I bought a FS 550 yesterday at Circuit City. I got an open box unit (previously owned then returned) for a great discount plus a $150 rebate, so final cost to me will be $1239.00! The price overcame many of my concerns about this model.
So far, after playing with it late into the wee hours and all day today, I like it a lot. Of course, it isn't the most powerful unit, but more than adequate - and adequate with a lot of style! Battery life seems OK with screen brightness turned down. My 3 year old Toshiba only got 2 hours anyway. I prefer to use laptops plugged in, even at Starbucks or wherever, for faster speed and less hassle. The brighness was great sitting outside in the Florida sunshine at Starbucks..but I don't mind turning it down for average useage. Hard disk is one partition. What disk management setting are you talking abut Matt19hsc?
What is battery conditioning that someone mentioned? I thought Li-ions dont need that, just need to keep them topped off???
My biggest gripe so far is the low low sound volume on built in speakers. Is that the usual for the FS550? You can barely hear it with all the controls including advanced properties, etc turned up, or is there something wrong?
For those considering, like me, upgrading to XP PRO, there is a link on the Sony FS550 website for IQ Knowledge Base Article C277389:
" What are the procedures and guidelines when upgrading the existing Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition operating system supplied with the computer to the Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional operating system?"
I saved the page but don't have the URL, but you should be able to find it. My question - anyone consider creating a Linux partition on this model? I have not been able to find Linux drivers for the widescreen or the wi fi, though other Sony Vaio models apparently are being used succesfully by Linux users - any comments???