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Sony VAIO PCG-C1MSX subnotebook

Sony VAIO PCG-C1MSX subnotebook - PCSTATS
Abstract: Following in the footsteps of other VIAO Crusoe subnotebooks, Sony recently released yet another model into the Japanese markets with a Crusoe sticker on the box.
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External Mfg. Website: Sony Apr 19 2002   Max Page  
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Sony VAIO PCG-C1MSX Crusoe subnotebook
Following in the footsteps of other VIAO Crusoe subnotebooks, Sony recently released yet another model into the Japanese markets with a Crusoe sticker on the box - the VIAO PCG-C1MSX which is powered by a 867MHz TM5800 Crusoe processor. This particular model boats a TV-tuner and external port replicator so you can watch and record TV over the small 8.9" XGA LCD display.

As I understand the Japanese reports after they have gone through Bablefish, the PCG-C1MSX can be set to record TV programs which it then compresses with a hardware MPEG-2 encoder to more manageable sizes. The 720x480 TV recordings can be played back at a later time, or simply stored on the VAIO's 40GB hard drive. Assuming a 20GB free partition on the hard drive the maximum recording time sits at about 11 hours, or about 5 hours at high resolution. Sound quality during playback is supposed to be pretty good reports ZDnet Japan.


The C1MSX features 128MB of integrated SDRAM, and can accept a further 128MB SODIMM for a total of 256MB of memory. The 40GB hard drive is large considering the size of the subnotebook, but half of it is used for the TV-recording functionality so it is not out of spec in the great scheme of things. With Digital Video editing software, the C1's standard video camera at the top of the screen and a 2.4GHz wireless LAN connection this VAIO is one of the best equipped of the entire Crusoe series. Bluetooth is also integrated into the unit, but with out a lot of devices currently supporting this feature, it is of limited use outside of the North American markets. The PCG-C1MSX comes preloaded with Windows XP home edition and is expected to go on sale April 27 in Japan for an undisclosed amount.

Battery life of up to 13.5 hours is possible with this notebook as long as the largest external battery is used. A standard battery will give users about 2-4 hours of work time depending on what they are doing. All CD-ROM's and floppy drives are external, but the PCG-C1MSX does come with a memory stick slot for flash storage.Video is provided by an 8MB ATI Mobility Radeon-M chipset and the unit weighs just under 1 kilo.

Full Spec Sheet:



OS Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Processor Transmeta Crusoe processor
TM5800 867MHz
Cache-memory (primary / second) 128KB / 512KB (CPU built-in)
System bus Largest 133MHz
Main memory standard / maximum DDR-SDRAM 128MB (the onboard) +SDRAM 128MB total 256MB / the largest 384MB. 16MB for CMS use.
Expansion storage slot (being less crowded) Memory slot ×1
Video memory 8MB (built in video chipset)
Liquid crystal display 8.9" ultra wide SXGA (1280×600 pixel) TFT color LCD
Indicatory mode (1280×1024) / (1280×600) / (1024×768) / (800×600)
External display output (1600×1200 / 1280×1024 / 1280×600 / 1024×768 / 800×600)
Dual display
When indicating (example)
External display: (1600×1200) - LCD (1280×600)
External display: (1024×768) - LCD (1280×600)
Floppy disk drive External PCGA-UFD5 USB drive, 3.5" 1.44MB
Hard disk 40GB (Ultra ATA/100) (C: Approximately 20GB / D: Approximately 20GB)
Drive Selling separately: Ic.link CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive (PCGA-CRWD1), ic.link DVD-ROM drive (PCGA-DVD1), PC card CD-ROM drive (PCGA-CD51/A)
Built-in video camera Progressive system 1 / 6 type CCD35,000 pixels (f=2.8mm F3.4 slow shutter speed)
MPEG2 hardware
MPEG2 R-Engine (A/V input correspondence and television video recording functional loading)
External Ports/Jacks - USB×1 - ic.link (IEEE1394) terminal S400 (4 pins) ×1
- Biology-related product private DC OUT (power source supply) connector ×1 - the modular jack ×1 for modem - microphone ×1
- Stereo headphone output MEGA BASS (uneven sound emphasis) functional corresponding ×1 - port Lee pre- k tar private terminal ×1
Attachments - USB×1 - network connector (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T) ×1 - TV antenna input (75 Omega) ×1
- A/V output (NTSC/PAL correspondence and stereo voice response) ×1
- A/V input (NTSC correspondence and stereo audio input) ×1 - external display output (VGA type, D-sub 15 pin) ×1
Memory stick slot Magic gate corresponding memory stick slot
Wireless communication facility - In substance Bluetooth functional on-board (Maximum transmission speed: 723kbps / communication range: Line-of-sight distance longest 100-10m) (Bluetooth1.1 conformity)
- 2.4gHz wireless LAN PC card attachment (maximum transmission speed: The 11mbps /, the line-of-sight distance longest 100m) the / Use frequency band: 2.4gHz band (2.400GHz - 2.474gHz) / Radio channel: From 1 - 11 selection (IEEE802.11/802.11b conformity and Wi-Fi conformity)
PC card slot Type II (×1), PCMCIA
Audio function Microsoft Windows sound system interchangeability, built-in stereo speaker and built-in monaural microphone, MEGA BASS (uneven sound emphasis)
Built-in FAX/ modem Largest 56kbps (V.90) / largest 14.4kbps (at the time of FAX)
Keyboard /
Pointing device
Approximately 17mm pitch / key stroke approximately 2mm / 86 keys /
Scroll functional corresponding stick type pointing device
Main accessory AC adapter (PCGA-AC16V4 equal item), (S) lithium ion type (PCGA-BP51A/L equal item) and telephone cord/code (modular cable), AV coupling cable (pin plug: Image / stereo cAv mini- plug: Special stereo mini- plug), port Lee pre- k tar (TV tuner built-in), recovery CD,
2.4gHz wireless LAN PC card, antenna coupling cable and antenna conversion plug
Power source AC adapter or lithium ion battery
Electric power consumption 27w
Battery drive time Battery pack (S): 2 - 4 hours / battery pack (L): Approximately 4 - 8 hours /
Battery pack (LLL): 7.5 - 13.5 hour
Battery charge time
(Power source ON/OFF)
Battery pack (S): 2.5 hours (85%), 3.5 hours (100%) /
Battery pack (L): 3.5 hours (85%), 4.5 hours (100%) /
Battery pack (LLL): 6 hours (85%), 9 hours (100%)
Warm humidity condition When operating 5 - 35 DEGC (temperature gradient 10 DEGC / time below) 20% - 80%
(However thing, and 35 where it does not become wet with dew DEGC as for the humidity in 65% or less). When retaining -20 - +60 DEGC (temperature gradient 10 DEGC / time below) 10% - 90%
Substance external size
(Largest projection section not being included)
Width 249mm× height 28mm (foreward the most it is thin section. Rear section 30mm) x depth 152mm
Mass Approximately 998g (battery pack (S) when loading)


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