The S37 comes with an extra-life battery, which does stick out a little awkwardly at the back and takes the weight to over a kilo – but it also gives the Vye impressive on-the-move credentials. I managed to extract five to five-and-a-half hours away from a power source, using it for general word processing, browsing the Internet over the wireless connection and performing other non-processor intensive tasks.
Elsewhere it’s surprisingly well appointed. Unlike the skinny, fashion-victim’s accessory that is the MacBook Air, the Vye manages to squeeze in an Ethernet port as well as an impressive selection of other ports. There’s no room for optical drive in such a small case, but you do get two USB ports, a VGA output for powering an external monitor plus SD and (oddly) CompactFlash memory card slots. On the front is a pair of 3.5mm audio sockets (headphones and mic), plus a switch for the wireless and Bluetooth adapters. It’s slightly disappointing on a device this portable that there’s no HSDPA, especially given the high price, but that’s really the only area in which this little laptop falls short.
The fact that Vista requires more grunt on the component front, plus much more hard disk space means that the Vye is pretty expensive. At just under £800 it’s not quite in Sony TZ territory, but it certainly won’t suit everyone’s pocket – you could buy three Eee PCs for this and still have enough money left over to buy a decent compact digital camera.
But that doesn’t mean the Vye is a bad device. I can’t think of another UMPC that’s as well equipped, and if you desperately want a mobile laptop with a high resolution touchscreen, plenty of storage and full-blown Windows, there’s little that compares with it.
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