Written on: 18/12/2004 by chrisper (1 review written)
The CD Rom on the Sony Vaio PCG-FX101 is cheap and nasty and most of the time won't open without some form of help. The USB ports have become loose and don't work. I have taken the graetest care with this machine and I have asked others who have had the same problem. I am having another Vaio so I live in hope that this one will be better. (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2004 by jb2 (1 review written)
Poor build quality on the SODIMM sockets (2nd one especially) means Sony Vaio PCG-FX101 machines stop working after 18 months or so. Have a look on Google for Vaio boot problems. Sony deny there is a problem and you will have to fix this at your own expense or take the retailer to small claims court to get back your money. Don't buy a Sony Vaio! (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2003 by Timblewee.
When I first bought my machine I loved it, but as the weeks went on I realised that the FX101 wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Insufficient memory puts the hard drive under a lot of strain and the constant drive activity becomes annoying making an upgrade a must. The lack of a flopy drive not only makes getting files on and off the machine a problem but makes upgrading to Win XP difficult as the BIOS flash from SONY needs to be run from Floppy. The battery (the least said the better)... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2002 by dov.
Sony very unhelpful///I live in the uk now and bought my Sony Vaio PCG-FX101 Laptop in the usa.....must be returned to usa to be repaired. (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2001 by charles turner.
prices are falling now but i would still buy a sony viao. (read more)
Written on: 20/11/2001 by CGRE.
First thoughts were that the lack of floppy drive would not really be a problem. That was until the PCMCIA Network card drivers came on a floppy.
Tried to install Windows 2000 - The drivers do not function with Windows 2000 and sony have no plans to provide them (there are hacks around however)
Battery Life - tosh, 45 minutes, PLEASEEEEEEE.
Best thing that happened - PCMCIA slot died so got replacement machine! (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2001 by Peter.
In response to the the comments made by pierre with regards to my raving review of the SONY PCG-C1VE. The machine is once again my pick of the bunch for many reasons. Trialing the kit in a retail store for 10 mins does not give you the total picture as to how precise this machine is for the size. Yes, the seperate accessories that can be purchased with the sony are a bit off putting however, just like any other major player in the electronics field. They would like to influence the user into... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2001 by Pedro.
The Sony Vaio FX101 is excellent through & through. digital cam properties are absolutely excellent. Processing power and memory features are exceptional for the size & weight of the machine. If you want to be mobile with a lite weight machine that has still got the disk space and processing power then choose the Sony PCG-C1VE.
Crusoe 600 processor, 12GB drive, 128 MB ram. (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2001 by MV.
I bought this on 21/5/2001 from PC world in the UK for £798 including vat. which is an excellent price. Perhaps not the best choice for a mobile worker due to it's fairly large size, it is ideal if you are to be sat in the same place all day before moving on to a different site.
The 13.3 inch screen is sharp and very welcome after using a smaller screen for the past year or so. The printed documentation is not wonderful, the only thing approaching a proper user manual is on CD.
I don't... (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2001 by Scallywag.
I could only fault the Sony Vaio FX101 on the floppy drive being left off, presumably to hold down the price... After purchasing it I was installing a LAN using USB which had floppy drive installation. I then had to go and buy the floppy drive to install the LAN adapters, but not before trying to cheat the laptop into accepting the installation by various methods other than floppy drive, and failing... Otherwise I give it a BIG 9/10... Attractive appearance, light, nice screen and... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2001 by Andy Curtis.
The new budget offering from the acclaimed Sony Vaio stable is certainly impressive when it comes to reaching for your wallet. Weighing in at a nimble £900 or therabouts you could find yourself wondering where the catch is.
In truth, there is no catch, but before you buy you should note what you don't get. No infra red port, no floppy drive and no PS2 port. All of these setbacks can be surmounted easily enough by choosing accessories carefully.
If you need an external mouse (and who... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2001 by Paul.
I dont often buy without seeing something first but after checking a few reviews and comparing prices and specs I decided the Sony Vaio was a great buy (£970).
You have to be careful when buying a laptop because some companies wont do a replacement if the screen has dead pixels. Dell and IBM have their own policies on the acceptible number of pixels required to permit a placement (between 7 and 13). This is rubbish, I want a perfect screen and why not !
That is why I bought a Sony Vaio... (read more)
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