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Sony VAIO X Weighs in at 1.6 Pounds, Super Skinny



Screen shot 2009-10-08 at 10.15.02 AM.pngSony officially introduced the VAIO X this morning. The 11.1-inch notebook weighs in at 1.6 pounds and measures about a half-inch thick. Sony managed to make the VAIO X so light by building its chassis out of carbon fiber and using other lightweight components.

The VAIO X has a mixed bag of components might not be enough to justify its $1,299 starting price. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium, a 64GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, a 3G module, GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11n and a pair of batteries. The standard battery is rated to last up to 3.5 hours on default settings and a chunkier extended battery is rated to last up to 14 hours. The VAIO X has a multi-touch track pad so you can zoom, rotate and scroll to your heart’s content. Those specs sound pretty solid for a road warrior, but I’m disappointed that Sony went with the 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z550 processor.

The ‘Signuture Collection’ VAIO X notebook comes with the a 128GB SSD and costs $1,499. The speedy drives should somewhat compensate for the Z550 processor.

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It will be available in either gold or black. If I were going to buy a VAIO X I’d definitely go with black, but gold will serve just fine If you’re looking for some extra attention. Sony’s color-matched the keyboard and palm rest to the VAIO X’s lid.

These prices are a lot lower compared to previous 11-inch Sony VAIO notebooks. The discontinued Sony VAIO TT Series could be configured to well over $3,000. I briefly owned a Sony VAIO TZ that cost about $2,400 and I really like its design and performance. It ran for about 10 hours on a single charge with its extended battery.

What do you think about the VAIO X? Would you pony up $1,299 for this ultraportable or is this too much to pay for a computer with an Atom processor?

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  1. Billy Blanks

    10/08/2009 at 11:13 am

    Why are no sites publishing the resolution of the 11″? I’m assuming that its 1366×768 but was hoping for the ultra high resolution of the P series.

    Billy Blanks!

  2. Xavier

    10/08/2009 at 11:21 am

    @Billy – You’re right about the resolution. It is 1366×768.

  3. Billy Blanks

    10/08/2009 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the update Xavier!

    I was hoping that it would be a little better considering the 8″ on the P series is 1600 x 768. Oh well 1366×768 is better than my nc10 and my q1u-v :).

    Billy Blanks!

  4. xtris

    10/08/2009 at 3:59 pm

    Saw a pic on Gizmodo or Engadget of the extended battery, let just say that X become a XL.

  5. newworld666

    10/11/2009 at 1:24 am

    Good news .. it will replace without any problem my old TZ11 … Let’s hope SSD is one of new gen, with at least 200MB/s reading and writing..
    And if we can overclock it as easily as tha vaioP (1.86 can reach a very stable 2.1ghz with setfsb) … it should be perfect for a few years ..
    It seems to be in store in november, i am lokking forward to get it..

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