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Review Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B Subnotebook

Sebastian Jentsch, 09/09/2010

761 Gramm.We'll take one ultra-light mini, preferably small and without too much on the side. Those who are satisfied with basic notebook features but are still looking for striking exterior are right on target with the 11.1 inches.

Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B: Light-weight with CPU-upgrade
Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B: Light-weight with CPU-upgrade

Sony already presented the VAIO X-Series, an ultra mobile subnotebook which made the hearts of design oriented and extravagant users jump for joy, back in September '09. Weighing only 761 gram (including battery), the light and wafer thin mini notebook was meant to appeal to buyers for whom aesthetics and bit of bravado are important. The producers spoke of "fans of aesthetics with premium standards".

Why has this dwarf landed once again in the editorial office after only a year? Sony has upgraded the atom processor; in place of an Atom Z540 (1.86 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB Cache), a Z550 (2.0 GHz, 533 MHz, 512 KB) is now housed in the thin case. Can the overly weak and faulty performance noted by the editorial staff back then be noticeably improved? What category does the X13D7E fall into? Netbook or Subnotebook?

We want to find out in this review whether or not the fairly high price tag of 1.400 Euro is fair for the 11.1 incher when compared to current netbooks and subnotebooks.

Case

Height compared to the power supply
Höhe im Vergleich zum Netzteil
The case is made of hard carbon fiber
Das Gehäuse aus harter Carbonfaser
is very flexible.
ist sehr biegsam.
Fold out feet on the bottom
Klapp-Standfuß an der Unterseite

The Vaio X is as high as some of the display panels on our test notebooks are wide. The mini measures 13.9 millimeters and weighs in at only 761 grams. Also, the sharpened edges clearly indicate that we are dealing with a very light subnotebook. The sides of the lid and base unit are not just vertical, but rather come to a point towards the upper edge. Thus our finger always finds the gap when opening the lid of the 11.1 incher.

The producer opted for matte surfaces. The case is made out of painted carbon fiber (work space, top surface) and plastic (base plate, battery and TFT frame). The base plate appears to be painted with a matte finish in order to provide more grip. The top sides, such as the palm rest and the lid, feel smoother, but they are still dull-feeling surfaces.

Carbon fiber is considered both unbreakable and resistant to pressure whilst still being light. Carbon fiber is nevertheless also flexible. In auto racing, the material is layered in dozens of plies and arranged both length-ways and cross-ways (forming hollows) thus achieving a high strength of the material.

The Viao X is made out of one such type of carbon fiber though there is little room for extra outer-layering due to its thin design. This would of course make the case thicker, making it impossible to maintain its ultra-slim form. For that reason the chassis and the lid are still very flexible. We don't want to use the word fragile as carbon fiber is, after all, not "breakable".

However, there are design related weaknesses which could have been minimized in spite of the flexible material. The removable battery situated under the palm rest creates a gap lengthwise across the base unit. Because of this, the chassis loses valuable rigidity.

The gap is always in motion (creaking sounds) when handling and raising the 11.1 incher. With the solid built-in battery, the chassis could have maintained quite a bit of stability. In that case, the base unit would be closed.

Connectivity

Ethernet and VGA
Ethernet und VGA

The Vaio X doesn't have many connection ports as these would simply be too big for the minimal dimensions of its case. An Ethernet port for example is 12 millimetres in height. How is such a port supposed to fit in a 9 millimetre high base unit? Sony’s solution for this is a flip-down LAN connection, which can also double as an Ethernet port.

Being only 8 millimetres high, the VGA port was lucky. The USB 2.0 also fits in the case, but only on the left hand side. However, Sony did not want to forgo its two cardreaders (SD+HG Duo) and for this reason they placed them directly under the touchpad. In order for the battery to fit underneath, the battery cell was divided and is connected via a cell connector.

Front: Cardreader SD + HG Duo
Frontseite: Kartenleser SD + HG Duo
Left: AC, Kensington, 2 x USB 2.0, headphones
Linke Seite: AC, Kensington, 2 x USB 2.0, Kopfhörer
Rear: No connection ports
Rückseite: keine Anschlüsse
Right: Ethernet, VGA
Rechte Seite: Ethernet, VGA

Sony’s 11.1 inch is a typical backup subnotebook for managers and therefore of course also has an integrated  3G Modul (HSUPA-Module (7,2 / 5,76 Mbit/s) for internet access when underway. The slot for the sim- card is located under the battery.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The 11.1 inch form factor doesn't allow room for larger dimensions on the keyboard. The keys are built directly into the carbon fibre upper shell of the base and thus appear soundly integrated.  Sony went with the isolation look, meaning that the keys are free standing and that there is more space between them. In spite of the small size of the individual keys, the input characteristics allow one to aim their fingers relatively precisely.


What we disliked was the unnecessarily small size of several more important keys (Enter, right Shift, arrow keys). This might cause some difficulties, especially for men's large hands. Furthermore, the spacebar is so low that our thumbs kept hitting the edge and the palm rest. In addition to that, the entire width of the typing area buckles when typing in the lower part.  This is due to the previously-mentioned gap for the battery, which "severs" the stability of the base unit.

Touchpad

The touchpad is discretely located near the palm rest and is separated by a tiny border. The surface of the multi-touch pad is barely distinguishable from the surrounding palm rest. The surface is a nice matte but is somewhat small. Unfortunately, the touchpad has no solid ground under its feet and buckles noticeably under only light pressure. The keys of the pad unfortunately don’t function especially well either; although they give a nice subtle click, the stroke is too limited and the force needed to press the keys too high.

Keyboard
Tastatur
Detached keyboard
freistehende Tasten
Touch pad
Touchpad

Display

Sony stayed true to the mobility credo and treated its 11.1 incher to an anti-glare display with an HD-ready resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Websites which are optimized with 1024 pixels width-wise fit perfectly on this screen. But even modern pages optimized with 1280 pixels can be displayed without having to scroll left or right. The high resolution represents quite an advantage over consumer netbooks still using the cumbersome 1.024 x x600 pixel format.

The contrast of the anti-glare panels is disappointing, however, especially as we have been spoiled by the newest machines from first-class manufacturers (VPC-F12Z, VPC-Z12). We measured 205:1 on maximum brightness.  While the contrast might be fitting for its price class, it plays virtually no role in its intended use or for the Vaio X's target group. High resolution films and 3-D games don't belong to the 11.1 incher's scope of applications.

220
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 237 cd/m²
Average: 230.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 230 cd/m²
Black: 1.12 cd/m²
Contrast: 205:1

The brightness of the no-readout display is impressive. We measured an average of 230 cd/m². There is also very little variances across the LED-lit panel, which ranges between 220-237 cd / m² (93 per cent luminence).

The slight anti-glare surface of the 11.1 inch display is a useful companion for daytime users. What we mean by slight anti-glare is that we can still identify the reflection of our faces in the display. Weak reflections are to be expected whenever the sun is shining. Overall, the illumination is right on target and buffets sunlight fairly well.

Sun in the back, partly cloudy
Sonne im Rücken, leicht bewölkt
Sun in the back, weak reflection
Sonne im Rücken, schwache Reflexion
Sun from the left, good view
Sonne von links, Gute Sicht

The viewing angles are impressive in terms of their high horizontal stability. One's eye can move up to 80 degrees without colors inverting so much that they are unrecognizable. Writing remains visible even with big changes in position and the TFT is the only thing which darkens slightly. Vertically, Vaio users have no leeway. Already at a 15 degree, the picture darkens more and more and the colours begin to distort.

Viewing angle of the Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B
Blickwinkel Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B

Performance

The Intel Atom Z550 (2.0 GHz) is tuned-up netbook technology. Still, only to the standards of mid 2009.  Back then, the Poulsbo chipset (Intel US15W), upon which the CPU sits, was still up-to-date and there was no Pine Trail (2nd generation of netbooks starting in the beginning of 2010) to speak of.

Apart from the clocking speed, nothing has changed on the previous Atom Z540 (1.86 GHz) processor. Even now, the extremely energy-saving processor can process with maximum energy consumption (TDP) of only 2.4 watts. Though current Atom CPUs with a high clocking rate (N475 6.5 watts) certainly have a significantly higher TDP, memory controllers and GMA 3150 are integrated in the chip. 

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo GPUZ
Systeminfo HDTune
DPC Latency Checker Idle OK
DPC Latency Checker WLAN On/Off Long delays due to suboptimal drivers
 
Systeminformationen Sony Vaio VPC-X

The Vaio X13 delivers image data via the Poulsbo chipset’s Intel GMA 500 . The GPU doesn’t support HD videos (hardware acceleration) as it offers no function for decoding H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1 and AVC like an Intel HD in the Core i3 and i5-CPUs does. Though the Z550 was challenged by a 720p WM9 file, the trailer ran just about smoothly (69% utilization). But playback of the 1080p trailer was always jerky (84% utilization).

720p WMV 69% CPU-load, just barely still fluid
720p WMV 69% CPU-Last gerade nach flüssig
1080p WMV 84% CPU-load, no longer fluid
1080p WMV 84% CPU-Last nicht mehr flüssig

What’s the performance then of the Atom Z550 (2.0 GHz) chosen by Sony in comparison to the mainstream Atom and the current subnotebook processors? We referred to the single core benchmark Cinebench R10 32Bit for answers. The Z550 garnered 657 points and placed above the N470 (1.83 GHz, 610 points, -7%). The much-used N450er-s achieve around 590 points (-11%).

The differences aren't great, but does that change when both threads (hyper-threading) are processing? We put the Cinebench R10 Multi into action. The Z550 earned 980 points here.  A N470 is around 930 points (-5%) and a N450er around 900 (-8%)

Thus, there isn't much of a difference between it and a typical N450 netbook. A CULV processor like the SU7300  (example, current at the start of 2009) would have been more in line with the price of the Vaio X13.  But the crux is in a significantly higher TDP range of the ultra low voltage processors. A Core 2 Duo SU7300 (2 cores) has a TDP of 10 watts.  The heat development would overextend the tiny cooler/cooling bodies and customers would complain of a hot subnotebook.  The manufacturer had no other option other than to rely on Poulsbo and Atom Z when it developing the machine back at the start of 2009.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
980
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
657
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
34
Help
PC Mark
PCMark 051506 points
PCMark Vantage1515 points
Help
2.4
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
2.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
4.3
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
2.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
6.3

The above average netbook performance of the processor and the 2.048 MB DDR2 equipped chipset add up to a low PCMark Vantage Score of 1.515 points. In comparison to current netbooks, the performance has risen by 14 percent. N450 Minis are at around 1.330 points. But the Vaio must concede defeat to the AMD „SubNetbook“ Acer Aspire One 521 with Athlon K125, as it scored 1.686 points (+11%) and costs only 325 Euro.

The reason for the efficient speed of the system is not only the clocking but also the high speed with which is accesses memory. The Samsung flash memory achieved 11.147 points in the HDD score. The fast read/write values help improve the other sub-scores of the PCMark Vantage. The productivity score is at 1.892 points. Atom N450 netbooks with 5,400 RPM harddrives are, for example, clearly beaten with their 1.025 points (Samsung NP-N230, -85%).

When it comes to performance, the Vaio X13 is by no means on level with current subnotebooks like the Acer Aspire 1830T-52U4G32n. The 1830T with an i5-520UM CPU achieved its 3.950 points in the PCMark Vantage even without a fast SSD memory.

3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE1096 points
3DMark 03370 points
3DMark 05121 points
Help
Samsung MMCRE28GFDXP-MVB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 63.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 68.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 66.9 MB/s
Access Time: 0.2 ms
Burst Rate: 57.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 12.3 %

Sony didn't build a harddrive into the Vaio X13 but rather a SSD memory with a gross capacity of 128 GB. The manufacturer chose a Samsung ATA drive, which goes by the name MMCRE28GFDXP-MVB. The first machine of Vaio X series was equipped with a MMCRE28GFMXP-MVB.

SSD memory is known for its fast read access. The HDTune shows only a reader throughput of 66.9 MByte/s, which isn't quicker than the typical 2.5 inch notebook harddrives. So where does the extremely high HDD Score of 11.147 points in the PCMark Vantage come from?

While rotating HDDs vary significantly in terms of their reading speed depending on the inner or outer positioning of the rear/write elements (ex. Min 30, Max 72, Avg. 61 MB/s), the SDD is almost always between 63.7 and 68.4 MB/s. Therefore, the SDD has a better access rate than typical notebook HDDs. The screens show the comparison of the X13 Crystal Disk Mark with a normal 5400 RPM HDD and the Samsung SSD in the Vaio X13. Most noteable are the faster read throughputs with small files (512K, 4k).

Crystal Disk Mark 3.0: Hitachi HTS545032B9A300 / Acer 1830T
Crystal Disk Mark 3.0: Hitachi HTS545032B9A300 / Acer 1830T
Crystal Disk Mark 3.0: Samsung MMCRE28GFDXP-MVB / VPC-X13D7E/B
Crystal Disk Mark 3.0: Samsung MMCRE28GFDXP-MVB / VPC-X13D7E/B

Emissions

Sound

Sony’s Vaio X is equipped with an active fan. The case is not cooled passively. Such a radiator needs space and carries with it a relatively heavy weight penalty due to its size. Even if only one TDP processor has to be cooled with maximum of 2.4 watts must be used, the maker went with the conventional cooling method.

The cooling system has a variety of speeds and never shuts itself off in operation mode. A low humming can always be heard, even when at idle (30.4 bis 31.3 dB(A)). When the Atom Z550 is under heavy and constant load, the cooling system makes itself known with up to 34.4 dB(A). If one listens more closely, the sound seems similar to that of a small racing engine. It doesn’t tend to be too annoying especially as it is runs constantly and only shows up in cases of substantial heavy load (CPU+GPU). 

Noise Level

Idle 30.4 / 30.7 / 31.3 dB(A)
Load 31.3 / 34.4 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the flat case is relatively low when not under load (idle), but get pretty high under stress, with up to 46 degrees. Under stress means an hour’s stress test with Prime95 (CPU) and a repeated 3DMark06 (3DMark06 doesn’t run).

Since only the battery is under the palm rest and not the main board, this area always stays pleasantly cool at around 27 degrees. The warmest area on the base plate can heat up to a noticeable 40 to 46 degrees.

Max. Load
 37.8 °C36.1 °C30.8 °C 
 36.2 °C35.1 °C29.8 °C 
 27.8 °C28.3 °C26.1 °C 
Maximum: 37.8 °C
Average: 32 °C
32.5 °C44.4 °C46.4 °C
30.1 °C38.6 °C39.9 °C
25.7 °C26.1 °C26.6 °C
Maximum: 46.4 °C
Average: 34.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  36.1 °C | Room Temperature 21.1 °C

Loudspeakers

To listen to music on the Vaio X, you need to use headphones. The built-in solo loudspeaker located underneath bounces sound of the table and is totally lacking in low and mid range tones. For connecting headphones or external speakers, there is the 3.5-inch connection port on the left. There is no microphone input.

Battery Life

Thanks to the extremely low current consumption of the processor chipset combination (5.8 Watt when idle), one can expect runtimes of 5-8 hours, even with the 4-cell standard battery (4100 mAh). The low TDP of the Atom processor (2.4 watts) provides for such low energy consumption.

The standard battery, also used in our tester, is the VGP-BPL19. It is a four-cell lithium ion battery with 4100 mAh. Sony claims runtimes of eight hours. We say 4:01 to 7:47 hours.

We got 7:47 hours (467 minutes) in the Reader's Test of the BatteryEater. But this runtime is hardly realistic, as WLAN and Bluetooth are deactivated, the processor is at idle and the SSD memory hardly has anything to write.

Realistic runtimes in operation with WLAN or the integreated 3G module (UMTS) are around 4:47 hours (287 minutes) or 4:03 hours (243 minutes). As a DVD film was not possible without an optical drive, we ran a WMV from the harddrive in loop (100 cd/m² Luminanz). That resulted in a quite useful 4:01 hours (241 minutes).

Charged 174 min.
Laden 174 min.
Stress 180 min.
Last 180 min.
WLAN-Surfing 287 min.
WLAN-Surfen 287 min.
UMTS-Surfing 243 min.
UMTS-Surfen 243 min.
WMV-Film 241 min.
WMV-Film 241 min.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 47min
WiFi Surfing
4h 47min
DVD
4h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 00min

The current consumption of the 11.1 incher is very low respective of the weak components and the SSD memory and is on level with a netbook. The Vaio X13 needed 5.8 watts at idle, when the maximum energy saving setting were active. Under heavy load, the effective power rises to 14.5 watts.  In this state, all radio modules are active and the luminance set on maximum.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 5.8 / 7.7 / 8.3 Watt
Load 9.6 / 14.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B
Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B

Sony proves that it is even possible to get something going with an outdated is Atom Z550. With a fast 128 GB SSD memory from Samsung, we consider the processing speed to be acceptable for internet surfing, checking emails or typing in Word. In terms of application performance, the VPC-X13D7E / B is 14 percent (PCMark Vantage) faster than netbooks with Intel Atom N450. Particularly noticeable in day-to-day work is how fast the read/write access is.

The HD-ready, anti-glare display panel (1366 x 768) made a good impression as well. Work is enjoyable thanks to the good lumination and and generous horizontal viewing angles.

The battery life of 4:00 to 5:00 hours (realistic) isn't top rate for a subnotebook, but considering its extremely low weight, it provides a very good basis for an ultra-portable mini notebook. Together with the high quality feel of the carbon fiber case material, it creates a striking impression.

However, there is a weakness in terms of its construction: The carbon shell of the 11.1 incher is extremely hard but not rigid. This might not be a problem in and of itself, but it must be added: The removable battery pack which reduces the stability of the chassis. With a closed base plate and a secured, built-in battery, Sony could have minimized this weak point. This takes away from any impression of quality significantly.

The Vaio VPC-X13D7E /B doesn't come with a budget price tag for a netbook.  It is therefore suitable for people looking for a prestigious object. In terms of lightness and exclusivity, the Vaio X is miles ahead of the Eee PC, MSI Winds and Aspire Ones. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in the stability department.

In Review: Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B
In Review:  Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B
Processor
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR2
Display
11.1 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel US15W (Poulsbo)
Harddisk
Samsung MMCRE28GFDXP-MVB, 128 GB 
Soundcard
Realtek ALC262 HD Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Kopfhörer, Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS,
Networking
Marvell Yukon 88E8057 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 2.1+EDR Bluetooth, HSUPA-Modul (7,2 / 5,76 Mbit/s)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.9 x 278 x 185 ( = 0.55 x 10.94 x 7.28 in)
Weight
761 g ( = 26.84 oz) Power Supply: 146 g ( = 5.15 oz)
Battery
31 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4100mAh 7.4V VGP-BPL19
Price
1500 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 1.3MP, Evernote, Vaio Restore, 24 Months Warranty, Carbon-Chassis

 

[+] compare
The untralight Vaio X was first shown at the IFA 2009.
Das ultraleichte Vaio X wurde auf der IFA 2009 zum ersten Mal vorgestellt.
So small, but still two card readers: SG and HG Duo.
So klein, aber dennoch zwei Kartenleser: SG und HG Duo.
The obvious connections are limited to USB 2.0, Kensington, VGA, RJ45 and a port for headphones.
Die sichtbaren Anschlüsse beschränken sich auf USB 2.0, Kensington, VGA, RJ45 und einen Kopfhörer Ausgang.
The flat Li-Ion battery with its 4.100 mAh
Der flache Li-Ion Akku mit seinen 4.100 mAh
takes up half of the case volume.
nimmt fast die Hälfte des Gehäusevolumens ein.
In order that the touchpad got a spot, the battery was divided in two.
Damit das Touchpad Platz findet, wurde der Akku zweigeteilt.
It needs this steel clasp,
Er braucht diese Stahlspange,
so that is doesn't buckle too much.
damit er sich nicht so stark durchbiegt.
But one has to accept some flex on the light chassis.
Biegsamkeit muss bei dem leichten Chassis aber in Kauf genommen werden.
That also goes for the rest of the case.
Das gilt auch für den Rest des Gehäuses.
The power pack, which weighs a mere 146 g. With it, the battery can even be charged under max. load (14.5 watts).
Das nur 146 Gramm schwere Netzteil liefert 30 Watt. Daher kann der Akku sogar bei maximaler Auslastung (14.5 Watt) geladen werden.
Rubber stops prevent the bottom edge of the lid from scraping on the desk and scratching it.
Gummi-Puffer verhindern, dass die Unterkante des Deckels am Schreibtisch schabt und verkratzt.
which prop up the rear a bit.
welche die Rückseite leicht anheben.
The first version had an Intel Atom Z540 with 1.86 GHz.
Die erste Version hatte einen Intel Atom Z540 mit 1.86 GHz.
With the X13D7E/B model, there is a CPU upgrade of 2.00 GHz on the Atom Z550.
Mit dem Modell X13D7E/B gibt es ein CPU-Upgrade auf Atom Z550 2.00 GHz.
Technically and optically, nothing else has changed
Technisch und optisch hat sich sonst nichts verändert.
Together with its power pack, the featherweight 11.1 incher tips the scales at only 907 g.
Der federleichte 11.1-Zoller bringt zusammen mit seinem Netzteil nur 907 Gramm auf die Waage.
The surfaces of the case are matte overall (radio module switch).
Die Oberflächen des Gehäuses sind allesamt matt (Funkmodule-Schalter).
It does without optical gimmicks and special buttons.
Auf optische Spielereien und Sondertasten wurde verzichtet.
The only visual gimmick is the green-lit Power-On button.
Die einzige optische Spielerei ist der grün leuchtende Power-On Taster.
The rest of the mini is completely subtle and subdued (webcam).
Der Rest des Minis ist komplett dezent und nüchtern (Webcam).
Even the status-LEDs for battery charging, harddrive and radio seem extremely reserved.
Selbst die Status-LEDs für Akkuladung, Festplatte und Funk wirken extrem zurückhaltend.
The carbon fiber case has small, fold-out feet,
Das Gehäuse aus Carbonfaser hat kleine, ausklappbare Füße,
1.500 Euro, but still no recovery medium. Reproduction of DVDs must be done via external DVD burners.
1.500 Euro aber Recovery-Medien gibt es trotzdem keine. Die Wiederherstellungs-DVDs müssen per externen DVD-Brenner selbst erstellt werden.

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Price Comparison

Price

Pro

+Low weight
+Very flat
+High resolution
+Anti-reflective TFT
+HSUPA module
+Low power consumption
+Suitable life
 

Cons

-Low power application
-Flexible case
-Small touchpad
-Partly with small buttons
-Few connections
-Poor mono speaker

Shortcut

What we liked

An extreme lightweight with a great display.

What we missed

Even with the carbon fiber construction, one could have put together a more stable case. The "breaking point" on the base plate doesn't fit in well with the high-quality concept of this mini.

What surprised us

The speed when processing is not as wimpy as expected.  But keep an eye out when running applications simultaneously.

The competition

Acer Aspire 1551: 11.6" for a lot less money; Acer Aspire 1830T: maximum performance in mini-format; Acer Aspire One 721: AMD alternative; Lenovo IdeaPad U160: Stylish and with eSATA; Acer Travelmate 8172T: impressive runtimes with  i3-330UM

Rating

Sony Vaio VPC-X13D7E/B
08/27/2010
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
68%
Weight
98%
Battery
94%
Display
89%
Games Performance
15%
Application Performance
62%
Temperature
83%
Noise
95%
Add Points
86%
Average
77%
84%
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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2010-09- 9 (Update: 2013-06- 6)