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Sony X Series Official Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Sony Owners' Lounge Forum' started by dimension6, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. dimension6

    dimension6 Notebook Evangelist

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    Well, just picked it up today here in Tokyo. I was surprised it was already in stock at Bic Camera. I wasn't planning to purchase it, but once I saw how incredible the engineering is and how nice the screen looked, I just couldn't resist! I'll post the unboxing photos later today...
     
  2. laser21

    laser21 Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks! Hope you will like it!!

    Could you please also try to play a 720p HD movie in Windows media player classic or BSplayer? Is it fluent?
    How warm does the vaio really get?
    How is the fan running? Just sometimes?
     
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    firebreather1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    i'm expecting it to be fanless.
     
  4. AndyGarton

    AndyGarton Newbie

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    I'm about to purchase an X series from the UK Sony Style online store but am unsure about the colour choices offered. They list black/carbon/gold. I want the matte black one mentioned in reviews as being more resistant to smudges and scratches. Does anybody know if this is the black one listed? Or carbon? Or maybe the UK doesn't get matte black?
     
  5. Geeee

    Geeee Notebook Deity

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    Please post photos in all angles and gives a review. Thanks.

    Carbon smudges, but looks very cool.
    So Black is what you want - its more matted.
     
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    coldmack Notebook Virtuoso

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    My TT has carbon and I haven't noticed any smudges.
     
  7. traveller

    traveller Notebook Deity

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    Agreed, Sony's upper-end Notebooks are top notch quality, build and engineering-wise, but the prices are "stratospheric"... particularly in the EU. Forget the X, I can't even get a TT for under €1,700... :-/

    But hey, if you're liquid, go for it! Nothing like owning the best, is there... (not that I would know, lol :p )
     
  8. dimension6

    dimension6 Notebook Evangelist

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    I haven't gotten around to getting the media player installed yet, but seeing as I got 1080p video working perfectly on the 1.33Ghz VAIO P Series (using the Cyberlink codecs), it should be fine on this machine. I don't watch flash video, so that's not a problem for me. The bottom of the machine gets a bit warm, but not hot (unlike the P, which can get burning hot due to lack of a fan). There is a vent on the bottom of the machine that seems to be the intake for cool air, so be careful about covering this if you want a cool laptop. So far, the fan has almost always been running, but I've been pushing the machine hard installing everything.

    There's a fan here, and I'd say that's a good thing considering how hot the P gets. It can get loud sometimes, but dies way down when the machine isn't being taxed. There was a BIOS update that "adjusts the fan control settings", according to the description in Japanese, and that seems to have made the fan a bit less aggressive.

    The regular black one I got is very nice. It still shows smudges to some extent, but is better than my VAIO Z "premium" carbon lid.

    I'll post the pictures as soon as possible.

    The retail price here in Tokyo is 109,000yen, including tax (and I received 8% back through Bic's point system). I think this price is quite reasonable, considering the competition. The machine I got has the following specs:
    • 1.86Ghz Z540
    • Windows 7 Home Premium (I entered my Ultimate key for the Anytime Upgrade)
    • 2GB RAM
    • 64GB SanDisk SSD (benchmarks to follow)
    • Wireless WAN with GPS (Gobi 2000, if I remember correctly)
    • "L" Battery, good for "up to 8 hours"

    The battery is definitely removable, and can probably be replaced with the "S" battery if needed. I'm not sure why anyone would get the "S" battery, since the "L" battery is flush with the bottom of the notebook. I bet Sony sells an "S" battery so they could say how lightweight this thing is.

    One other thing I noticed is the fact that this seems to have an International Warranty, which is definitely a first from Sony Japan. When i get around to it, I'll read the details to see exactly what the conditions are.
     
  9. Stephen.Gazard

    Stephen.Gazard Notebook Enthusiast

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    Can someone clear up some confusion I have on the batteries - I have ordered a customised UK model with the 4 hours battery life


    Battery life up to 4 hours [Surcharge: - £ 30.0 ]

    I assume this is the 'flush fitting'


    There is an 8 hour one which I assume is the extended one that sticks out of the bottom like a laptop stand ... which defeats the purpose of the whole laptop in my mind ....

    Does anyone have a definitive answer on the batters (with pics if possible?)
     
  10. laser21

    laser21 Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks dimension6 for all your observation. Looking forward to the ssd benchmarks. The warranty is interesting for us - foreign buyers. If it is international, I would get one from Japan :)

    Thanks
     
  11. dimension6

    dimension6 Notebook Evangelist

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    Here in Japan there are three batteries: the S, L, and X (which is not available yet). Mine has the L battery, which is completely flush fitting. I assume the S battery has some sort of filler or something, and I think Sony only produces this battery so they can enter the X in a weight competition. A comparison between the weight and life of the three batteries is found here (in Japanese; the number of hours is listed with the characters 時間).

    Here's a very informal benchmark of the SanDisk 64GB drive. I didn't do anything special to prepare for it, so take the results lightly. The performance is not bad for a netbook.
     

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    laser21 Notebook Consultant

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    Yeah, its not bad for a netbook... but not really a fast SSD
     
  13. Skyshade

    Skyshade Notebook Deity

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    It's bottlenecked at US15W's PATA, so even if you put an Intel X18E you are not going to get anything spetacular...:(
     
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    poky Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here you go!

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=X6YT61SN
     
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    ipporek Notebook Geek

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    Well, if the L battery can really produce close to 10 hours, I'm fine with it.
     
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    vask Notebook Enthusiast

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    dimension6 Notebook Evangelist

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    It looks like the L battery provides around 5 hours or so with all wireless (Bluetooth, WLAN, WWAN) on. I haven't tested it yet, but I'd say you could get 8 or so with lower brightness and wireless off. 10 might be stretching it, but it's amazing such a tiny battery can provide this kind of battery life. I'm looking forward to seeing the X battery in person as soon as it's available.
     
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    ipporek Notebook Geek

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    Is the WWAN locked (not sure if that's the correct word) to the Japanese service provider? As in you can't use it with service providers in other countries?
     
  19. dimension6

    dimension6 Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm not sure. You'd have to check with someone who's tried activating it outside Japan. I'll see if I can find anything out about that.

    I'm typing on the X right now. The keyboard is excellent. It feels just like a MacBook Pro keyboard, only smaller. It's definitely closer to the MacBook than the VAIO Z, since the keys are very flush to the keyboard. There's no flex whatsoever. The touchpad is quite good, without any dead spots (as often mentioned about the TT series). It has multitouch gestures (though, as far as I know, no two-finger scrolling; the two-finger gestures are limited to forward and backward) and circular scrolling.

    This was also the first VAIO I didn't do a clean install on. There wasn't too much junkware installed from the start, and it was easy to uninstall what I didn't need. After burning the recovery disks, the first thing I did was to delete the recovery partition (using DISKPART and EASEUS Partition Manager). With a 64GB SSD, I really need all the space I can get. The X came preloaded with Japan GPS mapping software too, which is taking up a few gigs in case I need space later.
     
  20. SZ-zer

    SZ-zer Notebook Guru

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    Was hoping to use this new Vaio X as a replacement desktop.

    So, after hooking this laptop to a 22" widescreen monitor, do you think full screen HD video (Like on YouTube / Hulu) will lag?

    Would love it if anyone could test this out for me.

    Thanks
     
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