Earlier, we discussed the Hannspree Hannsnote netbook. Let's continue our netbook exploration by taking a look at the Sony Vaio W111XX and the Asus Eee PC 1101HA netbooks.
Sony Vaio W111XX Netbook
If style is important to you, whether it be the clothes you wear, the car you drive, or the cell phone you use, you may want to keep those standards even when it comes to your computing needs. If you are in search of a netbook with style, then the Sony Vaio W111XX may be the perfect cure. It has plenty of style, including various colors to choose from, that can help you stand out in a classroom or at Starbucks, if that's really what you want.
It has solid construction and quality as well that one would expect from a Sony computer. The Vaio W111XX kicks it to the competition with the inclusion of a high resolution display, and also has added touches such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Of course, for its luxuries, the Vaio W111XX comes at a price tag higher than its competitors. The Vaio W111XX is currently available at a retail price of $499, which could scare many away. However, if you are willing to spend extra for its design, you won't be disappointed. Sony gives you a one year parts and labor warranty, which you can extend to three years if you wish for $169. You can download drivers and get support from the manufacturer's website, as well as receive support through a 24/7 phone line.
The Sony Vaio W111XX comes equipped with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor and 512kb of L2 cache, as well as 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM. The N280 processor gives the Vaio W111XX a small edge over competitors in the netbook market, many of which come with a bit slower N270 processor. Unfortunately, the 1GB of RAM is as much as you will get from the manufacturer, as there is no upgrade to a higher amount available.
Overall, though, this netbook has just enough power and performance to get you through most basic tasks, such as surfing the Internet, checking your email, instant messaging, and working on documents without much trouble. The three-cell lithium ion battery in the Vaio W111XX is supposed to give around three hours of usage, which is not all that great considering the size of the netbook. These are devices intended for basic tasks and excellent portability while on the go, so one would expect more impressive battery life. Microsoft Windows XP is the operating system that comes pre-loaded on the Vaio.
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