I got the Sony Vaio X a few weeks ago to review, and I think it’s one of the best notebook/netbook I’ve ever laid my hands on to except for a few problems that some people might not find it a problem.
This baby has an Intel Atom 1.8 GHz processor which is a nice bump from the usual 1.6 GHz processor from most netbooks. With this small speed bump, together with the 64 GB SSD makes the Sony Vaio X feel very responsive. Together with this performance, it is amazingly thin and light at around 1.4 cm thick and 650 grams. There’s 1 sd memory card slot and 1 memory stick slot in front. On the left, there’s the power DC in, kensington lock, 2 USB port and 1 3.5 mm headphone jack. However, there is no microphone jack available. On the right, there’s the power indicator light, 1 VGA output and a custom ethernet connector simply because the notebook is so thin.
Sleep to Wake Time
I simply can’t believe how fast it takes from sleep to wake is for this. It takes less than 5 secs to get this baby woken up. Check out this video.
I have only 1 dislike about this amazing laptop, besides how expensive it is. The keyboard is difficult to type on for me, especially with the close range between the bottom row keys and the ridge.
I love how thin, light, portable and fast this laptop is. The first time I held it, I literally expected it to be heavier and it got lifted higher when I held it. It was a pleasant surprise. Even though it is running a 1.86 GHz Atom processor, the performance is hardly ever a problem with my normal usage. Together with the extended battery, this is the ultimate laptop that’s worth the price if you have the money.
Differences in models
Here are the specifications of this wonderful piece of engineering feat. I’m only going to show the interesting differences of each of the models offered.
|Sony Vaio X VPCX113KG/B||Sony Vaio X VPCX115LG/N||Sony Vaio X VPCX118LG/B|
|Processor||Intel® Atom™ Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, HT Technology supported)||Intel® Atom™ Processor Z550 (2.00 GHz, HT Technology supported)|
|OS||Windows® 7 Home Premium (32-bit)||Windows® 7 Professional (32-bit)|
|SSD||64 GB (PATA)||128 GB (SATA)|
|WWAN||NONE||Wireless WAN (HSDPA/HSUPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS)|
|Battery||3.5 hrs (Actual usage estimated 2 to 2.5 hrs)||7.5 hrs (Actual usage estimated 4.5 to 5 hrs)|
- Does not support 64-bit.
- Has Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) available.
- Maximum ram is 2gigs. (already maxed out on all models)
- Extended battery (8200mAh) costs SGD$429 + 550g.
- 3G WWAN is located under the battery.
The Sony Vaio X is a notebook/netbook that is very confused, yet not quite. It’s faster than most netbooks, extremely light, and because of the SSD and 2 gig RAM standard, it purrs like a little kitten. However, the downsides are the price and the keyboard and mouse. If you have some extra money to spend, and do not mind the keyboard and mouse, buy this little kitten and you’ll love it forever.
- For the road warrior who finds his current light notebook still too heavy.
- Not for someone looking for a netbook.