Current Sony Vaio Y series, would you be happy with this spec in MBA?

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  1. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

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    Now the Vaio Y is admittedly heavier and thicker than a MBA, but the specs seem pretty good to me. What do you think? Operating system aside :cool:

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  2. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    If it wasn't so heavy, then yes, the specs seem rather nice.
     
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    Wow I didn't know the Y got that expensive these days. At that price I'd rather spend the extra $200 on the Vaio Z, which is lighter, smaller(13.3 vs 13.1 on the Z), and faster, not to mention the better quality screen. However, the base price on the Y is solid.
     
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    Yeah its the raid SSD's that make it expensive, HDD models are much better value.
     
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    The asus in my signature is a far better buy, better specs too.
     
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    Yeah I realized that after I made the post that it was with the SSD. Still the Z comes in at around $200 more with the SSD standard. If HDD was standard like it is in Japan we could have gotten the Z at a around $1400 base, something that would have made me for sure go for it. But, like the rest here I am kind of waiting to see what the and if the next gen MBA is going to offer us; hopefully they bring out a 11-12in model as I always thought that is the perfect size, hence why I got the iBook in the first place and now have a Vaio TT.

    As for U35JC vs the Y that is partial a subjective thing. Not sure how the 4550 compares to the GT310m, but I would think the difference wouldn't be that much. Plus, the U35 is a bit thick for a notebook with an optical drive slot, and the screen quality could be a little better.
     
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    +1

    Asus makes very good computers, Sony does not and has not for a long time. Don't believe me? Buy one. It will be fast out of the gate and then fall apart in about a year.

    I've owned two Sonys and repaired countless Sonys. Asus by far is a much better computer and will last much much longer.
     
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    I'd rather like to see a i7-660UM (1.33/2.4 GHz), 320M and a 240GB SSD (indicating being SandForce-based) in there.

    I wonder how they put one drive in RAID0, though.

    Hey, they read MacRumors and ****'d up my calculation…

    But hey Apple: They got some colors :)
     
  11. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    I have had my Vaio TT for over a year and yet to have it fall apart, neither has the other people who I know with Vaio's. But, all manufactures have a computer that isn't up to snuff. Like the Asus UL80, which I keep reading has a weak build quality in their keyboard, but the UL30 didn't have that issue really.
     
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    You're forgetting, people like to slag vaio's almost as much as they like to slag Apple.;)
     
  13. NightGeometry macrumors regular

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    One drive, so not RAID 0 out of the box. Presumably you can add another drive to get RAID. Is there room in the chassis for another drive, and how much does adding one cost - does anyone know?
     
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    what people forget in these comparisons is that apart from the Mac OS being a far superior OS to Win7 'Home' (with probably no discs supplied) - a Mac comes with a significant $ value of software that puts any Windows-based machine quite a few hundred $ dearer than advertised, by the time you purchase the equivalent software.

    and with all due respect, an i5 running at 1.2 ghz and memory speed of 800mhz is a bit of a crock when compared to 2.13 C2Duo and 1067mhz memory with 6mb of L2 cache + Snow Leopard.

    give it time boys and girls - the new Air will be well worth the wait :D
     
  16. coldmack macrumors 6502

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    Apparently not, as I have read some Sony computers come bundled with their Vegas Movie editor, and from what I saw on their site you can either choose the clean install, or get the Adobe bundle which include Adobe Elements package, which includes Premier Elements and PS Elements. I can't say much about Premier Elements vs iMovie, but I do like PS Elements better than iPhoto as it has a few nice features over iMovie.


    On the CPU point you maybe right, but the point of this Y is a computer that gets solid battery life at something around 6-8 hours depending on usage, and have a gpu that is better than what is in the MBA, and 13in MBP. Plus if you really wanted to you could take the time and effort to swap out the UM for the LV i core equiv model(the M is it?).
     

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