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Vaio X – tough netbook demo

So how tough is my new Vaio X?

This video show a practical real life test that I think I’ll be performing on my brand spanking new X soon..NOT!

At least this demo’s given me some confidence that my incredibly light and slim Vaio X will survive a bit of tumble and fall.

PS: I wonder if the the Vaio X in the video BELONGED TO THE DEMONSTRATOR? Wouldn’t it be funny if it was your mate’s..he/she’s boasting about how tough the netbook is and blah, blah,blah – you pick it up and give it a good WHACK! against the table, open up the screen and exclaim, “Holy S#$t, you’re right!” ???

Don’t forget to video record his /her reaction from start to finish..and run like hell after that! :))

Anyway, jokes asides, here’s the Vaio X being put through some torturous quality testing. I wonder how many of today’s cheaper netbooks can survive such quality testing!


Vaio X – 14hr battery up close and personal

Finally had the time to take some happy snaps for your voyeuristic enjoyment if you don’t own a Vaio X or wonder what the 14 hour battery looks like up close – there is lots of speculation and uncertainty on how much weight/bulk this introduces to the supermodel slim Vaio X and hopefully these freshly taken photos will clarify!

According to me trusty kitchen scale, it’s 900g – the 14hr battery itself weighed in at around 300g.

The 14 hour battery is kinda like an exo skeleton that attaches itself to the base of the Vaio X..overall, it adds a bit of tilt to the X which although adds thickness, also improves the ergonomics of the X tremendously as when you rest your wrist on the X whilst typing.

I personally found less strain on my wrist than before when the Vaio X was lying flat.

Ok, it’s not as sexy looking I must admit – the thing that grabbed me with the X was the incredible slimness of the entire unit due to the slimline battery. This mother of all batteries makes the Vaio X look like it hasn’t hit the gyms and therefore just gained a couple of pounds..:)

But then, it’s definitely more voluptous looking now with the sexy curves.  I’m now at zen with the way it looks and to those that have never seen the Vaio X before, it’s still incredibly slim looking in real life!

Vaio X with the slimline battery

Vaio X with the 14 hour battery

Here’s the good news so far.  I bought the unit 4 days back and started using it Thursday night.

Today’s Sunday and I still have 2 hours of playtime left (running on high performance mode) !

Note that I do most my stuff  in the cloud so if you’re a heavy user, I would expect this battery to give you around 2 good days of usage.

My conclusion- personally I’ve loving it, although not the price tag.  It costed me AUD399 which literally buys another netbook..but to me, it’s an acceptable purchase because I like being totally wireless.

Honey, I just bought the mother of all batteries..

Long have I wanted a mobile device running Win O/S that can give me 10+ hours of battery life for under 1KG.

Since I got the Vaio X, I looked for the biggest, baddest battery I could get for it and saw this monster…it’s huge in size but promises up to 14 I’m expecting 10-11+ real life hours.

I couldn’t resist this and 6 hours ago rocked down to the Sony Centre in the CBD and they had one in stock – bought this baby.

It’s almost as heavy as the Vaio X itself and costed 1x cheap netbook..ugh!  But with the extended battery on, the Vaio X still weighed in at just under 1KG (on my kitchen scale!).

I’ll post some real life pics of the battery on the Vaio X soon and some battery results.

Long life the Vaio X…battery life that is..:)

Christmas mobility – HTC HD2 as a “MiFi”

Currently holidaying in Warrnambool Victoria Australia – brought along the brand spanking new Vaio X and my HTC HD2 to test out the WiFi Router capabilities of the HTC HD…ie, how will this stack up as a MiFi router?

Happy to say the setup experience is incredibly painless – fireup the WiFi router application (comes with the WM6.5 distro for my HD2) which automatically detected my 3G access. I hit the Start button and voila, the Wifi Router is now ready to accept connections.

Jumped onto the Vaio X which automatically detected the SSID of the WiFi Router,put in the WEP key and access to the internet was granted!

The surfing experience is great..currently have 2 laptops connecting to the HD2 and sharing the internet connection with nice speeds..:)

I’ll post some pics of the laptops both tethering to the HD2 soon .. after my vacation! 🙂

Merry Xmas again to you all! 🙂

A Merry Vaio X-mas!

An opportunity presented itself to procure a Vaio X a couple of days back and I am now comitted to getting it for my wife – her Macbook’s battery drained just a couple of days back  and she’s so over it now so time for a new laptop!

This automatically means the forgoing of 1 or 2 of my MID devices though..out with the old to make way (and funds!) for the new 🙂

I’ve always been a Vaio fan, owning my first Vaio Picturebook back in 2002, with the most recent being the Vaio P.

I’m pretty excited with the X as I just love it’s slimness. It oozes sex appeal and I’m esp happy that it has a SD slot!

So stay tuned for further postings once I get my grubby hands on the X…I think I’ll have to pry this baby out of my wife’s clutches once she sees how nice the X is..heheh!