"Great laptop all around"4.5 starson by raoulduke1975
Pros: Beautiful case and finish (black). Very bright backlit keyboard with included number pad. Very fast and responsive. Super thin and light. All major connections are on one side of the machine. Cheap memory upgrade.
Cons: Medium to short battery life (set on 'Speed'). Seems a little fragile, hinge (as mentioned in Cnet's review) seems weak. Sheet battery is a little pricey at $150. To me, these are minor issues.
Summary: Plain and simple, I did close to (2) months of research looking for a replacement for my HP G70. I was interested in changing brands and the Sony F Series (16.4") loaded laptop caught my eye. It had everything I needed, but lacked style; it is heavy and (to me) an unattractive design. What drew my into the Sony SE was the design, specs available and the smaller screen. I am a graphic designer, and to 'step down' to a smaller screen didn't make sense at first. With the SE's 1080p screen, I gained screen size over my 1600x900 HP. I know this is common knowledge, but it was new to me. Being a new model, I did have to buy it off Sony's website. I opted for the Core i7, 1gb 6630m hybrid graphics, 750gb HD, 4gb memory, and CD/DVD burner = $1219.00. I felt good about the cost. I did upgrade my memory to 8gb (Newegg - DDR3 PC3-10600) for under $30, saving $130 off the factory install.
I have been using the Sony SE for (2) weeks now and really have no complaints. It's fast enough for tons of open applications with a bright screen and beautiful keyboard. There are better computers out there, but this one fits me perfect. Enjoy!