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I had the 13.3 VAIO SB I think you are talking about. I have since returned it and continuing to use my 15" MBP while I wait for the new MBA. The screen in the SB is just horrid. Low res, and the worst viewing angles I've seen. My 3 year old MBP easily destroys the screen colors and angles. Even a 4 year old 600 dollar HP has a better looking screen. I will say though, the SB was smoking fast with an Intel 320 160GB ssd I put in it.
I too am an owner of a Apple laptop and a recent proud purchaser of a Vaio SB, and while the display is not as good pixel-for-pixel, it does have one thing that is VERY important to me - it's not glossy! Apple's pixels are sharper and brighter, but the SB has a matte finish, which is VERY important if you work anywhere where there is sunlight. The viewing angles aren't great if you're indoors, but my experience has been that it's VERY hard to get work done on my Mac if there is any sunlight coming in from the windows.
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Don't get a SSD included in a laptop if the storage is servicable. It is almost always more expensive than market price.
This.

Also, if you remove the HDD immediately after purchase and plop it onto a shelf or something, you'll have a factory fresh install which you can slot back in if you ever decide to get rid of the notebook.
    
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hmmm ive had a vaio z, sz and s series laptops and in my experience they are just okay. I would say they are nice ultra portables but i kinda felt a bit fragile to be something that you can put in a backpack without a sleeve etc.

Currently my gf has a vaio EB and i would say for a sub $700 laptop it gets the job done, screen has pretty nice color although we are going to be putting in a SSD in the near future to make it a bit more fluid.

I currently use a macbook air 13 inch w/ssd and its very nice, use it for class at my university and travel. My GF is looking into the samsung series 9 right now to take to class and tried one out at my local best buy and they are pretty nice, i would say a close competitor to the MBA.
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I too am an owner of a Apple laptop and a recent proud purchaser of a Vaio SB, and while the display is not as good pixel-for-pixel, it does have one thing that is VERY important to me - it's not glossy! Apple's pixels are sharper and brighter, but the SB has a matte finish, which is VERY important if you work anywhere where there is sunlight. The viewing angles aren't great if you're indoors, but my experience has been that it's VERY hard to get work done on my Mac if there is any sunlight coming in from the windows.
That is a huge reason of why I bought the SB was for the anti-glare. It turned out to be half and half and was acceptable for me. Still preferred my full anti-glare 15" screen.

For the macbooks or any shape and size though, you can go to places like power support and buy an anti-glare protector. One of my friends has an air with a powersupport anti-glare shield on it and its not as good as a real anti-glare screen, but it looks good enough for an ultra-portable. Plus you get teh 1440x900 res that offers a lot more real-estate than you would think over 1368x768.

The SB also has a **** track pad. No two finger scroll, only two finger swipes for forward and backward. The scrolling is some weird ass slide down the side then continue scrolling by spinning in a circle. I couldn't get used to it after using such an amazingly smooth trackpad.
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Yep, pretty much going with a 13" MBA now, just waiting for the update and the annual free ipod touch deal...
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Yep, pretty much going with a 13" MBA now, just waiting for the update and the annual free ipod touch deal...
That's one of the things I'm waiting for. Selling the touch makes for a nice discount on top of the 50 off you get on student pricing. Also kinda hoping the June/July MBA refresh rumors are true.
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Ive heard good things about the Acer Aspire Timeline X.

8 hours of battery, 14 inches and 1600x900. 2 GPUS, integrated and 5650 switchable.
    
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That's a really good deal on that series 9... too bad I'm not ready to pull the trigger yet. Gonna wait for the new MBA's and tomorrow release of the X1, and probably go see all three in person again before making my final decision.
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