Agreed "Sleek, light and powerful...flaws"
I love this review because it nailed it right on the head; "Sleek, light and powerful laptop with design flaws" I've had mine since August/September of 2011 and love mine as long as I can connect it to some nice speakers. The touch pad i have an issue with as well. If i rest my thumb on the left button the pad sometimes senses another finger on the pad and I end up skewing the viewing ratio simply and quickly without having wanted to.
Otherwise, LOVE IT. Oh, and I should probably mention, i did upgrade the HDD to a Seagate Hybrid and it's faster than any laptop i've EVER used.
April 1, 2012
Sleek, light and powerful laptop with design flaws
This is a great laptop considering its powerful specs - i7 processor, hybrid graphics with an ATI Radeon chip and 1 GB VRAM, Blu-Ray drive, 15-inch 1080p screen, 6 GB RAM, 640 GB HDD - and its 1-inch profile and 4.4 pound weight. This must be the lightest Windows-based laptop with a built-in optical drive and a non-SSD HDD. The sheet battery is also a great concept, particularly when one can get for free during the promo period.
My complaints, however, are as follows:
1) While this configuration comes with 6 GB RAM, I had it upgraded to 8 GB from the very beginning at the Sony Store in Manhattan. It's irritating that the upgrade requires me to purchase a 4 GB RAM module, and I ended up keeping the 2 GB RAM module which was replaced to accommodate the 4 GB RAM module. The cost of the 2 GB RAM module should instead be deducted from the cost of the 4 GB RAM module. The cost of the upgrade is the same even when you order the computer online and customize the configuration to include 8 GB RAM.
2) In achieving the 1-inch profile of the laptop, Sony made the screen a bit too flimsy. The screen could have been made more sturdy while maintaining the same profile.
3) One has to unscrew the bottom panel to remove the battery, exposing the memory modules and HDD in the process. This is extremely tedious and risky when one has no choice but to remove the battery in order to reboot the laptop after it's crashed. This has just happened to me, prompting me to submit this review. I am somewhat technologically-inclined, but even this was rather scary for me, particularly considering how tiny the two screws are. I can imagine that people less comfortable with technology would not even dare opening the bottom panel, and would be helpless in determining how to reboot the laptop.
4) The Blu-Ray drive does not work with BD-Live. The 3rd disc of the Avator Extended Blu-Ray Collector's Edition does not play on this laptop.
5) The speakers are loud, but the audio quality is underwhelming.
6) It would've been nice to have the option to have a more powerful Nvidia 3D graphics chip instead of ATI Radeon.
February 7, 2012