I stopped by the J&R store in New York today to see if there was anything new and unusual in the notebook and netbook section of the store. Aside from the fact that a good third of the notebook section was populated by 10 inch netbooks, there weren’t too many surprises. But I did get my first chance to check out a Sony Vaio X in person — and I was mildly surprised to note that prices have come down since this ultrathin notebook was introduced last year — but not by very much.

Instead of a steep $1300 price tag, J&R is charging a steep $1200 for the notebook. B&H has it in stock for just $1170. For your money you get an 11.1 inch mini-laptop that weighs just 1.6 pounds and measures 0.55 inches thick. It has a 64GB solid state disk, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of memory, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth. So far, so good.

Unfortunately the notebook also has a 2GHz Intel Atom Z560 CPU and Intel GMA 500 graphics, meaning you should expect this little guy to outpace a typical netbook in any areas other than price, size, and weight.

Still, I suppose if you’re willing to pay a premium for a 1.6 pound laptop instead of a 2.6 pound notebook, it’s nice to know that you can pay about $100 less this year than last.

Incidentally, it turns out the iPod touch shoots pretty decent video but it’s not a particularly good still camera.

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4 replies on “Sony Vaio X is getting cheap(er)… still too expensive”

  1. Bleh.

    After what they’ve done to cripple the PS3, who’d want anything from Sony? Never know when they’d cripple their other stuff with firmware changes

    Sorry, Sony, never get another product from you again . . . .

  2. Wow! Those spec’s are similar to my HP Mini 5102: 1.86 GHz Atom, 2 GB, 160 GB 7200 rpm HD, 10.1″ display @ 1366×786, Win7 Pro, 6 hours on extended battery. It cost me $700 new, but can be found for $400 now. The newer 5103 has a dual-core CPU, too!

    I still prefer the 10″ form factor for traveling.

  3. I’m not a big fan of Sony, but many of their computing products are the absolute premium ones in the marketplace.

    I’ve fondled a client’s Vaio X, and it’s a stunning experience that can’t really be replicated with an alternative purchase. The same person also has the newest P and a Z12, and my same comment holds true. If you look at a product like the Vaio Z12 you have full 1080p in a 13 inch screen and quad SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration yielding 256GB of storage. Yes, it’s all disgustingly proprietary, and no IT department would sensibly order these things because they’re impossible to support (these are his personal executive toys and not ones purchased by the company), but you just can’t do better. Unlike most other companies out there, Sony really does a lot of their own, innovative design and manufacturing, which explains why their portable computers have boutique prices. These are computers for rich people who enjoy spending money and want the best, but I guess it’s comforting that anybody is just a few thousand dollars away from portably computing like the uber-wealthy. Honestly, even though it’s better, it’s not really that much better.

  4. Still the thinest and lightest, but it is sad to see that is has fallen so far behind what with the other thin & lights sporting faster chips.

    Funny how those other 11″ & 12″ thin & light notebooks weight nearly TWICE as much as the Vaio X. Asus UL20Ft = 3.4 lbs, Acer TimelineX 3820t = 3.1 lbs, ASUS Eee PC 1215N = 3.4 lbs

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