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Gear 09/04

The ultimate in slim notebooks and PDAs

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The Skinny

Sony's VAIO X505 redefines the meaning of the ultrathin notebook. At roughly a half-inch thick and only 1.85 pounds (with battery), the X505 offers full-featured portability-a 10.4-inch display, an 83-key qwerty keyboard, a 1.10GHz Pentium M processor, a 20GB hard drive and 512MB of memory. The X505 also has an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, an 802.11g wireless LAN card, and an IEEE 1394 port. Built with the mobile warrior in mind, the carbon/nickel-cased notebook comes with a nylon carrying case and a USB mouse with a Memory Stick media slot built in.

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