Friday, August 23, 2013

A new writing machine, part 2

The Samsung Series 9, my new writing laptop, arrived Tuesday, and it was a complete failure -- there was clearly something very wrong with it from the get-go.  It took hours to complete setup alone, and then once it even loaded Windows, it couldn't connect to wifi and could barely load the control panel, let alone Internet Explorer.

I probably could have exchanged it for another one from the same seller, but I was worried about the same thing happening all over again -- these were, after all, 2011 models that had probably been sitting in a warehouse for the past two years.  So I opted to just return the computer.  Instead, I decided to get a sleek, sexy Sony Vaio that I had played with at the computer store a couple weeks ago, the biggest advantage being that if something went wrong with it and I didn't like it, I could return it locally.
There were also things I noticed about the Samsung that I knew would bother me -- and that I knew, from playing with the Sony, could be better.  The Samsung ran very hot, for one thing -- that could have had something to do with the fact that it wasn't working properly, of course, but others said online that that model just ran too hot.  If it had worked properly, I probably could have removed some programs and gotten it to run cooler by running less, but still.  The Sony runs much cooler in comparison.

The Sony also has a much more comfortable keyboard for me to type on.  I could have gotten used to the Samsung, of course, but I'm just as happy that I don't have to.  I am used to typing on slightly smaller keyboards, so I much prefer the smaller keys and narrower spacing of the Sony over the Samsung.

The Sony is, of course, two years newer, almost half a pound lighter (just under 2 pounds! amazing!), has a better pixel density on the screen (even if it isn't matte...), slightly faster in processor speed, much faster in wireless speed, and has a touch screen.  I didn't think I would be so excited about a touch screen, but I actually like it very much -- if I am writing and I want to go up several paragraphs and change something, for instance, all I have to do is tap the screen to relocate the cursor.  No messing with arrow keys or even a mouse.

Of course, some of my software and peripherals may not be compatible with Windows 8, but the most important -- Scrivener, of course! -- will be.  I'll deal with the others (which I don't use as frequently) as they come up, and since I'm keeping my Averatec as my primary backup (I don't like typing on the Asus as much so it doesn't make as much sense to make that one my backup), I can always bounce back to that computer when I need to do something with incompatible software or peripherals.

I'll post a comprehensive review of the Vaio later on, with things like battery life (once I've had to test it) and program compatibility, but so far I am very happy with my fast, sleek little writing machine!

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