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Sony VAIO X Series Hands-on

We've already mentioned the presence of WWAN, but it's worth sketching out the rest of the admittedly sparse tech specs. Naturally Wireless-N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both included, so wireless connectivity is pretty complete. Graphics processing is provided by Intel's GMA 500 chip, which does have some HD video decoding credentials. 720p video should be possible using the latest drivers, though we've yet to test this to the full. SSD options, as already touched upon, range from a 64GB drive to as much as 256GB.

While connectivity is understandably limited by the minute dimensions, Sony has done an impressive job nonetheless - once again putting the MacBook Air to shame. There are two USB ports, a headphone/microphone jack, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a VGA port for video. Regrettably there's no HDMI, but incredibly Sony has found enough space for a memory card reader. It's not a pointless Sony propriety one, either, supporting MS and SD card formats in one.

We've got this far and we haven't even mentioned the display. It's typically a strong area for Sony and the X Series looks to continue this trend. Measuring just 11.1in it sports the now industry standard 1,366 x 768 native resolution and Sony's usual X-Black finish. What's particularly good about Sony's finish is that, while it boosts contrast and richness like normal glossy displays, it's nothing like as reflective. Combined with the exceedingly sharp dot pitch, it's a great thing to behold.

This just leaves pricing to deal with and it's no surprise to discover the astronomical £1,500 starting price. Clearly, desirable or not, the X Series is strictly for the more money than sense crowd. It'll go on sale in November.



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