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ASUS goes for the low-end, Sony blankets the high-end

ASUS's Eee PC has been grabbing headlines for its relatively low price for an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and its relatively brisk performance in Xandros Linux and Windows XP. The $399 price point -- $200 above the initial $199 quote -- is still quite palatable given the $999 Fujitsu LifeBook U810 and $1,500 HTC Shift.

Sony is no stranger to top-dollar hardware, so the price tag of the company's latest iteration of the VAIO UX should come as no surprise. The new VAIO UX VGN-UX490N/C occupies a price point which is at the polar opposite of the Eee PC: $2,499.

$2,499 will get you a device that hasn't changed much physically since the VAIO UX series was first introduced in May 2006. Sony has, however, tinkered with the internal components over the past year and this latest edition is no exception.

Under the hood lies an Intel Core Solo U2200 processor (1.2GHz), Intel's 945GMS Express Chipset and 1GB of DDR2 PC2-3200 memory. Primary duties are handled by a 48GB solid-state disk (SSD), while a MemoryStick slot can accommodate additional storage needs.

Wireless communication is handled via Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection and WWAN (via AT&T EDGE).

The display is still a 4.5" unit with a 1024x600 resolution. The resolution is actually quite impressive for a UMPC device, but the small 4.5" screen is sure to induce eye strain on many users.

Likewise, the tiny keyboard offers little in the way of feedback, yet it is backlit for those that need to do some late-night typing.

Sony's 1.2-pound VGN-UX490N/C has an estimated battery life of 1.5 to 3.5 hours and runs Windows Vista Business.

The device is available for purchase now from Sony's SonyStyle retail site.

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That's a big flash drive
By BansheeX on 11/5/2007 10:22:24 AM , Rating: 2
Primary duties are handled by a 48GB solid-state disk (SSD)

Uhhhhhhh, seriously? I thought those things were like $10k.

RE: That's a big flash drive
By JoshuaBuss on 11/5/2007 10:26:34 AM , Rating: 6
that's why it's $2,500

RE: That's a big flash drive
By bhieb on 11/5/2007 1:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
Don't let the Sony SSD thing confuse you. This is not a conventional SSD "drive" it is a proprietary Sony card not a standard SATA SSD drive. A VP ordered a viao with a 32GB SSD "drive", and once he realized it was too slow and not large enough he wanted me to upgrade it to a normal SATA drive. Well turns out Sony in their infinite wisdom did not make the drive a standard drive. I could not easily accesss it so I literally had to take the whole laptop apart. Once I did that I could see that it was just a card with some memory on it not a normal replaceable SATA drive. Needless to say I could not swap it out so he is just out of luck.

STAY away from the so called SSD offered by Sony, it is a proprietary POS that you cannot upgrade yourself, but at least performance sucks ;)

RE: That's a big flash drive
By daftrok on 11/5/2007 4:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
I know you're pretty much SOL on that laptop, but there are some nice USB external 2.5" HDDs you can get. I don't know how slow this Solid State "Drive" is, but if your VP is noticing its too slow then its probably slower than USB...which is sad...

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