Excerpt: After teasing us with the sleek but useless Vaio P , Sony went back to the drawing board for the launch of Windows 7 to design an impossibly thin and light notebook unhindered by the many, many flaws of its predecessor: the Vaio X. Though it rides on netbook hardware like the P, a speedier CPU and larger, more usable form factor put this model head and shoulders above it.
Conclusion: The Sony Vaio X is as much a step forward for technology as it is a step forward in geek-chic, frou-frou computing. Whether you have a bad back, are sick of frequent flying with large notebooks that have overkill computing power, or just want to have the sexiest hardware in the office, the Vaio X has its appeal. It offers most of the creature comforts of a standard notebook in an impossibly thin, light and well-built package.
Pros: Surreally thin and light., The notebook offers standard notebook design and ergonomics made as thin and light as possible. The X looks and feels like no other notebook. Great display, extremely long battery life, pleasant though smallish keyboard, standard ports are on-board. Plenty of wireless including Verizon EV-DO Rev. A and a GPS with Streets and Trips too.
Cons: Graphics performance isn't exciting., Expensive, good for light to moderate work but no workhorse for desktop replacement tasks and gaming. No optical drive.
Summary: Sony's VAIO X is so light and stylish, this product is practically in a class by itself. For $1,499, you're getting a system that not only lasts longer than all other netbooks, but it sets a new standard for portability. Additionally, the built-in 3G and GPS ensures that users will be connected wherever they go. However, for an 11-inch system, we were disappointed in this machine's small keyboard and touchpad.
Summary: There are ultraslim laptops, there are netbooks – and then there is the Sony Vaio X. Technically, Sony’s 14mm-thick marvel fits into both of the categories listed above. But it makes a mockery of any other laptop that claims to be an ultraslim, superslim or any other invented adjective. Remember when the Apple Air 's inch-thick dimensions seemed incredible? The Vaio X is around half as thin again. It barely has the mass to support itself.
Summary: Overall I love the Vaio X Series. Perfect for the jet setter, but just as usable in the home, and a really nice little laptop. Now here’s the catch. The model I’m using, which has the 256GB SSD Flash Drive, will cost you £1800. Very pricey. You can also get a 128GB version for £1300.
Excerpt: It also dumps a traditional hard drive in favour of an SSD — a 64GB solid-state with no moving parts and less battery consumption. These SSDs are still big ticket items, and unless you want to wait another 18 months before reaping SSD’s advantages, you’ll just have to bear the cost. The unit we tested has the bigger battery (though there’s also a funky bolt-on super high-capacity battery than can be yours... for a mere $398) giving around seven hours of use.
Excerpt: Sony is renowned for its ultra-portable laptops, offering some of the tiniest, most feature-packed models on the market. The X-series is the latest addition, and is the lightest fully-fledged laptop we’ve seen to date. With netbooks currently capturing the public’s imagination, however, is there really space in the market for another £1500+ Atom-based laptop?