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Sony Vaio X teardown

Sony Vaio X teardown

The Sony Vaio X series is the company's response to Apple MacBook Air. This ultraportable notebook has an Intel Atom CPU, SanDisk SSD, and integrated Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband support. "Its portability and weight (or lack thereof) are its greatest assets, and it’s a solid machine for email, Web, and basic business apps," wrote TechRepublic's Jason Hiner.

Follow along as we take a peak at the hardware inside Sony Vaio X (VPCX131KX/B).

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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17 comments
sars42
sars42

I just purchased a Toshiba R700 for a Manager who wanted something light after comparing this to the Macbook AIR on specs and price. It has a Core I3, weighs a bit less than the Macbook Air and has a similar quoted battery life. What do you make of that?

mooncow2
mooncow2

There is no competition to the MacBook Air. All other companies should throw in the towel and quit designing. Think of all the resources that would be saved. That's one way to get things from going to the landfill. I'm proud that Apple is an American Company. Every day I use a Apple IPad I feel like I'm on the Starship Enterprise (all be it NCC-1701) - :)

nappy_d
nappy_d

And how much did Sony contribute to the commission of this article? This article should have been more of a teardown about how crappy of a laptop this is in comparison to the MBA

vic
vic

Looks really cheaply made and assembled with off-the-shelf parts -- in contrast to the Air which is solid and engineered as a complete computer w/o bottlenecks. No wonder Sony is struggling.

dr_flokk
dr_flokk

If that's sony's opinion about a thin laptop nice try, is like 3 times thicker? or maybe more?

jleonard20
jleonard20

Sorry, but even as an anti apple guy, I find myself more likely to buy the air than this thing. An atom processor???? Granted in typical apple fashion, they are using older tech, core 2 duo, and getting top dollar, but it is a capable chip. Atom is great for light users, but if you are a bit more of a power user, then, you want power, not something capable of basic tasks.

mnemennth
mnemennth

... to the "Are you high on crack?" chorus here. This thing is more reminiscent of my old Dell L400 than any MacBook Air ever made. I'm sorry, but the MacBook Air has always been about the sleek style, and this thing looks like a dumptruck in comparison. As for performance, it's not that much ahead of my 3 year old Dell XPS M1330 (Now that it's got an X25 SSD in it) and even that is light years ahead of this boat anchor in terms of style. Sony; the "We STILL don't get it, but we're going to make you pay out the wazoo for it" company.

n_egii
n_egii

Bill, I dont know what kind of glasses you were wearing when you decided that this laptop can compete with MacBook Air. Expecting next article from you where you are comparing SUV with super light sports car.

chris.wu
chris.wu

Are you serious? The deisgn, the look and the spec should not be the same level to compare thsoe two.

Pockets101
Pockets101

@mooncow2 Not true!! Samsung have smashed everyone out of the park with the Series 9. The 13.3"  NP900X3B was incredible to hold and the screen surpasses anything Asus or Apple can cook up. Then they brought out the 15.6" version on the same design in the NP900X4C / NP900X4D. These can take up to 16Gb of memory which is the only let down from the max 4Gb hard soldered chips in the 13.3" version. Wow! Although side by side the 13.3" screen is visibly better. Now they've introduced the 13.3" NP900X3F upgrading the screen to full 1080p, memory to 8Gb and an i7 Processor. These things were so quite with the i5 I'm hoping it doesn't ruin it with heat as I haven't acquired one just yet. The best thing that stand's out from Samsung's ultrabook's is they don't feel the need to build their own standard for the SSD interface. Asus's UX Series and Apple's Air use a bespoke gumstick SSD made to their own pompus standard. This means any upgrades to 256GB/512Gb or replacing a faulty drive would be astronomically expensive if even possible with limited stock.  Samsung's range use the standard Msata interface which means you could quite happily buy a 256Gb or 512Gb upgrade from most outlets and re-install windows. This is if you were brave enough to void the warranty mind. The 15.6" version is incredibly thin and light but you can actually upgrade the memory to 16Gb in this unit. You can't on the 13.3" version but atleast they still use a standard interface for the SSD. When you consider these 'out the box' solutions that are normally over looked at a glance the Samsung Series 9 is by far the best choice. Add this the fact it's the thinnest 13.3" and 15.6" ultrabook in the world in their respective categories. The keyboard is immense with a very subtle green backlighting for the keyboard. This is a lovely tough when compared to some of the needless glary ones in the rest. The design is something to admire all round. Simply the best thing I've seen since the Sony Vaio VGN-FW 6/7 years ago, I've had many units in my hand since. I hope this has helped anyone torn between the three. Trust me, the Samsung range kicks the rest out of the park.   

Squishem
Squishem

I don't normally post, but you are grossly misinformed. Apple may be an American company, but all of it's products are manufacted and assembled overseas. I'm not going to argue the same old Mac OS vs Windows flamebait that normally trolls these threads, despite your fanboy status. Just know that Apple is no more touting patriotism than any other company farming out work for cheap labor. Foxconn has around 250,000 employees assembling crap for Apple and there have been numerous suicides due to poor working conditions.

adenlee
adenlee

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adenlee
adenlee

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Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Comparing Sony's Vaio X and the Apple MacBook Air isn't like comparing an SUV and light sports car. The Vaio X and Air are both ultra-portable notebooks, that are targeted at the same buyer. You are correct however, that the Air offers much better performance than the Vaio X. A better analogy would be comparing a Ferrari to a Fiero.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Hold on there. The Vaio X was Sony's attempt to create an ultra-portable notebook that could compete with Apple's MacBook Air. But, nowhere in the article did I say the Vaio X matched the Air in terms of hardware or performance. By showing you the hardware inside, I'm doing precisely the opposite. And if you read Jason Hiner's full review, which I cited and linked to in the first image's description, you find the following: "Its portability and weight (or lack thereof) are its greatest assets, and it???s a solid machine for email, Web, and basic business apps. The tradeoffs are that it???s not a very fast or powerful machine and it feels a little overpriced for what you get."

mooncow2
mooncow2

The focus of the post was to congratulate Apple for exceptional Design. Not to discuss where it was manufactured. And yes I too read the news; And I am aware of the "made in china" on my Apple devices. So before you make a statement like "grossly misinformed" perhaps you should gather all the facts instead of assuming... 'cause you know what that does - :)

n_egii
n_egii

Your analogy is much much better. Totally agree on that. I would say that Fiero was a nice try and even modestly successful one, but Ferrari is still far better.