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Sony Vaio G11XN - 400 pounds cheaper ! £822.48

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banned9y, 5d agoFound 9 years, 5 days ago
So why have I been enticed, by this rather strange looking Sony Laptops, like two other sales collgues

The weight is a very nice 1.1 Kg/
An ever lasting Battery life of around 7 hours, though Sony claims 9
Plus the fact that it is about 300 odd pounds chapear than PRP

Let me know if you can find it cheaper elsewhere, though, this punter failed
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#1
Didnt Suzi Perry have one of these on the gadget Show the other day, and it was rubbish compared to the entry level Apple Macbook
#2
JonDOnnis
Didnt Suzi Perry have one of these on the gadget Show the other day, and it was rubbish compared to the entry level Apple Macbook


Not sure, wouldnt trust that program tbh - if you are anyone in the know you ll see that their reviews are not actually in depth enough and sometimes a bit daft.

Nonetheless, the macbook shouldnt really be compared to this vaio since this is really a thin and light.

Hot deal btw, this item is new though? :thumbsup:
#3
Maybe the price should be in the title?
£400 cheaper for a Sony isn't much tbh
suspended#4
TBH .. this isnt a hot deal at all .... u can get much better spec for this price .. check the HP 9000 deal for 680 pound ... thats a hot one
#5
..r

Nonetheless, the macbook shouldnt really be compared to this vaio since this is really a thin and light.

Hot deal btw, this item is new though? :thumbsup:


The MacBook is entirely comparable IMHO as it is a thin and pretty light laptop (specs from Amazon), so, I'll do it for you :-D:

Dimensions
MacBook: 32.5 cm x 22.7 cm x 2.8 cm
Sony:27.7 cm x 21.5 cm x 2.6 cm

Weight
MacBook: 2.3kg
Sony: 1.13kg! (wow!)

The Macbook is 5 cm wider, and that is because the screen is slightly bigger. The Sony is only 2 mm thinner.

Both of these laptops should be easy to pick up with one hand. They would be for me, anyway. However, the sony is very light! Also, check out the specs - it has a DVD-RW (a heavy component). The MacBook doesn't, and only has a CD-RW.

Looking at the components side by side, the MacBook will have better graphics, the new model has the Intel GMA X3100, whereas the Sony only has the older GMA945MS (slightly slower than the GM950, as fitted in the previous MacBook). At this level, it won't make much difference.

The Sony only has a single core 1.5 Ghz chip, whilst the MacBook has a new dual core 2.2 Ghz chip. I'd confidently predict that the macbook would be nearly twice as fast as the sony.

But, look what the slightly older components give you: 9 hours battery life on the Sony compared to only 6 on the Mac.

The Sony has a bigger HDD, but it is a very slow 4200rpm model. The DDR RAM is the slightly slower 533 Mhz, but will go up to 1.5 Gb, which you will probably want for Vista to play nicely.

The MacBook is nearly £100 cheaper (about the price of an OEM Vista license, so call it equal if you don't like Mac OS Leopard), and gives you twice the performance and weight in a similarly sized package.

If you want speed and performance, get the MacBook. If you want an ultra-light laptop, which will run on long flights, get the Sony.

Also, review here:
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/labs/107284
#6
bob_nugget
The MacBook is entirely comparable IMHO as it is a thin and pretty light laptop (specs from Amazon), so, I'll do it for you :-D:

Dimensions
MacBook: 32.5 cm x 22.7 cm x 2.8 cm
Sony:27.7 cm x 21.5 cm x 2.6 cm

Weight
MacBook: 2.3kg
Sony: 1.13kg! (wow!)

The Macbook is 5 cm wider, and that is because the screen is slightly bigger. The Sony is only 2 mm thinner.

Both of these laptops should be easy to pick up with one hand. They would be for me, anyway. However, the sony is very light! Also, check out the specs - it has a DVD-RW (a heavy component). The MacBook doesn't, and only has a CD-RW.

Looking at the components side by side, the MacBook will have better graphics, the new model has the Intel GMA X3100, whereas the Sony only has the older GMA950 (as fitted in the previous MacBook). At this level, it won't make much difference.

The Sony only has a single core 1.5 Ghz chip, whilst the MacBook has a new dual core 2.2 Ghz chip. I'd confidently predict that the macbook would be nearly twice as fast as the sony.

But, look what the slightly older components give you: 9 hours battery life on the Sony compared to only 6 on the Mac.

The Sony has a bigger HDD, but it is a very slow 4200rpm model. The DDR RAM is the slightly slower 533 Mhz, but will go up to 1.5 Gb, which you will probably want for Vista to play nicely.

The MacBook is nearly £100 cheaper (about the price of an OEM Vista license, so call it equal if you don't like Mac OS Leopard), and gives you twice the performance and weight in a similarly sized package.

If you want speed and performance, get the MacBook. If you want an ultra-light laptop, which will run on long flights, get the Sony.

Also, review here:
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/labs/107284


Good comparision, but personally I don' think they are comparable on the basis that the Sony G series are more business orientated with fingerprint reader, TPM chip etc and the macbook is aimed at a consumer level with isight etc. The Sony has such a high RRP that it really would not be in the same price catergory as the macbook, and that 1kg less weight makes all the difference!

You should compare the Macbook to the Sony CR series, which I think would be more suited.

I cannot wait for the Apple annoucement in January, smaller macbook pro has been rumoured and I hope they give the 15" macbook pro a new design! :thumbsup:

mesmarizer
TBH .. this isnt a hot deal at all .... u can get much better spec for this price .. check the HP 9000 deal for 680 pound ... thats a hot one


Yeah so how much does that 17" machine weight? :giggle: You can probably buy a desktop for that money and it ll give you even more for your money. This is an ultraportable...
#7
1.33 GHz Intel single core
12.1 TFT 1024 x 768
Mobile Intel 945GMS Express
1 GB ram 533 MHz
100 GB 4200 rpm


That price is rubbish. Looks at the spec. Overprice piece of dump lol
#8
The Macbook isn't even in the same league as this... this is an ultra, whereas the mac is an overpriced fashion accessory....

The Sony battery life is fantastic, better build quality, better battery life and half the weight of the phat boy Mac...

Like comparing oranges with eggs...

The sort of people who buy Macs probably end up buying iPhones - (oooohhhh, sore point :) )

Like ..r says, the Sony isn't a desktop replacement - its a tool for browsing, email and presentations.

Just a shame with the Sony you have to have the worst operating system of all time... stick a decent distro on it and you'd probably get 10+ hours out of that battery. (If the battery doesn't explode on you, in traditional Sony style)
#9
Voted hot. A 1 kilo half-decent laptop for under a grand is hot.
#10
Nah, get yourself a Lenovo - you don't pay for the badge on the front but more the quality inside.
#11
Got 6 Sony Vaio laptops at work, being used as bookend as all of them have broken... kinda put me off them!
#12
Sootie
The Macbook isn't even in the same league as this... this is an ultra, whereas the mac is an overpriced fashion accessory....

The Sony battery life is fantastic, better build quality, better battery life and half the weight of the phat boy Mac...

Like comparing oranges with eggs...

The sort of people who buy Macs probably end up buying iPhones - (oooohhhh, sore point :) )

Like ..r says, the Sony isn't a desktop replacement - its a tool for browsing, email and presentations.

Just a shame with the Sony you have to have the worst operating system of all time... stick a decent distro on it and you'd probably get 10+ hours out of that battery. (If the battery doesn't explode on you, in traditional Sony style)

Oh dear! You completely missed the ball with this - the Sony has a better battery life because it's a compact and thin laptop, that comes at the expense of the specs. It will not, however, have better build quality, all the Sonys I do and have owned are poor and clunky, my Macs? Strong and sturdy, well built and still going.

And people who buy Sony laptops will have Sony Ericsson phones? Silly point to make, I own a MacBook Pro & Mac Mini, but have a Nokia 6680. Macs are not over-priced, you just haven't done your research.
#13
your paying for the BRAND here.
#14
...and also the LOOKS.
#15
Adamo
Oh dear! You completely missed the ball with this - the Sony has a better battery life because it's a compact and thin laptop, that comes at the expense of the specs. It will not, however, have better build quality, all the Sonys I do and have owned are poor and clunky, my Macs? Strong and sturdy, well built and still going.

And people who buy Sony laptops will have Sony Ericsson phones? Silly point to make, I own a MacBook Pro & Mac Mini, but have a Nokia 6680. Macs are not over-priced, you just haven't done your research.


I think you missed the point - these laptops are for two different markets - one is optimised for portability and maximising battery life, the other is a glorified Intel chipset with a nice shell.

I don't think I really need to explain the iPhone comment surely!
#16
It's a great price. I would have gone for it if I haven't already bought the UX1XN VAIO a month and a half ago. Also, too bad it's the 1GB memory version and not the 2GB version. That would have made it even more tempting!
#17
No-one has mentioned it yet but I am 99% sure that Sony Vaio laptops and the Apple MacBooks are all made by the same company - Asus.

Its not possible to rant on about how one is worse than the other if they are made in the same place by the same people with similar components.

I think the Sony looks like a good deal for the weight and battery life.

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