I had a previous gen Macbook Pro, which was a great machine and I'd go for Apple again, but I kind of dislike that they stopped selling laptops and started selling fancy mirrors :S
So anyway, I always liked Sony and now there are 2 options I particularly like:
1. Vaio SR with ATI Radeon 4570, which should deliver similar gaming performance to my MBP
2. Vaio FW with some series 4000 graphic card (is it 4650 or 4670? would love to see 4850, but that's ain't gonna happen...)
So, SR is small, sturdy, portable and should deliver some decent gaming performance (having the option to play Dawn of War II, Demigod, GRID on a laptop as portable as this would be AWESOME).
What about FW? With the better series 4000 ATI card, it should pack some punch (not to mention full HD)! The main question that bothers me is: is the build quality as solid as SR/Z/TT series? I think all those have carbon fibre casing, and are really top notch. Does FW belong to this group?
I just got a brand new customized Sony VGN-Z890FKB. The sales representative of the website where I bought it from, states all their models come with the Premium Carbon Fibre lid, however I find it very hard to tell the difference between the two.
Nowhere it is indicated that this one has the carbon fibre lid. On the side of the box it says B (Black) so I got confused.
The lid is black indeed, if I look close enough I see small silverish specs mixed with the black, even on the bottom side of the laptop. The palmrest/keyboard area is a darker black without silverish specs in it.
A friend of mine has a Sony SZ and there you can tell it is a black Carbon Fibre lid (black with a hint of purple in it - when you angle the laptop from one light source to the other + you somewhat see horizontal lines on the lid of the Sony SZ). Also if you look carefully on the sonystyle site, you see those same horizontal-like lines on the Carbon Fibre Black lid of the Sony Z contrary to the Black plastic lid.
How can one tell whether his Sony laptop has a carbon fibre or black plastic lid?
I'm considering consolidating the SZ's, the existing Z's and the TT's into one model. Currently I have a small deluge of separate-model docks and spare batteries, and that in addition to other issues means I'm looking at the top-model Z as the not-completely-ideal but logical replacement to all of my ultralight/lightweights partly to simplify 'logistics', if I can use that pretentious a word.
And I figure why not go for the 'Premium Carbon' model. Specifically here in the UK, the Z35X model.
what bits are 'Premium Carbon' and exactly what 'Premium Carbon' implies on the Z - lid only as before? I'm interested in the nature of the structural and cosmetic differences between my 'premade' 2.5 Z11's.
Just something I noticed one day by accident. I know a lot of people say that when comparing the black and the premium they look alike. Here is the subtle detail in the premium lid for all to enjoy. I was pretty amazed the first time I saw it, figured I should share.
I bought this TZ as a refurb from Sony. I didn't notice at first, but there are a couple superficial scratches on the lid that are apparent in direct light. What would be the best way to get rid of it? I have some auto paint buffing products that I've used on carbon fiber pieces, but those had been clearcoated IIRC. What can I do about light scratches on the TZ's lid?
invisible shield on a vaio premium carbon lid and removed it later? The only reason I was asking was because I was installing one of the shields on my iphone and a small part became affixed to my desk. When I tried to take it off, it took the paint off the desk as well. Not sure if the premium carbon design is painted on the lids... so I was wondering if I would have be facing similar issues if I put it on and decided to take it off later..
We run multiple Sony units that are light weight and supposedly made with carbon fiber casing or something like that . (TT, TZ, previpus Z) We also run other brands including netbooks and other laptops in the sub 3 lbs range. (Acer, Asus, Dell etc )
In the inevitable bumps of daily use and travel, I sometimes drop the case or even the bare notebooks. All of them survived beautifully.
Yesterday however, my shoulder bag slipped out of my hand and fell about 18 inches. The TT was inside that padded bag . Took it out and there was a nice two inch long break in one corner. It is beyond just a small hairline crack. I was astounded as my other laptops have survived much worse. (i.e. An Asus netbook fell out 30 inches without case on one corner straight onto the asphalt and only suffered a scratch etc.)
The damage to the TT case is far worse than any other laptop I have had through the past 15 years and it was a very minor fall in a bag.
My read then is that these uber lightweight designs by Sony are not very tough in terms of casing? The rest of the notebook functions fine and i won't be repairing it though I have four year Sony accidental coverage on it. I figure I'll use it until it really needs a hardware repair down the road.
Trying to get rid of these questionably useful programs -- but I don't see entries for them in add/remove programs in the control panel (or for any of the other useless VAIO software packages that come on OEM machines sans "fresh start")
I have just been given a VAIO PCG8A2M (GRX316MP) , i was told "it's broken but if you can fix it yo can have it" so having a quick look at it there's no sign of life on the display but the lights come on and i can here the HDD heads moving about.
Looking a little more i found that all the ram is missing , so now im not sure if its worth buying some ram to see if it works or not ? The lack of ram would prob explain the lack of display but i wonder if i should be getting POST beeps at least, which im not.
So my question is if a VAIO had no ram should (if all else was working) it be getting POST beeps ?
I don't know whats the diference (besides the price), between VAIO TZ295N & VAIO TZ395N. Specs in all the websites I've checked say they have exactly the same components: Intel coreduo 1.33Ghz 2GB RAM DVD-RW and 64GB SSD Hardrive. I was wonder if the diference might be in the hard drive interface, with the TZ295N being PATA and TZ395N being SATA.
I'm wondering if the Blu-ray optical drive (Panasonic UJ-232A) of the (old) VAIO Z series will be able to fit into the (new) VAIO Z series? I would really appreciate it if anyone is able to answer my question.
The reason I'm asking is because I'm seriously thinking of selling my VAIO Z690 & just buying the base Sony VAIO Z (VPCZ112GX/S). I may just be able to afford that base model & the icing on the cake will definitely be the UJ-232A drive being able to fit into the (new) VAIO Z series & work.
Am planning to get a sony laptop for me. The design simply rocks I am getting mixed reviews about cw and E series. But i made up my mind to get one.
My budget is aroung 40000rupees. Thats around 800$. So suggest me a better one between these two for occasional moderate and less(mosltly) demanding games. I dont care whether its 14 or 15 inch.
Am looking at lower end versions of both the models.
Only difference is CW uses Nvidia Geforce 310 and the E series uses some Radeon 5000 series one. CW has 14 inch screen whereas E series has a 15.5 inch screen. In the models which i am looking at both have matte finish and both has WXGA:1366 x 768 VAIO Display.
which one should i go for. whether the screen quality will be on par to Inspiron one atleast? ( I dont need HD).
if I can use the AC Adapter of a Vaio TT on the Vaio Z. The standard AC Adapter that comes with the Vaio Z is of 19.5V and the one for the Vaio TT is of 16V, which I don't know if it's enough for the Vaio Z to function properly or if there could be any problem or damage. Both machines have batteries of 10,8V.
I have an undervolted Vaio Z by the way (last multiplier at 0.9875) so I don't know if this could help in any way for my Z to work ok with the TT AC Adapter.
I have this "problem" since I got my Z. When I start vaio update 3 utility I get this error "messageID=0008" there are no updates for your model bla bla...
However when I go to vaio support page, there are some new updates for my Z590N model (new Bios, USB patch...)
I have downloaded new version of Viao Update utility 3.2.something but I had to uninstall my current version (3.1.something), which I did. However when I started this new setup message poped up "there is no previous version installed" - abort.
I have checked esupport page where is said if you have problems with Vaio Update 3, to download Sony Shared Library which suppose to contain vaio update utility), I run installation but it doesn't install Vaio Update 3
Now, I can live with this esupport page regular visit updates,
Whats the major difference between 16.4" VAIO Display (1600x900) and 16.4" VAIO extra-wide HD display (1920x1080). Upto what angle I could see my display in VAIO Display (1600x900)? Can I watch HD movies perfectly in VAIO Display (1600x900) ?