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I have a custom model which I bought through sony's website. If you look online occasionally sony offer a free bluray writer which is what I got. My only regret is not paying for the faster hard drive or better still the SSD drive. I love the minimalist design and have no problem with the keyboard but I could not agree more with the comments regarding the trackpad. I will often write something and my sentence will end up being broken because of the pad reacting to my palms. Its really annoying. I love the number pad for Photo shop. And the speakers are good too. As for creaking my only concern is with the underneath where the drive is.
Twice in the review and in the feature table it says that the HDD is 7200 rpm but on the official Sony website the VPCF12M0E/B is clearly descibed as having a 5400 rpm HDD.
I really interested in this laptop. Can I ask a couple of questions?How easy is it to see the text in web broswers or Word with the full HD resolution on a 16.4 screen?How loud is the laptop? Is the noise offputting?
Nice to see the power and ethernet ports on the same side. Although the rear would be more preferable it still hinders the laptop a lot less.
How can you give this a value score of 8/10, when you gave the acer aspire 5553G 6/10?Lets look at the facts:According to you PCMark results, this sony is on average, 18.68% faster than the acer. So if we say the acer "scores" 100 and the sony 118.7 then the price to performance figures (lower = worse) are as follows:Acer 100/£600 = 0.0983Sony 118/£1200 = 0.103so in actual fact, based on current prices, the acer 5553g is 69.5% better value. So how do you translate this as being worse value than the sony?
@CarlosThat's not a fair way to calculate value at all. There is always diminishing returns to price, and especially so when it comes to technology and computing power. For example the most expensive CPU chip may be much more expensive than the second most expensive, however the performance difference is not that much.
@NicholasIts perfectly fair to calculate value based on price/performance ratio. Thats how the value of cpus and graphics cards are calculated in most reviews. Its common knowledge that the high end cpus are not good value.For example, I doubt there are many people in the world who would call the most expensive core i7 excellent value, because it isn't. It has excellent performance, but its terrible value in terms of the price you pay for that performance.If you are going to give value a score, it must be based on facts, or the score is meaningless, and the best way to go about this is to base it on price/performance ratio, or bang for buck if you're stateside.
@CarlosWho said value is purely based on performance?For a media oriented machine I would certainly 'value' the larger screen, the higher screen resolution and the overall better performance of the Sony screen. I would also 'value' the Blu-Ray drive, the better keyboard, Bluetooth, a physical wireless switch etc....Ultimately though, the 'value' score is subjective (as are the other scores). I don't think you should get hung up on the headline scores. If performance is important to you there's enouth information in both reviews to at least let you know which laptop you might want to consider and the features you might value.
It seems that the only problem with this laptop is the noise that this, and some other reviews, have mentioned. How does thte noise-level compare to other equivalent laptops?
@meet_0:Thanks for your comment and feedback!@StuartH:It would appear some of the models being sold through 3rd party retailers, such as the model sold by play, have faster hard drives.As to your questions, text is perfectly legible though you need good eyesight. You can always zoom in a little or increase the default fonts size, so there's no real downside.As to noise, as mentioned it can be off-putting, but then I prefer my PCs virtually silent - it might not bother you and is certainly not dramatic. However, a larger chassis like that of the http://www.trustedreviews.com/... is quieter despite hotter components, and I'd say the Sony is slightly noisier than some of the more immediate competition.@Carlos:Stewart has made all my points for me twice over - thanks Stewart :)
Thanks for your feedback Ardjuna. Can I be a pain and ask another question?On the Sony site you can down-spec to a i5-450M - would having a less powerfull processor reduce the noise? I would also consider an SSD.
A colleague at work just bought one of these but discovered that it can't power his 27" Dell screen at its native resolution of 2560x1440, as it only has a VGA port and does not operate at the higher frequencies enabled by HDMI 1.3. This is despite the NVidia GPU being capable of supporting this resolution and appears to be a limitation that's common across all current VAIOs.
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