As far as the eye can see, the Sony VAIO X is exactly the kind of ultra-portable laptop you’d want to take home just to ogle at the whole day. It’s really that pretty. As with other VAIO series laptops, however, its looks come with a price, a rather large one. VAIO laptops come at a premium, and the VAIO X isn’t one to differ. The VPCX113KG/B hovers at P70,000 while the VPCX117LG/B is priced at P90,000.
Is there gold hidden somewhere in there? The Sony VAIO X is sleek, slim and sexy. For a laptop, it is paper thin, with a thickness of just 13.9 millimeters. It’s like the Macbook Air, only it’s not a Mac. Along with its slim profile, the VAIO X’s weight of just around 700 grams makes it such a breeze to carry around.
If you’re worried with accidental bumps and hits, Sony promises that its carbon fibre housing protects the innards like a knightly shield. Holding it in our hands, the laptop does feel like it’s constructed with premium materials and excellent craftsmanship. We can say the same about the 11.1 1366 x 768 pixel LCD screen—it’s beautiful and definitely doesn’t have the feel of a cheap China knock-off. Battery life isn’t a problem too, with the entry level model averaging about 3 hours and the higher priced one going for 6.5 hours.
The specs are nothing that you won’t be able to find in other ultra-portables. The lower priced VPCX113KG/B features an Intel Atom Z540 1.86 GHz processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Intel GMA 500, 64 GB of SSD memory and WiFi 802.11 b/g/draft N.The VPCX117LG/B has a faster Intel Atom Z550 2.0GHz processor and 128GB of SSD memory.
Both laptops are equipped with Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS, with the Home Premium version running on the VPCX113KG/B and the Professional version running on VPCX117LG/B. These are pretty solid specs for an ultra portable, and the inclusion of Windows 7 will hopefully make us forget how painful Vista was. But as we’ve been saying the whole time, other competing ultra portables have similar specs, and a much, much lower price.
The bottom line here is, the VAIO X wants more to do with your image and your lifestyle than to offer the most attractive price-per-performance ratings. It is beautiful, and offers solid performance, but there’s a big price to be paid if you want its company.
WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES