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Real shame about the battery life, I was hoping for around 5 hours.
Seems to be a conspiracy by each manufacturer to implement some form of achilies heel into each of their CULV products right now? Bad keyboard here, small battery there, lack of dual core processor (Toshiba CULV) etc etc etc
bv: It's rather like netbooks in the early days. Manufacturers are still exploring what people want and how best to implement that. I've got high hopes for the X420, though. It has a better battery on it and comes with an external optical drive as well.
Andy, any idea when you'll be able to review the X series Vaio? Battery life on my X is excellent although I haven't done any sort of tests...
If you can get used to the keyboard of the acer timeline 1810T (which I have and I absolutely love it) then its perfect. Su4100, 3/4GB DDR3, 250/320GB HDD, 11.6'' screen (1366x768 I believe may be slightly out) 6 hours plus battery life, and looks great. Oh and it can be had for £400 if you shop around - this really should be what they should have reviewed.If you want a touchscreen then wait for the 1820p series (as above but with tablet feature) - probably won't be more than £500. I will probably sell the 1810 and get that when it comes out. IMO the vaio X is stupid - less power than these new CULV models and if you want more than 3.5 hours battery life you have to add the extended battery that more than doubles both the weight and thickness, and is extremely ugly - kinda defeats the purpose really. Get used to being to bend the screen significantly whenever you open it, its so thin and makes me wonder how on earth it doesn't snap when it bends so much too. The keyboard is decent but there are better (read: vaio TT) but the touch pad is like something off the eee pc 900 with half decent mouse buttons. If you just have to spend a lot of money on a ultra portable and really want an exclusive branded computer then get a vaio TT instead. So much more power and the potability isn't practically any similar. Sorry to rant but I had to get that off my chest, If it CULV with some 'portable' battery life built in, I could justify the premium (still wouldn't get it mind).
I hope to have a 1810T in quite soon.X-Series is a wait and see job. Sony tend to be reticent in sending them to people who might actually test them properly - at least that's my experience! ;)
I would second Andrew Violet's comments about the Acer 1810TZ. I bought one to use as a student teacher, so I needed something small and light, but with enough gumption to run powerpoint, smartboard software, show video clips as well as the usual office software, maybe several apps open at a time etc. And since I didn't want to have to lug a power brick and UK monster mains plug, it had to last all day - and it does, easily. No, it's not 8 hours of intensive multimedia use, its a full day of on-off use with a fair percentage of idle time - typical usage I would guess. And I love the keyboard.
Thanks for the pointers guys - the Acer 1810TZ looks to be the benchmark CULV sub-notebook right now - early web reviews of it and the closely related 1410 appear positive. Looking forward to a TR review soon (?) to confirm.
I've been looking around for a 6 cell battery for the Samsung X120 (JA01UK) and can't find anything concrete on it or a price. Has anyone heard anything on the 6 cell battery and a price?
@Andrew Clifton-Brown Yes, the above mentioned Acer 1810 has a 6-cell battery (Or were you saying you have already bought the Samsung and need a 6-cell battery for that?)
@Martin DalerI haven't actually brought the Samsung X120 yet, but if I can source a 6 cell battery for it I probably will. Just finding the battery is proving to be the problem at the moment.....
FYI all, an 1810T arrived today, so expect to see a review in a week or so!
Acer nearly always manage to have what looks on paper to be the best features to price ratio. I guess they have economies of scale that allow them to undercut the competition most of the time to maintain this. However what always puts me off them are reports of poor build quality and the fact that their machines just don't last as well. I'd always rather pay another 10-20% and go with Sony, Toshiba, Asus or even Dell than go down the Acer route (which I've done once and won't be repeating until I've heard better reports of their quality).
The Acer 1810tz would be perfect except it has no bluetooth (?!) and i'm not mad about the keyboard. Such a shame about the battery on the x120. The only netbook i've found that seems to tick all the boxes is the Lenovo U150 but it's only out in the States from what I can see with no indication of if/when it will be released here...
OK, have mine 2 weeks lads, it is brilliant, but battery life is crap! Admittedly I have come from a FSC Lifebook P7120 which had a 2nd modular battery giving me between 6-8 hours battery. The standard 4 cell which came with my "X120-JA01, Dual Core SU4100 1.3GHz, Windows 7 Home Premium, 11.6" WXGA, GMA 4500M, 3GB (1x1GB+ 1x2GB) RAM, 250GBHDD, No OpticalDrive, 802.11BG WLAN,Webcam, 4 Cell" only last about 2.5hrs at max, even with Samsung power profile enabled in W7. Very dissapointing. I am a reseller/IT installer and I will be making sure I spec a 6cell before selling this baby. Other than that it is great. Performace, great speed to come back from hiberantion too. Mad to think I now think an 11.6 screen is too big!!!! That's what coming from a 10.2" Lifebook does!!!!! Anyway, bewarned about battery life, but then get this machine with confidence. ADIOS AMIGOS!!!
I've had my X120 for a few months now - major gripe (like everyone), is the battery.On the plus side - there is a 6-cell available, but it's nearly impossible to track down. Samsung's UK parts dealer (digicare.co.uk) sell it by phone / mail order (not in their web catalogue) and it's £111 + £7.50 P&P. It's part number is BA43-00235A (the standard 4-cell is BA43-00234A).
I'm not concerned about battery life so I went for this one - only to find it had another downer that, for me, is going to take a lot of getting over. I had never seen a keyboard with both the back slash and the forward slash on the right-hand side, resulting in the right-hand shift key, which is only two-thirds the size of the left-hand one (if that!), being shoved out too far to the right for the pinkie to reach it while the other fingers stay close to the "home keys". If anyone has an X120, try this - left index finger on the \f, sorry, F, and other left-hand fingers on D, S, A; right index finger on the J and other right-hand fingers on K, L, Semi-colon; now stretch each pinkie to rest on the relevant shift key. \see, oops, See the difference?I gather that nobody at \samsung (see what I mean?) sorry, Samsung, nor any reviewer, is a touch-typist :-/ This keyboard is a no-no for a touch-typist with the average female hand size, which is why I'm taking so much trouble to explain it here.I'd also never heard of a laptop with no sleep-charge USB sockets so it didn't occur to me to check it out.Very depressing.
i brought this laptop 2 yrs ago and has never failed me till 3 months ago when the speekers started making funny noises to be honest i whould never get this computer again waist of money
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