Originally Posted by ozziea
On the other hand, since I work with video -Avid, AE, Flash, Photoshop - the faster video card does seem a big plus. Just how much faster is the card?
For those apps, the video card wont make a difference. The processor and memory will. The nice thing about the sonoma platform is that it can take advantage of a much higher memory bandwidth, due to the 533mhz fsb, it can actually fully take advantage of the Dual Channel DDR400. On the other hand, you are paying a premium for DDR400 in microdimms, because it isnt really in mass production at this point (not many sub-notebooks with sonoma). *edit* The other nice thing about this one is the sound will be better, perhaps it has the same speakers but the new "azalia" sound that comes with the 915CM chipsets is just supposed to be really high quality.
Personally, I think the S360 is a better system. The older Dothan core CPU's have a TDP of 21w (as opposed to 27w on the new Sonoma cores). Also, the R9700 has a lower TDP than the PCI-E Nvidia card as well(not to mention it performs better). As its been said you can pick up the 512mb micro dimm from newegg for ~$120 and have a good amount of memory, for a fairly cheap system.
I really like this little lappy, but the thing is, Sony doesnt offer VOS (i think this is a must for me) for the S360, only the 270 configured. And for the similar configuration its around 200$ more than the 360 when the rebate is taken into consideration.
The nice thing about the 270 is you can get a 5400rpm 60gb hd. So currently for me its the W3v vs the S270... and the W3v with things like xp pro, built in bluetooth, Svid out, dual layer dvd burner all standard, seems to be winning out.
Anyhow. Thats my take on the whole thing.