VAIO Notebooks

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by TSE, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    TSE

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    What are your guys' opinions on VAIO notebooks?

    I loved Sony VAIO back in the day - they were honestly on par with Apple in terms of quality and innovation. In fact - in some instances they were ahead of Apple in some aspects - for example the X505 can be considered the first "Ultrabook".

    It makes me happy to know the brand still lives on - and it appears to me they are doing fairly well as the lineup has expanded over the past couple years.

    I also think it's cool that they are all manufactured in Nagano, Japan.

    They have definitely delivered a unique niche - they have all the ports that business users want, they have a pretty unique design, and after all is said and done, they are doing well. I'm surprised they aren't talked about more, and I just wish they would make a notebook with a discrete graphics card. I'd like to see a MacBook Pro competitor.
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68020

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    I had several back in the day. They were nice enough machines but always had something weird to brag about-- a little scroll-wheel on the side of the laptop to navigate a special Sony menu that never worked right, a rear ventilation platform that would swivel down when the display was opened, for extra ventilation, etc. Always something non-standard and useless, so they could pretend they were innovating. It usually meant software oddities too.

    I switched from Vaios to Thinkpads back when they were IBM. Now those were solid machines. But nothing holds up as well as my MacBook Pros.
     
  3. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

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    You got to be kidding me :)

    I wonder how the VAIOs are now that they are not being manufactured by Sony. As with any laptop, support matters a lot. VAIOs might have great support in Japan but not sure how they fare out here in the West.
     
  4. LindsayD macrumors regular

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    I sold my pearl white 2014 VAIO two weeks ago - gorgeous machine but too heavy for me now (17 inches). Lovely screen, too. It was tactile with very nice edges.
     
  5. SmackBookPro macrumors 6502

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    Sony knew a thing or two about design. One of the companies Steve Jobs looked up to, back then, of course.
     
  6. cube macrumors P6

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    I looked at a small VAIO once, but it was not quad core. And it did not inspire confidence.
     

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