Rated 3 out of 5 by Sturgeon Poor Wi-Fi
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
Rated 1 out of 5 by DoNotBuy1 Worst laptop ever!
This is by far the worst laptop you could buy. I have owned several sony computers over the years and so when I wanted to make my latest computer purchase I felt confident that the Sony Vaio Pro would be a good computer, boy was I wrong. Every single program I have on my Vaio crashes, in fact I can not run one program at all during a sitting and have it not crash. Outlook, does not work, Wifi can only connect sometimes to a network. You can not close the screen and make it go to sleep without losing everything you are working on, I have so many recovered from crash files on mu computer that it is hard to know which is the latest version of my work. iTunes, forget it! iTunes just does not work, it took me three months before I could access the iTunes store and when I finally got that bug "fixed" I still can not watch a movie all the way through, I get about 10-15 minutes of playback time before the sound goes out or I get a error message that my video processor is not fast enough to run the movie which is ridicule because I have the red edition which is suppose to be fitted with the best of everything. All in all I have to stop and restart iTunes at least 15 times to watch one movie. No Microsoft program I have works without crashing during every running of the selected program and I have not been able to send an email though out through outlook in a month. I have lost count how many times I have had to reconnect the computer to my home network, in fact I have lost count with how many times this computer has failed at everything one would want a computer for. Even as I write this review I can't get text to show up in the fields. Oh and customer service is a joke.
In short DO NOT BUY A SONY ULTRA BOOK PRO! You would be better off buying a laptop out of the trunk of some guys car for a few bucks then buying a Sony Vaio, and I hate the idea of buying a cheep computer so that is saying something. Go look at another manufacturers website to purchase a computer you will be much better off!
Oh and my computer crashed three times while I tried to write this review
March 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by okieyogi An Amazing performer, lightweight and sleek
I have owned many laptops and desktops over the years. I made the switch to the Apple world around 10 years ago. I have since began to tinker with Microsoft's latest OS the much maligned Windows 8. I am running Windows pro 8.1 on this little powerhouse.
I love the assist button. Sure I know it is in many ways just a link to existing software but regardless it is still nice.
When I first got this laptop I followed the Sony directions. I did a Windows update for Windows 8 pro from the charms menu and then hit the assist button and boom there it was....all of the software including bios updates. I ran all of those. Then went back and reran two charms update and it found a few things. Then for safety sake I ran the assist button one more time.
Then it was off to the update at the Windows online store.
The update to windows pro 8.1 went without a hitch.
all of my programs, links, internet connections and intranet connections worked just fine.
This is a very fast laptop. It is amazing that they could get all that they did into something so sleek and lightweight. The screen is amazing and the audio is acceptable to great.
I have tried it in house and out in the wild. WiFi is working just fine and in fact is very fast. It works fast at cafes and at home.
In a 3,000 square foot home I was able to take it from one corner to the next and maintain full strength on my WiFi. So the WiFi issue that some have talked about is fixed. As is everything else.
This is only my second sony anything in 10 years and I am impressed.
I also bought the sheet battery. It works just fine and does give me 8 to 12 hours of battery life. It should be noted though that I have mine set to performance mode rather than balanced. I do allow the screen to go blank after two minutes but the second I even touch the laptop it is wide awake and ready to go.
January 20, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by FormerVaioOwner 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