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Oh boy, just reading the morning G&M and came across this unit called a Z1RAP. It just never stops... They're also trying to push their little [read little] vers of iLife as well [see bottom of the page]. It never stops...
 

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My, my its like a TiBook, but weaker and more expensive... And only a 14.1" screen. Although I checked their battery life estimates:

Normal battery - 2.5 to 6.5 hours
Double capacity Battery - 5.5-13 hours :eek: (It only costs $700)

That's some good battery life, and with the Centrino processor, Sony has made a decent PC laptop (that I would consider *IF* I had to get a PC)
 

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Comparing it to a similarly priced G4 TiBook, it falls short of the comparison in every area except "potential battery life" and *theoretically* processor, since the TiBook is a full-on 1GHz G4, it might be faster... but not necessarily.

Intel® Centrino? mobile technology vs. Apple 15" TiBook

        Intel® Pentium® M processor 1.50GHz vs. 1GHz G4
        Intel® PRO Wireless Network Connection 802.11b vs. Airport Extreme 802.11g


Cache Memory
        L1: 64KByte Integrated On-Die
        L2: 1M Byte Integrated On-Die vs. 1MB L3 cache

Bus Speed
400 MHz vs. 133MHz... G4 takes a beating there...

LCD
14.1" SXGA+ (1400x1050) TFT display vs. 15.2-inch TFT Display (1280x854) resolution

Graphics
ATI MOBILITY? RADEON? 16 MB video DDR SDRAM vs. ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 w/64MB DDR video memory... Oooh! kicks the VIAO's butt on this one...

Dual display support vs. Same for TiBook

Memory
512 MB DDR SDRAM (256MB on-board + 256MB SODIMM), vs. Same for TiBook

maximum 768 MB vs. maximum 1 GB

Hard Drive
60 GB hard drive vs. Same for TiBook

Optical Drive
Internal removable CD-RW/DVD combo drive(Max speeds: CD-R write 8x, CD-RW write 4x, CD Read 24x, DVD-ROM read 8x) vs. Apple SuperDrive... 'nuff said

Modem
Integrated V.90 modem vs. Same for TiBook

Ethernet
10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet with RJ-45 interface vs. Same for TiBook

Memory Stick® Media Slot
Supports optional Memory Stick® media (16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 128MBx2) vs. This would be neat... Sony gets the point for this one...

Estimated Battery Life
Lithium-ion battery, supports dual battery operation vs. Same for TiBook, although no support for dual battery operation

2.5-6.5 hours with standard battery vs. up to 5 hours for TiBook

PC Card Slots
1 type I or type II card with CardBus support vs. Same for TiBook

Audio
Windows® sound system compatible vs. Equivalent for TiBook

Built-in stereo speakers; monaural mini-jack microphone vs. Same for TiBook

Integrated Wireless LAN
IEEE 802.11b vs. IEEE 802.11g for TiBook

Weight
4.7lbs.with a standard battery vs. 5.4lbs for TiBook with battery and optical drive

Size (H x W x D)
0.9 -1.5" X 12.4" X 9.7" vs. 1.0 x 13.4 x 9.5 for TiBook

Supplied Accessories
Lithium-ion battery, power cord, and AC adapter vs. Same for TiBook, plus SVGA/ADC adapter

Service and Warranty Information
One year limited Express Service (Certain restrictions apply.) vs. About same for TiBook

One year limited parts and labor vs. About same for TiBook

Telephone Support: One year hardware and 90 days software and operating system from purchase date vs. About same for TiBook

Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Edition vs. Mac OS X... no contest there... TiBook trounces Sony on this one... Okay, I might be a bit biased


Price

$3,700 CAN vs. $3,600 for TiBook

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Strongblade - Just some errors that need fixing - The TiBook has 10/100/1000 ethernet (it does have gigabit ethernet support, while PCs are just 10/100 unless you upgrade).

Other then that your comparasion is really good... A TiBook wanna be, decent in its own right, but just not enough.
 

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Just about the same, but 2 yrs later: an eternity in hi-tech. TiBook was introduced in Jan 01 - a more comparable revision was introduced in Oct 01. Another one bytes the dust... :D
 

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One other thing of note for your comparison...the 15" TiBook does not support Airport Extreme (yet).

My two cents...
 

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Good point Ohenri. Down the road that sony will become obsolete whereas the TiBook will still hold its own.
 

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It also has the cruddy Sony 4 pin iLink IEE1394 socket that doesn't carry power. Major downgrade and inconvenience for a laptop!! If does have USB2 though.

Looks too 20th century to me. And to think the Intel VP was trying to push the great Centrino products on Apple.... Centrino is a significant advance for PC lap tops, but its only caught up with Apple laptop technology (allowing 1" designs, Airport networking and decent battery life). It's hilarious to see people putting away (or changing the batteries on) their PC saddle tops after about an hour of use on a plane.....
 
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