Summary: I bought this after after finding out the Toshiba protégé R835-p56x wasn't right for me. I really like the light weight, battery life, and performance on the protégé, but it lack a couple of key things; dedicated graphics card and back lit keyboard. The Vaio SA had everything that I was looking for that Toshiba Protégé lacked. I purchased this laptop from Microsoft store due to the student promo with the free Xbox.
Summary: I'm a grad student and a gamer. I normally use desktop replacement size laptops, but after lugging those heavy things around for a few years I was due for a change. After searching for awhile, this seemed to be one of the best deals available. It appeared to be a highly portable machine that I could take notes and write papers on, and that could play most games using mid-level graphics. The machine lived up to the hype, and I'm completely satisfied with it.
Summary: I really wanted to like this laptop, I like the straight angles and over all aesthetics of the laptop. It looks chic and hip. For a laptop with a dvd drive, it's light and slim. It's got the ports you need and the back lit keyboard is nice. People have complained about the screen and although it's not the best, it's not that bad either. Picture is slightly washed out but you can make slight adjustments to improve it.
Summary: After countless Sony notebooks over the last 15+ years, all of which I have been quite to very satisfied with, this is the first Sony notebook that I've bought that has totally annoyed me beyond belief. The fan is HORRIBLY LOUD and it cycles on and off every 5-10 seconds, which can drive you literally INSANE unless you have loud music or a loud TV on. If you want to work in a quiet setting, FORGET IT. It sounds like you're standing next to a 747 jet engine.
Summary: Pros: Small, light, Great resolution screen, nice back-lit keyboard, has a nice build quality feel, great performance, awesome battery life (even more amazing with the additional sheet battery!). I also really like the manual switch to go from integrated to dedicated graphics. Cons: - Speakers NEED tweaking within the sound settings. Once you get them setup, they are much better. Although, they could be better. - Webcam......not the best...
Summary: The good: just read in Sony's advertising about all the features, small case size, long battery life, low weight... The bad: Sadly inadequate speaker system with not enough volume. Mouse control located right on the edge of the case where it will be continuously bumped, accidentally. Right-angle power plug that continuously hangs up on the edge of the desk/tabletop. Sharp, uncomfortable case corners. The ugly: Sony's Customer Relations Department.
Summary: I should start by saying that I am a frequent and finicky laptop user. I often scope out good deals online, buy the computer and try it for a month or two, and then resell it on eBay---ideally for what I originally paid. That said, over the past twelve months, I have used the following laptops extensively: the 13" Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo), the Lenovo X201, the Sony Vaio Z (first generation Core i5), the HP Elitebook 2540p, the Toshiba R835, the 11.6" Core i5 Macbook Air,...