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Which Sony Vaio Laptop should I buy?

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Initial post: 21 Dec 2011 21:40:23 GMT
I browse internet and occasionally use it for office applications (exel/word) and iTunes library/photo storage......

I may run dvds but that's it really. I also have a desktop which needs replacing but my trust Vaio VGN-C1Z finally gave up the ghost this evening and I'm not sure it's worth getting repaired??

Could anyone give me some advice? I've used Sony for years now hence looking to replace with another, but I'm not adverse to changing brand. My budget would be c £500 ideally!


Posted on 27 Dec 2011 11:55:52 GMT
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Posted on 8 Jan 2012 02:39:53 GMT
L says:
for me this is easy to answer. one of the sony vaio e series, i5 is on offer at the moment on the vaio store online. you can get a i5 from there for 450.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 15:22:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2012 15:36:35 GMT
Mr T says:
Hi Melanie,
You didn't mention your needs in regard to the size of the screen
which is directly linked to the off grid battery life.
So one can only go with the average in this regard.

yes, one of the 2nd generation iCore Intel processors i3 or i5,
but with 4 GB RAM should be best for your needs (not less!)

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e 11.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i3 2357M 1.3GHz, RAM 4GB, HDD 320GB, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit)

PS: You cannot get any SONY laptop with less than 14" display and i5 for 450 (not here nor at SONY).
The linked model is the least expensive truly portable laptop with 4 GB RAM at Amazon.

Beware offers without VAT or sellers who offer only a used model "the last one"... whatever the story

Posted on 26 Jan 2012 00:04:15 GMT
None. I have a Sony Vaio and would not recommend it. Very overpriced for what you actually get.

Posted on 26 Jan 2012 06:43:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 06:46:34 GMT
L. Nguyen says:
I have an S serie issued through work and I love it but for home use, personal and entertainment (where i dont need to lug it around and stuff like fingerprint reader or 3G connectivity is irrelevant..) i use Dell. The xps 15 curently starts out around £550 straight from dell. Not sure they still have the promotion going on. This is to compare with their basic Inspiron line which starts at like 299 :)

14 or 15" for mainly home use. 13 is a bit small, don't do 11. 17 is ridiculous... If you want it that big just hook it to your tv!

Go for the big hard drive and ram. For your needs perhaps 7200 or 5400rpm drives won't make a difference so go for the bigger ones. Unless you play games don't worry about graphic cards.

Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 15:16:51 GMT
Hi, I have had Vaio's for the last 8 years and all have been fine until recently when I bought the VPCSB1X9E. I was quite pleased with it at first but then after a couple of months started noticing pressure marks on the screen from the keys but particularly the space bar. Not something that would have been picked up during the various test comparison reports. I thought this type of issue had been eliminated by the quality providers - my previous Vaio didn't have a mark on the screen after 4 years and a great machine.

I took it to the nearest Sony shop in Gloucester as it's only a few months old and they said it was down to something being dropped on it. When pressed them to explain as it's been a developing problem they said that as I didn't buy it from there they couldn't help me. Apparently these shops are a franchise and not bound to look after you if you bought from a different Sony Shop!
I paid quite a lot for this and expected better so this is the last Sony I'm likely to buy unless I can get someone to take an interest in my issue. Good luck.


Posted on 31 Jan 2012 16:03:15 GMT
Patricia says:
I changed to a Sony EB 15.5" i3 laptop a couple of years ago. Previously I had a Lenovo just over twelve months old, and I was fed up buying replacements; hard drive, keyboard and RAM. I wrote to Lenovo but they never acknowledged, so I don't recommend them. Fortunately I was able to do the replacement work, thus making a huge saving.

The Sony is good and I can give you two good reasons to stick to the brand:
First, laptops can tend to get very hot, some alarmingly so. My Sony is still keeping its cool.
Second, if like me you don't like to have to keep using the FN or function key to access keys such as Home, Delete, Page Up and Down etc., be careful to examine the keyboard of your prospective new computer. Some are well overloaded. (On the Lenovo I had to hold down three keys for some ordinary facilities.)

Another bonus is that two years down the line it is still operating efficiently, and starts and closes reasonably well.

The only down arrow is the battery life. I barely get two hours out of it now.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2012 13:44:22 GMT
VANDOG says:
Don't. Sony service is horrible

Posted on 4 Feb 2012 13:47:06 GMT
VANDOG says:
Don't,, I had very bad experience with Sony Vaio service, chasing the repair in Holland, Germany, and Ireland and then they returned the wrong part after weeks.

Posted on 7 Feb 2012 14:54:09 GMT
Bookish says:
Don't. My Vaio died just out of warranty, ie just over a year from purchase. No warning signs, it was just stone dead one morning. Sony said it was a motherboard fault and offered to fix it - for 500 pounds. Yes, it was cheaper to buy a new laptop. An Acer, which is still going strong four or five years later (it's now my backup for a speedy little Toshiba, a great machine).

Posted on 9 Feb 2012 09:23:31 GMT
can i suggest a tablet instead of a laptop, i use the asus prime, it comes with a dock keyboard which is also a battery, 18hrs... screen is beautiful but only 10 inch. tablet weighs 1.3lbs and 2.6 with keyboard dock.... the screen is 16/9 and 1280/800 pixels latest ones have a quad core processor memory is 32gb or 64gb but the tablet can take micro sd 64gb and keyboard dock has a normal sd crad slot, i use apple laptops 15in macbook pro but they are almost 6'lbs the ipad is too square and not expandable memory, cant even uses it for raw photo files??? anyway 500 quid asus

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2012 18:35:23 GMT
Mr. R. Lock says:
Alan, interested to hear your comments as I am currently trying to decide between a Sony Vaio E-series laptop and the Asus Prime tablet with keyboard dock you recommend. I basically need super-fast internet browsing/email and the ability to create Word/Excel documents, as it is for my own business use - I don't do gaming or use much in the way of media. My question is (as a bit of a technophobe !) does the Asus allow you to use Word/Excel with it being an Android device and not Windows (sorry if this is a stupid question !). If so, which would be best, the Sony or Asus ?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2012 19:07:01 GMT
i just checked app store, there is free app that can deal with word excell but not a direct windows one... i dont use any word documents so i can't gauge what the review means,, it simply says it converts word /;; big long list of letter's.. and converts excell, with another big list of letter's. so i assume this means it can take in word excell if not export these kind of for typing experience, can't claim i'm an expert there, but i would say its way above average.. and as for asking stupid questions... "" there are no stupid questions, only mac user's " (mac user), the tablet is super fast, i use a macbook pro i7 quad core with go faster stripes, and i don't find anything ponderous about the prime, and with the keyboard dock attached battery life is a ridiculous 18hrs, at 500 quid its not cheap, but it weighs 2.5lbs, i recommend you google word excell/asus prime... just to help you decide, .. buy it from amazon, if you hate the keyboard , bear in mind 15inch macbook pro keyboard is 27cm wide... prime's is 25... so... if you can wait to road test one in n electrical shop is probably the wise move, sorry to muddy the waters

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2012 08:53:09 GMT
Mr. R. Lock says:
Thanks Alan, that's very useful, it's the spead, battery life and portability of the Asus that really appeals - now you've pointed me in the right direction I will look into Polaris which seems to enable Word/Excel, assuming it does I will go with the Asus. Thanks again....

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2012 21:44:19 GMT
G says:
I will never ever ever ever buy Sony again, the repairs are terrible, they replaced my hard drive for no reason and god knows who can access my data. the disk was not even the problem it is the motherboard. been arguing with them for over a year after 4 repair attempts they will not replace it as agreed

Buy a Toshiba or Samsung the drives can be removed from the back to get your data off and they are more reliable, Sony are built into the machine and you willlose your data for sure.

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 01:51:21 BDT
psn: tqfan says:
i'm on my second vaio, and although i have a screen problem atm, i'd still choose sony over other brands. i want to get my screen fixed, rather than just buying a new laptop, but even looking at new laptops, i am always drawn to sony. my 2 vaios were far superior to any other laptop in my house (toshiba, compaq, hp, packard bell) and despite the screen issue, it's still going strong. yes the battery is crap, but i don't often have to carry it around, only inside the house which is fine. a new battery will help too.
my dad does keep telling me to buy a new laptop, but i love my vaio and i know only another vaio will do. my first vaio's problem was the cd drive that stopped working, just over the year, so outwith warranty. other than that it worked fine.
i'm in a predicament, in that i want my laptop fixed. if i can't/don't and were to buy a new one, i'd prefer a macbook pro. however i would prefer an imac over the macbook pro!! i need something good, for what i need to do - photo editing and graphic design, etc.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 09:50:39 BDT
Markey says:
I looked at Viao laptops when I was looking for a laptop for home use. I bought an HP instead.

You definitely pay for the Sony name, as the same spec on a Viao for what I bought would have cost me over £1,000, yet my HP cost me about £600.

Sony's product quality is sadly, not as it used to be either.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2012 00:03:57 BDT
all laptops use basicly the same components,... i suggest this as a thinking process, customer service, value for money, strict definition of needs, if you don't convert video you don't need anything above 2ghz dual core, if you type a lot, go test them in a shop, battery life, etc... i am exclusively apple purely for A. operating system B. customer service .. i am not an apple cultist,, the ipad is a silly item now, no sd card slots, the adapter only lets you transfer files not usable as added memory??? no raw photo ability???.... as plato and buddha once said..."wtf ?", < i own two 15 inch macbook pros and an asus prime... very happy with both, and apple service is second to none

Posted on 15 May 2012 18:27:38 BDT
I wouldn't buy a Sony Viao, my girlfriend bought one just because it had glitter on it (WTF?!?!). The hardware inside was middle of the road, but for the price she paid for it, should of come with a Intel processor and more RAM. She had the laptop around 3 or 4 months when the laptops plastic started to crack around the screen, she hadn't mishandled the machine in anyway and she actually looked after it, by keeping it in a rubber laptop sleeve when it wasn't in use. I googled to see if this was a common fault with Viaos and I came across quite a few complaints with the same issues, cracks appearing around the laptops screen. i read on to see what the outcome was. Basically the people took their machines to Sony who blamed them for breaking their machines and told them that it wasn't in warranty for every day wear. It's a shame because i generally like Sony products, I've had many of their products in the past and always have been pleased. But avoid their laptops/desktops, if your going to buy from Sony buy a Bravia TV which has better build quality.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2014 23:56:53 BDT
I have been using Sony laptop for years. this one i have now is my 5th ... but ... Sony Vaio have lost the plot!
This is the worst laptop i have ever had the misfortune to own. You can't use it without a mouse or (As I do) a graphic tablet .... and they are all the same .. (search the web .. you will see)
I will never buy a Sony Vaio EVER again!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2014 01:15:26 BDT
Markey says:
As I posted above pover 2 years ago, my trusty HP Pavilion DV7 (running Windows Vista) is still going after nearly 5 years, of daily use.

Apart from a generic replacement battery a year ago, it has not needed anything doing to it, except a keyboard clean with the vacuum cleaner hose every week and an air duster when needed.

I suggest you look at HP Pavilions (or their up to date models). You save time, as well as money.

I have some Sony hi-fi gear (bought mid 1990's),which is also still going OK. I think Sony rests a bit on its laurels.

If not HP, Toshiba are worth a look. I have a couple of their portable hard drives, again no problems.Acer might be worth a look too.
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