VAIO Fit 15A | Flip PC
Resolution, Resolution, Resolution
First let me say that the flip screen concept is great. What did not work for me was the resolution problems.I have a number of programs that I wanted to run on this laptop. The problem that I had was that the programs become too small and the writing way too little to see when I use the full resolution. When I lower the resolution the appearance and font size becomes good but when I flip the screen it reverts back to the higher resolution and then very small fonts size again. I must have been on the phone with the technicians over 5 hours where they take over your computer and all of them could not correct this problem Thefore I sent it back. Without some firmware update , this computer was useless . Such a shame. I think they released this product before they really tested it. Maybe down the road they will correct this problem. No other brand has a resolution problem that makes programs become illegible
February 1, 2014
Too many glitches
I had been waiting for a computer like this for a long time. I almost bought the Duo 13, but then the Flip line came out. When I saw there was a model with an i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and a dedicated video card I was extremely excited.
Bought the i7 8GBRAM 2GB NVidia VRAM model and started having trouble right away. First, there was a LOT of bloatware. Second, simple programs (like iTunes) started crashing. Took it back to the store and found out that I had to upgrade to Windows 8.1 which cost me a bit over an additional hundred dollars. Asked for a fresh start but instead got it back with Windows 8.1 and the same bloatware.
For its specs, the computer runs a bit slow when using Adobe CC Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. But I was willing to compromise the performance for the weight and portability. After a few days, the touchscreen started acting up, refusing to work (recognize touch) and forcing me to reboot to get it back to work. Went online and read that a BIOS update supposedly fixes the issue (didn't get to install it yet#.
Today, all of a sudden, the screen started flickering when I plugged the A/C charger. Went online and read that some people were having the same problem. Took it back to the store and the technician ran a diagnostics tool and told me that the screen was defective. I was offered a brand new computer, but couldn't exchange it at the moment because I had already transferred all my files and installed all the software I use.
I will go back to the store once I make sure I backed up whichever new files I created and then go through the tedious process of reinstalling all the programs I use. Hopefully the new machine will be trouble-free but I'm not expecting it to be, unfortunately.
By what I've read online #and the fact that the Sony tech already had some Flip 15's set-up with Windows 8.1 and the BIOS fix# I can guess that the problems that plagued me are frequent. Knowing that the cause was a manufacture defect #not sure if it was the screen, GPU or something else), I am sorry to guess that perhaps Sony didn't put these machines through a rigorous enough quality testing procedure before releasing them to the market.
The machine is beautiful, elegant, sleek and superbly versatile. I just hope that it is not a poorly manufactured flop.
January 26, 2014
Great concept, terrible execution
This really ought to be one of the best hybrids out there - the way it hinges to become a tablet is really well done. Unfortunately, it's lost in a sea of poor design decisions, and cheap manufacturing.
The keyboard feels cheap, it flexes in the middle, the keys have way too much lateral movement, and they have a cheap feel at the bottom of the motion.
The pen doesn't register until it's half an inch from the screen, meaning if you casually rest your palm on the glass with the pen in hand, it will still generally register that as input. You have to be very delicate, making sure then pen is almost touching the screen before you can rest your hand on it, then make sure you don't move the tip of the pen too far away. While we're on the topic of the pen, tapping one of the buttons on it launches a viao bloatware app. So you can be sketching notes (in Onenote, or whatever) and a quick tap of the bottom button suddenly launches you into a totally different program. Seriously?
And the bloatware - wow, some of the worst I've seen in a long time. Spend a good hour uninstalling all the stuff they've tacked on to slow down the computer and waste battery. Even then, you'll never totally get rid of it, because they've included a hardware button above the keyboard to get back into it.
It's also kind of heavy and has mediocre battery life - these would be forgivable if it weren't for all of the terrible decisions mentioned above.
January 25, 2014
Well Worth the Money
After getting my 15" Flip, I can say that this machine is PHENOMENAL. It is absolutely SILENT, the N-Trig pen is great, and I've had NONE of the issues that some were reporting over the last several months. It appears Sony has listened to the masses and quickly corrected the BIOS issues. I can't wait to get some games on this & see what it's really capable of!
January 16, 2014