SpeedModo: ~1Mbit EVDO Downloads with Sony's Sexxed Up Vaio TX Subnotebook

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We've had our mitts on Sony's TX — the first Cellular equipped laptop capable of DSL speeds — for a bit now. But this morning, Sprint upgraded their EVDO network to the faster, DSL speed Revision A standard. And this gorgeous little subnotebook sucked down cellular bits like I've never seen a WWAN chipset do. On average, it hit 500kbits DL, but at its best, it downloaded Firefox to the tune of 157 KBytes a second, or over 1Mbit/s.

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Granted, I am on Twin Peaks, less than 1000 feet from the physical peak of San Francisco. But these speeds are unheard of for a built in data connection. I've put data test images from speedtest.net and broadbandreports.com after the jump, if you're interested.

And the hardware itself isn't bad either. The TX's carbon fiber chassis, 11-inch ultrabrite screen, dual layer dvd burner, finger print scanner, and smart keyboard had me at "HELLO." (Oh yes, I am so giddy about this notebook that just dropped Jerry F-ing Maguire quotes on you.) A gut check on speed and battery life: Batteries go on and on, with the TX's ability to shut down individual components, user spec'd. And Core Solo is about as good as it gets for lappie this small. The details: click on through for a visual tour of the bits and ports of the notebook.

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DISCUSSION

I'm shocked, and just a little bit saddened that all people on here seem to care about is how fast the WAN's capabilities run, when everything else about this lilliputian masterpiece is just sheer joy. Wonder at the razor-like thinness of its display, thin as three credit cards stacked together and yet, still capable of inducinging breathtaking visual awe! Marvel at the ultrathin internal dvd write-capable drive! Look, and be amazed at the biometric security scanner and linked features! Witness the ultra-light weight factor due to its specially-selected components such as the 1.8" hard disk drive, and the aforementioned display! At least 1 ghz of processing power and up to 2, count 'em, two gigabytes of RAM for mindblowing performance!

What's not to love? All the pre-loaded crap can be deleted. Sure it's not the smallest windows-capable piece of technology out on the market, but I for one won't be considering the UX or the OQO(What a stupid name. What is it with companies and their dumb, 3-letter, unusually-pronounced product names? Hello, Wii? Yech.)

Yeah, fine, the WAN is uberfast, nice, but I do have to agree on at least one previously-mentioned point: Who wants to be locked into a 2-year contract? And with Cingular and Sprint of all providers? Consumer Reports, the national product testing consumer advocacy/protection agency, has consistently listed Cingular and Sprint as two of the lowest performers in almost every single service region for several years now. I won't mention who performed the best, lest I be accused of being biased or some flunky of the corporation. However, even if going with the best was an option, again, who wants to be locked into a 2-year contract? Psssh. Get real Sony.

That said, I'm angling to buy the TX ASAP.