Sony UX380N

On February 17, 2007, in Technology, by Administrator


I’ve spent a good deal of time using the Sony UX380N. I was a fan of the original UX180, but could never quite get used to how slow it was. It always felt more like a PDA than a portable computer to me. The UX380N is certainly a marked improvement on the device, which is quite an accomplishment in just six months.

Some things I like:

  • It is running Windows Vista Business. I don’t like Windows, in particular Windows XP. Vista is a great improvement to the OS and this device comes with Vista pre-installed.
  • It is fast. The 380N is using a solid state hard disk, has 512meg more memory and is running an Intel Core Solo processor. All of these seem to contribute to a much faster system. In fact, it is downright snappy.
  • Integrated biometrics. Fingerprint authentication works great and is very convenient for a device this size. Also, Sony has bundled a great application which lets you use fingers as hotkeys so that left middle finger can launch Explorer and right index finger can launch Firefox.
  • Integrated dual-cameras. Great for a quick video capture or to use Skype with Video.

Things I don’t like:

Integrated Cingular Edge service. Edge is the worst of the cellular data services. I wish Sony would get out of bed with Cingular.

  • Keyboard is still a bit tough to use.
  • Way to many pre-installed apps. I spent the first hour just uninstalling all the crap Sony includes on the device. I wish more companies would take the Alienware approach and leave the installed app baseline at zero.

All in all, this is a pretty amazing device. I just wish Apple would come out with a micro PC type model.


3 Responses to “Sony UX380N”

  1. Bull3t says:

    Sounds perfect to me. I have read this post with a great pleasure. You should write much more often.

  2. Administrator says:

    The eBook reader is a great device, but really only works well to read books. I have one and it is great, however, it is a single purpose device.

    I owned the 770, but sold it after a month. I just couldn’t get past the sluggish feeling of the device, something the n800 is alleged to have overcome.

    Some day my OQO 2 ( will come in and I’ll post a review of that and of course, in June we have the iPhone to contend with.

    I really do like the UX, though I have been hesitant to leave my laptop behind except for one day trips. I really wish Apply would give us an ultra-portable device!

  3. Michael says:

    Bonus time is coming and I’m debating which gadget to get this year. Leaning heavily towards Sony’s ebook reader, since when I’m not working on a PC or wrangling kids I’m reading (or blogging). Would be nice to carry around a large library around in my pocket. Still, killing time in an airport or wherever, you want to get caught up on your email or RSS feeds, etc. but the ebook reader has no connectivity capability. Test drove a friend’s Nokia 770 (not dissimilar to the new 800), which is Linux-based and can wifi all day long (and play movies and hold ebooks, and what have you) but the screen is just too small for reading for long periods of time. Oh, and it’s about five-times cheaper than the UX380.

    Decisions, decisions . . .

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