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PCG-X505 from front
PCG-X505 from front


PCG-X505 from side
PCG-X505 from side

The VAIO PCG-X505 was a high-end, thin and light, "ultraportable" laptop computer released by Sony worldwide in 2004 (with a Japan-only release in 2003). It was marketed as an "Extreme 505" notebook, the last in the 505 series. It was the slimmest laptop available at the time and is still thought of as the "MacBook Air before the MacBook Air".

PCG-X505 marketing image
PCG-X505 marketing image

It was highly praised for its cutting-edge thin design, its very low weight (only 860g - 1.85lb, achieved by using carbon fiber for the lid) and for the good performance that it still managed to achieve in spite of the very compact dimensions. It featured an Intel Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) "Dothan" Pentium M clocked at 1.1GHz and Intel 855GME Graphics with 64MB of VRAM.

The original MSRP for its US release was 2999.99USD from the SonyStyle.com website. It shipped with Windows XP Professional.

Original Sony accessories for the laptop included a semi-rigid carrying case, a DVD-RW external unit powered by a special connector that slots inside the i.Link S400 port and a power outlet near said port and a PCMCIA wireless card


Detailed Specs

Processor: 1.1GHz Intel "Dothan" Pentium M

Graphics: 64MB Intel 855GME

Memory: DDR SDRAM (soldered)

Storage: 1.8" HDD

Ports: 1x Type II PC card slot; 1x Sony i.Link S400 (Apple FireWire 400 4-pin/ IEEE 1394); 2x USB 2.0

Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g wireless (using an included PCMCIA wireless card)

Display: 10.4" 1024x768 (XGA), 4:3 TFT panel

Weight: 860g (1.85lb)

Battery life: 2h, 57min as tested by NotebookReview.com at launch

MSRP: 2999.99USD (US)

Daily usage today

While extremely advanced for its time back in 2004, the X505 is, nowadays, almost completely useless. Its processor is, when compared to other laptops of its time, slower, the graphics are weaker, and the RAM is not upgradeable (even though it is enough for light usage like text editing or even importing videos from the i.Link S400 port). The little, 1.8" HDD will also not help things out (it uses the same compact IDE interface as Apple's iPods, so spares are easy and cheap to find, as well as flash modding solutions). The tiny keyboard and awkward "trackpoint" mouse interface will not add anything positive to the overall user experience

Overall, the PCG-X505 can only be recommended as a collectors item, and a rather expensive one as well


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