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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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By MGSsancho on 11/5/2007 5:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
the grandparent mentioned small devices for inventories in warehouses. I think he also means to use devices like this for shipping and receiving., companies do make devices like this. those they have a more rugged design..

you are talking about using an UMPC in an office environment. your experiences are valid yes I agree. But flaming someone for wanting to use this for a totally different environment that your own is childish I'm sorry. office workplace used by VPs and Managers is different that workers in supermarkets and warehouses. also doing powerpoint presentations, excel, CRM, and other SAP applications would run well on UMPC. SAP applications have a server/client architecture. now since this this if running vista business, it can easily do domains (all win products in the last 6 years) and it can run vmware. meaning IT dudebros could emulate others systems to run POS apps or custom warehouse/inventory applications. this way all the millions spent on custom software isn't lost. maintenance would also be cheaper.

either way, each person is tittled to their own opinions. Any business looking at these have their own people to do a cost benefit analysis to see if an UMPC will benefit their bottom line.


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