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Pros: I really like the styling of this machine. It certainly is an eye-catcher. There aren't any obnoxious indicator lights. This machine is lightweight, as expected, and provides a good level of performance. It feels sturdy. This machine is quick to boot and shut down. It also runs cool and normally quiet. The fan does spin up frequently, but the sound is at a pitch that is easy to ignore. Having a DVD drive onboard is also a nice positive despite adding some weight and width.
The keyboard will take some getting used to. The keys are spaced further apart than normal. They have a shallow depth to them compared to the ASUS keyboards I've used on netbooks and other ultrabooks. The Sony keyboard is still perfectly usable. It would have been nice if more keys were dedicated instead of left to function combinations.
Cons: The touchpad on this machine is awful. It made using Windows 8 a huge pain. Gestures swiping in from the side or top commonly didn't register, left and right clicks didn't always behave as expected, and taps were commonly ignored. The touchpad is nicely sized, but it needs to be more sensitive.
The screen on this machine also leaves something to be desired. It has ridiculously limited vertical viewing angles. Horizontal viewing angles are tolerable. Even my netbook from a couple years ago has a better, smaller screen with the same resolution. Really disappointed in the screen on this machine given that Android tablets 1/3rd the price of this ultrabook commonly have superior displays. Unfortunately, this appears to be a common issue among lower priced ultrabooks.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this machine as a gift. Unfortunately, I got to know it way better than I wanted to. The new owner decided she hated Windows 8. The lousy touchpad contributed to this problem by making charms bar and metro app gestures a total pain to use. Ultimately, the new OS was too jarring a change and was swapped out for Windows 7. If I wasn't around and knowledgeable about how to get Windows 7 working this machine would have been returned. When the new owner yells at Windows 8 and goes back to her slow, 6 year-old machine loaded with Windows 7 you know there's a big problem!
Windows 7 was a bear to install on this machine. Turning off secure boot for Windows 8 was easy, but the UEFI implementation is old and not supported by the Windows 7 installer. This caused problems with disk partitioning so make the 3 to 6 backup disks before you start in case of a warranty issue. Then the drivers on Sony's website proved to be mostly good except for the wired networking, wireless, and firmware extension drivers. Each of these only worked on Windows 8 or failed Windows driver certificate signature checks. I had to go hunt down the wired networking drivers from Realtek's site and piece together a wireless driver from an HP machine. Very painful process. Sony really should make it easier to switch from Windows 8 to Windows 7.
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