The Sony Vaio X is an incredibly thin and light laptop with an 11. 1 inch HD display, and 2.2 pound weight with an extended battery that ran for nearly 10 hours with WiFi on in a recent review from Laptop Magazine. With a standard battery, you’ll get closer to 3 hours.
That falls about 4 hours short of Sony’s claimed battery life, but it’s still pretty impressive. On the other hand, part of the reason you get that kind of battery life is because the computer comes equipped with a low power 2GHz Intel Atom Z550 processor, which means it’s not much more powerful than your typical netbook. And that would be fine, if Sony wasn’t charging $1499 for the Vaio X… but it is.
To be fair, the laptop has some premium features that you won’t find in most netbooks including a 128GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, and built-in 3G and GPS modules. But the folks at Laptop Magazine were disappointed in the small keyboard and touchpad. They also note that the computer can get uncomfortably hot at times due to its slim frame and poor heat dissipation.
What do you think? Would you buy one for $1500? How about $1000? $500? What’s the right price for a premium laptop with netbook-like features and then some?