Originally Posted by MagicRobin
I'm a guy who has enough muscles to carry around a 6.5lbs computer and have my two hard disks, my DVD burner, my high-ends graphic card and my fast processor as well as about anything else a computer can have. That amounts to what is preferred, but a powerful 6.5lbs Centrino fits the bill where an ultra-light 3lbs computer doesn't. But we probably have different needs. Sony mostly focuses on "slim & style" which is nice, but what is inside, umm, doesn't convince me.
I don't see what's the link between Sony and Toyota. A hybrid vehicle costs less and is ecological. Perhaps an ultraportable costs less and is ecological?
Of course, that's not my point. I'm not comparing the muscle of my computer (although I'm quite happy with my Centrino 1GHz, and a DVD burner is available). My only point is, Sony is doing something no one else is doing, and something it takes much more engineering to do. You can see from the barrage of laptops with similar specs as yours that it's fairly easy to put the kitchen sink in a 7-10lb notebook. Much more difficult is to pare down to a computer which can do everything, except perhaps play high end games, to a size less than a sheet of paper in width and depth and and a weight of 3lbs.
Incidentally, I'm not standing up for their mainstream consumer computers--I'm only talking about their lightweight computers which are their technological showpieces (X505, TR, U in Japan). The mainstream computers they sell are just money makers to profit on their reputation.
Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but of course the comparison was: Prius is small, efficient, technological marvel. Suburban is large, powerful, but doesn't introduce much of anything new except perhaps a larger motor and more gadgets on the interior each year as "improvements".
The comparison carries out to what I said earlier about these "useless" computers being so important, as the technology that Toyota/Sony cuts their teeth on in the hybrids/ultraportables will one day possibly be trickling down to power their large SUVs/17" DTR notebook and make them more efficient. (In fact, this can already be seen at Toyota with their Highlander SUV hybrid in the works)
If I wanted a DTR, I wouldn't have gone with Sony up until perhaps the A series though.