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Amazon Review By jabapyth on January 21, 2015

the wireless card was rather weak, so I replaced it with the Intel 7260.HMWG AC and everything was fine. Nice keyboard, love the backlighting.
window8 is rediculous though :) I installed Ubuntu 14.10 and it worked perfectly out of the box, but later switched to xubuntu b/c unity was annoying.

 

 

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Amazon Review By RobBurrito “Real World” on October 15, 2014

Been a long time fan of Sony Vaio. Was time for new laptop so I bought this one. Design is beautiful but after hours online with my internet provider it is determined that the built in wifi card is inferior. It’s not just a casual problem. It can barely maintain connectivity to a modern wireless router. I had to buy a USB Wireless antenna and disable the machines wifi card. It’s blazing now but have a 90′s style solution for a modern era laptop. Beyond disappointing.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Stephanie Faris on December 6, 2014

I bought this laptop in September 2013. It is now December 2014 and I’m going to buy a MacBook Pro today. I’m done. Yes, there’s a wi-fi issue and yes, I bought a cheap Wi-Fi USB adapter on Amazon that’s a workaround. But the real issue is that it locks up at least once a day and I have to hold down the power button. Control + Alt + Delete doesn’t even work. So, inevitably, every month or two the O/S becomes corrupt and the only way to fix the fatal errors is to reinstall everything. For a year, I’ve kept all my files on a USB flash drive and operated in a "this thing could crash at any moment" mindframe.

I’m just done. I’m going to sell this thing on one of those "buy my laptop" sites and take the $300 and call it a $700 lesson. This laptop actually scared me off of Microsoft-based hardware forever. From now on, I only do Apple, where every piece of software is designed specifically for this hardware. I worked in I.T for 13 years and never, EVER saw a piece of equipment as bad as this.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Aaron on January 9, 2014

I took a chance on this laptop knowing about its potential Windows driver issue with the Wifi. However, I was looking for a new laptop for running Linux. Ubuntu detected and loaded the proprietary broadcom driver with no intervention on my part. I loaded Wavemon and tested it in every room of the house, including the garage with door shut and the signal quality never dipped below 60%…normally above 90. I’ve never had any strange disconnections from Wifi.

Good performance (GLMark2 1230, no problems with Team Fortress 2 on Steam)
Crisp bright glossy screen
Backlit keyboard feels good
Large touchpad works well (buttons are hidden beneath the corners so its up to you to touch click or real click)
Touch screen works fine with Unity

If you go this route with an alternative O/S here is a hint… to get into the bios don’t click the power button. Click the Assist button and it will power up into a graphical utility geared towards recovering Windows. From there you can get to the real Bios and change boot options like disabling secure boot or UEFI if you choose.

I’ve always used Lenovo or HP in the past… but I’m really loving this Sony.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Nanak on March 21, 2014

The item bought was advertised as a brand new item and had 91 updates still pending. Amazon did stand by there A-Z gurantee but gdwad the seller was a jerk. states that if the computer has been taken out of the box , he cannot take it back. Duffer we had to take the computer out of the box to see what we found out that you had sold us a old computer and counted the money off for a new computer. Beware of gdwad.

 

 

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Amazon Review By T. Steele “tonyabc” on November 2, 2013

I have a Sony FIT with exactly the same problem. I bought it two weeks ago. It has truly awful wifi; slow speeds, poor range, frequent drop outs. There are many Sony buyers complaining about the problems. None of the fixes on the Sony forum, including updating the drivers, makes any difference. I have now bought a new wifi card through Amazon and will self install it. This, apparently, is the the only fix. This problem has been going on for some Sony users for months and Sony are, as I see it, negligently continuing to sell this defective laptop.

 

 

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Amazon Review By SmokingMirror on August 25, 2013

I really want to love this laptop, and by all rights I should. Speed is smoking, screen resolution is great, I love everything about it, but…

Sony appears to have saddled ALL of its new FITs with a sub-par (and/or defective) Broadcomm wi-fi card. As I write this, I am sitting less than 2 meters from my router (itself less than one year old). The laptop is showing five bars, but the speed is 5.5 mbps. If I move the laptop farther from the router, say 5 meters, bars drop to 1-2, speed frequently drops to 1-2 mbps, and frequently the signal cuts out entirely. Any farther out and you can forget about a signal. I expected more from Sony, particularly on a laptop being sold at this price point. I have been following an increasingly frustrated discussion of this topic on Sony’s community website (started 01JUL2013, and closing in on 300 comments), waiting and hoping for a solution from Sony, but the silence has been pretty deafening. So far, the best solution from the group appears to be replacing the defective wi-fi card on my own dime, quite likely voiding Sony’s warranty on the machine. Not cool.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2014

Okay, windows 8.1 machine (free upgrade from windows 8) but battery life is poor and the keyboard is mediocre. The digital Ntrig pen is nice but it is not as good as the surface pro 3 pen experience. Processor is a bit underpowered too. The laptop/tablet hybrid is very light and stylish. In short it does work as a tablet hybrid able to run Windows office natively, but it’s not the best poor man’s surface pro 3.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Kelly on February 6, 2015

At $620 with a keyboard included,this tablet from Sony seems to be tempting. However, to hit that mark, Sony compromised on build-quality and settled for weak starting specs.

Pros:

1. Thin and light display
2. Wide viewing angles
3. Sturdy stand
4. Pen input works well

Cons:

1. Some build quality issues
2. Pentium CPU

 

 

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Amazon Review By Cammi Melendez on October 12, 2014

I purchased a refurbished model from Best Buy, both as work computer for marketing tasks and light photoshopping, and also for on-the-go sketching (I’m a webcomic artist) and to introduce myself to N-Trig tablets, as I’ve been a Wacom baby my whole digital artist life. $400 was a great price for all of that. The pentium makes it too laggy to run the Artrage program that came with the computer (I don’t know if it comes with all machines or just the BB Geek Squad ones), but slip Wintab on this thing and Paint Tool SAI works lovely.

Technology wise, this is basically a Surface Pro 3 with a much lesser processor. I was able to get a lot of online help with the stylus by searching my problems in Surface Pro 3 forums. Best Buy forgot to ship the stylus with my device so they reimbursed me the funds to buy a Surface pen from a nearby store. It works the same. If you don’t like how the original pen feels, any N-Trig duo-sense pen will work.

For artists: You will need to press the pen down pretty hard to get a decent stroke on the canvas. I had a friend try a hand at this machine but he draws so lightly that his sketching strokes barely registered on the screen. Also, the side and top buttons are app specific. You can click a sidebutton and tap down for a right click, but those buttons are otherwise useless to almost every program you probably use. If you are a dedicated Wacom user who makes constant use of the eraser, side buttons and 1000+ levels of pressure sensitivity, you will be crying and probably screaming during the first several or several dozen times you use this or the Surface Pro 3 (or any N-Trig device). If you want to adapt to this or have no choice, it becomes more comfortable to use over time. Just make sure you see the pen cursor on the screen before you rest your palm down.

The trackpad is super sensitive, but there is an off switch for that on the keyboard. I turn it on briefly for clicking on things that i have a hard time with via pen/touch, then turn it back off.

The screen is such a fingerprint magnet. A microfiber cloth works best on cleaning that up easily.

Overall, this machine has been an amazing find. If you need a portable device for social networking and drawing with mild-intensity software, I recommend this. There are more powerful versions of this device that can fully compete with the Surface Pro 3 AND it actually comes with a keyboard.

 

 

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Amazon Review By Mike Bokeh on May 31, 2014

What a delight, this Sony A7 is a photographers dream. Sony is way out front with this. Small, light, compact, tough as nails, brilliant design. The viewfinder is excellent, and I can’t wait to see how they improve it in the coming years. The back LCD is the best and brightest I have ever used making back shooting in the sun a real possibility, perfect for astrophotography. The focus peaking is amazing, manual lenses come to life in real environments. Auto lenses get it done, with speed focus and aperture changes instant.

I have nothing to complain about really, as usual the menus are good but not great, a few features I use a lot are hidden, and there could always be more programmable keys. Also the inability to cross use the special features like the in camera exposure stacking and HDR with timer is a little annoying. Would like to see less restrictions but I suppose that is what the will put in the next version with more memory. Write speeds on Long Exposure are about equal to the exposure time so the buffer is limited. Continuous shooting is machine gun speeds, I can rip off 10 shots and be back shooting in 2 seconds.

Ok, now back to what is great, everything else. Full frame is amazing, with good glass it is mind boggling. And good glass that is manual focus is all over Amazon from Minlota’s Rokkor series of the 70′s, Quntaray, tamron, Sigma and Leica. Go look find the cheap adapters and see what you have been missing. Sony makes an adapter for it’s alpha lenses and that even switches the focus to phase focusing for better results. I haven’t bothered with that yet because the chinese adapters are so cheap and work so well even some of the automatic canon stuff will work on this.

This is so much easier to carry than a DSLR, and yet the pictures are fantastic, huge, detailed, color rich. The only limitations are your lenses so start saving up. Rented an OTUS lens..my goodness I never knew such imaging was possible. Added Nikon lenses and now a canon EF from Tamron Vi VC with the Commlite addaptor, I will let you know about that auto lens adapter soon.

The Kit lens (14-70mm) is actually a blast and I picked that up used as well, no regrets. There are faster sports cameras, but this thing with OSS can really grab anything short of a bullet so don’t listen to the detractors. For the price it can do anything. Go buy a Nikon D4 if you are shooting the Olympics for NBC, otherwise use this and get there with twice the lenses because of the lighter weight.

I bought an external Sony charger and Sony batteries, they get over 1000 shots RAW+JPG per charge. Buy Sony folks, don’t go cheap on this. I do shut off the camera between shots so I get better life than some.

Get a fast big memory card for this. I love the internal charging of the battery, it uses a standard Android car charger plug! I use a 64GB Sony class 14 card and am happy, though a faster card never hurts for long exposure work.

CONS: Lack of built in stabilization on the sensor and Sony’s slow roll out of lenses are both annoying, that being said this is one of the best cameras ever made, a game changer, and the results with good glass are ASTOUNDING. Pro quality, and I have sold stock photos already. 6000×4000 people, for under $2k.

I shoot in Shutter Priority or Aperture priority with manual lenses, the AUTO feature is great with the kit lens but obviously defaults to goofy settings on manual lenses. You need to know how to use an SLR to get the results from this. A remote trigger works with my Android phone and hopefully Sony will build it into the Smartwatch 2 at some point. the buttons and dials all work very well, I think the exposure dial is almost perfect, though my Fuji x series does spoil me.

You cannot find a better camera if you are looking for an all weather portable pro shooter. Well the A7R is better in some ways at least for tripod work but not for day to day shooting.

Low light capabilities of this sensor are unreal. Video is great but huge files and not quite what the most serious pros are looking for in video frame rates perhaps. Still, it works great with a manual lens and puts out Bluray quality. Great headphones jacks and mic jacks!

Ergonomics are spot on. Connectors rock solid. Manual programming hot buttons easy to setup. Getting out of zoom in play mode is annoying, but you will figure it out. Most menu items are well placed.

So much love for Sony, such a stellar piece of equipment. Run and buy one, collect good glass. Profit.

 

 

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