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Sony VAIO VPCSA21GX/SI

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and keyboard. The design and battery are also appreciated. There are mixed opinions on the value for money and build quality. There are some less positive comments about the sound and usability.

portability, battery, design, keyboard, performance

screen, reliability, connectivity, usability, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VPCSA21GX/SI is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SA21GX/BI

 

Sony's Vaio laptops have long been considered the high-end benchmark for Windows laptops, at least in terms of their media-playing excellence, hardware design, and higher-than-average prices. While Vaios have slowly become more affordable over the...

The Sony Vaio SA21GX packs a lot of computer into a light and thin frame, without setting the price too high. A high-res display, optional Blu-ray, and AMD graphics round out a complete package.

The screen hinge feels too wobbly for our tastes, and the throwback, slightly angular design might not appeal to everybody.

Sony's revamped Vaio S series laptops have slimmed down, but still offer plenty of high-end features, creating an affordable alternative to the attractive-but-expensive Vaio Z.

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"Get something else"

 

I have a great Vaio from 2004 that still runs. As a TV Producer/Director I've bought hundreds of Sony products. But that was then, and now Sony just isn't the same. And after being a loyal customer for decades, when I contacted them for a workaround on...

Paid a fortune for SSD, and it was worth it.

Too many to list... Sony changed the driver so it won't play video programs like DirecTV2PC and other HDCP content. All ports crammed on one side. Headphone jack and mic jack share the same jack, so you can only use one.

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"Absolout Garbage"

 

VAIO products are absolute Garbage. Please do not waste you money on this. What you see here is a beautiful laptop, but Sony is nothing like that good old company. I got a VAIO and it was broken on day 1 (when shipped) and they made me send it for...

nothing!!!

Breaks down frequently!! Very poor customer service

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"Noisy fan makes this computer a lemon"

 

I have a had a Vaio for 5 years and just decided to get a new one. My S series arrived 2 days ago and hoping I can get a refund. The fan runs constantly and goes from annoying and constant to unbelievably loud and intolerable, and I'm not even running...

Nice design. Great screen

Noisy fan beyond my belief

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"Broke in 2 weeks, in repair for 7 weeks."

 

After receiving my new almost 3000 dollar laptop, the screen suddenly stopped working. After searching through help forums I finally concluded this was a hardware issue others have had. The screen had stopped working. I could get it to work on a...

Worked for 2 weeks.

Screen broke and has been in repair for 7 weeks.

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"Portable all in one laptop with a loud fan."

 

This laptop would be perfect if not for a few annoying things that bug me. (Warning: tl;dr)

Portable

Trackpad. It does not support 2 finger scrolling and is painful to use. There is too much friction.

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"Awesome specs BUT HORRIBLE BUILD quality"

 

Buy it if you upgrade every year otherwise for the long term it's build will not survive day to day usage.

High specs but the sony software drags it's speed down a good idea is to install in a clean windows in ,

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Portable all in one laptop with a loud fan.

 

This laptop would be perfect if not for a few annoying things that bug me. (Warning: tl;dr) First of all, I'm a bit of a gamer (PS3) and have played games such as Team Fortress 2, Minecraft, Modern Warfare (1,2,3) and Battlefield 3 on this laptop. ......

Portable ; Good screen, readable even in bright sunlight ; Excellent keyboard ; Looks awesome (in my opinion) ; Switchable graphics (easy way to save power and puts me in control) ; Dedicated Web button. LOVE it ; Powerful (for its size) ; Extended...

Trackpad. It does not support 2 finger scrolling and is painful to use. There is too much friction ; Random video card freezes ; Speakers are bad ; Fan randomly spins up in short bursts of loudness, even when doing simple things like web browsing

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"Powerful but noisy machine"

 

On paper this is the ideal laptop; sleeker, faster, lighter than any of the competition. My wife has a MacBook Pro and even she was impressed. But, the horribly loud unpredictable fan noise unfortunately ruined this laptop for me. I believe the problem...

Amazing array of technology in a small package

Incredibly noisy even when doing simple tasks

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Awesome specs BUT HORRIBLE BUILD quality

 

Buy it if you upgrade every year otherwise for the long term it's build will not survive day to day usage. Otherwise buy a macbook if your concerned about the build quality not the specs.

High specs but the sony software drags it's speed down a good idea is to install in a clean windows in ; A light weight laptop ; battery is 4.5 hours

LOng list ; 1 average screen ; 2 the computer wears it's self ; 3 Touch pad ; 4 after a few months of use the keys are shining

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