Originally Posted by TheBugMan
Please tell us your complaints, I'm on the verge of getting one.
Don't let me stop you!
I wouldn't return the machine. In general, I'm very happy with it, but it has it's quarks....
1) They way I type, and the keyboard are not always compatable - keys do not always register (I've seen a video fix for the spacebar, but I have issues with other keys too)
2) The fingerprint scanner is not reliable at all. When I run my finger over the scanner to "log in" to windows, the fingerprint application will only appear about 10% of the time. Then, of the 10% of the time it actually comes up, it will fail to recognize my print about 50% of the time.
This comes out to about 10-12 finger "swipes" to do any passwords, which makes it unusable in daily work. Still a fun "toy"...
3) the rubber grommit standoff's on either side of the display are too small. If you pick up your laptop from the front, the top of the lid will compress the grommets to the point where the screen is scraping against the keyboard. I've replaced them with larger ones, but this is a clear design flaw
4) 2 USB connections? Give me a break. 4 should be the minimum even on a highly portable device like this.
5) Significant backround noise level on headphone out jack (10db base). Since I use in-ear headphones, that level of static will drive you crazy. I've replaced the built in sound with a pcmcia card.
6) The machine gets quite hot when fully taxed (game playing). I wouldn't put it down on a couch or bed for fear of overheating.
7) 6 hour battery life? I guess if you turn everything off (including the backlight) and only play solitare it's theoretically possible. I get between 1 to 2 hours of "real world" use before I need a recharge.
8) the T2400 CPU seems a little underpowered to me. If the SZ180 were available, I would think about "upgrading"
9) The base "load" of marketing applications is WAY too much. I must have spent 3 hours uninstalling AOL, and other cross-sell / upsell applications Sony pre-loaded. That's too much "line-sony's-pocket" applications for a machine at this pricepoint, they are misreading their customer segment
10) Like many other laptops, this comes with an alps touchpad which has a lot of "features" like side scroll touch points that just mess up the way most people use touchpads. Not difficult to disable, but Sony should spend a little more on usability to differentiate in areas like this (how about dumping the alps stuff, but making the fingerprint scanner a scroll-wheel)
None of these are dealbreakers at all, but I had a much smaller list with my old Dell Inspiron XPS2 (#1 on the list: My back hurts after carrying this beast home from work :>)