Notebook: asus vs sony
Sony vs Asus (notebook)
When buying a new notebook it's always the question which brand to choose. In the next post I will state my experiences with both asus and sony. Remark that the asus laptop I'm talking about is the N61JV (2010) and the sony laptop is the vaio S15 (2012).
The sony notebook has (pro) a solid magnesium body. However, the screen feels a bit cheap and not verry solid. with asus however, the whole body is of solid plastic. With sony, all ports are working correctly and are a bit narrow (which I see as a pro) so that all adapter are securly attached (only the power dapadter is a bit les secure). With asus, ports are wider and in my case, not all usb ports were working correctly (ejects every x minutes). This is a problem that comes back often on forums for asus products.
result: tie with a slight movement to sony
drivers and bloatware
Both brands use bloatware and install custom software. However, with asus there is more bloatware on a new system. Sony on the other side has not only less bloatware but the software installed is also more configured as one entity so that it looks nicer and feels less like bloatware.
For the drivers, in my feeling asus hadn't installed all drivers correctly on my system. When looking for drivers, both sites of asus and sony are both equally bad. It isn't always clear which driver has which functionality and all are smacked together. Notice however that sony does NOT support. a clean upgrade (clean install of a new windows version) and will only support a upgrade of the system in place. Finding the correct drivers for sony windows 8 is nearlly impossible scince half of the are onyl upgrade of pre-installed windows 7 drivers and you can't use them on a new install. Asus on the other hand delivers complete (new) windows 8 drivers
result: sony wins on bloatware but asus wins the complete tie scince they have a much better driver support
adaptibility, customization, price
Tha asus laptop was much mare dapatable. Almost the whole cover is removable and ALL components could be reached (eg fan for cleaning). Sony as only a smaller part of the case that can be removed (covering the hard drive) so much less components can be reached.
With sony it is possible to create your own notebook online, with asus you can only buy laptops "as is". Scince asus however has a wide range of laptops this isn't a big problem.
This subject is always a bit tricky scince much depends on your configuration, coupons etc. But in general I think I can state that for a normal user, sony is more than 1/3 MORE expensive than sony for a similar laptop. With sony it is also good practice to check a variaty of elements. First of all; students get a 10% discount. Secondly, on the sony website some software packets are checked by default, costing you extra mony. Unchecking them can save you €100 - €200. But even with those trics, asus stays cheaper.
winner: asus (unless you want full cusomization)
This one is simple: asus is far more quite then sony. Even on the most silent settings (which dissapear after a windows 8 install) the asus laptop makes (a lot) less noise.
The sound of the asus laptop is mucht better than that of sony.
Both do equal good ore bad. Only pro for sony is it's extra sheet battery (€150 extra) which doubles your battery. It makes your laptop (far?) more heavier but it's nicely adapted toyour laptop and doubles your battery life.
winner: tie (unless you take the sheet into account; sony)
I haven't used the physical garanty with neither of both. The email support with sony is hower speedier then the support of asus.
Scince I have the sony less long than the asus it's almost impossible to make a 100% comparisson but with the asus laptop, after +/- 2 years it started to show high signs of problems. the fan started to make a lot of noise and the hard disk became extremly slow. This can be because of my studies (IT) because my brother has no problems with the exact same laptop. I can't however compare this with the sony scince that laptop is far more recent.
Combining al experiences I would say that sony is a bit more for people looking for quality who wants to give extra money for it (quality, bloatware, sheet batter). People looking for "value for money" that don't have a problem with some minor factory/assembly issues asus is a far better choice (driver support, noise, sound).
Special note for sound-aholices: avoid sony to all costs.
General note: as always it's your choice and elements could change rapidly (see to the position of samsung and nokia in the smartphone market). so please always look for reviews for the specific products you want to buy but this are my general opionions on both brands.