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Sony VAIO VGN-UX490N/C 4.5-Inch Portable Computer (Intel Core 2 Solo U2200 Processor, 1GB RAM, 48 GB Flash Drive, Vista Business)

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  • Amazingly small micro PC fits in your hand--4.5 inch LCD touch screen and hidden keyboard
  • 48 GB flash memory storage, 1.2 GHz Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core 2 Solo U2200 processor, 1 GB RAM
  • Tri-mode WiFi (802.11a/b/g), wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) with AT&T SIM card, Bluetooth connectivity
  • One built-in USB 2.0 port and Memory Stick slot; includes port replicator with three USB, one Firewire, Ethernet, VGA out, composite A/V out
  • Pre-installed with Windows Vista Business
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Product Information

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Screen Size4.5 inches
Processor1.2 GHz Intel Core Solo
Hard Drive48 GB
Brand NameSony
Item model numberVGN-UX490N/C
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows XP Professional Edition
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H1.50 x 5.91 x 3.74 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceATA133
Additional Information
Shipping Weight5.8 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 17, 2007
Warranty & Support
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Product Description

Product Description

Amazingly small micro PC fits in your hand--4.5 inch LCD touch screen and hidden keyboard48 GB flash memory storage 1.2 GHz Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core 2 Solo U2200 processor 1 GB RAMTri-mode WiFi (802.11a/b/g) wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) with AT&T SIM card Bluetooth connectivityOne built-in USB 2.0 port and Memory Stick slot; includes port replicator with three USB one Firewire Ethernet VGA out composite A/V outPre-installed with Windows Vista Business


Featuring cutting-edge flash memory, the black Sony VAIO VGN-UX490N/C Micro PC is an ultra-portable, full-functioning PC small enough to fit in your pocket. Taking the PC to the next level, the UX490N/C stores data on 48 MB of solid state flash memory, instead of a traditional spinning disc drive. Weighing just over a pound and measuring 5.9 by 3.75 inches, it easily fits in the palm of your hand. The UX490N/C features a 4.5-inch widescreen SVGA screen that ingeniously slides up to expose an integrated keyboard. The pocket-sized UX490N/C comes equipped with a stylus and Sony's VAIO touch launcher for quick access to functions frequently used such as Internet access, e-mail, various computer applications, games and music. Just push the launcher button located on the side of the unit.

It's powered by Windows Vista Business and Intel's newest Core 2 Solo U2200 processor with ultra-low voltage for extended battery life. Advanced wireless capabilities are built right in--including tri-mode Wi-Fi, WWAN, WLAN, and Bluetooth--and expansion is a breeze with the included port replicator. It even includes two built-in cameras--one on the front (0.3 megapixels) for VoIP tele/videoconferencing and the other (1.3 megapixels) on the back for taking snapshots. Other technical features include a 1 GB of RAM, a Memory Stick slot, and a full complement of pre-installed software (from Internet security to Microsoft Works). For added convenience, a docking station with three 2.0 USB ports, Ethernet, VGA, iLink (FireWire/IEEE-1394) interface and an AV output comes with the unit, making it easy to connect to peripherals like a full-sized keyboard, display and speakers when back in the office or at home.

Advanced Wireless Mobility
The UX490N/C features Sony's SmartWi technology, which seamlessly integrates wireless Wide Area Network (WAN), 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth technologies, enabling you to toggle among your wireless connectivity options depending on your surroundings. The tri-mode wireless LAN is compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and Wi-Fi hotspots) as well as 802.11a networks (which has a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments). The integrated wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) technology lets you access the AT&T Wireless EDGE network to extend your wireless coverage beyond LAN access networks and hotspots (an AT&T SIM card is included; see more about WWANs below). And with the Bluetooth wireless connectivity, you can synchronize and transfer files between the PC and peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs.

Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)
If you're the ultimate road warrior, you need to access the Internet and check e-mail without having to plug in your Sony Vaio notebook PC, and without cables to boot. Welcome to the world of WWANs (wireless wide area networks). With WWANs, you can access critical network resources and home office files from the front seat of your car, the airport, the local coffee shop, or your recliner at home. Sony Vaio computers use SmartWi technology to access the AT&T Wireless national EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) network.

A WWAN uses long-range wireless connections -- the same networks as cellular phones -- to provide access across a large geographic area. In comparison, a WLAN (wireless LAN) covers only one or more buildings located close together. The use of wireless connectivity on a WLAN is simply an alternative to the PSTN (public switched telephone network), which you may have used -- or still use -- to dial into your ISP (Internet service provider) or reach your company's network. On a WWAN, however, you use wireless connectivity to reach your carrier's data network instead of plugging into a phone jack and dialing into your ISP. Each mobile device communicates with the public carrier's base station, providing coverage across entire states, regions, and countries via cell phone towers.

Security & Safety Features
Sony's line of Vaio UX micro-PCs take security seriously, employing a biometric fingerprint sensor and proprietary hard disk drive protection software to ensure your data is protected from unauthorized use as well as accidental damage. Fingerprint biometrics is a convenient and secure way to protect your computer and the information on it with a simple swipe of your finger. It also stores passwords to secure web sites you visit, so authentication and access are quick and easy--you only need your fingerprint.

The Basics

  • Processor: Offering the latest in ultra-low voltage processing power, the single-core Intel Core 2 Solo U2200 processor has a has a power consumption rating of just 5 watts and a 1.2 GHz speed that's paired with a fast 533 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.) The Core 2 Solo processor delivers enhanced performance for today's demanding applications such as CAD tools, 3-D and 2-D modeling, video editing, digital music, digital photography and gaming. And Intel's Smart Cache technology enables smarter, more efficient cache and bus design for enhanced performance, responsiveness and power savings.

  • Hard Drive: The 48 GB of flash memory (NAND) storage is on the small side when compared to traditional notebooks, but it is understandable in such a small package. Faster and more reliable, flash memory provides a rapid boot-up and quicker access to applications while improving battery life. Flash memory is also more reliable than hard disk memory, mainly because there are no moving parts. Since data is written to stationary flash memory instead of a spinning hard disk, you have less risk of hardware problems with the hard disk when you're on the move.

  • Memory: It's loaded with 1 GB of 400 MHz, PC-3200 DDR2 RAM. On the downside, that's the maximum that the UX490N/C will accept, so you won't be able to upgrade.

  • CD/DVD Drive: This Micro PC does not come with an integrated optical drive, but Sony offers an optional, external multi-format DVD burner (VGP-DDRW4).

  • Keyboard & Mouse: The hidden keyboard has 64 keys with a 0.15mm stroke and 8.6mm pitch.
Screen, Video & Audio
The UX490N/C's wide, touchscreen 4.5-inch XBRITE LCD has a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution (SVGA) and includes control buttons for zooming, scrolling, and a stick pointer, as well as the ability to view in either landscape or portrait orientations. The high brightness level of an XBRITE display means that black tones appear richer and deeper while white tones remain brighter. Graphics and text display clearly and colors appear more lifelike. This Micro PC includes a built-in monaural speaker and is compatible with the Windows sound system. Video and graphics are powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which uses Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) and provides up to 251 MB of shared video memory.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
The UX490N/C has a single USB 2.0 port, headphone and microphone jacks, Memory Stick slot (compatible with Memory Stick DUO and MagicGate functionality), and a port replicator connection. The included port replicator offers three USB 2.0, one 4-pinFireWire, VGA out, composite A/V out, and Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX) connections.

Operating System
The Windows Vista Business operating system is designed to meet the needs of business organizations of all sizes. For small businesses, Windows Vista Business will help keep PCs running smoothly and more securely so you will be less reliant on dedicated IT support. For larger organizations, Windows Vista Business provides dramatic new infrastructure improvements, enabling your IT staff to spend less time focused on the day-to-day maintenance of PCs. An array of sophisticated new backup technologies helps protect your information even in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure. And Windows Vista Business has a new user interface, named Windows Aero, which is designed to deliver new levels of efficiency for any business user. This new interface makes it easy to navigate through the operating system and from application to application. For instance, Windows Aero helps you juggle multiple tasks at once by providing a three-dimensional, real-time, animated view of all your open applications and documents.

Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.

Preloaded Software
Includes Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition (60-day trial), Symantec Norton Internet Security 2007 (with 60 days of Live Update).

Dimensions and Weight
Amazingly small, the UX490N/C measures 5.9 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches (WxHxD) and weighs just 1.2 pounds with the included standard battery.

It comes with the standard VGP-BPS6 standard capacity lithium ion battery, which provides between 1.5 and 3.5 hours of power (depending on usage). The optional large capacity VGP-BPL6 battery can power the UX490N/C for up to 7 hours.

What's in the Box
This package contains the VGN-UX490N/C, detachable stand, stylus, lithium-ion rechargeable battery, AC adapter and power cord, port replicator, AT&T SIM card, a large capacity battery (VGP-BPL6), a Bluetooth GPS receiver (VGP-BGU1), a soft carrying case, strap, 2 additional stick pointer caps, and a VGA/LAN adapter. It's backed by a 1-year limited warranty with 1 year of toll-free technical telephone assistance.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Murugeyson on June 3, 2008
This is one of the most satisfying and exciting piece of electronics I have bought for a long time.

I was highly skeptical of the UX when I was planning to buy an ultra portable laptop; I had narrowed it down to either this or the TZ series. I went for this because they would allow me to take this to work and I haven't regretted that decision for a sec. Even though I hardly take it to office

The reason I like this so much is (not the price though; I paid premium for it) that it can do some many things. I use it as a full fledge GPS system (with Garmin Mobile PC software and the BT GPS receiver which came with it); I use it as a normal laptop at home (I have a desk setup with a 21' LCD monitor, with everything attached to the dock). I also have a Verizon 727 usb modem, which keeps me connected all the time everywhere. I have three chargers plus a car charger so is pretty powered on always. I prefer to carry a charger than the bulky extended battery.

I use Vista, though many say UX is not made for such resource extensive OS; I find no issues at all. I also use Ubuntu; not all the hardware is compatible so I'm just testing it out. In essence you can run any OS you feel like (Vista, XP, OSX even Linux) only catch is you need to be real patient and search a lot (You would not get any assistance from Sony in this regard). But the good thing is you have dedicated forums.

The only improvement I can think of is swapping the WWAN card for a CF slot (in the US model) because for one it only comes with EDGE (and not 3G) next with CF slot I can connect a GSM card and use it as a phone. (US UX comes with a SIM card slot but the hardware supports only data and not voice)

I almost forgot, it's got one of the best displays I have ever seen in its class.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JULIO CACHAY on May 16, 2008
I bought this computer in a vaio store. This is a very impressive electronic device. A full functioning computer. The only thing I don't like is the keyboard. If you plan to type documents this would be a problem. The keys are too hard, really it is more simple to type from a blackberry cellphone. But, if you accept this problem, the computer performs very well. I was impresed about the fact that you don't need to buy anything more with this computer. It comes with a standard and a long live batery too, a carrying case, a port extension device, a base and even with a GPS receiver. As all the sony laptops a lot of software you don't want comes with it, and it will take a big part of the HDD. I spent two hours uninstalling software. The windows vista takes a lot of speed but even in that way, it is acceptable considering that this is a very small computer. The screen has a very high resolution, I can use it to read documents, but if you have eyes problems don't try it!. This computer is excelent for using in the plane, but actually since I buy it I am wondering if I bought this computer by curiosity or because I need it. Sometimes I think that I could buy a 13 inches laptop that would be much easier for me to work on. Actually I am trying to sell this small impresive computer in my country.

My english is not perfect, sorry for that.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By ESVK VINE VOICE on February 24, 2008
I have researched this Sony VAIO VGN-UX490N to see what improvements it has over the VGN-UX390N (which I own). For roughly $900 more, you don't get a lot. The new Intel U2200 processor has a slower clock speed and only half the cache of the U1500(in the 390N). This may account for the battery power savings but at what cost? The flash drive is 18 GB larger than the 390N - but is that really worth $900? Keep your drive clean and buy a Pro Duo memory stick. Somebody let me know if I missed something here but this doesn't appear to be significantly different than its predecessor and, as a result, is not a good value for your hard-earned money.
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