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Sony Vaio X Review

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Sony’s latest Vaio X is one ultraportable I could not imagine to be doable at this time. But here you go — the thinnest and lightest among the ultraportables in the market. Check out my full review below.

Before anything else, check out our short unboxing video over at YouTube:

Such a huge box for a small device.

The Sony Vaio X has a black matte finish all over so that solves the fingerprint-magnet problem often encountered with glossy finishes. There are 2 USB ports, a VGA port and a slightly hidden Ethernet port on the sides as well as a 1.3MP webcam at the top of the display screen.

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Super Thin. At only 0.55″ all around, it beat sthe “light as a feather” Macbook Air which is still at 0.76″. If not for that VGA port that’s protruding at the side, they could have gone thinner.

Vaio X

The 11.1 inch display screen is also matte so no problems with glare when used outdoors or against bright lights. The display si still bright and crisp at a maximum resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

Super Light. As light as 655 grams (1.44 lbs) which is almost half the weight of most netbooks in the market. The Sony Vaio P pocket PC is like just half the size of the Vaio X but has the same weight at 635 grams (1.4 lbs). We very rarely see ultaportables and netbooks under 2lbs.

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Super Sturdy. The body is made of carbon fibre and not just ordinary hard plastic so you don’t have to worry about breaking it in half inside your laptop bag while on a rugged trip. I’ve actually dropped the unit a couple feet high and not even a sign of a bump or scratch although I wouldn’t dare try banging it against a cement wall.

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Usually, features like “small and light” comes with “slow or sluggish” but not the Vaio X. It’s powered by the fastest Intel Atom processor in the market today. Running at 2.0GHz, there’s no other ultraportable or netbook I know of that can match that clock speed.

But yes, Intel’s Atom still inherits that marketing stigma that it’s only for internet surfing and Word processing. My gut feel is that the Intel GMA 500 graphics chip has got more to do with how it performs rather than the  processor. I will be doing a separate performance comparison of the CPUs later at the PCLabs. I’m also interested to pit the CULVs with the Atom Z550.

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If there’s one thing that I found a little short is the size of the individual keys. Over-all, the chiclet-style keyboard is good and keys are well-spaced. However, the size of the keys are a bit smaller that usual which makes touch-typing a bit awkward at times. You’d get used to it in time.

Vaio X

As for battery life, the 2.0GHz model can last up to 5 hours on a full charge with WiFi on. Already pretty impressive for its size and weight but Sony says they also have an extended battery that can last the unit up to 16 hours (now that’s something I’m really curious). The hibernate feature is also impressive — it can turn back on from hibernate mode in under 5 seconds. That has probably got to do with the SDD drive and the pre-installed Windows 7 operating system.

The Vaio X comes in two models — the 1.86GHz Atom Z540 with 64GB SSD drive and the faster 2.0GHz Atom Z550 with 128GB SSD drive. They don’t come cheap too — Php69,999 and Php92,999, respectively. Sony already has the netbook category covered with the Vaio W so the Vaio X is more targeted to a higher end of the market.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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luckystrike
luckystrike
11 years ago

sorry, i mean any comments?

luckystrike
luckystrike
11 years ago

I now use an Asus S101N and I want to upgrade to either 11 or 12″ display. I have been waiting for the price of Sony Vaio X to go down and also waiting for the release of rumored Apple MacBook Air 11.6″ which to me are good investments and should last maybe 2 to 3 years use for me. Now here comes Asus 1215N and its very tempting to forget my two other options and dive on this one when it comes out. Any options, sir?

Metz
12 years ago

This is quite a cool review of the Sony X Series Abe. :) The sound track is quite catchy hehe that kinda got me wondering what that was. :) I have to admit though it is quite a bit pricey, but that isnt a surprise since they are using the SSD Hard Drives.

Despite the size I agree that it is also quite sturdy and well built, On my site you get to see how it is tested :) though I dont recommend anyone trying it on their new Sony Vaio X series hehehe :)

http://emptystreets27.blogspot.com/2009/12/tech-tuesday-sony-vaio-x-series.html

adjie kuriu
adjie kuriu
12 years ago

as expected from SONY, no need to doubt about sa price ng mga products nila. But you can assure na makukuha mo nmn ang magandang features niya lalo na ang bright and crisp color ng screen. Pasosyal lng nmn ang mga gumagamit ng Apple Macintosh. kasi ung name prang ang soyal2x pakinggan at prang super duper expensive. yes it is, but not a mush as SONY. Japan yata ang maker ng SONY noh! not Americans like Apple.

pra sa akin maganda siya… sleek and thin. syempre i-depende mo parin ang paggamit ng notebook na naayon sa gusto mo. if you are into gaming-featured notebooks, iyon ang hanapin mo. kung pasosyal ka lng at gusto mo lng mag open ng account sa facebook around wi-fi shops, eh di maghanap ka ng gnon. (n.n)

sosyal ang SONY at pasosyal ang Apple. haha.. xD
check out the new walkman X series at mabibili mo siya ng about P32,000 sa market. great features! Fascinating…

jonharules
12 years ago

whooa that’s so sleek and simply cool!

andeng
andeng
12 years ago

wew. cool in the outside. but not cool enough in the inside ^_^

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