My custom rig is still on order (1.8, 80GB 5400 RPM HDD), but I saw and played with an A190 at J&R in NYC today!
It is simply STUNNING. On a sales floor full of notebooks, this one really stands out. The screen is breathtaking. For those of us waiting for a 17" WUXGA, this is the one. The screen could not be better. I'm a photographer and I can't wait to start editing pics on this thing.
The case design is sleek and unassuming. Overall it looks a little like a Toshiba P-25 crossed with a Apple Powerbook. It is however MUCH lighter than the P-25 and you can really tell the difference in the screen quality and resolution. The power brick is smaller than I expected (I just returned a Dell I9100 which really had a huge adapter).
The keyboard felt perfect. The ports were all in the right place. The only small drag to me is the Ethernet port is on the back and inside a small pull-down "port hider" (with the monitor port, video out and 2 more USBs). The port hider is a lot like the little rectangular plastic hinged things that cover the controls on the front of a TV. I use Ethernet a lot and I wonder how long the hider cover will last (I might take it off).
This is really a unique-looking and feeling machine. I'll post a review as soon as mine shows up next week I hope.
So far I am glad to have returned the 9100... these two computers do not even look like they were made on the same planet.
Also, I have discovered a company called Insight (www.insight.com
) that resells Sony Vaios. They are a public company with a great reseller rating. Most importantly, their prices are significantly lower than sonystyle.com. Plus they can sell an on-site next business day, accidental damage extended warranty for Sony Vaio that comes directly from Sony. The service is provided by Banctec, the same firm that handles this for Dell. My rep at Insight is Dan H x6512 and he's working directly with their Sony rep.
Hope this is helpful...