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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