Change Sony brand to another?

Discussion in 'VAIO / Sony' started by urgiv, Jan 8, 2012.

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  1. urgiv

    urgiv Notebook Consultant

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    Hi all
    due to really bad experience of Sony customer support :mad:
    I would to change brand laptop
    I already have
    VPCZ1 i7 M620 2.67GHz 8GB-RAM 256SSD BD writer Nvidia GT330M

    what are you thinking which different brand can be compared?

    any advice welcome.
     
  2. shurcooL

    shurcooL Notebook Deity

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    I went from Sony to Apple.

    The irony of it that while Apple has the best customer support, their hardware is so well made that you typically never have to use their support.

    You can also consider Lenovo if you're okay with Intel 3000 graphics (in all but their huge&heavy laptop series). I like their TrackPoint mouse input (way better than any PC touchpad, other than Mac's), and the latest X200-series with 2nd Gen Core i7 and DisplayPort are pretty sexy.
     
  3. Steve78

    Steve78 Notebook Evangelist

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    Apple. Great hardware & the best customer support.
     
  4. Achusaysblessyou

    Achusaysblessyou eecs geek ftw :D

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    I find that the MBP's tend to overheat... turning your lap into a tertiary heatsink, then again my Vaio Z has thermal shutdown on me a few times while gaming(but the 13" MBP heats up like a beast on just intel integrated...)

    in reply to OP,

    if you're looking for something with discrete graphics, 13", 900p or higher display and under 4 lbs, there's not much.

    There are the Acer timeline series with their beefy GPUs but, i question acer build quality and their displays are 720p only

    Thinkpads, but only intel integrated (as stated above) and 720p

    Toshiba Protege laptop, but again only intel integrated and 720p

    13" MBP: integrated graphics 720p (albeit it's 16:10)
    13" MBA: integrated graphics, LV CPU, 900p screen though!

    Samsung Series 9: integrated graphics and i believe LV CPU...

    Did i forget anything else? The only thing that comes close to your Z1... is the Vaio SA... or Z2... so... sorry!
     
  5. jeremyshaw

    jeremyshaw Big time Idiot

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    ^yeah :(

    I wanted something else, but there IS no other 13" option. Maybe the Acer 3830, if you can get past the throttling issue (which caps its CPU performance below an ULV CPU).

    The only real flaw of the Vaios, in my eyes, is Sony's hate for DisplayPort (or whatever other excuse there is for not including it).
     
  6. urgiv

    urgiv Notebook Consultant

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    jeremyshaw Big time Idiot

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    Larger, heavier, slower, lower resolution display (this is vs SA and Z1).
     
  8. miki69

    miki69 Notebook Evangelist

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    Lg P330 :)
     
  9. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops MY FRIENDS CALL ME JEFF!

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    Is that out yet?

    I share your disdain and distrust for Sony support, but there simply isn't anything in the market that matches the Z's features and virtues. They don't break very often either. You might want to inquire about a Square Trade warranty. They have superb ratings - google them for info - and will provide warranties for used machines.

    Every time Sony has pissed me off or I hear a story like yours I think about bolting, but every time I try out an alternate I decide to stick with my Z. As my sig makes clear, I am not a fan of Apple. There are Apple fanboys and the rest of us, who just have no love for that company or their gear. You make a number of sacrifices because of the "design philosophies" of their former leader.

    Whatever you decide to switch to, I strongly recommend you hold on to your Z for the time being and only buy something you can return withing 14 days or more for a full refund. Even for companies whose policies preclude that, if you call in your order with a phone salesperson, they will often give you the right to return it. I bought a Thinkpad X220 last summer and decided it wasn't for me and returned it for a full refund after using it two weeks.

    Good luck.
     
  10. dan96max

    dan96max Notebook Enthusiast

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    Maybe I'm a little late to the punch on this thread but I myself am in the market for a new laptop. I was so dead set on apple I almost ignored everything else but the truth of it is I love my current Sony along with windows 7 which has been rock solid for me. The MBP is $1k more then a loaded up Sony SE model with a warranty or comparable HP and Dell models. I just can't justify 1k more being that I'll still have to run windows on the mac.

    So anyway, I'm seriously considering the Sony SE or the series 7 Samsung at this point. After some research though I think I'll be picking up a Square Trade warranty. 3 year accidental is 80 bucks cheaper then Sony's and from what I read of other peoples experience with it they've been fantastic with service and claims.

    My point is that with something like an aftermarket warranty I feel like I have more options because I've eliminated having to deal with the manufacturer for service. Especially after hearing mixed results with sony directly.
     
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