"Portable all in one laptop with a loud fan."4.5 starson by mike_shz
Good screen, readable even in bright sunlight
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)
Cons: 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.
Summary: 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. The video card in this laptop is really odd, with a tendency to freeze unexpectedly when playing certain games or using certain applications. When it works, I can max out Team Fortress 2, Minecraft, and all the Modern Warfares and get a framerate of 30 and over (I have a VAIO SA i5), but with some games or applications like minecraft, or photoshop, or Sony Vegas (came pre-installed so you would think that it would work) the laptop will freeze unexpectedly, then the screen will flicker and display an error message (Display adapter has stopped responding and has successfully recovered). I know that this is a problem with the graphics card as this only happens on Speed. This is annoying as most of the time the application will simply show a black screen afterwards, forcing you to end it in task manager and losing work. Sometimes, the computer will do a hard freeze on you. Calling Sony was no use, they ran every test on my computer, had it sent in and it was in perfect. Now they are telling me that the technicians are working on a driver software update for this laptop. Also, having all the ports on the right side and me being right handed means that often my mouse is being blocked. Which is especially annoying when trying to play games.
Secondly, the trackpad is garbage. For whatever reason, Sony decided to use an ALPS trackpad instead of Synaptics that everyone else uses. This means no 2 finger scrolling, and way too much friction when using the trackpad. It really hurts your fingers after even a few minutes of use. My 2005 IBM had a better trackpad.
Finally, the fan and speakers are bad, which everyone else has talked about plentifully and I have the same experience. The fan can be really quiet even when doing things like playing MW2, and then randomly spin up with a ridiculously loud throbbing noise for half a minute or so when doing things like web browsing. You definitely need earbuds/headphones with this computer to avoid the speakers and (hopefully) block out the fan sound.
Now the good. This laptop has surprisingly good performance for its size. I have the extended battery accessory with this laptop, and I can just go off the plug for the whole day. Most people that see my laptop assume that the extended battery is actually an extended graphics card of sorts when they see how well games run on my laptop. The keyboard is a pleasure to type on, and the ports serve my needs well. I just wish that Sony could have added some more USB 3.0 ports on the left side of the laptop. Having only 1 USB 3.0 port bugs me.
Overall, a good buy worth every cent. I would have gotten a VAIO F but got a VAIO S as it is so much more convenient to bring around and since I rarely get near a plug all day, the VAIO S with extended battery allows me to get through the whole day without worrying about running out of juice. The only thing that hinders this computer's portability is that I have to bring a mouse around as the trackpad is horrible (and I also get to game on the go).