No doubt Sony is audacious, talk about their product pricing or targeting. If there was hint of doubt about the quality of their designers, the latest ultra slim, ultra thin 'size zero' design of Sony Vaio X will make their competitors gaze in astonishment and undoubtedly clear that hint of doubt. The mere slimness of Sony Vaio X will make the rest in the pack look ungainly overweight. It's a netbook in true sense of it.
It is the first notebook to wear Windows 7 operating system and add to that, though slightly, a higher spec processor and twice the RAM of its own contemporaries and leaves not only itself but other brands some length behind.
It has been built with such master craftsmanship that it is not only durable but also meets the requirements for on-the-go connectivity. Sony Vaio X weighs amazingly low at 655 g and is packed with 64 GB SSD, making it fast and genuinely resistant to shocks. Its other sibling Vaio P was only "pocketable" but the least you talk about the rest of it is better. What I think and believe is that Window 7 as its Operating System has done it world of good, because, as is well-known, Windows Vista is infamous for its monstrous resource hunger and the choice of Windows Vasta as Sony Vaio P's Operating system made things immensely difficult for its viability and popularity in the market. Sony Vaio X has overcome the problem if being "over-pixelled" in a sense that there were too many pixels packed in that small screen in Vaio P, this made text look like as tiny as ants.
Superior VAIO craftsmanship has created an extremely light, extremely thin mobile PC. Its slim design is durable and weighs an impressively low 655 g. It boasts a 64 GB SSD that is fast and resistant to shocks.
As in the camera segment, rate race is going in for higher and higher megapixel for the DSLRs, a similar race is on here for ultrathin-ness and ultra-lightness. This is latest USP every company is stressing on. There is no denying that Sony has done great job of learning from mistakes they had made with Vaio P and come up with Vaio X in an exemplary short period of time and that speaks unequivocally of their engineering commitments and expertise.
There are two distinct similarities with Vaio P
* Similar black color
* Similar Trade Mark logo
That's all. At first sight everybody will say "Oh not again!" but just have enough patience to pick it up, the success story will immediately start unfolding:
* At 13.99mm it's definitely (less than 10in that is found in notebooks) the tiniest
* At 6.55g, it's exceeding-ly light-weight
These two criterion are enough to make it the most mobile and portable notebook till date. Now of its attributes gas been established let's truy and check-out if it is really has that usability and features that make notebooks useful:
* Intel® AtomTM Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, HT Technology supported)
* Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
* 11.1 (28.2 cm) wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768); VAIO Display Premium, LED backlight
* All for extremely thin and light
* Extremely long Battery life
* Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/Draft n
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator.
* Memory Stick Duo, SDHC slots
* Front facing Camera (640x 480 pixels)
* VGP BPS19 Li-in battery
* 6.55 gm with 3.5 hour battery and 760 gm with 6.5 hour battery.
The flap opens to a decently comfortable 11.1inch screen sporting 1366x768 pixel HD resolution. The 1.1 inch increase in screen size from the standard 10inch is quite noticeable and expectedly having a better size to resolution ratio. Going back to the basic flaw of Vaio P of having ant size text, this problem has thus been solved. I was very satisfied with its color reproduction while viewing a movie, the experience was bright, crisp and vivid.
The keys are decently sized and the touchpad is excellent although I felt that the keys need to be hit a bit harder like the space bar key to register an input. The touchpad is capable of recognizing mutitouch gestures such as pinch and zoom.
The performance with the webcam is reasonably satisfactory with more than acceptable video quality and smooth frame rate.
The actual performance is quite close to what Sony claims. It promises up to 14 hours of runtime with the extended batter. I have got a very decent 9 hours with heavy usage over Wi-Fi, definitely higher than the average achieved by other netbooks.
Vaio X comes with the usual Vaio software like the Control Centre, Recovery Center, Update, Transfer Support and Data Restore Tool.
DO NOT RUN PHOTOSHOP ON IT SINCE THE OS IS WINDOWS 7, I would advice everybody planning to go for Sony Vaio X to get acquainted with Windows 7. Problems are bound to crop up while working with too many programs opened simultaneously. This has nothing to do with the machine; it is only the Operating System user issues. Experimenting with an expensive device is hardly affordable and neither is it recommended.
* The omission of HDMI port is surprising though it is hardly a big issue with the machine.
* Does not support two fingered scrolling but like typical of most laptops uses the area at the right corner. This constricts the usability of the track-pad as it is already quite small and the designated scrolling area occupies some space on it.
* Is the SONY VAIO X GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY?----Hell with you, no it is not!
* IS IT A OWNERS PRIDE AND BRAG-WORTHY?---100% yes, not a hint of doubt!!
'''Hope you you will agree that the price is too high but I think it is understandable.
(Also published at ciao.co.uk under the same user name)