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Sony Vaio X is World's Lightest Notebook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

Here's your thin and light right here.

Say what you want about Vaio notebooks, but one thing you can't deny is that they have style. Sony today announced what it claims to be the world's lightest notebook – the Vaio X series.

The X series features a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis, helping its starting weight of 1.6 pounds (with standard battery) and a thickness of just over a half-inch thin. It has a 16:9 11.1-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, which Sony says is scratch-resistant.

The unit’s touchpad features a multi-touch functionality for zoom in and out, pictures flipping, rotate items clockwise and counterclockwise, and scroll vertically and horizontally.

The X Series also integrates wireless 3G Mobile Broadband from Verizon Wireless, but of course a subscription is required. One rather unique feature in the space is real-time GPS functionality for mapping, which will support the United States or Canada right out of the box.

For storage, the X Series incorporates a solid state drive in either 64 GB or 128 GB capacity.

As for the CPU, Sony lists a 2 GHz Intel processor, but upon further inspection, we're fairly sure that it's an Atom on an Intel chipset. Sadly, that means no fancy GPU, but we suppose that asking for an Nvidia Ion in this thing would be like asking for perfection.

The standard battery will power the machine for up to 3.5 hours, which isn't bad, but the super-extended capacity battery will run for up to 14 hours. The best news is that the Vaio X will ship with both batteries in the box. Of course, the super extended battery will expand the size of the notebook, but all-day computing does have its price.

The Vaio X Series notebook will come in two colors, black and gold, and start at about $1,300.

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    1raflo , October 8, 2009 5:24 PM
    this thing will be so overpriced for sure... sony is the apple of the pc sellers
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    tayb , October 8, 2009 5:29 PM
    I see what they did there. Called it a notebook instead of a netbook. I wonder what the lightest netbook is?

    I've seen larger "netbooks" than this. The naming scheme is getting really out of hand.
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    1raflo , October 8, 2009 5:24 PM
    this thing will be so overpriced for sure... sony is the apple of the pc sellers
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    coonday , October 8, 2009 5:29 PM
    Thin notebooks are so 2008.
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    tayb , October 8, 2009 5:29 PM
    I see what they did there. Called it a notebook instead of a netbook. I wonder what the lightest netbook is?

    I've seen larger "netbooks" than this. The naming scheme is getting really out of hand.
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    ice_mountain_ , October 8, 2009 5:30 PM
    luxury is a different market
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    duckmanx88 , October 8, 2009 5:34 PM
    so its basically a $1000+ netbook. i just don't understand companies anymore.
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    thackstonns , October 8, 2009 5:42 PM
    duckmanx88so its basically a $1000+ netbook. i just don't understand companies anymore.


    I do. Sony still has name recognition from when they were a good company. So they can throw together 200 bucks worth of netbook parts, throw in some carbon fiber and charge all the morons triple what it is worth.
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    virtualban , October 8, 2009 5:47 PM
    taybI see what they did there. Called it a notebook instead of a netbook. I wonder what the lightest netbook is? I've seen larger "netbooks" than this. The naming scheme is getting really out of hand.

    That's why they did not like the UMPC term, because it has to be confusing between net and note books.
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    virtualban , October 8, 2009 5:48 PM
    Just noticed: The girl in the picture keeps the n*tbook at an inappropriate screen angle for viewing. Is reflection on the screen so bad?
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    pug_s , October 8, 2009 6:10 PM
    Unlike most people, Sony caters to customers where price is not the main concern.
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    Brainbent , October 8, 2009 6:22 PM
    From the site:

    Intel® Atom™ Processor Z550 (2GHz)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
    Features: 11.1" LED backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, GPS, Verizon Broadband, Bluetooth, Standard and Extended Batteries
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    wildwell , October 8, 2009 6:27 PM
    Looks like an awesome business notebook. The real question is how big and heavy the power adapter is?

    Does this mean a carbon fiber unibody MacBook Air from Apple next?
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    amdgamer666 , October 8, 2009 6:29 PM
    Huh I was expected it to be about $2000 so it makes sense that it uses an Atom. If it only had a C2D SU9600, it'd be drool-worthy and fun to have as a 2nd computer that you take wherever, if you could afford it.

    On the topic of Atoms, no computer that ever sports an Atom should ever be considered a "notebook". That's misleading and it shouldn't get the "world's lightest notebook" bragging rights. And we all know how much that counts for these days when it comes to being light and thin.
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    xaira , October 8, 2009 6:50 PM
    they cant5 call it a notebook without an optical drive
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    wildwell , October 8, 2009 7:03 PM
    Why do you need an optical drive? This thing is built for business on the go. You can always borrow an optical drive from a desktop in the office when needed.

    This thing's a notebook, not a netbook, because it has a 'full size' keyboard.
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    thackstonns , October 8, 2009 7:14 PM
    wildwellWhy do you need an optical drive? This thing is built for business on the go. You can always borrow an optical drive from a desktop in the office when needed. This thing's a notebook, not a netbook, because it has a 'full size' keyboard.


    Really a full size keyboard is all you need to be considered a notebook. Wonder if thats part of Intels restrictions? It is not a notebook it is a glorified netbook. I dont care what anyone else says an atom processor makes it a netbook. A notebook will at least have a celeron.
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    tipoo , October 8, 2009 7:33 PM
    Pay over 1300 dollars for a laptop thats less powerfull than my 7 year old Athlon XP? No freaking way. A ULV processor at least would sweeten the deal a tad.
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    hannibal , October 8, 2009 8:07 PM
    If you use wordpad and maybe look your inventory saldo via internet, you don't need better than Atom. This is some serious traveller salesman tool. Extra sleek, extra expensive. Not for me, but there are people who needs this kind of machines.
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    pender21 , October 8, 2009 8:48 PM
    $1300 is not bad if it did not use a Atom CPU, but it is expected. At least it is not $2000.
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    Manos , October 9, 2009 3:10 AM
    thackstonnsI do. Sony still has name recognition from when they were a good company. So they can throw together 200 bucks worth of netbook parts, throw in some carbon fiber and charge all the morons triple what it is worth.


    Thats why im not gonna pay a sinlge battery owned by Sony till they change attitude as a company. Cause I agree too much with what you said along a lot more that Ive experienced over the years from Sony. Appla is not even half way there to my opinion for Sony as a company yet even if I dont like Apple as one either.
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    anamaniac , October 9, 2009 10:04 AM
    Personally, I like a 17" 1920x1200 res with a 4670 1GB in it, but I guiss this works for some people.

    Hmm... when are we going to see 40nm AMD mobile processors? That's what I'm really interested in.

    Though as soon as the i3 or whatever, the dual core with a integrated GPU comes out, that should sweaten the notebook world. The GPU would easily be great for non gaming (and even a little light gaming), the dual core is satisfacotry, and the rest of the chipset integratation would hopefully help increase performance while reducing power usage.

    For the meantime however, this seems pretty nice. I'd be afaid to break it though.
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