Sony Waves Goodbye to VAIO PC, Will Now Focus on Mobile

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homesystech

Consumer-reliable. Technically challenging. One of the more complicated laptop brands to repair. -Both in hardware (god forbid you need to swap a motherboard) & software (old XP drivers were painful).

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John Pombrio

Here is what SONY divisions are and how much income they make:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57618467-92/playstation-4s-quick-start-boosts-sony-quarterly-revenue/

MP&C includes the PC and mobile devices. Note that ALL OVER Sony financial report, they state that favorable exchange rates were responsible for a lot of the profit they did make. This will not last so expect SONY to do worse in the future.
http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/13q3_sony.pdf

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jayTcold

VAIO's did look good in Skyfall though...

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Renegade Knight

Sony's Vaios were good but expensive back in the day. Sony though managed to keep them expensive while falling behind in what a high end PC should do. They ended up expensive but medium good which isn't good enough.

Their tablet line is already the same. Expensive yet not good enough to justify the price.

Sony is just shooting itself in the foot.

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Jeffredo

I was surprised when Sony even entered the PC business back in the late 90s. Their stuff was always overpriced and not geared towards gaming at all. Style was more important than function. Amazed they kept it going this long.

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Vesuvius

I have had to have gaming laptops for last several years. Would always cross shop Sony, not only did they not have gaming laptops but their work style laptops were seriously overpriced. Their All in one computers as well same issue. Just not competitive. They had one product a laptop that plugged into a lower powerered graphics card. If they could of expanded on that and kept price down but the few reviews of the product complained. Sony a fail, they are like blackberrry in allot of ways, went from dominating with their music products and laptops to an also ran. Will this happen to Apple one day?

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aktoaz

I still have a VAIO notebook I bought in late 2005, it works fine except the touchpad buttons, so I usually plug in a mouse.

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USraging

I wonder how this will effect warranty on systems already in the wild. I bought my mother one for Christmas last year.

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John Pombrio

No worries, mate. Companies are required by law to honor their warranties if they stop selling a particular model or close up shop.

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big_montana

Sony announced that they plan on honoring all existing warranty's.

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LatiosXT

I would almost equate Sony's Vaio line as the Apple of PCs. Some of them were trendy looking, pushed higher-end technologies, but expensive as all hell for what you were getting under the hood.

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Renegade Knight

At one time they were. That era passed. The company that bought them is probably betting that they could be again. That would be the right decision. It would be better of Sony did it though.

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jason2393

I had the opposite experience. I bought a Sony because I was getting a lot for my money. It was the worst computer I've ever had, and after 13 months, it was "totalled" when the screen broke, and the cost of fixing it was more expensive than the cost of the Dell I replaced it with.

I am not at all sad to see Vaio go away.

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Innomasta

How can replacing a screen in a laptop be more expensive than another laptop? How much was the screen? How much was the installation fee (assuming you were gonna have someone do it for you)

Or was there chassis damage as well?

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jason2393

They were quoting me about $400. I tried to find the screen online, but every single listing of it was out of stock and I needed a laptop for school. Plus, there was no guarantee that a new screen wouldn't break, and it broke while it was in a padded laptop bag with some textbooks.

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Innomasta

That sucks, I don't have too many issues with VAIO PC's, (but maybe that's because I don't see enough of them due to rarity)...