IRL Review: Sony MDR-SA5000 headphones

The Sony MDR-SA5000 headphone was their flagship headphone for a number of years, and fought for that title with several headphones that overlapped its release including the MDR-CD3000 (biocellulose diaphragms like the MDR-R10 legend), and the Qualia 010 (which honestly appears quite similar in design, but with some material changes, and tuning changes). It was…

IRL Review- Sony VAIO F1 Desktop Replacement Laptop

IRL Review- Sony VAIO F1 Desktop Replacement Laptop- The F1 is probably one of the most exciting laptops I have ever reviewed. Just kidding- its kind of forgettable. It falls along the long lineage of the F series, dating back to my early years in undergrad when the FS series came out and stole my…

IRL Review Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 1 Premium Headphone Review

IRL Review Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 1 Premium Headphone Review- the P5 series 1 was a headphone I wanted dreadfully for a really long time. When I started getting more serious into headphones, I was enamored by their build quality when I tried them out at the Apple store. They were instantly luxurious in…

IRL Review Sony VAIO AW Desktop Replacement Laptop

IRL Review Sony VAIO AW Desktop Replacement Laptop- The VAIO AW is a model I lusted after for some time- certainly I had always had a fascination for ultraportables far more than mainstream and desktop replacement laptops. This most likely stemmed from me absolutely hating heavy laptops – in undergrad, I spent many hours walking between…

IRL Review Sony VAIO X Ultraportable Laptop (ULTRAULTRAULTRAPORTABLE)

IRL Review VAIO X Ultraportable Laptop-  Years ago while perusing Notebookreview.com and reading Laptop Mag’s advertisements from Sony,  I ran across the VAIO X505. The X505 was an absolute mind blower of a machine- in a time when everything was Pentium 4 (with hyperthreading!) with HUGE heatsinks, and barely anything portable was with a dinky…

Throwback IRL Review Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 Digital Camera

IRL Review (in real life) Sony CYBERSHOT DSC-R1 camera- The R1 was released in 2005 when digital cameras were really starting to pick up speed. I was sitting in a classical Greek mythology/literature course wondering if I should drop the course/reading the syllabus that had absolutely nothing I was interested in, and perusing DPreview.com when the…

Sony SRS-X9 IRL Review

Disclaimer- my X9 is broken slightly so this review is not totally fair haha Sony SRS-X9 IRL Review (In Real Life)- Wow its been anothe long stretch since my last post….like back in 2016! So this X9 is a unit that’s been sitting on my shelf for some time. I was really into the thick of…

Sony VAIO Pro 13 IRL Review

Sony VAIO Pro 13 IRL Review- The Sony VAIO Pro 13 is Sony’s answer to the Macbook Air 13 (with a Pro 11 targeting the Pro 11). Weighing 2.3 lbs, its much smaller in weight compared to the 2.96 lb Macbook Air 13, and incredible in that 3 years later, it still holds its own against…

Sony VAIO TZ Ultraportable Laptop IRL Review

VAIO TZ IRL Review-The Sony VAIO TZ was Sony’s premiere ultraportable laptop, before the term Ultrabook came into existence. At this point in time, the netbook was all the rage- netbooks were tiny, very portable, and extremely cheap. They were also totally underpowered. They were so underpowered, that eventually, they died off, and the market…

Sony XBA-40 IRL Review

Sony XBA-40 Earphone IRL Review- The XBA40 (XBA being eXperience Balanced Armature) earphone was Sony’s flagship earphone before being succeeded by the XBA-H3 Hybrid earphone, and eventually the XBA-Z5. It succeeded the XBA-4, which itself had succeeded the MDR-EX1000. What’s the history here? Sony initially started with single dynamic driver earphones. Most companies use this-…

Nikon D90 IRL Review

Nikon D90 IRL Review– The Nikon D90 was my first major foray into a serious large sensor camera. Prior to this, I had been dreaming of a large sensor camera for years. My previous cameras were all small sensor cameras. Previously, I had been mostly with point and shoots. My enthusiast venture started with the…

Sony 18-105 F4 OSS Lens IRL review

Sony 18-105 F4 OSS Lens IRL Review- The Sony 18-105 F4 OSS is one of the cheapest G lenses available. For those who are not aware, G lenses are supposed to be Sony’s higher end line up. this is difficult to decipher how Sony breaks this line up down, because they also have their Carl Zeiss…