Shopping for a laptop, I have learned, can be quite confusing and sometimes stressful. I don’t know everything about computers, and to be honest, most of that stuff bores me to tears. I’ve had to get over that in my search and have learned some new things. I’m still not quite ready to purchase yet, mostly due to lack of funds, though. I do have my choices narrowed down to two, unless something drastic changes by the time I’m ready to purchase. Right now, it’s between the white 13 inch Macbook and the Sony Vaio CS.
Obviously when I started looking into laptops I went straight for the Macbook first. They’re always being talked about and I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. When I first saw that white Macbook on my screen, I fell in love and not even that price tag could stop it. I have been set on this one for a while, but recently I did start searching around for something a little cheaper but with around the same specifications, and the same glossy, white shell that drew me in.
After finding these two laptops I have also discovered that others on the web are asking the same question I am, “Which is better, Macbook or Sony Vaio CS?” So, I have decided to compare the two in this article.
First is the Macbook. It has a 13-inch screen and a weight of five pounds. It is thin, a little over an inch and is uniform all the way around (unlike the Vaio which has a wedge shape to it). The Macbook has a dedicated graphics card, two USB ports, built-in camera and microphone, but no memory card slots and a supposed battery life of up to five hours. At the standard price of $999 the technical specifications are; a core 2 duo 2.13GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB hard drive and OS X Leopard.
However, my preferences are everything above except bumped up to 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Those two changes make the price go up to $1200. Expensive compared to many other laptops on the market today, but I’ve decided that since this will be my next major purchase, I refuse to give up style just to save money.
Now the Sony Vaio CS has a few more features that are interesting, but not really necessary for me. That would be the pulsating LED light located underneath the front of the laptop. It has a full spectrum of colors, and can be set to change with whatever you’re doing on the laptop, like set to pulsate at the same beat of the song you’re listening to. It also has a panel near the speaker that allows quick access to music, movies and photos. The Sony Vaio CS also has an optional Blu-Ray drive, but the screen ratio of the laptop doesn’t allow proper viewing of Blu-Ray discs, meaning you will have those black bars on the top and bottom of the screen or any output slots to connect to an HDTV display.
The Sony Vaio CS comes in five glossy colors: Cosmopolitan pink, seashell beige, sangria red, black (which is the only color available in a matte finish), and dove white. It starts out thinner than the Macbook, but ends up over 1.5 inches at the back, giving it a wedge shape that I’m just not sure about. The Vaio also has memory card slots and three USB ports.
The standard version has Pentium T3400 2.16GHz processor, Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit, 2GB DDR2 RAM and a 160GB 5400RPM hard drive, and it will cost $790. My preferences have changed it to a Core 2 Duo 2.40GHz processor, 4GB RAM and a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, which changed the price to $1130. So, the difference between these two laptops ends up being $70, when they started out being over $200 apart.
My main concern when all this started what that I have never used a Mac before, and I’m completely comfortable with Windows XP. I have read quite a few reviews and Q&A’s about switching from Windows to Mac, and most of them always say “If you’re used to Windows, stick with it”, though I’ve realized that with whichever laptop I choose to buy, I’ll need to learn a new operating system since all new Windows machines have switched to Vista, so that statement doesn’t really apply. Besides, it’s always good to try something new.
In my opinion, the Macbook would probably win, mostly because of Vista and style, but just know that I have never had any interaction with either of the two, so I’m not basing that judgment on performance.