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Sony VAIO C1VN Impressions

Sony VAIO C1VN Impressions - PCSTATS
Abstract: The VAIO C1VN has been out for awhile, but is still hard to get a hold of. We managed to spend a few minutes with the C1VN, courtesy of Sony's VAIO division, here at COMDEX 2000.
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External Mfg. Website: Sony Nov 16 2000   Max Page  
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20 minutes with Crusoe at COMDEX

The first thing you notice when holding the C1VN is just how small the unit is. But at about 2 lbs, the first VAIO notebook to market with a Crusoe processor is a powerhouse with many interesting features. Thermally, the unit has one very small cooling vent and fan off to the side. Unlike many Celeron and Pentium III class notebooks, the C1VN only becomes warm to the touch, and this after about 5 hours of use. It is unknown how much of this heat is created from the Crusoe processor, and how much is derived from the battery use.

Booting up the VAIO, which was loaded with WinMe brought us to the desktop quickly. From there, the user is in a native Windows desktop and can use the system as they normally would. For those of you interested in running Win2k or Win98SE, a special driver disk is necessary to load the OS properly, no doubt also loading the Long Run power management software as well.

The Long Run power management software is a unique feature for all Crusoe-based notebooks. The interface sits on the control tray and can be brought up at any point for configuration. Essentially the user sees a graphical display of the CPU speed, which for the most part is polarized at either 600Mhz or the lower power consuming 300Mhz. The Long Run power management software also enables the user to configure the system in four ways.

Users who are looking for performance with their VAIO C1VN can set this feature in the menu, enabling the unit to still save power, but be geared towards the performance side of things. Users who are doing simple tasks can opt to set Long Run to the economy setting, which will offer more conservative performance settings, and longer battery life. Where continued performance is an issue that cannot be left to chance, Long Run offers the ability to force the Crusoe processor to stay at 600Mhz speeds at all times.

Conversely, the user can opt for consistent 300Mhz operation. The choice and battery times are up to you, with all changes being represented by Long Run's graphical display. The display graphically illustrates the need for 600mhz operation when loading programs, and demonstrates the throttle back of processor speed, and power consumption in the many moments of idleness between mouse movements and keystroke.

With VAIO's special software and embedded camera the Picture Book can take still images or movies. Battery use rises during these procedures. Battery life can range from 2 to 5 hours depending on the users patterns. If the camera is used a lot then battery life will be shortened, if however the user is mostly typing, expect substantial increases in the amount of time you can spend on the C1VN.

Still more Crusoe developments to come from COMDEX 2000 this week.


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