Sony VAIO VGN-NW20EF Review (from the point of view of a linux user)

March 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Hmm. Not terribly impressed:

* Recording didn’t work out of the box (I only tried playing audio before buying it an foolish decided that it didn’t work)
Fortunately this has been fixed
* Wireless is temperamental – has a tendency of breaking a requiring restarts after suspend. Also I’m suspiscious that it breaks after a large amount of traffic has been transfered (again tried the wireless in the shop)
* Screen has banding in grayscales. (Fortunately I don’t notice this that much – otherwise I would be very annoyed).
* No third mouse button for pasting (and pressing two buttons at the same time is difficult)

On the other hand:

* The keyboard is kind of nice

Next time I buy a computer I am going to:
* Bring my own gradient images to check the screen
* Play and record stuff on audio
* See if I can buy some good reviews
* Consider buying something from a sho that sells linux PCs (they will find out soon enough it there are issues)

I was quite surprising when buying this that I couldn’t really find things on the internet saying “this computer will work” or “this computer will not work”. And the machines which I could find that said this were either i) over $1200 dollars new or old.

The ASUS machines seemed fairly likely to work but their keyboards seemed lame.

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