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  • - Hey guys this is Austin.

  • Do you remember Vaio?

  • Back in the nineties and 2000s

  • Sony absolutely cranked out weird but cool designs.

  • Over the last few years though

  • things have been a little bit quiet on and Vaio front

  • ever since they went independent in 2014.

  • That is until today with the brand new Vaio SX14.

  • Take one look at this red and yeah it looks dope

  • however the rest of the build quality

  • sadly does not quite notch up with the looks.

  • Now sure it feels lightweight

  • however it just doesn't have that same premium feel

  • as you would expect when you're paying

  • upwards of $2000 for a brand new laptop.

  • It's sturdy enough but put it side by side

  • with one of my favorite laptops of 2019 so far,

  • the ASUS ZenBook S13, it's really no contest.

  • The only advantage here of the Vaio hardware

  • really is just that lightness but besides that

  • this beats it in pretty much every other aspect.

  • Speaking of the ZenBook they do share

  • a very similar keyboard design.

  • So not only do they have nice chiclet keys

  • but importantly they also have a lifted design

  • so essentially when you close the laptops they go flat.

  • Okay, that's actually not what I thought was gonna happen.

  • (coughs)

  • But when you open it up you get a little bit

  • of an extra lift on the keyboard

  • and this goes a long way in making it feel

  • a lot more comfortable,

  • especially for longer typing sessions.

  • Now I might sound like I'm being a little bit too negative

  • about the Vaio but there are some legitimate strengths,

  • starting with the ports.

  • This has more ports than any other Ultrabook I've ever seen.

  • So on top of three USBs, 3.0 ports

  • there's also not only a USB-C

  • as well as HDMI but there's ethernet

  • and there's even a VGA port

  • on a brand new Ultrabook in 2019.

  • Yeah, that's a Japanese businessman's special.

  • Like I was saying earlier the keyboard does have a nice feel

  • and you also do have a fingerprint sensor on board

  • but what I'm not a huge fan of is the touchpad.

  • Now, yeah, it's nice to have the physical buttons

  • but this is just way smaller

  • than pretty much any modern laptop

  • and it does date these Vaio just a little bit.

  • Now, by default it does come

  • with a fourteen inch 1080p display

  • but this red model is the hiring version

  • with a full 4K panel.

  • Now I'm usually not a huge fan of 4K displays on Ultrabooks

  • 'cause I find they usually have

  • a little too much of a trade-off as far as battery life goes

  • but I will definitely admit this does look nice,

  • super sharp, super crisp.

  • Unfortunately though the battery life

  • is not the strong suit of the Vaio, at all.

  • Paired with a small battery

  • this just feels like a throwback.

  • Now admittedly I do use the computer fairly hard,

  • so I've got the brightness cranked almost all the way up

  • and high performance mode on

  • but even so I'm only getting

  • about three and a half hours on a charge with this guy.

  • Pretty much every other Ultrabook out there,

  • even when you're completely cranking it out,

  • should give you at least five to six hours,

  • so that's something that I'm not super thrilled about.

  • It's just, it's definitely probably,

  • the weakest part of this Vaio,

  • just being totally honest, I mean its fine,

  • it's usable if you're near an outlet

  • but it's just really weird in 2019

  • to have a laptop with that little battery life.

  • Thankfully performance is modern at least.

  • So not only do you have

  • the latest 8th generation Core i7 on board

  • but this guy's also outfitted with 16 gigs of RAM

  • and a super fast one terabyte PCIe SSD.

  • There's not doubt that this looks dope in red

  • but when you take it as an entire package

  • the SX14 just falls behind.

  • Not only is the battery life poor

  • and there's some weird design decisions

  • but most importantly it is really expensive.

  • This thing starts at 1300 bucks

  • but if you wanna get the maxed out version in red

  • that's going to cost you $2300.

  • Put that side by side with the ZenBook

  • and it's really no comparison.

  • I will take this pretty much any day

  • however that got me thinking.

  • Vaio used to be the undisputed champ

  • when it comes to weird and premium laptops

  • so what exactly happened?

  • So as you might be able to tell

  • some time has passed 'cause we're waiting

  • for some old school Vaios to show up straight from Japan

  • but there's some really, really cool stuff here.

  • So first of all we have the Vaio X505.

  • Now at first glance this could totally be a laptop

  • that's being sold today

  • however it actually came out in 2004.

  • Yes my friends, we're got a Japanese copy

  • of Windows XP loaded up on this bad boy

  • and it's kind of awesome.

  • Considering that this came out four years

  • before the MacBook Air it's actually not that far behind.

  • Now, yeah the 10.4 inch display

  • isn't massive by today's standards

  • but one of the cool things is that you actually

  • get some king of interesting thinness.

  • I mean this is honestly thinner than most laptops

  • you can buy today and this was way before the days of USB-C.

  • I mean, look, this is literally the Wi-Fi antennae

  • or the Wi-Fi card.

  • Now my Japanese skills aren't quite good enough

  • to figure out how to get this thing over to English

  • but it does have a whopping 1.2 gigs of RAM

  • which I think actually someone paid to upgrade.

  • Now as you might imagine,

  • a laptop like this was not exactly cheap,

  • even in Japan back in 2004.

  • I mean what what the actual price on this guy?

  • - [Man] Three thousand

  • - $3000 new, and that was back in 2004. (exhales)

  • Yeah but hey it's okay,

  • you've got a ten gigabyte hard drive, you'll be just fine.

  • Update, I was wrong, 20 gigabyte hard drive,

  • that's where it's at right there.

  • It's also surprisingly light at just about two pounds

  • and a lot of that is just the battery in the back.

  • A big part of that is because it is made out

  • of a composite carbon fiber.

  • Now when you look at this kind of stuff,

  • sure $3000 was a lot back in the day

  • but you were legitimately getting something

  • that was way ahead of its time.

  • Whereas the current day Vaio, I mean it's not a bad laptop

  • but you're still paying a premium price

  • for something that's really not in that same kind of league

  • of wow this looks like it could be made today

  • if you ignore the fact it doesn't have a touchpad

  • and has a little nipple.

  • Now as cool as this is we are just getting started

  • with some of these awesome old Vaio designs.

  • Next up is the PCG-505 from 1998.

  • Now, yeah this looks a bit on the thicker and heavier side

  • compared to stuff that's modern

  • but again this was the late nineties.

  • This was absolutely tiny compared

  • to what most people we're (coughs) carrying around.

  • Now sadly, this model doesn't actually function,

  • although it would be cool if it did

  • but we can take a look at the hardware

  • and see just how far ahead of its time it was.

  • So not only do we have a USB-A port,

  • which, believe it or not,

  • for the late nineties was very impressive.

  • We also have a series of other ports

  • including my favorite, a little modem

  • that kind of pops into the side here.

  • And on top of that if we pop the little side of the screen,

  • we have a good old stylus.

  • Now I know a stylus is not a touchscreen

  • but you could use this in conjunction with the touchpad

  • to write the world's tiniest, little notes.

  • Now if USB and FireWire aren't your thing,

  • you could also get this giant dongle for it.

  • Now this adds a ton of additional ports