While most of the news surrounding Sony has been negative here of late,
we've got some pretty exciting notebook news to bring you from the Japanese
giant. The company is introducing its new Vaio
G series which brings a wealth of features to the ultra-portable notebook
The carbon fiber-shelled Vaio G weighs in at just 1.98
pounds (without optical drive) and bucks the trend of widescreen displays that
have pretty much taken over the notebook industry. Instead, the notebook uses a
12.1" XGA screen. The Vaio G features the Intel 945GMS Express can accept
mobile Celeron processors or your choice of a Core Solo U1300 or U1400. As far
as features go, the usual suspects are represented including 802.11g,
Bluetooth, PCMCIA, multi-card reader and fingerprint reader support.
Sony is also making available a version of the Vaio G with
an integrated multi-DVD burner. This version also comes backed with a 6-cell
battery which bumps battery life from an already amazing 6 hours to an almost unbelievable
12.5 hours. This also pushes the weight of the notebook to 2.52 pounds.
The notebooks will launch in Japan on December 2 with the
base model ringing in at just over $1,800 while the upgraded model with optical
drive and 6-cell battery will set you back $2,100.
I am very curious as to why you've stopped producing X505. I know that you've replaced it with the TX series, but to me and many others the optical drive is just unnecessary weight. There was something about the X505 that made it more than a laptop, just like the iPod is more than an mp3-player (no pun intended to your mp3-players). To me and many others the X505 is the holy grail in laptops. So would you please, please, please consider creating a new version?
Here are some suggestions for it:
16/32GB SSD HDD (prices are coming down at a very fast rate)
16:10 LED TFT 1280x800 (maybe OLED to further save battery, viable in 2007?)
Built-in 802.11g (duh)
No ports except USB to further save weight/space
Intel ULV CPU (maybe Intel Core Solo U1400 5.5W, or Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo U7500 coming in Q2 of 2007)
8h or more battery time (I know you can do it!)
Carbon fibre casing
1.7-1.8 lbs weight
Thought I'd quote the beginning of TrustedReviews review of your X505: Let's get the obvious out of the way first. This latest VAIO from Sony is, without a shadow of a doubt, the coolest notebook computer ever. It's that simple. This is the kind of product that just stops people in their tracks when they see it. Pull this out of your bag in an aiport departure lounge, and your fellow passengers will turn green with envy, and shamefully hide their own big and heavy notebooks under the nearest chair.