Sony and Microsoft threw a big bash last night in New York City, and one of the company's three Windows 7-powered announcements was its Vaio X, an 11.1-inch ultraportable laptop that's "thinner than a No. 2 pencil" and lasts up to 14 hours.
Finally offering the kind of device that isn't quite a netbook (10.1" Vaio W) or a "Lifestyle PC" (Vaio P), the Vaio X seems to be the perfect kind of computing device for the airplane. It's half an inch thin, which is second only to the as-yet-unreleased Dell Adamo XPS.
It's got a scratch-resistant LCD display, 64GB solid-state hard drive, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and built-in 3G connectivity (Verizon only) and GPS that doesn't require an Internet connection to work. The standard battery offers just 3.5 hours of juice, but the extended version -- which was designed in a way that it serves as a wedge-like stand for the device -- increases that to 14 hours.
The case is made of carbon fiber and the keyboard, aluminum.
Ports are few on a device like this: it's got an SD card slot and a Memory Stick Pro media slot in the front; on the right side, Ethernet and VGA out; on the left, the power port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a headphone jack.
Sony would only say that the 1.5-lb. Vaio X has a 2.0 GHz Intel processor, not specifying which model. It comes preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium and comes in either a champagne-esque gold or black.
The Sony Vaio X will be available next month for a hefty $1,300, including both batteries.