What a great monitor for Sony Vaio VPCF11Z1E (i7, 8GB RAM, bluray burner)!

The title is obviously rhetorical, let me explain.

First a bit of introduction, this is an hi-end pc, it has an i7 processor, 8GB RAM, blu ray burner and a 1080p (1920×1080) LCD panel, there are no excuses, this is a quite expensive machine and must be perfect!

I bought the notebook a few months ago and I had troubles with the LCD panel since the first day, at the beginning it had a darker section (~5mm) on all the bottom part of the panel. That’s really annoying. I sent the notebook back to sony 2 times (more than 2 weeks without the newly bought PC):

  • first time the wrote me “ok we replaced your panel”: it simply was not true (IMHO)
  • second time they told me “hey your monitor is perfect, this is our standard”

WHAT??? I see a lot of notebooks every day where I work and in the stores, none has this kind of problems (neither the sony’s). I always heard that SONY LCD were just great, one of the best and instead I’ve the ugliest monitor I ever had!!! In the past I had a few DELL pcs (I know, I did a big mistake chosing SONY against DELL).

Now the problem gets worse, just look at the pictures:

Is this the SONY LCD top quality? ahahhaha just don’t make me laugh!
Actually I’ve to say that the situation shown in the pictures above happens only sometimes (apparently randomly), all other time the problem is less serious but anyway… what if it completely break right after the warranty expiration?

Another great feature of this top class LCD panel is that if you turn down the brightness level to the minimum, half the screen slowly turns off (and then it bounces on and off forever), don’t you believe me? Here you have:
If you want to see it in action check this movie clip.

There’s one more problem, the leather inserts are falling apart, take a look at this picture:

I’ll try to send the notebook to SONY another time (and this is a problem for me ’cause I work with this machine!), will they understand that it has a problem? I’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE: sony changed the motherboard and the leather part, everything not related to the monitor which still have the same problems!!!

9 thoughts on “What a great monitor for Sony Vaio VPCF11Z1E (i7, 8GB RAM, bluray burner)!

  1. Marco

    Hi
    I’m going to buy a sony vaio like yours

    any news about your monitor? I’m instered

    ciao
    Marco

  2. Fabrizio Balliano Post author

    Hi Marco, no news till today, sony is “thinking about what to do” but no news since 2 weeks, the monitor performances are getting worse and there is a new trouble (going to update this post ASAP): the leather inserts are ungluing…

  3. Fabrizio Balliano Post author

    in 6 months my device is completely falling to pieces and the customer service is making me waste a lot of time without solving the problems.

    I won’t say “don’t buy it” but I won’t buy another sony machine ever!

  4. Matteo

    Any update?
    I’m interesting to buy a VPC-SE model of sony.. but i’m interested in Dell XPS 15z too. (or some asus/samsung models)
    I thought I would choose the Sony for their quality, but from what I see ..
    I wonder what brand offers the best quality ..

    ciao
    Matteo

  5. 1001101

    I have the same laptop and while I am not enthusiastic about it, I cannot say I am totally disappointed; while my display is fine, I experienced the same issue with the wrist rest peeling off and warping because of the heath, while the Vaio was getting hot to a point it was powering off under heavy load – think of video encoding or kernel compiling. After sending it to Sony for repairs – excellent service: I had it back the same week – everything was fine for almost a year until a few days ago, when I found myself back to square one. Apparently the F11 line is plagued by a poor heath dissipation design: to make a long story short, I discovered that dust tends to clog the fan over time consequently reducing the air flow (and believe me, the fan is very “sensitive” to dust)… and we all know how it ends. This is what I did:

    Workaround #1 – Quite effective, alas not for the faint of heart as it will probably void the warranty: Periodically disassemble the laptop, get some air duster, clean the fan and the surrounding area (step 1 to 6 http://www.insidemylaptop.com/take-apart-sony-vaio-vpcf1-laptop-replace-lcd-screen/), reassemble the F11 and you’re back in business.

    Workaround #2 –Keep it cool and keep it slow by disabling i7’s turbo boost. That could be done by setting bit 38 of IA32_MISC_ENABLE, either with MSR Tools (apt-get install msr-tools) or with i7z (https://code.google.com/p/i7z/). Windows 7 users will just need to run to Power options, change advanced power settings of the current plan and set the maximum processor state to 99% (not exactly the same as MSR, but it works).

    Good luck.

  6. Kenny

    I have the same machine, VPCF11Z1E and have had the heat problems experienced by others. The palm rests have peeled of and the dc jack adapter has softened due to the heat.

    I made the suggested BIOS upgrade some time ago but it changes nothing, just Sony dodging the issue in my opinion.

    Piriforms Speccy software report the CPU and motherboard hitting 104 degrees centigrade when watching movies of streaming tv.

    I contacted Sony but they refuse to take any resposibility for the obvious design/hardware fault.

    My machine is now out of warranty but in my opinion these machines should have been recalled on safety grounds. What happens when myself or one of my kids gets burnt by the machine ?

    Sony want the machined repaired but totally at my cost. I’ll never buy from Sony again.

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