Review: Sony Vaio SA

Discussion in 'VAIO / Sony' started by requiem86, Jun 7, 2011.

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  1. darxide_sorcerer

    darxide_sorcerer Notebook Deity

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    here you are:
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    you need to remove two screws on the the bottom panel (top picture), remove the panel, then remove the battery (bottom panel).
     
  2. Theory

    Theory Notebook Guru

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    Oh wow, thanks so much.

    I really appreciate it!

    I guess it's time to make my purchase!

    Edit-

    If I don't get the CF lid, is it magnesium?

    Also, is the bottom of the notebook also magnesium?

    Thanks!
     
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    APEXi Notebook Enthusiast

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    i dont have any problems with my ssd.
    update the firmware of your ssd - maybe that can solve your problems...
     
  4. sidhaarthm

    sidhaarthm Newbie

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    Anyone in the UK wants to buy a Sony Vaio SA 13.3" Laptop (Black with Carbon Mesh finish) at a good price? All retail boxed and in perfect condition with original Sony invoice and warranty. Core i5 (2.4GHz w/Turbo Boost), 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, 3G WAN, BT, WiFi N, Fingeprint Reader, AMD Radeon 6630M 1GB Dedicated GPU (Switchable with Intel) and a gorgeous 1600x900 LED Backlit display. Contact me for more info.
     
  5. m@ximus

    m@ximus Notebook Enthusiast

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    Someone please correct me if I was wrong because I have only seen SA (mine and others in shops) and SB (in shops):

    SA - magnesium/aluminium casing all around.
    SB - non-metal bottom.
     
  6. crook314

    crook314 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just recieved confirmation from sony that my order has shipped, yay!

    SA4 Specs:

    13.3" LED backlit display (1600x900)
    i7-2640M (2.80GHz / 3.50GHz with Turbo Boost)
    6GB DDR3-SDRAM-1333
    500GB (7200rpm) hard drive
    AMD Radeon™ HD 6630M (1GB)
    Blu-ray Disc™ player
    2year warranty + sheet battery

    I got it all for just under $1400 USD. I think i got a pretty nice deal overall. I just have a few questions from fellow vaio owners:

    1) How do I enable the turbo boost on CPU? Is it easy to do? Any reason not to enable it?
    2) Any tips/recomendations I should know about my laptop as far as gettign the most out of it? Any battery life tricks I should know about or anything?
    3) Is the 1600x900 resolution considered 1080p as I've read? How can this be so?
    4) If anybody has any pictures of the black carbon fiber vaio sa series they can post, that would be great! Thanks
     
  7. darxide_sorcerer

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    1) TurboBoost is enabled by default; you don't have to do anything. you could disable it if you want to lower the generated heat during short blasts of 100% CPU usage.

    2) i have enabled the battery care in VAIO Control Center which sets the battery to 80% to lower the wear. also, use msconfig.exe to disable some less-than-useful processes during startup (don't disable things that you don't know). also, you can uninstall some SONY bloatware from Control Panel (again, don't uninstall things you don't know). if you're not using the AMD GPU, put the switch on STAMINA to use Intel HD3000 to save power and lower the heat.

    3) idk!
     
  8. AlexSorokoletov

    AlexSorokoletov Newbie

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    Hi, folks!
    Waiting for my SA vaio :) Meanwhile, maybe somebody tried to upgrade to 16 RAM?
    I know CPU supports that, but sony specs doesn't. So I need opinion from person who tried and it worked (or didn't).

    Thanks!
     
  9. Sick Nick

    Sick Nick Notebook Consultant

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    Given that there is 4GB or RAM soldered to the motherboard and 1 free RAM slot, I would guess the max right now would be 12GB. Havent seen any 16GB modules out there yet, often they are advertised as 16GB modules but are either 2 x 8GB in a kit or a 16GB desktop module.
     
  10. darxide_sorcerer

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    12GB of RAM works on VAIO SA. i don't think anybody here has tried 16GB though.
     
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