Stop this nonsense.
No need to bash this great engineering marvel just because (enter your favorite excuse, e.g. it's a PC, you can't afford it, you own something else, etc)
It's a sub 2lbs laptop. It deserves an award, not a blind bashing.
Plus, you are wrong about the spec. It's 1.1GHz Pentium M. Last I checked my VAIO Z1 with 1.3GHz Pentium M is faster than my Powerbook G4. 505X is not going to be slower than your laptop.
Who cares about the CD drive while you are on the road? I never needed mine, except for a couple of occasions where I had to watch a DVD. CDRW is for home, you don't carry them around.
Did I mention it's a sub 2 lbs laptop? Yeah, it's not a PDA, it's a freaking laptop! Although it's sure to have crappy keyboards, it's nevertheless a great engineering achivement.
Yeah, sure, it's really light and thin. I agree about that. That's one of the features I really like about. But seriously, it's so lacking in the other features it's not really worth getting. I love things that are thin and light, I agree. But I also like a lot of features and power and stuff. Sure, the Sony laptop probably deserves an award for being thin, but it's at the 'extreme' end of the balance between portability and function.
I would love that Sony laptop if it had a bit bigger hard drive, upgradeable RAM, an optical drive, a decent pointing system and a better processor, and more ports and longer battery life. I really would. I still like my school's PC laptops and find they're pretty good. I'm not one of those dudes obsessed about Mac. Our PC laptops at school are good because they have an optical drive, a decent hard drive and processor and their RAM is upgradeable. Plus they're dirt cheap. I actually wouldn't mind that Sony at all if it had more features. As I said, I like a balance between features and portability, and I don't care what you say, that Sony is right at the 'portability' end of the scale. Sure, that's great for some people, I admit that, but I wouldn't find it worth it, especially since I could pick up a laptop with a better processor, a better port array, a better hard drive, a better screen, a better pointing device and better RAM, and a Superdrive, for less $$$ than that laptop costs.
I seriously doubt that laptop's 1.1GHz M processor could top my PowerBook's 1.33GHz G4. PCs are always slower than Macs with the same GHz rating, that's a well-known fact. And PC's are certainly always slower than Macs with a higher GHz rating. That Sony would not top the performance I get out of my 1.33GHz PowerBook. Especially because that laptop has 512MB of upgradeable RAM whereas my PowerBook supports up to 1.256GB RAM. And my PowerBook has a Nvidia GeForce FX Go 5200 graphics card, whereas that Sony has 'Intel® 855GM Chipset Integrated Graphics' which is a fancy way of saying 'no graphics card'. So don't give me this shat about the Sony being faster than my 12" PB, because it ain't gonna happen, period.
I care about a CD drive on the road. I care about a CD drive wherever I am. If a friend gives me a CD with some music on it, I want to be able to listen to it where I am, I don't want to have to wait until I get home to put it into my external CD drive to start playing the music. The whole point people get laptops is so they can do stuff on the go. The X505 doesn't allow you to do that at all. You're using excuses like 'Well, you don't really need a CD drive with your laptop because you don't use it...' instead of facing up to the fact that the X505 doesn't have a crucial part of most laptops. Please don't use excuses like that.
But I agree with you, it is an engineering marvel and some people may get it if they don't really need a high-tech laptop. But I personally would like to have more features for less of a price, even if that means I have to carry an extra 2LBS with me wherever I go. I do see your point though, if somebody wanted a light laptop for doing everyday things this would be the laptop to get.
Are you telling me there are no power outlets are your school? That's pretty ****ty. Lots of the classrooms at my university (University of Maryland) have an ethernet jack and a poweroutlet built right into the desk surface at each seat specifically for students with laptops. These features are mainly in the technology field buildings (computer science, etc) but there are not gonna be many times at school where you can't charge it. I doubt you use your laptop for any math classes, and if you're on campus for longer than 4 hours a day part of that time is probably spent in a library where a power outlet is definitely going to be available. Quit PC hating.
Umm... I'm in highschool, dude. There's like 2 power outlets in the entire class. Anyways, you're sort of evading the point of laptops. The point of laptops is to be completely portable anywhere. I doubt there are plugs wherever you go, if you travel globally, so you do need a bigger battery life. Again, you're making excuses for the battery life time of the X505. The battery life is supposedly '2.5-4 hours', meaning you'll typically get somewhere around 3 hours. That's far from the 4.5 hours my PowerBook has, and you do notice it. So stop making exuses for the X505. It has inferior battery life, and battery life does matter with laptops, don't try to get out of that.
Anyways, I don't want to start a flame war at all. If you guys really like the X505, I respect your decision, it's a sleek, stylish laptop that's pretty good. I just wouldn't get it myself, that's all.