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Sony VAIO X teardown reveals huge engineering ingenuity

Sony VAIO X teardown reveals huge engineering ingenuity

While we always enjoy the post-launch teardown photosets that spring up following a particularly noteworthy piece of hardware, sometimes we wish there was an engineer to hand to tell us whether what we're looking at really is all that impressive.  TechOn did just that with Sony's indecently-skinny VAIO X, in a seven part hands-on and teardown that pits an unnamed engineer - who, from the sound of it, works for a rival OEM - against Sony's ingenuity.  In case you hadn't guessed, the VAIO X really is a masterpiece of manufacturing.

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Sony VAIO X super-waif ultraportable gets unboxed [Video]

Sony VAIO X super-waif ultraportable gets unboxed [Video]

The Sony VAIO X super-slim ultraportable may be on sale in the US, but units actually reaching customers hands are still in short supply.  That's why we turn to Germany for our unboxing edification, with NewGadgets.de doing the honors in stripping the half-inch thick notebook from its bulky packaging.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Sony recalls 69K VGP-AC19V17 VAIO power adapters

Sony recalls 69K VGP-AC19V17 VAIO power adapters

The last few week shave seen several large product recalls with the most recent from Belkin due to a risk of electrical shock. Today Sony has announced a large product recall that will affect the owners of several VAIO computers. The recall has to do with the AC adapters the machines use rather than the batteries this time around.

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Sony VAIO X gets reviewed: engineering marvel, pricing madness

Sony VAIO X gets reviewed: engineering marvel, pricing madness

Say what you like about Sony - their machines might be expensive and their customer service might throw the occasional wobbly, depending on who you speak to - but they certainly know how to put together a slick, appealing notebook.  The Sony VAIO X has fallen lightly into the hands of T3, and they've been putting the carbon-fiber marvel through its paces.

Sony VAIO P overclocked to 2.4GHz

Sony VAIO P overclocked to 2.4GHz

A page of CrystalMark benchmark results may not be the most interesting image to lead with, but when you're showing the overclock results of pushing Sony's VAIO P not-a-netbook from its stock 1.86GHz up to 2.3GHz, then we'll take notice.  EeeUser Forum member Cerano was responsible for the modifications, and in fact got his VAIO P cranked up to 2.4GHz (though he didn't benchmark it at that speed).

Sony VAIO CW notebooks kick off from $799

Sony VAIO CW notebooks kick off from $799

Sony's final new VAIO announcement this week is the VAIO CW Series, a range of 14-inch 16:9 aspect notebooks available in a series of moderately striking colors.  Chubbier than the VAIO X, certainly, the CW Series uses that extra heft to slide in an optional Blu ray burner together with NVIDIA GeForce GT230M 512MB or GT210M 256MB graphics and both VGA and HDMI ports.

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Sony VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV multitouch all-in-one debuts

Sony VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV multitouch all-in-one debuts

"Touch me, touch me" sang 80s legend Samantha Fox, "I want to feel your body," and while the intentions of Sony's new VAIO L Series of touchscreen desktops may be different, the sentiment is just the same.  Announced alongside the skinny VAIO X, the L Series is being pushed - like other big-screen all-in-one PCs in Sony's past - as a hybrid HDTV and computer, though with its 24-inch 1920 x 1080 display, optional Blu-ray and optional TV tuners we suppose it does have more of a claim than most.  As for the touchscreen, that's used not only for Windows 7's multitouch functionality but to control Sony's own Media Gallery DVR app.

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Sony VAIO X ultraportable pre-reg page goes online

Sony VAIO X ultraportable pre-reg page goes online

Sony Japan have put up a pre-registration page for those rich and weak-armed enough to consider buying their upcoming VAIO X series ultraportable.  The notebook, announced at the beginning of September, is only listed as "coming soon", and we're still yet to see final specifications, but Sony have previously confirmed that it will retail "under $2,000".

Sony VAIO X half-inch luxury ultraportable debuts

Sony VAIO X half-inch luxury ultraportable debuts

Sony's VAIO TT may have passed on, but the company have a new ultraportable with which they're hoping to coax your attentions.  The Sony VAIO X is being described as the true successor to the X505, with the 11.1-inch notebook measuring just a half-inch thick and using materials such as carbon-fiber for the chassis and aluminum for the keyboard.

Sony Vaio Chooses Google Chrome for Default Browser

Sony Vaio Chooses Google Chrome for Default Browser

Whether or not you're a member of the Browser Wars was probably decided for you, long before you were born. One of those, "destiny calls" choices, and we're sure that by now you're probably stubbornly chosen your browser of choice. Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. (Is Netscape around anymore?) But let's face it, there are a lot of people out there who would like to make the decision for you, right? Computer manufacturers to start with, and then second on your list is probably your best friend. Sony wants you to choose a side.

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Sony axe VAIO TT premium ultraportable: casualty of netbooks?

Sony axe VAIO TT premium ultraportable: casualty of netbooks?

Back when we reviewed the Sony VAIO TT in November last year, we wondered out loud whether there was still a place for high-end ultraportables in a world obsessed with netbooks.  Unfortunately it looks like Sony may be wondering the same thing; according to their US team, the VAIO TT has been discontinued

Sony admit NVIDIA GPU fault in multiple VAIO notebooks

Sony admit NVIDIA GPU fault in multiple VAIO notebooks

Sony have admitted that certain models of VAIO notebook may be affected by the notorious NVIDIA "bump" material issue, which can see the GPU overheat and eventually break completely.  The nine model types on Sony's list join the existing roll-call of faulty notebooks, which includes machines from Apple, HP and Dell.  In response, Sony are offering free repairs for affected VAIOs, and to extend the standard warranty (on the GPU alone) from the regular 12 months to four years in total.

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