Video Hands-On With Sony Vaio X: Lightest, Coolest, Priciest Netbook

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Sony vaio XYou don't know how light 1.6 pounds is until you've held it in your hands. Seriously, when we picked up the Vaio X, we thought it was a dummy system. This thing is so light it's unbelievable.

This 11-inch laptop has integrated 3G (from Verizon Wireless) and will last up to 17 hours with the extended battery attached (which adds about 0.9 pounds and is included).  We're eager to test that since it blows away even the Nokia Booklet 3G's promised 12-hour life in a much thinner form.

Under the champagne gold lid (it also comes in black) we found the typical Sony chiclet keyboard. Only 75% of full size, though. Our initial impression is that the keyboard is nice and responsive, but the system wobbled a bit in my lap as I typed, because the thing is just so darn light. The touchpad is of a decent size, and we like the fact that there's dedicated left and right mouse buttons.

The Vaio X will come with Windows 7 Home Premium and run on a 2.0-GHz Intel Atom Z550 CPU with 2GB of RAM. Base units will have a 64GB SSD for $1,299. Up the storage to 128GB SSD and pay $1,499.

When it comes to ports, the Vaio X has two USB, VGA, Ethernet, and Memory Stick and SD card slots up front. Its Ethernet port is akin to that on the MacBook Air, which means you have to open it up slightly in order to use it.

Overall, $1,299 is a hefty price for the Vaio X, but as they say, if you have to ask how much it costs, you probably can't afford it.

The Sony Vaio X Series notebook will be available October 22nd.


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  • iper Says:

    This is what I exactly was looking for last year for my wife. As a lawyer, she travels a lot for business presentation, meeting with clients. The only business application critical to her is Remote Access to her company's terminal server. She listens to internet radio when she was waiting at the air port. Too bad, this slim beauty Vaio X comes too late. I ended up buying her a Vaio TZ which weighted 2.6 lbs and costed her $2499 (CND). Vaio X is for people who is looking for extreme portability and productivity. In deed, it will be even desirable if it can perform multimeadia (particularly for HD content) better.

  • Fanfoot Says:

    Like others, looks beautiful but for that price it should have had a CULV processor. The Atom is a serious compromise in performance--full screen Flash won't play smoothly for instance, don't care if its 2.0GHz or not. For a $399 netbook this is an acceptable compromise. For a $1300 laptop it is NOT.

    Does look beautiful though. They won't sell many at that price though.

  • sk Says:

    no NVIDIA ION? for that price? Sony is dreaming!!! That's a no!!! Never!

  • Mike Cane Says:

    >>>2.0-GHz Intel Atom Z550 CPU with 2GB of RAM. Base units will have a 64GB SSD for $1,299

    Atom? $1300? No.

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