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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 86 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent little demon!

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    I wasl looking a computer to fill all my needs, teaching, gaming, everyday internet, developing software and this computer was great. My desicion was between thisone, a toshiba with 3D ready nVida Graphics card and a Macbook Pro. Im very happy about it because the Macbook Pro does not have so mucho graphics. And with de 3D stuff, I really dont care because this little demon is great. 8 Cores working perfectly in Games (with ultra texture quality), great sound. Im super happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    Posted .

    This Vaio is fine. Performances are very good, but I expected more "perspective". I've always desired a Vaio, and now I'm realizing it's nothing that special. I mean, it works great for all applications I run, but few details are terrible, such as the webcam (guess 10 years ago webcams had better resolution) and the cheaply made plastic case. It sounds like a loaf of fresh crisp bread when you open the lid. You'd better leave it on your desktop and occasionally use it as a laptop. I'm not complaining at all, but I had a 800 bucks HP before this one and for many aspects (including a sweet webcam) was way better than the Vaio. Anyway, my next laptop won't be a Vaio. Obviously, no expectations for long battery life, I mean it's an i7 with 8gbyte. Keyboard is very cool and useful. Wi-max is very good and works great. I'm attaching a picture of it - taken with a Logitech webcam - shame on Sony for their "Motion Eye". A little bit noisy CPU fan. Have a good day!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy

    Posted .

    I have looked around and checked out other systems and I knew what I was looking for when I came into Best Buy and saw this Sony Vaio and knew this was what I wanted and the price was fantastic. I am extremely happy with this purchase and feel this laptop will be with me a long while and able to handle the things I like to do.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    So far pretty pleased.

    Posted .

    I'm a gamer and a graphic designer and needed a lap that handled both software well. Power AND portability is what you get with this lap. BB had only one better lap and that was a fat-in-the-rear Asus that was both ugly and way too heavy. The salesman was also trying to get me to get a Toshiba that came with 3D glasses, lol. The Sony is better. I'm happy with this lap aside from a small list of quirks: First off 5400 rpm is all BB sells in their laps. I immediately pulled out the 650 gig and put in a 500 + 4gig SSD 7200 rpm drive. Creating Win 7 restore disks to then install back on the new HD was easy. You should create some anyway, as this lap doesn't come with any. The 650gig will be going in an eSata external enclosure I'll buy online (BB doesn't sell em with eSata only USB) The screen on this lap has a TON of give at the bottom. Be careful carrying it not to press it in with your fingers. A shame because the hinges are fluid and tight, and the rest of the screen is sturdy. The keys hardly ever light up so yes you have to cover the sensor with tape as others have mentioned. There's no way to turn the key lights on permanently in settings. The trackpad is ok. The buttons are unnecessarily loud. Note it's moved left more due to the number pad and your left hand WILL touch it. There is no button anywhere to turn off the trackpad, you have to do it in the control center. One big gripe is there are only TWO USB slots. Yes there is a eSata/USB on the left, but you can't plug a USB into it. It's for providing USB power to an eSata drive. So two USB is just not enough. My last lap had 4 and I sometimes used them all. Guess I have to buy a USB hub, lame. This lap also shows fingerprints pretty well on both the case AND the keys... Though they keys are fantastic. Just like a Mac laptop's. It stays very cool, even when gaming, though expect the fan to ramp up like a jet engine when playing. One final gripe. The camera is just OK. I've seen worse, I've seen better. Why is Mac the only one out there putting decent cams in their computers?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price, some cut backs though.

    Posted .

    I was using a laptop from circa 2005 still and needed something that could handle what I was doing now. I needed something with a very good to great graphics card and only nvidia. I had been looking at Asus' gaming machine with a Nvidia GTX 460M with 1.5GB of DDR5 RAM and also the Toshiba's Qosmio with the same card. The Asus being a 17" model and the Toshiba being an 18" monster. After coming across the Sony I figured it might be worth the small sacrifice in graphics cards for a more portable size and an un-assuming outside, as I don't really want to go around advertising expensive gaming laptop to everyone. For the most part I believe the sacrifice was worth it. The Sony cost a little less, saved about $300, and has some added features depending on which models you compare to such as USB 3.0 and a Blue-ray player, which is a Sony product so they might as well through it in. I like the keyboard, it is really nice for typing on. It's nice to have a full keypad as well included with the keyboard. The computer has great performance with the i-7 740QM processor and the Nvidia GT 425M graphics card with 1GB dedicated RAM. Good storage space with the 640GB HDD. The 6GB of RAM is good, I'll probably bump it up to 8GB to get the max performance I can. What could be better. I feel they skimped big time on the speakers. They sound ok, but as soon as you compare them to something else you realize how airy they are. They sound a little hollow and with pretty much every major computer brand teaming up with some speaker specific company you'd think that sound quality wouldn't be an issue any more, but it is here. I actually played the exact same song on this new laptop and on my 5 year old dell and the dell had better depth and sounded a lot better, which really is just sad. Dedicated speaker volume buttons would be nice. I miss that about my dell too. To turn the volume up you use function F4 and to turn down function F3. I hate fumbling for these buttons to just make a simple volume change. They could have put in 3 more buttons with the other media controls for volume up/down and mute. They cut back on the monitor as well. With a blue-ray player installed you'd think 1080p would be the minimum requirement but they cut back to 1600x900 instead of 1920x1080. I've owned this laptop for a few weeks now and love everything about it except the poor sound quality and the downgraded resolution. These are two places where for basically no extra money they could have, in my opinion, built a machine that would have totally demolished everything in that price range and even upwards to the $2000 range. I feel this may have been a best buy request to cut price just a few dollars in order to increase profit just that little bit more. I could be wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    elegant beast

    Posted .

    + the built-in hardware is very fast + big softwarer bundle included + looks nice (case & and gaps in between the parts) + keeps easily up with gaming-grade laptops + lots of RAM (6 Gb) + doesn't get as hot as most other laptops (performance mode "high performance" / you can hear the fan) + Blu-Ray drive / not recorder! +/- if anyone complains 'bout the fan noise, set the performance mode to balanced +/- the mac-like gestures work, but not as easy as on a mac +/- Sony Media gallery is similar to iTunes (i don't like it) +/- backlit keyboard only works right if the screen brightness isn't too high +/- display isn't full HD but much better then other laptops (1600x900 resolution!!!) +/- Trackpad is off center / shifted to the left - no improvement in camera quality to previous VAIO generations - no recovery discs included - only 3 USB ports - short battery life ( my max was ~ 2h 45m

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS LAPTOP! I'M SERIOUS!

    Posted .

    I am the right guy to review this because I had 2 other computers in the last couple of months that I returned because they couldnt perform and had problems. I had the Asus G73JH-BST7 and it was useless. I had to defrag it constantly. The CPU's were not managed by the computer properly. It was a beast. Not portable at all. I do VIDEO Editing and I kept dropping frames all the time with this laptop. No good. Then, I got a better laptop. The Toshiba Quosmio X505-Q887 laptop. Another i7. It performed much better, but I had problems with the USB Ports failing constantly. It was a hardware problem. I had much better luck with dropping less frames and performing more consistantly than the Asus. It was faster than the Asus. But, I had problems transporting it and it was a beast too. Over 10 lbs. Huge case to carry it in too. Its a desktop replacement. I found it was still weak with editing and graphics at times. Now, after I said goodbye to these I found the holy grail for the right buck! This SONY, which I never thought ha laptop from them could perform as well as a sony, certainly burned up the competition! Im so impressed. The video editing is fast, efficient, I dont have to wait long for the hard drive to slow down to capture footage. I can even capture video in the car without dropping frames as I drive. The bumps dont cause the laptop to drop frames. Its solid. Sony really wanted graphic work and video work to be easy and fast and consistant. Gaming must be fabulous. Keys are easy to use. Great number pad as well. Backlight isnt bad as some say. Its efficient and can be adjusted. The left USB is integrated with a SATA port. You use it like any USB. It fits in and can be used for multiple purposes. The right side has two USB 3.0's which are positioned greatly. In the front so you can access them quickly and easily. The Firewire (which many computers dont have anymore, is positioned in the front left corner so it too is easy to access it. This computer looks bright and display is HD. No probs. Its very nice. PORTABILITY is AWESOME! I can carry this 6 pounder anywhere. I love it. I was afraid it would be non-durable, but it is strong and portable alright! It boots up quick and you can easily get started working or playing. SONY got it right with this laptop! Im a believer now. I have had no problems so far. Its a blessing of a computer. YOU GOT TO BUY IT! For an i7 with the RAM and all the otherstuff included! YUP! Its the ONE! Get rid of the other headache computers!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny!

    Posted .

    So I finally bought this computer and I wasn't surprised. Perfection for the price! (I sell computers and have seen what many different manufactures have to offer as far as reliability and getting the most for your money) Pros: - 8 Core Processing! (Fast) - 6 GB of Ram (Great for Multitasking) - 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card (Hard to find in this price range) - USB 3.0 (10x faster then 2.0; Never see this!) - Backlit Keyboard (Perfect in low lighting) - Blu-ray Player (Great added feature) - Number Pad - Display on/off button (Helps save battery life) - Wimax Capable (No need to buy extra device) - Sleek Design - 16" Display (Light weight for this size) - Sony Added Programs - 640 GB Hard Drive (Great amount of storage!) - SD Reader (Convenient) - Wireless G/N - HDMI Output (Perfect as a Blu-ray Player for my HDTV) - Backlit Keyboard Cons: - 2 to 4 hour battery life (To be expected for an i-7; go for an i-5 if you want more power efficiency) - 5400 RPM Hard drive (Wish it was a 7200; but had to cut back somewhere) -Thats it as of now .. haven't ran into any other problems! This computer is worth the $1,200 price tag .. I've done my research and couldn't find anything that stands up to it other then the Asus G73JH-BST7 for $1,200 as well. The reason why I didn't go with this is because that was a 17" display which was cool but that meant HEAVY and BULKY .. which typically comes with a larger size screen but on top of that It looks like a tank .. which for some people is nice but not for me .. I'd rather take a sleek design like this Sony. Also It didnt have the 3.0 USB ports, no blu-ray player and a slightly slower hard drive speed. Overall great computer and worth every penny! Very satisfied! As for the other people that have left the bad reviews for this product need to do more research and understand that you can't get everything possible for only $1,200 and that you are going to have to sacrifice in different areas. As for this Sony they've sacrificed in the right areas in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop, but very noisey fan

    Posted .

    I just got this laptop this week. It is a great laptop, lots of processing power. A good video card for gaming (it's not extremely powerful but it will run most games). Awesome resolution for the 16.4" display (1600 x 900) it looks great. The keyboard is fairly comfortable to use and the 10key keypad seems slightly bigger than what most laptops are using these days. It doesn't feel as crammed together as most. The touchpad is responsive and easy to use. The speakers are nice for a laptop, nothing amazing but definitely not bad. The cons, number one and this is a big con for me, the fan is very loud! I guess it is somewhat to be expected with an i7 chip in such a small case, but it is annoyingly loud. I took the first laptop back because I thought it must have been defective. But the replacement I got has the same problem. In the store looking at the display model, you can't hear the fan because of all the noise in the store, but if you are in a quiet room or office the fan is very noticeable even when the laptop is at idle. The keyboard back lighting is awkward at best. Right now I'm in a room with no lights on, and just the light from this webpage with a white background prevents the backlights from turning on. This doesn't matter to me as I never look at the keys anyway, but if this is a feature someone is looking for they will want to consider this. Also I would say it's a con that there are only two usable USB ports and both are on the right hand side. I knew this when I bought the laptop but that is pretty bad design. Most people are right handed, so if you use an external mouse and are right handed, the USB receiver for the mouse is going to be in your way sticking out the side of the laptop. The same goes for if you have a USB air card. On the same note of an external mouse, the touchpad does not automatically turn off when you connect an external mouse. This is annoying because one reason to use an external mouse is so that you aren't accidentally hitting the touchpad with your palm while typing and clicking other places in the middle of typing. All in all I'd give this laptop an average rating at best. If you don't mind the noise of the fan, and only having 2 usb ports on the right side, then it is a power house for a laptop. But I'm strongly considering returning mine and getting a different model due to the fan noise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great so far

    Posted .

    No computer is completely perfect, but this does what I want and pretty quickly too! I upgraded to this computer from the Samsung QX410-J01 and I am MUCH happier with this computer. It is more expensive, but the better video quality makes it worthwhile. I bought the computer mainly to run Photoshop and Dreamweaver CS5 (which my older computer couldn't do), and it does both quickly and beautifully. Absolutely no delay when working in either of those programs. The sound and video quality are great (I don't play games, but do stream a lot of online video through Netflix and Hulu). The size of the computer is really growing on me. I started out with a 14" Dell laptop about 7 years ago, then moved up to a 15" Dell. While I miss the lighter weight when traveling, it is really great to have even more screen space on this 16" Vaio when watching video or doing graphics/website coding. It also isn't as heavy as I expected...doesn't feel much more heavy than my 15" Dell, so definitely still portable. Just wouldn't want to walk long distances with it. The battery life is really great. If not using the computer much (just playing music on it and occasionally working on email/internet stuff) the battery can last for about 4 hours. I haven't tried it out to see how long it would last while running video or graphics yet, but I imagine it would be closer to the 2 hours advertised. The only complaint I have so far is the lack of S-Video port. Both Dells I've had have S-Video ports, and since I have an older TV, that's how I've connected my laptops to our TV (we only watch TV online, we don't have cable or satellite). With this Vaio, there is only an HDMI port and a VGA port. So for now, until I get other cables, I still use my old Dell laptop when I want to connect my laptop to the TV we have, but this is probably a quirky thing that wouldn't bother most people.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall a great computer with power.

    Posted .

    Overall, this computer is great. Plenty of processing power for running multiple applications without degradation of speed. While many have commented on the fact that this Sony does not have HD, movies look very good and frankly, the fact that it isn't HD is saving my eyes. We have another laptop with HD and it can be difficult to read writing on the screen when in its native resolution. This screen is bright (although you'll need to go in and tweak the default settings, which only have the screen brightness set at about 50%.) No issues with the fan; yes it can be heard when it runs, but not at all unbearable. The backlit keyboard is great--will likely never buy another computer without one. I wish there was a way to control it. Because the computer measures ambient light, it turns off and on based on surrounding lighting. Again, not a huge issue as I get a small piece of paper, cover the sensor, and control the keyboard light that way--an easy fix. Speakers are passable; not great, but I've certainly heard worse. (I'm using the Toshiba X205 as the standard bearer--by far the the best speakers included on a laptop ever.) The major annoyance with this computer is the lack of USB ports on the left side--only two and both are on the right side of the computer. Volume controls on the computer itself might have been nice as well. Battery life--not great, but it's a desktop replacement so I never really expected the computer to excel in this area. Given its competition, this is a stand-out computer. Any shortcomings listed above are minor compared to what you are getting.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bang for your buck

    Posted .

    Pros: Big beautiful HD screen(Yes this screen is HD, just because its not 1920*1080 doesnt mean its not HD.). Backlit keyboard is perfect for gaming and comfortable enough for gaming. This laptop does have 3 USB ports, One on the left with an esata combo port, 2 usb 3.0 on the right. It comes with all the standard laptop features, hdmi, vga, express card slot for I dont know... adding more usb ports. The power you get for this laptop is amazing. Blazing fast cpu that can handle anything, 6gb of ram is more than enough and if you ever wanted to upgrade to 8gb its easy since all you need to do is buy one 4gb module and there you go. Massive hdd space and amazing bluray drive(Already watched avatar and it looks amazing). Cons: Can get a bit hot but that was solved with getting a cooling pad, For an extra 100 dollars you can get the ASUS gaming beast but its a massive computer so you sacrifice portability and gain massive heating issues. A few more media buttons like audio, brightness, keyboard light. But that can be easily fixed by using the function key with the correct keys. Concusion: I love this machine, After my cheap acer got stolen from my car I decided to not let the bad guys win so I went out and spent double what the acer cost. For another $100 dollars you can get a more powerful asus but with this computer you can actually carry the computer with you and not burn your clothes off with the heat. I do alot of gaming(starcraft2, medal of honor, civ5) and this can handle everything on max and only struggles when AA is above 1 on medal of honor. This computer is everything I could have hoped for. It is great for gaming. Dont let the other reviews trick you. The other reviews are somewhat helpful. If you didnt notice alot of their complaints can be solved easily. There IS an hd screen on this computer, there IS a usb on the left combo with esata, this IS a great gaming computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Full performance gaming

    Posted .

    I love gaming and go on the road for about 3 months out of the year, so for the last 5-6 years or so have gone from using desktops to laptops for gaming. In the past I have been used to paying a minimum of $2000 to get a decent machine that could handle high end graphics. My last Toshiba was 3 years old and it was time for an upgrade. I should also mention that I worked as a manager for a computer department at another retailer for several years and had always thought Sony overpriced compared to other manufacturers who's laptops had similar specs, however that had been 4-5 years ago. When I saw this for the price I was amazed. An i7 processor, 6GB RAM, and the 1GB dedicated nVidia card (which is currently nVidia's 3rd best laptop card out of about 15-20 current offerings- mainly lacking 3D capabililty) for this price was very impressive. Not to mention that it comes with a BluRay drive which is also hard to find at this price point. The one and only thing I wish this had that this is missing is a 17" screen for 1900x1080 true HD. However I knew what the resolution was when I bought it (only 1 step down) and it was an easy trade-off for the power the computer brings at this price point. I have used this machine for about 3 months now and have been very happy with it's performace. I am able to run some of the latest graphicily intensive games at high to ultra-high settings with no issues. It also stays fairly cool (an issue for laptops when running such applications) compared to some other models I have used. The backlit keyboard is also a nice feature when using in lower lighting. While yes there are better machines out there for gaming, if you are looking for something that is high-end capable without having to drop $3000 this is a great choice. Due to my inquizzical nature I have continued looking to see what else has come available since I have bought this and I have yet to find a machine with as much power for anything close to this price. This is by far the most computer that I have been able to come across for under $1800.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Value & Performance in its class

    Posted .

    Fast CPU, Plenty of RAM, 6GB DDR3, decent midrange Graphic card, not the very high-end, but definitely not the low-end either, 1GB DDR5, Love the Blue-Ray/DVD combo drive. Great large island keys even for the 10-keys keypad. Automatic lighted keyboard when ambient is dark. Computer is really slick design and very portable, weights only 7 lbs. Mouse is very responsive and not sticky. Awesome screen resolution 1600x900, providing a great screen to watch Blue Ray movies. Overall, very nice design. It achieved a PerformanceTest score of ~1500, nearly doubling the score of Toshiba A665-S6094, due to above average in all the components and a few hundred points above the ASUS G73JH-BST7. It only loses to the ASUS G73JH-BST7 in the 3D graphics performance area. Ran this computer the first 24 hours without any issues, no crashing even in under extreme multitask processing environment. So far, the best out of the three i7-740qm laptops that i've tested in terms of stability, performances, portability, and slick design: Toshiba Satellite A665-s6094, Asus G73JH-BST7, and this Sony F series, Model VPCF136FM/B The Not so great: has only 2 USB ports, and both on the right hand side, gets in the way of my external mouse. HD is only 5400 rpm, but is performing like a 7200 rpm. Would be nice if it was a 7200 rpm or an SSD hybrid, 32MB 7200 rpm drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    2 weeks in, still very happy

    Posted .

    First off, I'm not a gamer, so I can't comment on its performance in that way, but think it might do well with many games, even at higher video settings. I typically buy a new laptop every 12-15 months, and have bought many different brands, sizes, and types. I do read other users reviews, and take their comments seriously, but at the same time take with a grain of salt, and realize each persons expectations are different. I use it for personal business, multimedia, file sharing and have noticed no problems whatsoever. Two things I don't like about it, placement of touchpad, and not a full HD screen, but I knew that when I purchased it so no complaints there. Like anything, there will be lemons in the bunch, but this has done very well thus far. The only things I will do is replace the hard drive for a larger one, and have already upgraded to the full 8gigs of ram. Once again, nothing wrong with the stock items, just a personal choice. All in all, a good well-rounded laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, fast computer!! Worth the extra cost

    Posted .

    I looked for a new comoputer for many weeks, and happened to come along this one. I'm a student studying architecture, and an employee of Best Buy. I highly reccomend this machine for many reasons. First being the 1GB (dedicated) video card which can run CAD software as well as Microsoft Flight Simulator X with out any trouble. This computer also features 6GB of ram,(expandable to 8GB) and a 640GB hard drive @ 7200 rpm. This computer also has a very nice backlit keyboard that is very easy to read in complete darkness. Also a very nice 16.4" display, that has very nice contrast and colors. Its lookes great hooked up to my Sony TV through the HDMI port. Overall this is a very fast, and responsive computer. The build quality is also supurb. The computer seems strudy and has a rugid feel to it. The gunmetal gray, or black color is very nice to look at too. Overall for the cost of this computer, the preformance, and the build quaity, The only drawback that I've found about this computer would be the battery life. Only about 2.5 hours, this may not be usefull if your travel alot. Overall great machine!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this Computer!

    Posted .

    Thank you to all who have posted reviews on this machine! I read your reviews in order to help make a decision and am paying it forward with my review. Some of you mentioned how the mouse pad set off to the left and not centered is awkward...well it is, but one can easily get used to it, as I have. I would not purchase this online, however, because when trying to put in my reward number, it wouldn't take it. Then at the store, when they printed out the receipt upon picking up the computer, the receipt does not print out the Customer Service Pin Number in order to go back to BestBuy.com and redeem the points. Save some hassel and just buy it at the store. Lastly, the keyboard does light up, but what they don't tell you is that the keyboard only lights up when it's dark; I would like it to light up when I'm in a slightly dim area but there is no way to manually turn it on...I checked with Sony Tech Support on this.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Value with a side of caution...

    Posted .

    I have spent several months reviewing different laptops. I had been looking for something that was portable but yet strong enough to run most games and some programs like Adobe Photoshop. I had considered a Mac Book but the price was too much for me. So I thought I found the machine to do just what I need, for the price I want. Unfortunately I did not get the chance to fully utilize the laptop. After a week of ownership I had to return it. In the jack where you plug in the power there is small plastic piece. It fell off after 7 days of ownership. After researching further Sony's seem to have this problem with their past laptops. I did notice when you pick up the laptop near the CD tray it would cave in a bit. It is easy to avoid by grabbing the other end but still worth noting. Also when the laptop is closed don't grab it in the back by the screen also not quite as sturdy back there. Pros: All the features, from the i7 to the Blu-Ray. This does come loaded with a lot of stuff. Also for Windows XP users. Windows 7 is way more enjoyable than Windows Vista. It is no where near as clunky. Cons: I love Sony. I have a PS3, home theater and a TV from Sony. This did not feel like a Sony product. On some parts of the laptop, I thought it would break due to the shear give that it had at those points. I would only recommend this laptop if you weren't travelling with it often or moving it around a lot. I also say this with some caution as I only had it a week. Good luck to your laptop shopping.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase

    Posted .

    Let me start off by saying, I have found nothing wrong with this laptop as of yet, some people complain about the off centered trackpad, I don't think of it as "off centered", more like centered to the keyboard, not including the number pad, great performance and awesome Display capable of making blu ray look AMAZING. The Grapshics are good too, of course not as good as a high end gaming laptop but for those of us that aren't addicted to crisis core, this is definitely good enough! The charger to me is not "loose" in any way, stays in just fine, and the media buttons work great (I'm used to using the Fn key plus F2-F7 for the brightness, volume, ect.) It's not heavy (for me) and is very portable (more so than a 17'). If you've never bought a Vaio (like me) they have great Sony exclusive software for backing up your files, and adjusting settings all over the laptop. The cooling fan also keeps this laptop very cool as to not damage any of the hardware. The i7 core in the laptop along with the 6 gigs of RAM insures fast web browsing and with the amazing graphics card fast game playing as well. I am very Impressed by this laptop and hope to use it for 10-20 years at least, I would recommend it to anyone, Sony is the way to go for $1k plus laptops!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    You must know what you are doing with this machine

    Posted .

    Purchased over two weeks ago and first thing i did was to make restoration disks and then upgraded to win 7 x64 ultimate. Had no problems. Also made acronis backup 2011 with free agent because Acronis 2010 will not recognize USB 3, but Acronis 2011 does. Second upgraded the memory to 8GB DDR3 from 6GB, got from outside source and installed myself. Third pulled out 640GB HD and installed 750GB 16mb cache x7200rpm from another outside source. Restored acronis image to 750GB and made two volumes and then merged, so now its C:\ with 698GB and still installing programs. Fast, Light comes on in dim areas, but in bright does not, this is what is expected. Tested 2D movie with cyberlink 2011 which converted to 3D and does okay, probably would do much better with 3D hardware. But that's expected. I am not a gamer so i can't speak about turbocharging, but i have done video editing and this does fairly well. My windows desktop windows experience with 16GB win 7 ultimate x64 and 6TB is as follows 7.5,7.5, 7.7, 7.7, 6.9 My sony vaio with windows 8GB win 7 ultimate x64 and 750 GB is as follows 7.1,7,4, 6.6, 6.6, 6.3 Also bought external Modem from bestbuy, since now laptops are getting away from internal modems.It is compatible with usb 2.0, but downgrades modem speed when usung usb 3.0 Also purchased ASUS bluray reader/writer external USB from outside source. Used USB mouse in usb/sata since i dislike touchpad as most people do. Wimax is not in my area, so i turned it off, using router from desktop and speed is good.

    I would recommend this to a friend