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).
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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?
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) - :)
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
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.
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.
... 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.
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.
Are you serious? The deisgn, the look and the spec should not be the same level to compare thsoe two.
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.
You serious that the sony's opinion about a thin laptop great effects i really like it. Online Degrees | Degree Programs | Associate Degree
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.
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."
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 - :)
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.