random. Tapping the power button into sleep mode and back or logging out and back turns the touch back on. All the same, every time I show the laptop off, it happens! This is embarrassing both for me and Sony. This is a deal breaker! I am giving Sony a week to fix the driver conflict. Otherwise I am returning it and getting a Yoga.
In summary: Sony was the first to produce a power laptop in an ultrabook form factor. I love everything about it except the touch screen problem which makes me feel like a Beta tester. It is like a Ferrari whose engine stops after 10 minutes. Please fix this Sony so I can feel proud to be a Sony owner!
Note: After the 8.1 upgrade you may have to disable graphics acceleration on your browser to avoid browser freeze-ups.
November 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Betatester Best Investment for a Computer
I am a person who fell in love with this convertible ultrabook. Yes, it is a heavy 5.5 pounds, but it does feel light in laptop mode when the cover is closed. It does feel awkward as a tablet when carrying because of the wide gap at the end where the back cover sits. I love the computer because of its storage at 1 TB with 16 GB of flash storage, raw performance, and its NVIDIA graphics card. The performance is not the best, but the computer makes use of its i7 processor. Originally, I wanted an HP Touchsmart Envy computer and it did outperform the VAIO in performance, but the graphics card and the optional tablet mode allowed me to secure my money for this computer. Many people like me who are first-timers noticed a touchscreen issue that arose, in which the touchscreen stopped working. All it took was simple calibration to rid the computer of the issue and delete the calibration data if you do not prefer the Charms Bar, because the Charms Bar disappears when the calibration data is saved. If you want to restore access, delete the calibration data. The VAIO is also great at playing games like Halo: Spartan Assault and 3D-intensive games like Project Spark. The VAIO is a good deal and I strongly prefer it over the MacBook Pro due to its own features. This computer is my favorite choice and serves as a good Christmas gift or birthday gift. I recommend that you buy this computer from Geek Squad because of the added protection. However, remove Kaspersky Internet software from the computer and get AVG and scan regularly. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy my review!
January 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jastow Large display, thin, good performance,touch fails
First of all, I am comfortable with technology, though not an expert, despite having built all of my desktop computers. I bought this for my wife, who is not tech savvy, but can perform basic functions and needed something reliable for school and a possible desktop replacement.
What I like: Size; the screen compared to the overall size is great! It has a 15" screen, yet is compact. I prefer Sony's flip/tablet configuration over other brands since the keyboard is protected and not rested on. Performance seems good, even though I haven't really tested it. The storage is amazing at 1 tb and should be enough for most users. The cooling fans are quiet most of the time, but can be loud at times.
What I dislike: The touch screen stops working about every 30 minutes; not sure if this is a compatibility issue with Win 8.1 or not, but very annoying since it's supposed to double as a laptop and tablet. I installed Sony's latest touch driver, which is supposed to make it compatible with Win8.1, but it doesn't fix the issue. I have to go in to Device Manager and disable, then enable the "HID-Compliant Touch screen" driver or restart the laptop in order to gain that functionality back. This also happened on the first laptop, which I had to return due to a blemish on the screen. Seems it could be resolved by a software update; unfortunately, it still is an issue and is not forgivable. Battery life should be longer, especially since this a large 15" laptop with performance hardware #needs larger battery# There is noticeable delay when launching certain programs/functions such as device manager, which I have to use constantly due to the touch screen failing.
Final thoughts: Overall I like this product, but am contemplating exchanging it for another brand due to the touch screen failing every 30 mins. It works fine if you don't rely on touch screen, but that makes the "flip" functions useless and takes away from the Windows 8 experience #convenience#. I would have no problem recommending this to people if the touch screen function was more reliable, which is why I do not recommend it at this time.
November 11, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by plainJane some good and some weird features
The mechanism to change the laptop from laptop to view to tablet mode and back is good and works well.
The sound quality and volume is good.
The performance was a little on the slower side in comparison to other laptops I used.
The backlit keyboard does not have different levels of brightness and the light from under the keys is very bright, especially annoying when you do not use the laptop sitting at the desk and don't look at the keys from the top, but at some angle.
The power, battery and hard drive activity light indicators are for some reason placed on the bottom of the laptop, and if you need to see if there is any hard drive activity or the battery is charging you have to lift the laptop from the desk and look under it to find the indicators.
The touchpad is not always responsible to taps, sometimes a light tap is enough and sometimes it needs to be pressed down until it clicks.
I had to speak to customer support several times for different reasons and could not always understand their English.
I want to return this and they want me to ship it back or return to retail store, but Sony does not have a retail store in my state and shipping will cost me...
December 16, 2013