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A solid gaming laptop
Pros: Stable, very powerful, runs new generation games without fuss. Nice sharp display. Blu ray drive and other accessories work as advertised.
Cons: The main problem is the addition of various bloatware items, the worst of which is the Vaio Care and other Vaio proprietary software. These tend to be resource hogs, and are very difficult to uninstall. On the other hand, if you are new to computers, or not very technically proficient, these programs could be helpful, But, to an experienced user, this stuff is just in the way. I formatted the hard drive and did a clean install of 7, and reinstalled the drivers from the Sony site. Big difference in performance, and the Vaio has impressed me ever since.
Other Thoughts: If you can get past the Viao bloatware, this is a very good laptop, that has effortlessly done everything I have asked of it. I have upgraded it to 8 gb RAM, and put a Corsair 160gb SSD in, for even more performance.
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New To Vaio
Pros: Backlit keyboard
Cons: Poor auto-brightness dimming feature
Other Thoughts: Over all, the machine is a joy to use. Blows away the graphics and processing abilities of it's elders, and makes my prior computer purchases look like child's play. The backlit keyboard was a hard sell for me, as the keys are spaced more than the typical-user keyboard, but they are very easy to get accustomed to. I've used it for less than a day, and believe my WPM would be as fast as WPM on a native machine.
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