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Pros: Blu-ray player and i7 processor(8 threads). I love the way the keys are set up on these vaio laptops. It feels like a real keyboard rather than a laptop keyboard which is something that has always driven me nuts. The webcam works just fine and the software for it isn't half bad. I have only used the HDMI out once, but it is great. The bottom of this doesn't heat up too bad even under load.
Cons: Battery life is not very good, but that is to be expected when running hardware like this one. I would recommend buying some extra batteries if you plan to be away from a power outlet for a while. If I am streaming a movie from netflix I can only get about 2 hours or so before the battery is dead. Some bloatware, but it only took a few minutes to uninstall. The video card does heat up quite a bit but that is to be expected.
Other Thoughts: My main things I was looking for in my laptop purchase were an i7 processor and a blu-ray player. This one was one of the cheapest in that category. I am definitely pleased.
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Pros: This laptop has an i7 processor, and I love it. Things open quickly and the pre-installed Windows 7 is fantastic. The keyboard includes a keypad, which is terribly handy. The keyboard lights up in dark conditions, making it easy for me to watch "Lost" after my wife goes to sleep. The optical drive is a Blue Ray player. There is an HDMI output. The screen is big and easy on the eyes. There is a built in camera and microphone, which I have successfully used to make calls via Google Voice/Gmail and not had a lick of difficulty in being understood.
Cons: Battery life leaves something to be desired, but as long as you aren't watching streaming video with the Bluetooth service running, you will likely be able to stretch it longer than I did. It's a little heavy if you plan on hauling it around.
Other Thoughts: I helped my father-in-law to obtain his first computer and we purchased an earlier version of this laptop for him. He has been enjoying it and so have I as I have been teaching him how to use a computer. So when I could, I ordered this laptop and have it at home since my wife took over my desktop. Majorly impressive product. I had little to no trouble setting it up when it arrived and getting it on my home wireless network. I have been a absolute Linux user since 1999, and I have had no urge to change Windows 7 over to a flavor of Linux. Some bloatware was installed but pretty much easily uninstalled. The speakers are not quality as I would have hoped, but this is the first Sony I've had much experience with. I bought a cheap-o Logitech Wireless mouse, and this thing is fantastic for pretty much everything entertainment and work related. I also watch a lot of Netflix Instant Streaming and have had no difficulty making it work.
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