When I started looking for a new computer, I contemplated buying a Mac rather than a PC. I eventually chose the PC for several reasons, not the least of which was the cost difference. The Sony VAIO notebook I was considering was about $1500 (Can) cheaper than a MacBook Pro with similar configuration. I knew that most of my software would still work with Windows 7, but I would have had to buy MS Office for the Mac. Also, I wanted a really big monitor…
So my Laptop choice was a Sony VGN-AW420D with an 18.4 inch generic PnP Monitor on NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT. The resolution is 1680 by 945 pixels. This monitor gives me lots of real estate to view several programs simultaneously. Like most new computers, the screen is fairly shiny. This results in reflections in very bright light conditions, but in regular indoor daylight lighting it is fine. The screen is significantly wider than it is high, so I moved my task bar to the side of the screen. This gives me an extra 1/2 inch of usable screen on the bottom. For surfing the internet, I would prefer a screen that is taller instead of wider…
My only complaint so far is the Keyboard of the model I have. Sony added an extra key on the right hand side between the apostrophe and the enter key. Likewise on the left side between the “z” and the shift key. This has thrown me off kilter a bit. The keyboard also has a number pad on the right. This arrangement means I have to sit slightly left of the centre of the screen in order to type properly. But I do love the number pad for entering, well, numbers.
The AW weighs just over 8 pounds. I don’t mind the weight, because I don’t plan on lugging it around the world. I did take it on a road trip this past week, and it barely fit in the rollie case that came with the my other VAIO. I’d need to buy a new big case if I wanted my away-from-home office to fit in one bag.
My VAIO has an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU – T6600 @ 2.20 GHz. The System memory is 4 GBytes and the Cache Memory is 2 MBytes. The OS is Microsoft Windows 7 Premium. I’m very happy with the performance of the AW. It doesn’t seem to matter how many programs I open simultaneously – the computer doesn’t seem to slow down at all. And I love Windows 7.
The AW has 290 GB of usable space on the Hard Drive. That is more than enough space for my needs. Our family is big on using external hard drives. We have one with our music on it, and another with our photos. That gives us plug-and-go flexibility between computers, no matter where we are.
For now, this computer fits my needs. In a few years, there will be a better, faster, cheaper computer out there and I’ll repurpose this computer and buy a new daily driver.
There is no such thing as a perfect computer, because there is no such thing as a perfect user…