For years I owned an Apple MacBook Pro, which changed into not anything however trouble. I eventually changed it months ago with a Sony VAIO Z. In this article; I shall examine the 2 notebooks. Before I start, I have to note that the MacBook Pro changed into a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2008 refresh version costing £1300 whilst new, with a 4GB RAM and 7200 RPM tough power upgrade. The VAIO Z is a custom build from the Sony Style Store, the VAIO Z V.

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Collection missing the DVD power and with a regular tough pressure in preference to the quad SSD of its extra pricey X series brethren. On top of this model, I introduced a £30 (considering that multiplied to £50) upgrade from 2.4 GHz to two.53 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and the £50 (given that elevated to £70) 1920×1080 pixel display screen in place of the standard 1600×900. This added the smaller VAIO to £1400, a boom of £a hundred.

I’ll spoil the comparison between the two up into categories:


I opted for the £50 upgrade to the 1920×1080 (Full HD) show on the 13.1″ VAIO Z. While the gamut is absolutely much better than the 15″ MacBook Pro (on par with or perhaps even barely better than my HP LP2475w monitor you see it with to the left), the overall HD resolution is just an excessive amount of for a thirteen.1″ display screen. By comparison, the 2 inches large MacBook Pro handiest had a 1440×900 screen, which felt an excessive pixel density at the time! The DPI settings in Windows 7 alleviate the problem, really.

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But placing a higher DPI comes with its personal toll – incompatibility with some software, Dreamweaver CS4, to name one out. As you may see from the screenshot, for most of Dreamweaver’s interface, the DPI settings don’t have any impact (they have to make UI elements and textual content bigger); however, inside the homes bar at the bottom, the larger size causes some of the alternatives to be cut off the display. Other programs have smaller troubles, inclusive of pixellated icons and UI elements.


The 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5-520M processor in the VAIO, without a doubt, is a slight enhance over the two.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo of the MacBook; however, it truly is to be expected, two years have passed since the MacBook changed into delivered out. To be sincere, it is tough to evaluate overall performance as the MacBook becomes running Snow Leopard and the VAIO of the route is going for walks Windows 7, so the working device probably has greater power on perceived performance than the processor. The barely faster 7200 RPM drive within the MacBook helped the snappiness no quit, so I’m quite sure an improvement from the 5400 RPM force to an SSD might assist the VAIO no stop.

Both laptops were geared up with 4GB RAM, which never seemed enough inside the MacBook and seemed to be even more of a burden on Windows 7. With Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Firefox open, the device slows to a crawl. The VAIO Z has a clever little transfer to swap between the Intel incorporated photos (okay for internet browsing) and the onboard NVIDIA GT 330M 1GB pictures and an ‘Auto’ position that switches to the incorporated photographs while on battery energy.

It’s with some trepidation that I offered another laptop with NVIDIA portraits, seeing that it is their fault my MacBook died, but whatever. They’ve likely constant that issue now. I’m now not a gaming character, so I’ve not given the NVIDIA chip a big exercise; however, Photoshop CS4 appears to lag at the VAIO for some purpose. Even with nothing else open (to take away RAM because of the reason), easy stuff like scrolling around a picture or zooming has a pretty nasty postpone. The same moves were once buttery easy on the MacBook and are not nearly awful on my computing device.

Odd. Another huge hassle is that with the photos transfer to the automobile, the computer holds off switching the photos if something is the use of it that might be suffering from the switch. Sometimes this cutoff comes into action with no apparent reason, refusing to exchange snapshots. Sometimes the cutoff fails to paintings, causing the laptop to crash and bluescreen, or at least force close something software was using the pictures.

I’m getting a bit bored stiff of Photoshop crashing and losing all my work simply because I unplugged the computer, so now the transfer is quite a great deal permanently set to NVIDIA only mode. Great concept and the battery lifestyles are a piece better while the usage of the included graphics, but the implementation of the OS is my no manner seamless.