Here goes Sony
claiming another world's first. If you'll recall, the
company made a pretty big fuss over its VAIO P
when that launched back
at CES. It refused to call it a netbook (probably due to the fact that
was loaded on), but most everyone else assumed it really
was the planet's most expensive (and oddly shaped) netbook.
Now, there's the VAIO X, which Sony is using to yet again push the
boundaries of what's possible in the laptop sector. Called the world's
"lightest notebook," the VAIO X series weighs just 1.6lbs. and is
barely over 0.5" thick. For those bad with math, that's about as thick
as your BlackBerry. Yeah, wild! It's built with a carbon-fiber chassis
and boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio display, and integrated Verizon Wireless
3G is included to keep you connected on the go.
The screen itself is just 11.1" diagonally, but yet again Sony refuses
to label this a netbook. The scratch-resistant LCD display is LED
backlit, and it ships with a standard 3.5 hour battery and a super
extended battery for up to 14 hours of usage. The keyboard is the
chicklet style that many companies are going to (like Asus), and the
multitouch trackpad ensures that you can use your fingers to zoom
in/out and rotate images. Also, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS modules are
included, not to mention a quick SSD, Windows 7 Home Premium and a
starting price of $1300.
It's available to pre-order in black or gold starting today, and
honestly, the price is pretty reasonable given just how unique the form
factor is. Too bad the 2GHz Atom Z550 won't provide enough horsepower
to really show off 1080p content or heavy-duty gaming, but no one
really expects that from a machine this thin, anyway.