Monday, April 4, 2005

Cheap Sony

Awhile back I was in the market for a ultra-light notebok and I decided on the Sony TR3A notebook. This is a nice little notebook that is great to take on the road. It is feature-rich, very light and has a nice looking screen. Since I wasn't planning on using this for my primary work-horse computer, it really fulfilled the purpose I wanted it to.

Recently, there's been a lot of news reports about Sony losing their edge and falling behind their competitors such as Samsung and Apple. I'll add that in addition to losing the technology edge, Sony is also falling behind in some other aspects of their products. I remember when I first got my Sony notebook and realizing that it had no CDs. Instead, I had to provide my own CDs to burn recovery disks. Does it really cost that much to provide 6 CDs after spending nearly $2000 on the notebook? It's these little things that often makes a person appreciate the extra price you pay for a good product and without them it feels like the product is cheap and/or the company is just trying to squeeze the extra cash from the consumer.

I thought about this again this weekend when I went to burn some software to a CD as backup. The notebook comes with a CD-RW, but no CD-burning software?!? Maybe it's just me, but it sure feels like Sony is cutting corners.

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