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Sony VAIO SA vs. Macbook Pro 13


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#1 hanman3001

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 05:00 AM

Hello All,

I have had a Sony VAIO SA for about 3 weeks. Its a nice, sleek, light computer but for the amount of money I paid, i feel that its not as polished as I'd like it to be. I just saw and played with the macbook pro 13 inch and really like it and the new OS they came out with. I am debating on returning this computer and getting the macbook pro - i like windows 7 and have been a windows user my entire life. I am just looking for some input on what others think. Everyone keeps telling me how great apple is etc...and I have an Iphone and like it - but on the other hand I have been a life long windows user....

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 05:07 AM

What do you do on the computer?

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:12 AM

I see Mac as a good work computer, like word processing, video/photo editing etc.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 09:21 AM

Keep the Sony Vaio. Macs aren't as great as they're hyped up to be. Many of Apple's own claims contain huge fallacies.
See here: http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/11/17/reliability.study.has.apple.4th.place/

Apple is one of those companies which has a religious following. In reality, their products are basically status symbols. You would be better off not buying from them.
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Posted 09 August 2011 - 10:12 AM

They are also overpriced in my opinion.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 12:02 PM

^For sure. Sometimes the Mac equivalent can be 2 to 3 times as expensive.
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Posted 09 August 2011 - 03:52 PM

It also depends on which Mac you are getting and whether or not you shop around or use discounts.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 04:33 PM

I mainly use the computer for word, web browsing, and email.

I paid 1,900 for the sony...so i feel like i didnt save that much money by going this route...
the specs on this sony are i5 2.8 GHz, 4 GB ram, Blueray player, 1600-1300 resolution screen, and 7200 rpm 500 gb hd
As for which mac - i was looking at the macbook pro 13 inch (top of the line model)....

i mean i like this computer, but everyone keeps telling me that its going to slow down, crash etc... or that macs dont get viruses

thanks

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:20 PM

Macs DO get infected. They were safer for a while because they weren't being targeted as much because not many people were using them. That has changed. See these topics for examples:

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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic401279.html

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:55 PM

I mainly use the computer for word, web browsing, and email.

I paid 1,900 for the sony...so i feel like i didnt save that much money by going this route...
the specs on this sony are i5 2.8 GHz, 4 GB ram, Blueray player, 1600-1300 resolution screen, and 7200 rpm 500 gb hd
As for which mac - i was looking at the macbook pro 13 inch (top of the line model)....

i mean i like this computer, but everyone keeps telling me that its going to slow down, crash etc... or that macs dont get viruses

thanks

It won't slow down or crash if you maintain it :thumbup2:

Edited by killerx525, 09 August 2011 - 08:50 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 08:26 PM

Your computer via PM is very adequate and will not crash or slow down if you keep it maintained. Please keep all posts relevant to your issue in this topic.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 09:38 PM

Disk defragmenter and Disk cleanup can be scheduled so that you never have to actually open them. There is no reason why you should have problems unless you start doing stupid things, such as illegal downloading.

The idea that PCs constantly crash and get infected is part of Apple's marketing. It is common for sales people to make it sound like opposing products are pure garbage. Unfortunately, they've caused widespread (and possibly irreversible) damage to the reputation of PCs and Microsoft.

I got an HP laptop five years ago. I used it for everything, including gaming. I even ran prime95 on it a few times just to see what the temperature would max out at. There are now a few scratches and other cosmetic imperfections, but it works perfectly and has no sign of impending failure.

Edited by RainbowSix, 10 August 2011 - 10:12 AM.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 10:10 PM

A lot of time it is caused by the user.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:26 PM

hanman,

I know your pain with the Sony Vaio. I have had mine for 3 years. I finally learned the tricks to make it run extremely well.

Have you checked the Sony downloads?

Don't use the Download taxi or some other automated method. All of those just make it worse.

Find your model on the Sony website. Scroll through the drivers and maually download the items that have been issues since you got your computer.

From time to time, when I downloaded a Microsoft update or security patch the computer would start acting funny. I found that reinstalling one of the Sony packages fixed it. I have gotten really good at guessing which package I need to reload.

With all of this mess, I would recommend you stay with the Vaio. I purchased my Vaio at the same time my brother purchased his mac. All of the hardware issues I have had were related to NVIDA's bad graphics card issues. My brother's experience? Well, let's just say he has gotten to be good friends with one of the techs at the Apple store.

Every computer has it's quirks. There is no perfect computer. Anyone representing that any technology is without problems is simply justify to themselves how much they over spent on the purchase.

Edited by FluffyPup, 11 August 2011 - 10:27 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:18 AM

Sony doesn't have a high failure rate, Nvidia just ruins it all :angry:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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