NEW YORK — Even though some have predicted PC growth will slow slightly this year, there are pockets of growth in the computer market. One area is netbooks, the small laptops that cost between $200 and $400. Several wireless carriers are marketing netbooks right now to sell wireless contracts.
Then there are notebooks that are like netbooks on steroids. At the Windows 7 launch today, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer picked up picked up the notebook below, the Sony Vaio X, and held it between is thumb and pinky to show how light it is — 1.6 pounds. It’s as thick as a pencil. It’s also far more expensive than the average netbook, starting at $1,100.
Here is Michael Abary, senior vice president for IT and portable audio at Sony, showing off the Vaio X in the demo area at Skylight Studio: