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And in related news, Sony holding its breath

In yet another chapter of “The Laptop Battery From Hell,” an IBM ThinkPad did its best Human Torch impression while boarding a flight at LAX. Anyone who has been following the Apple/Dell battery disaster would naturally think that a Sony battery must have been involved. Yes, a battery was clearly at fault, but the origin of said battery has yet to be clearly identified due to the severe burns the laptop suffered. A forum participant from Something Awful was live on location to take photographic evidence of the scene. This is his story:

So we're waiting for a flight in the United lounge at LAX, the flight next to ours was heading to London and in the middle of final boarding, when suddenly this guy comes running the wrong way up the jetway, pushing other boarding passengers out of the way, he quickly drops his laptop on the floor and the thing immediately flares up like a giant firework for about 15 seconds, then catches fire. About a hundred other people in the lounge jumped up and began a mix of gawking and general panic, I clearly heard a few fleeing individuals saying something about terrorists. [...]

CNET confirmed the story with a Lenovo representative, verifying that it was indeed a Thinkpad T43 which normally ships with a Sony battery. Both Lenovo and Sony are currently investigating whether or not a Sony battery was the culprit for the fire. Lenovo's two main suppliers for ThinkPad batteries are Sony and Sanyo.

This certainly does not bode well for computing travelers, as airlines are already banning the use of battery powered notebooks on flights. Either way, this incident is a black eye for both ThinkPad hardware manufacturers. Lenovo pleaded to the public to trust them, later saying that its laptops were immune to the flaming Sony battery problem due to a different battery design. In a similar reassuring tone, Sony proclaimed that there would be no more battery recalls. Time will tell if this will add to Sony's recall count of 340,000 from Toshiba, 1.8 million by Apple, and the 4.1 million by Dell.



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too bad
By TheDoc9 on 9/21/2006 1:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
This is interesting. Sony's is taking a real beating in the press lately. The interesting thing is that mention is never made of all of the products sony makes that DO work and are generally better than their competition.




RE: too bad
By ChronoReverse on 9/21/2006 2:15:51 PM , Rating: 4
Well, you could do your part and list some here. I'm curious myself what Sony is doing nowadays that's good.


RE: too bad
By andrewrocks on 9/21/06, Rating: -1
RE: too bad
By zombiexl on 9/21/2006 10:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
OK you named one that was good a few years ago. how about something more recent thats a better all around value?


RE: too bad
By Tyler 86 on 9/22/2006 12:49:14 AM , Rating: 1
*snicker*

the playstation 2. still.

no, but seriously, I can't think of anything else... the rest of their products are 'average' to 'on par'... but they don't have a solidly cornered market that's very noticible to me at the moment.

I'll look into it, it could be something obvious that just slipped my mind.

All I have heard and seen when it comes to market share from sony is [market share is] "not that important"... :\


RE: too bad
By dolbysystems on 9/22/2006 3:47:38 AM , Rating: 2
Sony make tons of good stuff. My Sony DVD Writer rocks, my Sony dolby digital amp rocks, my Sony TV rocks... DVD player... CD player etc etc.

So they have a problem with their batteries... that doesn't mean that all things Sony are now bad.


RE: too bad
By jtesoro on 9/22/2006 11:15:35 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I heard their Bravia line of LCDs are very good. Went with a Samsung myself though. Price was a factor...


RE: too bad
By kmmatney on 9/24/2006 1:12:13 AM , Rating: 2
I'm very happy with my SONY XBR LCD projection TV. Very low price, and a thin bevel - it was the only 50" TV I could fit into our TV nook at home. I also have a 50" plasma in the house, and I actually like the SONY XBR a bit better.


What about Sony??
By othercents on 9/21/2006 11:08:19 AM , Rating: 2
What we really need is a Sony machine or multiple machines to burst into flames. Come they couldn't have sold all the defective batteries to other companies. I want to see that and an HP machine to blow up since both companies are blaming Dell for defective design.

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RE: What about Sony??
By Necris on 9/21/2006 12:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
It might just be me...but what happened to the products that Sony actually manufactures...like VAIOs? I have yet to hear of these actually bursting into flames, unless Sony offloads the batteries for their own laptops.


RE: What about Sony??
By fk49 on 9/21/2006 3:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah..about that..

Sony actually doesn't use their own batteries in their VAIOs.
I think they use Toshiba's or Hitachi's.
Take that as you like, but remember Sony is a big company and sometimes it's more cost-effective for them to use others' batteries.


Active Desktop
By Schadenfroh on 9/24/2006 10:28:35 AM , Rating: 2
Is this the new active desktop for systems with Sony Batteries?

http://thecleverest.com/countdown.swf




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