the specs of the vaio i got were great at the time too.(like 3.5 years ago) the problems i had with it;
like the internals of the ac port melting(i sent it back 2 sony twice and they fixed it but it broke again a few days after it came back both times, i had to like stack books/alot of tape ontop of the cord where it attatched to the computer to keep it in place) if the wire ever fell out of place and i didnt notice, it would switch to its battery than turn off, or just turn off when it stopped recognizing the battery.
parts of the harddrive burned out/died very fast, it started as a 20 gig hd, now its only 12, dont know what happened there.
the entire line of laptops the i had bought my vaio from had voltage problems and the battery never lasted more than 15 minutes, compared to the 2-3 hours it was supposed to get, now it cant even run on battery, and no sony wouldnt fix this, because the entire model of vaio was like this.
i can understand if a laptop had problems, but sony support also sucks, and took way to much time, they also charged me for shipping back to me both times i sent it in. one of the times was before the 3 month warrentee was over, but they took so long to "diagnose" the problem that it ended up being past warrentee time, so they charged me the shipping.
well, thats what happened to me, i had a vaio fx-210 by the way.