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.