Official 2012 Sony S Series Owners Thread

Discussion in 'VAIO / Sony Owners' Lounge Forum' started by Petrov, Jun 9, 2012.

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  1. crazinavy

    crazinavy Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you! Had to install a registry file from intel that removes the graphic options. All lag gone!
     
  2. trambler101

    trambler101 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Unfortunately the Y480 isn't available in the UK.

    We are left out when it comes to small fast laptops!
     
  3. dandlewood

    dandlewood Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't own either, but I've seen the screen on the lenovo. It's a great resolution, but the screen is VERY glossy. it was tough to see details due to the bright lighting in the store.

    Screen aside, here's what my research has shown about the two:

    Lenovo:
    Better GFX
    Similar Battery (Some say worse, some claim better)
    Heavier
    Better Keyboard
    more sturdy build quality
    Average speakers
    issues with heat

    Sony:
    Lighter
    Better screen (if Orange gate doesn't bother you)
    Optional slice battery for about double battery of the lenovo at a comparable weight
    Ability to GFX to ~650 with bios flash
    Crappy speakers
    Issues with headphone port


    For me, the lightness/better screen (the red/orange isn't a dealbreaker for me) makes the Sony the better choice. I balk at buying a new laptop that is over 5lbs.
     
  4. ComradeNF

    ComradeNF Notebook Evangelist

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    Y580 has a 72Wh battery as opposed to 44Wh in S15. So expect much better battery life.

    Sent from my GT-I9100
     
  5. rak007

    rak007 Notebook Consultant

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    So is the headphone port issue common with ALL S15s ?? Because since the speakers are crappy, i would be using some sort of external speakers and the ones i have use the headphone port for sound (not USB) and USB is only for providing power.
     
  6. dandlewood

    dandlewood Notebook Enthusiast

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    Be that as it may, I've heard people say that get between 3.5-5 hours of use with 'balanced settings'.

    Here's a reference to one such review:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ideapad-essential/672154-y580-owners-thread-3.html

    I think the headphone issue is something related to the amount of force necessary to properly latch the 3.5mm into the jack. Worries are about both the longevity of the jack and the forces applied on the plug.
     
  7. python76

    python76 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Quick question about the S15. Is the green light next to the power button supposed to stay on whenever the laptop is on. I thought it was meant to show the laptop is charging but I just noticed it is always on.
     
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    Seems you can still order through the education site for custom builds
     
  9. ComradeNF

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    Hey Darkimmortal, how did you get the speakers to get louder? I remember you posted something a while back but I couldn't find it.
     
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    Deaks2 Notebook Geek

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    Make sure you enable them as full-range speakers in the Windows sound setup wizard. Also, I have found that using Game mode in the Dolby CC makes the sound less tinny.
     
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