Sony VAIO GRX600 first impressions

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Did a little write-up on my first impressions of the new Sony VAIO GRX600 laptop we took delivery of today:

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Just thought a few people might be interested in a quick synopsis from someone who typically uses Apple's Powerbooks.


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    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    Dude you're making me want my PiBook even more.
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    anandanand Posts: 285member
    Thanks Moki. I have used a wintel laptop before and thought much of the same thing. We had a Dell and it was close to 7.5 lbs. Battery life was short and it was not as fast as the numbers would indicate. Apple makes great laptops - heck Apple makes great computers. They may not have the same GHZ processors but they are still great computers.

    Keep up the great work!
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    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    You know one of my co-workers got one of those larger Vaios several months ago. It already broke and had to be sent back. Not that Apple doesn't have problems in that area from time to time.
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    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    Moki's signature looks just like mine! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    i think this is why a lot of apple's future lays in their portables. its in their portables that apple's finesse and attention to detail really shines and not only shines but becomes functional.
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    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    And it's great, Apple's been doing great laptops for a long time, but a major jump was when they switched to the PPC. PPC processors are small, cool, and they have low power requirements, yet they cram lots of performance into fewer MHz than the old school, big, hot, CISC processors used in most PCs.

    PC companies have always had a hard time looking forward and leaving dead standards where they belong. My brother has a 350 MHz Pentium 2 that he got for free (his main computer is a 400 MHz blue G4 tower), and it has an AGP slot, three PCI slots, a PCI/ISA combo slot, and an ISA slot. Today's PCs still use serial, parallel and PS/2, even though USB has superceded all of those old, dead standards. Today's PCs don't have ISA but PC makers ditched ISA a long time after Apple ditched NuBus, and Apple did it all at once. They just said "PCI is the future, it's a new standard, we're going to use it" and they dropped NuBus then and there. Same with USB replacing Serial and ADB, same with FireWire replacing SCSI.

    Intel and AMD are going to continue designing processors that are meant to look awesome on paper - high MHz, lots of power, but they're not designed to be as easy to put into a laptop as they are to put in a desktop. That's why PC laptops are either 7-10 lb behemoths with mobile 2 GHz P4s, or they are 3-5 lb subnotebooks with a slow P3 and integrated, shared video.

    I wonder if someone can show me a PC laptop that combines a good 32 MB video card, a semi-fast processor, a combo drive, 4-5 hr battery life, and a weight of 5 lbs. That's basically what the iBook is, and I haven't found a similar PC anywhere... and certainly not at a price of $1300.
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    [quote]Originally posted by Eugene:

    <strong>Moki's signature looks just like mine! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

    OMG you'r bored..

    [ 01-23-2003: Message edited by: T'hain Esh Kelch ]</p>
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