|With the internet at the fingertips of just about every
novice computer user, it is amazing to think back to how things were just 10 years ago,
without the conveniences of 56K, Cable, and DSL connections, and especially without the
hardware conveniences that have since been integrated into circuits that can fit into the
palm of your hand.
$2999.97 MSRP as Tested
+ Light weight, powerful,
& quiet operation
+ Easy to operate, beautiful high contrast 13.3"
+ High performance processor, cool running, long battery life
- Will quickly depreciate in value
- Somewhat limited upgrade path
- Poor Video performance
|One of the most technologically advanced
facets of computer hardware, more specifically, PC hardware, is, without a doubt, the
improvements the market has seen in mobile products. Microprocessors are getting smaller,
running faster and cooler, and consuming much less power than they did just a year ago.
Computers have become an integral part of today's society, taking the analog nature of man
and combining it with the digital nature of the era that surrounds us all.
Thinking back to 10 years ago once again, you would probably never
have thought of purchasing a Sony made computer, much less a laptop, however since that
time, Sony has made themselves into a heavy weight contender in the desktop and laptop PC
industries, especially with their VAIO series of products. The name VAIO, according to
Sony, is representative of that very idea discussed above, the integration of the analog
and digital worlds, since the VAIO logo is essentially composed of a trigonometric sine
wave transforming into a binary number, 101010. Although many readers of AnandTech will
find themselves cringing at the thought of purchasing a retail system, as a laptop, Sony's
latest concoction, the VAIO PCG-818 based on Intel's new mobile Pentium II processor,
definitely has the capability of satisfying even the most power hungry users. For those of
you looking to give your Celeron 450's a rest while you're on the road, yet don't want to
lose out on your net life while away, Sony has quite a bit to offer with this high-end