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Weighing just 486 grams, the Sony Vaio UX1 is a miniature marvel. Years of Sony design expertise and technical innovation have combined to create a seriously stylish product that is set to open up exciting new worlds of opportunity for mobile professionals or entertainment enthusiasts.

Despite its diminutive size, the Sony Vaio UX1 is no lightweight performer. This powerful Micro PC uses the Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor for efficient computing and long battery life.

There is also a high-density 4.5 WSVGA display with X-black technology for crystal clear images, integrated keyboard and speaker, two cameras and the latest Microsoft Windows Vista Business operating system so you can work or play comfortably whether youre on a bus, in a hotel room or waiting in an airport lounge for your flight to be called.

* Processor: Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage U1500, 1.33GHz
* RAM: 1024MB DDR2-533MHz
* Hard Drive: 32GB Internal Flash Memory
* Screen: 4.5" Widescreen Touch Panel X-Black TFT (1024x600 - 16:10)
* Optical Drive: Not Included
* Graphics: Integrated Graphics supporting 224MB
* Wireless LAN: 802.11a/b/g - Call for advice on Wireless Networking
* Bluetooth: Bluetooth Enabled
* Battery Life (Depending on Use): up to 3 hours
* Weight: 486 grams
* Warranty: 1 Year - Upgradeable to 3 Years!
* Operating System: Windows Vista Business Edition
o Dual Camera - Front 0.3MPixel, Rear 1.3MPixel
o Fast Ethernet 10/100
o Fingerprint Reader
o Includes Stylus pen, Carrying case, VGA adapter, Docking station with following interfaces: RJ-45 Direct Port (Ethernet), 3 USB Port, VGA Connector
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#1
Don't forget 2% Quidco or TopCashBack

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#2
Looked at those over the Samsung Q1 Ultra, decided even at that price the sammy was better as the Sony display is a little small
#3
Yeah, they are awfully small. Although it depends on what people want to use them for. A lot of photographers use these to backup and preview photos on the move
#4
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-2786.aspx

Is this the same thing that Tesco sell for 2 grand!
#5
Yes, the original RRP of this device is 2,000 - it clearly hasn't sold so the price ahs bombedd completely.

I've been seriously considering one of these, laptopsdirect price is good for a 'known company' - there are other companies on dealtime selling it but not so sure of them.

Main problems I've seen with the UX are the keyboard and hard drive space - the keys apparently have little travel nor tactile response making it difficult to type at speed. 32GB isn't a lot to start off with but after the Vista install and recovery partition you're apparently only left with 9GB space. You can burn off the recovery partition, also been looking into installing XP but it needs to be the tablet edition for the touchscreen to work. Also Vaios are a nightmare to try and clean install.

Personally I'm looking for this in place of my Archos as this could back up raw pictures and develop them, I have an 11.1 inch Sony TX which does its job fine, I think 7 inches is just too big for me.

John
#6
Johnmcl7
Yes, the original RRP of this device is 2,000 - it clearly hasn't sold so the price ahs bombedd completely.

I've been seriously considering one of these, laptopsdirect price is good for a 'known company' - there are other companies on dealtime selling it but not so sure of them.

Main problems I've seen with the UX are the keyboard and hard drive space - the keys apparently have little travel nor tactile response making it difficult to type at speed. 32GB isn't a lot to start off with but after the Vista install and recovery partition you're apparently only left with 9GB space. You can burn off the recovery partition, also been looking into installing XP but it needs to be the tablet edition for the touchscreen to work. Also Vaios are a nightmare to try and clean install.

Personally I'm looking for this in place of my Archos as this could back up raw pictures and develop them, I have an 11.1 inch Sony TX which does its job fine, I think 7 inches is just too big for me.

John


I think that you are expecting far too much from these UMPC from what you ve written. Yes the keyboard in this machine is not perfect and definitely no match for a standard notebook, but it will suffice for the odd data entry which would be superior to touchscreen only umpc. Surely u werent going to be able to write a 100-page report with this lol.

Secondly, for the 32 GB hard disk SSD disk. I would rather have this smaller capacity rather than a big 1.8" 4200RPM disk. This is a flash drive and speed, access, power is far superior. Hard drive speed are one of the main bottleneck in these machines and this SSD is the best in helping with that! The biggest SSD that are being sold mainstream i think are 64gb and that costs an arm and a leg!

Personally I wouldnt move from vista, it has tablet features intergrated so much better than clunky xp tablet edition!

Yeah, its not without it's flaws but there is MUCH worse out there!

Hope I managed to help u a bit. :thumbsup:
#7
For a UMPC the screen is far too small. I had difficulty using the icons on the screen and I've got quite small hands and fingers. It was so easy to press one of the adjacent shortcuts.

The screen resolution makes it really hard to read text. If you handle photos then fine but even reading say the BBC News site was difficult without accessing the magnifiying menu.

But it is about the only UMPC that you
banned#8
I believe Willie of Wonka chocolate bar fame bought these for all his workers
#9
..r
I think that you are expecting far too much from these UMPC from what you ve written. Yes the keyboard in this machine is not perfect and definitely no match for a standard notebook, but it will suffice for the odd data entry which would be superior to touchscreen only umpc. Surely u werent going to be able to write a 100-page report with this lol.

Secondly, for the 32 GB hard disk SSD disk. I would rather have this smaller capacity rather than a big 1.8" 4200RPM disk. This is a flash drive and speed, access, power is far superior. Hard drive speed are one of the main bottleneck in these machines and this SSD is the best in helping with that! The biggest SSD that are being sold mainstream i think are 64gb and that costs an arm and a leg!

Personally I wouldnt move from vista, it has tablet features intergrated so much better than clunky xp tablet edition!

Yeah, its not without it's flaws but there is MUCH worse out there!

Hope I managed to help u a bit. :thumbsup:


Not really - you say I'm expecting too much but I have to say it doesn't seem you have much experience with portable keyboards. I'm not expecting too much at all, mobile phone companies are able to produce superior keyboards in a smaller space particularly HTC/Nokia. With more space available there's no reason Sony couldn't put a usable keyboard in there.

While SSD sounds great on paper, the 32GB drive in this machine isn't actually that special in terms of performance. While a 1.8inch drive is not as fast, it doesn't make the machine unusable and it gives the machine usable capacity. With such limited capacity it really limits the capability of the UX, I'd love to be able to use it to back up my cameras on the go but that's just not going to happen - I will need to use a USB drive through the UX or stick with the Archos.

XP may be 'clunky' in your view but Vista is just an exceptionally poor choice for this type of device, it takes much more install space than XP (which is already very limited) and requires more resources. My TX has almost identical specs to this machine, I've used both XP and Vista on it and stuck with XP as it's just not up to running Vista. In my experience, running Vista with 1GB ram is just not a good idea which the UX is stuck with plus it has the added disadvantage of a weaker processor.

John
#10
Was expecting more from battery life. :( esp at this price and spec
#11
I think these are jus to small to be even considered as a PC.

Personally, a 7" screen is the smallest you could go to be able to use it comfortably
#12
I have the UX280, which is the US version of this but with a slightly more powerful CPU and a regular 40gb hard drive.

This is a great PC for travelling but should not be considered as a replacement for your current laptop or PC.

I find the screen size OK for everything i do and not to small. The keyboard however is a problem. It is usable and the keys are responsive but the way you are hold it means you have to type with your thumbs and typing capital letters near the shift key is really hard as you can barely press the two at the same time.

There is handwriting and voice recognition but i could never really get on with it.

The battery life is very poor, i opted for the bigger and bulkier VGP-BPL6 high capacity battery, which will give you 1.5x extra power than the standard battery but it will set you back about £150.

The hard drive is not really large enough so when on holiday i use a 60GB Western Digital passport which is USB powered and store all my photos on that.

As a travelling PC for browsing a bit of photo editing and blogging its great, you can carry it with you all day long with your camera equipment and not even realise because its so small and light, but you will be disappointed if you want to use this as a regular PC.

BTW as no CD/DVD is included you need to attach an external one every time you want to load software. Alternatively you can burn an image of the CD on your regular PC and copy it to the Sony, then add a virtual drive in order to install anything.

Hope this helps,

Cheers, Jason
#13
To be entirely honest, if these machines didn't have the Sony name on them, would anyone be in the slightest bit interested at £800 let alone 2 grand? (haven't voted, btw)
#14
bellboys
To be entirely honest, if these machines didn't have the Sony name on them, would anyone be in the slightest bit interested at £800 let alone 2 grand? (haven't voted, btw)


I would say yes. Okay, it's a niche, but as far as i am aware, sony are the only people who make something of this sort with such a small screen.
#15
Johnmcl7
Not really - you say I'm expecting too much but I have to say it doesn't seem you have much experience with portable keyboards. I'm not expecting too much at all, mobile phone companies are able to produce superior keyboards in a smaller space particularly HTC/Nokia. With more space available there's no reason Sony couldn't put a usable keyboard in there.

While SSD sounds great on paper, the 32GB drive in this machine isn't actually that special in terms of performance. While a 1.8inch drive is not as fast, it doesn't make the machine unusable and it gives the machine usable capacity. With such limited capacity it really limits the capability of the UX, I'd love to be able to use it to back up my cameras on the go but that's just not going to happen - I will need to use a USB drive through the UX or stick with the Archos.

XP may be 'clunky' in your view but Vista is just an exceptionally poor choice for this type of device, it takes much more install space than XP (which is already very limited) and requires more resources. My TX has almost identical specs to this machine, I've used both XP and Vista on it and stuck with XP as it's just not up to running Vista. In my experience, running Vista with 1GB ram is just not a good idea which the UX is stuck with plus it has the added disadvantage of a weaker processor.

John


My apologies, I shouldnt have passed judgement on what you were looking for but rather to the machine itself!

I suppose you may be right, the last mobile phone with a full keyboard i had was the jasjar and the vario and to be fair things would have changed since then. In opinion though, the UX is much more capable with the text input than them.

I know what you're saying with SSD capacity, but I find it so much more usable. I also have a TX machine (tx3xp running xp) but I have just upgraded to the new TZ. Intially I had two versions of the TZ; tz22 with SSD and tz21 with 4200rpm HDD. Well i preferred the tz22 so much more because it didnt run as hot and it was much nippier (supposed better battery too - though i never measured it lol). I have a main computer that i use so space wasnt an issue with me - but clearly it's rather different for ur uses. They have a TZ version in japan with a SSD and a 200HDD combo - that would be a dream haha.

Anyway, I was browsing the internet as i do and I think I might have found what you might be looking for - well keyboard wise, Check out the Fujitsu Lifebook U810!

:thumbsup:
#16
tronlc
Looked at those over the Samsung Q1 Ultra, decided even at that price the sammy was better as the Sony display is a little small

The Sammy is only under £400 now at PC world.
#17
i cant see where pcwold sells the Samsung Q1 Ultra
#18
smokedog
The Sammy is only under £400 now at PC world.


I can't find it online. Did you see it instore?

Too late - Yoshi, I thought I was missing something.
#19
ivanwilson
I can't find it online. Did you see it instore?

Was online now disappeared. Go instore and ask for price ;-)
#20
just checked over the phone with the store and they dont sell the Samsung Q1 Ultra. At least thats what they told me.
#21
i got the information on here and when I went on the PC world website it showed up.

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=632767
#22
looks like its gone now. at least as far as the manchester branch is concerned. if it really was available for 359 then wow what a bargain.
#23
The Samsung Q1 in certain PC World stores is the older model which has just been replaced by the newer Q1. There's one on display in Rochester. I think it's they are offering them at £400 to get rid of stocks.
#24
I personally think this Sony isn't a good buy. Gave it a few months and it could be half price. Portable PC is still a bit of a grey area and £800 is quite a lot of money for what is really just a gadget.
#25
i wouldnt recommend sony laptops as they are not very good there customer service is bad aswell and paying £800 for it not worth it.
#26
sarbjeet_
i wouldnt recommend sony laptops as they are not very good there customer service is bad aswell and paying £800 for it not worth it.


In my past experience, i have found sony customer support to be very helpful.

A colleague of mine forgot to create teh recovery DVD's (duh!) and a few months later, the HDD failed. So i phoned Sony CS and they sent a new hard drive to me, and i also asked for some recovery media, and they sent that too, no trouble.

All i can say is at least Sony CS is still in the UK, unlike some other 'leading' computer brand support centres :whistling:
#27
I just saw the weight. This is under 500gms. My daughter has a Panasonic Toughbook ultra-portable at about 1.2 Kg, and I thought that was pretty light for a noteboook. So this Sony is well under half that weight, and it's not surprising that there are quite a few compromises.
#28
I went ahead and bought one, I am typing on it right now - as expected the keyboard isn't much good as the keys have virtually no travel and it's hard to reach the middle. Vista also really saps the performance, the amount of **** Sony install doesn't help either.

However it really is an amazing little device, I just can't believe how much power it packs and the screen resolution is stunning. We are not going to be able to part company...

John
banned#29
Very nice machine!! though I can find it at better price elsewhere, is there quidco on this machine ?
#30
V For Vendetta
Very nice machine!! though I can find it at better price elsewhere, is there quidco on this machine ?


Why not tell us where it's cheaper then we'll tell you if you can get quidco?
banned#31
lolzzz mate just have a quick look at some of the price comparrison websites!!!!
banned#32
"then we'll tell you if you can get quidco"
#33
V For Vendetta
lolzzz mate just have a quick look at some of the price comparrison websites!!!!


lolzzz mate just have a quick look at quidco's website!!!!
banned#34
2% !
Thanks dude
#35
V For Vendetta
2% !
Thanks dude


Where exactly is it cheaper?
#36
He's banned (although don't know why) so you may not get a response.

John

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