Sony Vaio X – upmarket product

Sum and Substance:
Thumbs Up:

Thin, light, sexy, stylish Netbook. Big 128 GB SSD, faster performance than other Netbooks.

Thumbs Down:

Too expensive, default battery has low life.

The Whiz Kid Speaks:

Sony Vaio X is powered by a Intel Atom Z550 / 2 GHz processor, it has data bus speed of 533 MHz, chipset type is Intel US15W, it has L2 cache of 512 KB, installed RAM is 2 GB which is not expandable. For storing data, there is 128 GB SSD.

Card reader can read Memory Stick Duo and SD Memory Card. The display is 11.1 inches big and gives a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Graphics processor is Intel GMA 500. Interface include 2 x Hi-Speed USB – 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x Microphone – Input – Mini-phone 3.5 mm, 1 x Headphones – Output – Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Network – Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45.

Bundled software is Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (60 days trial), Norton Internet Security 2009 (30 days subscription), Microsoft Streets & Trips, Microsoft Works 9 SE, VAIO Care. Bundled OS is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium. Sony gives a one year warranty with this product.

Razzle Dazzle:

The best part about the Sony Vaio X is the looks. This device is sexy, stylish and so thin that it will definitely turn heads when you are working on it at your local coffee shop. It is so light, you will think that this just an empty chassis. If looks are important and money is not a question then look no further and blindly get this computer.

Inside Dope:

Sony, with this device, joins Apple in making ridiculously high priced products. The latter justifies its devices by offering great features but we are not so sure about Sony. Sony Vaio X is powered by an Atom processor and only lurks around the Netbook margin. The thin and ultra low weight can be attributed to the presence of solid state drive. Sony doesn’t include a standard hard drive but this also contributes to the astronomical price of the product. The screen is 11 inches big and along with the weight, we think this will be an excellent companion in your long journeys.

You pay a premium for all of this, the Sony Vaio X will make a big hole if your pocket at $1499 and we think the price is too high considering the components inside. It seems a bit crazy to shell out this much money just for looks and size, doesn’t it? The computer is powered by Intel’s 2.0GHz Atom Z550 which is found in a typical $299 Netbook. The system runs on Windows 7 and has 2 GB RAM. You can’t do high end tasks on this machine but this device had performance than other Atom-powered notebooks.

Using the Sony Vaio X in couch and coffee shops was a luxurious experience owing to thin size and light weight. We would have recommended this laptop had the price not been so high. Our test model was just 1.5 pounds heavy, half inch thick and the exteriors were blingy gold. Sony named this model “Signature Collection” You can opt for black edition which has a smaller 64 GB SSD drive and costs $200 less.

The Sony Vaio X is light mainly because of the SSD. The machine looks rugged on the exteriors but opening and closing the lid felt a bit fragile. There is not much to complain in keyboards of such Netbooks because there is not much room there. But Sony continues to give us a roomy keyboard just like the bigger notebooks. There is ample space between the keys and typing will be comfortable. We thought the right shift key was bit tiny. The touch pad too is small but this gives you a lot of wrist rest space. Above the keyboard there is just a power button. Media control keys, that we are used on such devices, are absent.

The screen of Sony Vaio X is 11.6 inches big and has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. It is great to have a HD resolution on such a Netbook. The display was bright, videos looked great and images looked clear. The screen isn’t glossy; it won’t attract fingerprints at all.

Sony Vaio X comes with mobile broadband antenna from Verizon service but we won’t thank Sony for this because of the high price. There is also a Memory Stick slot but a single jack for mic and headphone. The device is slim and there isn’t much room for ports on the sides, all you get is VGA and Ethernet jack.

To sum up, the Sony Vaio X comes with 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium, mobile broadband antenna and 128 GB SSD drive. All this costs $1499 which is really outrageous. Premium Netbooks like these cost around $600.

Sony Vaio X is powered by Intel Atom Z550 and it has clock speed of 2.0GHz. This is faster than the N280 and N270 Atom chips which have speed of around 1.66 GHz. When we tested the Sony’s product with other Netbooks, the faster speed really showed while running applications. Though faster, you cannot run high end applications on this Netbook. Sony Vaio X is best used for e-mail and Web surfing.

Lack of a discrete graphic card doesn’t let you run games much on this Netbook. If you are purchasing this device, remember that the cost relates to the build quality and design and not performance.

Sony Vaio X has a disappointing battery life of just 2 hours and 23 minutes. Our tests are quite rigorous; you can get more of the battery with light use. We expected from the battery considering the slow processor. Fortunately, Sony gives an extended battery with this device. The second battery gives a life of little less than ten hours. The battery, however, seems heavier than the system itself so you might not like to carry it around.

Sony gives you a one year labor and parts warranty for the Vaio X. There is extended coverage too; it costs $199 for a period of three years. You get a 24-7 toll free help line and you can also visit the Website for driver downloads and online help.

Nitty Gritty:

Sony Vaio X more of a style statement than a computing device. We wouldn’t recommend this Netbook looking at its performance.

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