Sony VAIO VGN-CS215J/Q 14.1-Inch Laptop - Black Reviews
This junk really breaks my heart July 23, 2010
I just bought this pink pc over 1 year and During those times , i haves changed 3 fans. Now ,it totally breaks down,3 months ,Belive me I was very careful and friendly to my PC.I can't turn it on anymore , i don't want spend one cent on this junk !
the price is around 850 dollars when i bought it, I choose it from Mac just because it looks cute.
I belive it is because the poor fan caused my mainboard overheat and makes it burned! sony denied to make repaire cause it is out of insurance !!!!
I SWEAR TO GOD !NEVER EVER BUY A SONY PC ,although their customer survices are friendy !! But this junk really breaks my heart .
Sony Vaio replacement to an 8yr old Dell, Does the job and than some.... April 4, 2009
First off let me enunciate I have had a inspiron 8600 Dell for at least 8yrs and its still alive and kicking and still has all my life's files on it (pics, movies, word docs, music etc..) all within a 60gb harddrive. I did however run into a system problem with the cpu beeping and shutting down the computer a couple times which head me to research into a new laptop.
Now the review. It came down to (after months of research on Core 2 Duo's) the Sony Vaio (which the GF wanted for the fact that it came in white), and my pick again after research the Toshiba Satellite special edition which when compared to the Vaio only differs with the graphics card and bluetooth.
I opted for the Sony Vaio (which by the passageway is cheaper at your local...Fill in the blank major electronic store). I will say its partly due to the GF's white preference, but don't stop reading here and think its all due to that i did want good, no great specs and not want to buy another computer for at least another 5yrs.
I read heaps mixed reviews, and i personally got nervous. I wanted a great computer and always have been an XP person. So vista and only have a Dell made this a big purchase. Well i couldn't be happier. The computer is fast as hell, especially through Ethernet (haven't had the time yet to go get a N wireless router which i am excited about) and Vista is surprisingly fun to use. Searching for files etc. is really the only difference I have encountered. I love the 3D window scroll, and I love the latest Windows Media experience with MSN live everything (TV, Music, Movies).
People have spoke about bloatware, I don't think there was alot on here to be honest. I am currently using Vaio care, and windows live one (for virus protection). I am also using the preview version of bureau 2007. Other than that i don't see much on here that's a problem or runs the computer slower. I have disabled the updates after i did all of them so that helps too. The battery isn't bad. On the Vaio power scheme i have it set to balanced and it lasts around 2hrs and 11mins. You can however set the power to max batter which help it extend to 3hrs, or you can set it to max performance which speeds the computer itself up to max tasks, and windows being opened. I've had at least 10 windows up before and no lag what so ever using hanging power.
The webcam is really cool and makes me laugh at the Mac users who paid $12+ for basically the same computer. The software included can do all kinds of fun things with your image as resourcefully as let you record videos.
The keyboard is slick and very easy to type. Easier than my Dell which i find was alot more clacky than this. The touch pad is generic and the touch media controls very well i haven't had much use for them but as i have played around with them although cool and different can be sensitive especially the volume (i use the icon to change the volume). The speakers are good, sometimes programs made for dolby make them sound incredible while other at times sound low (it might enjoy to do with the program and dolby compatibility.)
Overall I am very please, everything that i need to do (internet, work with office docs, and pics & music) it does very well. There are some features i have yet to explore but this is a massively solid computer and worth the money. Don't waste your time with those watered down netbooks or low priced asus computers with no specs to them. Get a laptop that has what you need in it and more, it will save you the trouble later on.
I gave this a 4 instead of a 5 because of the lower run out graphics card (which hasn't been a problem just wish for future things it had the better card) and lack of HDMI (has vga instead). Other than that its a solid notebook that makes a great replacement to my old Dell.
the picky buyer :) February 12, 2009
this one's a great laptop and was bought after much deliberation and research. agree to me put this in one word "Great". i have had this laptop for a month now and its been performing awesome.
Looks- it looks pretty (for people who love pink this is a god send)
Sleek and fast - no wonder cuz it has a 4 GB RAM hence at 824 this is a bargain (when i bought it this be around 950 ).i have always worked on XP so the new Vista takes a little time getting used to. but its good and different. the laptop on its own is amazingly fast and the keyboard is fun to work with. it have increased my typing speed :)
will keep you guys posted on how well its functioning after another month or so of use.
Solid Purchase April 5, 2009
Made purchase back in February 2009 and very much liking this little Sony, so far. This has fast processing with the 64 Bit T6400 Duo Core 2, 4 GB RAM, and better than average graphics for on the ship Intel graphics. I'm not a gamer, so can't say in that regard, but for news clips, movies, music video, and MLB live/real-time feed, the graphics provide a good TV quality images on cable ISP. The included useful Sony software make the purchase all the more attractive. I installed MS Office Small Business 2007 with no problems. A nice machine that has proven to be all I wanted for a travel computer. Would definitely recommend.
Very Attractive Looking Laptop, Decent Specs, but not without flaws February 15, 2009
What I really did like:
- Touchpad & Keyboard are phenomenal; On par next to even Apple's offerings.
- Extremely good looking build & casing. Feels sturdy.
- Bright LCD screen
- Feels lighter than usual for a 14.1' laptop
- Decent specs for work & home (2.0GHz 2xCore, 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2, GMA 45000 HD, 1280 x 800, 800MHz bus, 250GB harddrive)
- Built in MemoryStick reader
What i really didn't like:
- Touch Pad buttons are "clacky" - By this, I mean the click sound is a bit loud.
- Battery life good, but not great.
- Media Key touch sensitivity a bit sour at times.
- Sub-par gaming performance; Non-discrete video.
- Ridiculous amount of bloatware that you'll have to remove. Besides the 30 SW packages that Sony provided, there was the Google Toolbar, QuickenBooks, Live OneSupport, MS Works, a trial of MS Office, Roxio, Adobe Air/Flash/Reader, ArcSoft Camera software, WinDVD and about a dozen other things (Java, VC++ Redistributable, MSXML, etc...)
BTW: My purchase was the White version of the same model.
So Far, So Good! July 14, 2009
After researching the best pink laptop for a couple of months, I chose this Sony. This is my first laptop and I am a very prime computer user. It contains all but 1 of the best options I wanted. The color is beautiful and it operates great. I have purchased numerous items from the Internet and this is one of the top items I am very pleased with. I read numerous reviews like this to assist me within my decision and purchase.
Good product but.. January 21, 2010
In general works great, but last week appears small lines in the lowest part of the screen. Reading on Internet it seems that this is common and you have to modification a flex cable.
Update: July 23. More and more lines come to the screen so I have to sent it to Sony repair service. It is very common problem. Be aware.
UGH! March 26, 2010
I bought this computer in August for college..initially, I loved it. The appearance is perfect; however, the quality is poor. Approximately two months after purchasing, my screen would randomly turn black and my computer wouldn't turn pay for on. After speaking with customer service several times, we finally fixed this problem. Recently, I took my laptop back to the Geek Squad at Best Buy to tell them about the terribly loud noises that it makes. They kept my laptop for a week, then said that they heard the "jet engine sound" it be making, but that it was normal. I'm sorry, but if my roommate can hear my computer roaring from across the room then it shouldn't be normal. The noises are incredibly annoying and I find it hard to concentrate on what I'm doing...also, I have to restart often. I definitely would not recommend this computer. I hold had it for 7 months, and have had problems for the past 5.
AMAZING!!!!!!! April 24, 2009
I spent MONTHS researching HP, Dell, Macs, etc. trying to find the perfect laptop. I am heading to college in the fall and really need something easy to use, but also advanced plenty that it has all the features I will be needing. I heard negative comments for each of those brands, ranging from horrifically loud fan to a glare that prevents outdoor use to passageway to pricey for the product, respectively. Consequently, I had NO idea what to do. Then someone suggested looking into Sony and THANK GOD I DID!!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS LAPTOP!! It's a perfect size, red is the perfect color (I had my doubts about it being too red, but it really is gorgeous), it works fantastically, the keyboard flows so well, it's vigorous, it's efficient, it was relatively cheap compared to others...it's perfect!!! Overall I would suggest this product to anyone!!!
Annoying sounds December 5, 2009
I bought this laptop(white one) in January... i really liked it at first but after a few months it started making sounds .. its really annnoying !!!
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