PCMag Awarded the Top Ten Worst Products of the Year for Sony Notebooks

In an age when advertising is rampant, it is not easy to restore a good IT product. Every product that you can see seems to be able to find all sorts of good words in the media. As the world's most authoritative and largest circulation of IT media, PC Magazine's annual "best product of the year" has become its most famous brand in the IT industry. However, few people will know that its annual "most disappointing product" is not inferior to its influence. In the United States IT industry even has the title of "Sharp Tongue", and the selected products often accompany the second year. The destiny of quietly delisting.

Recently, the “PC Magazine” magazine website of the United States today announced the top ten worst IT products in 2011. Among them, Sony's latest VAIO VPC-Z214GX topped the list, and its Sony VAIO VPC-L222FX/B and Sony PSP GO also ranked fourth and tenth. In addition, Nokia, Dell, HTC and other companies also have products on the list.

1. Sony VAIO VPC-Z214GX

It is no exaggeration to say that our PC Labs lab tested all Sony Z-series notebooks, but no generation of products has ever been disappointing like the latest Z-series. Indeed, the Sony VAIO VPC-Z214GX laptop is one of the thinnest notebooks available. Slim appearance, top screen, extended base with innovative Light Peak technology, richer interface than competitors.

Comparable with the defects, these advantages are still not enough for consumers to pay for it, and its high price is not worth it! First of all, its poor cooling and fan noise make it a joke to use the standard voltage version. Notebook manufacturers can't stop! The thermal performance of the Z214GX fan is very poor. When the video is transcoding, rendering a large picture, or playing a 3D game, the voice of the Z214GX fan can be described as a high-pitched game.

The design of the keyboard and touchpad is not flattering. The speakers have a general effect. The Radeon 6650M equipped in the docking station does not show the required level. Its 3DMark 06 score is only 10% higher than that of the i7 processor integrated graphics card. . We suspect that Sony may artificially reduce the frequency of 6650M to reduce the power consumption of notebooks.

2. Dale Streak 7

With the rise of tablet PCs, various processors are making a big splash on these products, and this includes the Turion processor. The use of the Core processor makes the Dell Streak 7 the fastest tablet we have ever tested. Sensitive capacitive touch screen, rear camera with 5 million pixels and LED flash.

In addition there is a front 1.3 megapixel camera. Despite its obvious advantages, Streak 7 also has weaknesses. Its download/upload speed is not comparable to other devices. Applications that preload video and photos can only use lower resolution and image quality by default, and video chat applications are almost impossible to use.

The most terrible is its poor battery life. As one of the Tegra 2 tablets, the Dell Streak 7 shows the superiority of the NVIDIA high-speed mobile processor, but in many ways the Dell Streak 7 is tangled. In short, it is not the tablet you are looking for.

3. ViewSonic ViewPad 10

Surprisingly, ViewSonic ViewPad 10 is an Android and Windows dual-system tablet. Of course, as we all know, Windows systems support Flash format files. However, the current Windows system does not seem to be suitable for tablet computers. You will miss the keyboard and mouse. And Android 2.2 system is not customized for tablet computers, but customized for smart phones.

There is no Android market, but it also restricts them from randomly adding the applications you need. Its touch screen also has some problems, small memory, mediocre battery life, huge heat, without exception, have become its weaknesses. Maybe its price is competitive, and it offers a lot of better features, such as using Android features in Win7.

However, ViewSonic ViewPad 10 cannot be a good tablet. The first is that Windows is not suitable for tablet computers, and secondly, the Android2.2 system is obsolete, but it cannot be overlooked that its limited storage space and unresponsive touch screen have become its fatal flaws, and finally it is impossible to conceal the weight.

4. Sony VAIO VPC-L222FX/B

As the display is relatively good, it has a beautiful display capability. Touch screen applications have also added some advantages. On the interface side, the VAIO VPC-L222FX/B has a USB 3.0 and HDMI interface, and also has a composite video A/V port. Wireless network cards also allow them to be deployed anywhere in the home.

However, it cannot be avoided that it does not have an HDTV tuner and Blu-ray drive and cannot play HD video. For such a high-end all-in-one machine, hard disk space is too cramped relative to competitors of the same level. In addition, the external power supply is as bulky as a massive brick.

5. Nokia N9

Recently, Nokia's mobile phone technology has been hot enough, especially in the field of smart phones. The N9 is a smart phone that was born in the troubled times. It is said that chaos is a hero, but this sentence is obviously not suitable for the N9. The N9 has a lot of congenital deficiencies since its birth. However, many of these deficiencies are fatal enough. Therefore, the development path of the N9 is also bound to be frustrating. .

The heart of the smartphone is the operating system. The N9 uses the MeeGo 1.2 operating system. This is a mobile operating system developed by Nokia. However, the current situation is that Nokia has announced full cooperation with Microsoft in the field of mobile operating systems, which means that the N9 has adopted an operating system that has been declared dead.

Not only that, we used N9 to browse the Internet, found that its browser is very slow, and its support for video file format is extremely limited, these bad application experience, coupled with low-frequency single-core CPU, destined to the N9 The present and future will not be better.


HTC HD7S has a 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, screen resolution of 480 × 800, and also includes an ambient light sensor on the body, which reflects the HTC's ability in mobile phone design. However, this phone did not show the good status of the previous HTC phone, and its performance on some regular projects was disappointing.

In the most common call quality tests, this phone has a talk time of 3 hours and 23 minutes, which is different from the call duration of most mobile phones we have tested for more than 4 hours. In terms of call quality, the HTC phones that we have tested in the past have shown good quality, but the HD7S has a relatively high background noise. As a brand with a higher market share in smart phones, HTC has introduced many classic models, but the performance of this product on the basic functions of mobile phones is indeed a bit disappointing.

7. OKI C330dn

From the model identification of the product, we can see that this product comes standard with an automatic duplex unit and a network print port, which is a good configuration for desktop desktops, but we also need to note that The text and image quality of this product is not as good as OKI's product promotion. Although it is a desktop product, this is not a reason why print quality can be reduced.

At present, the market trend of black-and-white laser printers is that various printer manufacturers have applied high-end product printing technologies to low-end products to meet the increasing demand of desktop printing users for print quality. In our quality test of OKI C330dn, we found that the sharpness of this product's printed text is not enough to meet the low reading requirements. In color image proofs, we also saw the phenomenon of color separation (a sudden change in color occurs. Without the normal transition). Therefore, we must not underestimate the low-end user's requirements for print quality, otherwise it is likely to be abandoned by users.

8. Kodak EasyShare C1530 Digital Camera Kodak EasyShare C1530 digital camera uses 14 million pixel sensors, the price is relatively cheap, these are good advantages. Can 3x optical zoom lens, support 640x480 resolution video capture, these parameters in the current mainstream cameras are somewhat pitiful, especially the limited zoom range.

In addition, it is incredible that it can not automatically focus on video shooting. Moreover, from the fact that it uses two AA batteries to provide power, it is very easy to run out of power. What is incredible is that when the battery runs out, it cannot save the original settings. Every time it has to be repeated again and again, it is really unbearable.

9. Olympus T-100

The price of Olympus T-100 is not high, and the body is sturdy. These are the obvious advantages. To be honest, its market positioning is still relatively accurate, that is, to provide a good product within the budget. Unfortunately, its body material is all plastic, it is too cheap, the photographs often appear distortion, automatic metering, focusing are not allowed, it can be said that Olympus T100 can not take satisfactory photos . In particular, there are many noises under the high quality, the whole machine reaction is very slow, and the 3x optical zoom is also seriously inadequate. The resolution of the LCD screen is also not high.

10. Sony PSP GO

Sony PSP GO handheld with 3.8-inch sliding screen, 480x272 resolution, 16.7 million color LCD display, Bluetooth support and built-in 16GB flash memory. Due to the cancellation of UMD, the Sony PSP GO will be 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the original PSP1000. The PSP GO will use the Memory Stick to store games and the PSN will purchase games and play games. However, the price is very expensive, and the performance platform is the same as the previous generation of products, or the use of memory sticks, which has been out of touch with the times. The very slow 802.11b transmission specification, non-removable battery, smaller display screen, and no UMD optical drive are very inconvenient in practical use.

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