Pros Small, light, sturdy, stylish, portable, optimal business machine
Cons Most people say price, but this is only partly true
Summary Sony's X505 laptop is groundbreaking. As of last month (and I think also presently), it is the smallest and lightest fully functional notebook on the market. It has everything that a business (or possibly non-gaming college student) can want in a notebook. What is the point of a notebook with everything possible that weighs so much you never carry it around? This is the best notebook to own in conjunction with a desktop, which is how I use it.
I would like to completely counter all of the "ohh dear! it is so expensive!!" comments found in most posts here. To begin, almost every internal component was specially designed for this notebook. The 20GB HD is about the size of a compact flash card. The housing is made out of carbon (expensive but strong and heat resistant). It has no fans and uses a liquid cooling system. There are no components under the keyboard. Absolutely everything lies in the area directly above the keyboard. There is physically no room for built in bluetooth, which is one thing many people also complain about.
It is a "special series", and Sony has no plans as of yet for a new series based on this design. I was working for Sony at the CeBIT Conference in Hannover this year and know this computer insideout. People do not generally complain about how expensive a Bentley or Lamborghini is when these cars are purchased. The same rule applies here: This is (currently) the Bentley of notebooks. Don't buy it if you can't afford it. And if you can't afford it then don't complain because you can't.
Toshiba currently has plans for releasing a new "special" series, called the Dynabook SS. When this is released, it will be the only comparable notebook to the X505. It will also be about the same amount of money. So the lesson here is if you want the latest and greatest in technology you have to pay for it.
As an X505 owner, I would recommend it to any manager that travels and works or likes to carry around his/her notebook most of the time. A college student may also find it quite interesting for carrying around campus and using in lectures. With a desktop computer and some sort of synchronization software between the two computers (my personal setup), one should have no complaints.
Pros Slick, light, stylish, fast, reliable in every facet, portable.
Cons Expensive, hard to repair, consumer reports does NOT report on Sony, they report on PC Specialist like HP and Acer so it's hard to read up on these from an outside opinion.
Pros Design, feather light weight, durability, and surprisingly, performance. I bought this laptop for it's portability rather than performance, but to my surprise, it runs faster than my Vaio Z1 running on Centrino M 1.7GHz. I recommend buying from Dynamism.c
Cons Screen could've been bigger considering all the extra space around it. Internal speakers could've been a little more powerful, but these are trade offs for its protability. 20GB hard drive may seem a little small but w/o the Vaio recovery partition, 20GB'
Pros very sleek and cool
Cons This product is way too expensive. If anyone is interested in this form factor, you should really consider the Sharp Actius MM20. The dimension, weight and feature are very similar but the Sharp system only cost about $1400.
Pros Aside from Sony's Z1 series, this is probably the most elegantly designed laptop that I've ever seen. What I like about both laptops is that they have a slight angle to them that makes typing a lot more comfortable, though I would have prefered the keys
Cons I know the screen is only 10.4 inches, but I was hoping for slightly higher resolution. Not too much of a problem. The system also doesn't have a fan.