The tiny Sony Vaio X is so undeniably cute that you’ll want one even before you’ve thought of what you might possibly be able to achieve with a laptop quite this small. What Sony has managed to do with the Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X is take the netbook concept and turn it completely on its head.

The Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X retains many of the core netbook technologies such as an Atom processor, but instead of the low-cost pared-down take-anywhere second laptop, we get a polished, stylish designer accessory at a price that’s just shy of £2,000. That’s £500 more than the ultra-cool MacBook Pro and double what you’d pay for the MSI GX740 gaming powerhouse.
 
However, few products can match the Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X for sheer portability. At only 770g and 13.9mm thick, you really can fit it into just about any bag and hardly notice it’s there. By comparison, the power supply and mains cable from the Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi weigh almost as much.

The Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X's body is so thin that it’s actually too narrow to house a standard network port. Instead Sony has provided a collapsible one which opens up like a jaw when needed. Next to it a VGA connector sits fully exposed as there’s simply no room to provide any sort of casing around it. On the other side we find a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a headphone socket, while SD and MemoryStick card slots are available at the front.

The beautiful 11in widescreen display is remarkably bright and clear and offers a 1366 by 768-pixel resolution, which is ample at this size. The Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X also offers 2GB of DDR2 memory and storage is provided by a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) which provides fast, quiet and power efficient operation as well as resistance to shock.

The laptop is powered by a 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z550 which is remarkably quick for a notebook of such tiny dimensions as the Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X. A WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 40 may not seem like much, but in comparison to netbooks, it makes the Vaio X a speed demon.
 
There’s absolutely no room for a discrete graphics processor inside the Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X, so we get Intel’s GMA 500 integrated graphics solution which is just powerful enough to provide all of Windows 7’s Aero transparency features. Forget about playing 3D games though.

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Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X: Specs

  • 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z550
  • 11.1in matt LED-backlit, 1366x768 screen
  • Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
  • 2GB DDR2-533 RAM
  • 256GB SSD uSATA MLC
  • Intel GMA 500 Integrated graphics, VGA
  • Stereo speakers, headphone jack, line out
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G modem
  • Gigabit
  • Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo/St
  • webcam, multi-touch touchpad, OS recovery in BIOS
  • 31Wh Li-ion, removable battery
  • 278x185x13.9
  • 770g
  • 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z550
  • 11.1in matt LED-backlit, 1366x768 screen
  • Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
  • 2GB DDR2-533 RAM
  • 256GB SSD uSATA MLC
  • Intel GMA 500 Integrated graphics, VGA
  • Stereo speakers, headphone jack, line out
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G modem
  • Gigabit
  • Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo/St
  • webcam, multi-touch touchpad, OS recovery in BIOS
  • 31Wh Li-ion, removable battery
  • 278x185x13.9
  • 770g

OUR VERDICT

Perfect for internet use on the go, thanks to its 3G modem and reasonable more than five hours of battery life (336 minutes, 60 on performance settings), the Sony Vaio X VPCX11Z1E/X isn’t really fast enough for getting serious work done, but it’s superbly engineered and very usable if you can afford it.

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