In fact, the Vaio TT is about as far from the standard $500 Netbook as possible, given the relative physical similarities. The TT's highest-end configuration (named the TT190UBX), includes not only an Intel ULV (ultra-low voltage) processor, but a whopping 4GB of RAM, and even an internal Blu-ray recordable optical drive. The real star power, however, comes from an unprecedented 256GB solid state hard drive, which jacks the price up to an equally imposing $4,300. Naturally, less expensive versions are available, ditching the Blu-ray and giant SSD drive.
The Vaio's 11-inch screen follows the 16:9 aspect ratio trend we've seen in new 16- and 18-inch laptops (including, naturally, Sony's new multimedia laptops). The 1,366x768 resolution isn't too far removed from the 1,024x600 found on most Netbooks, but the extra RAM and Intel Core 2 Duo processor makes a difference, allowing it to run Windows Vista smoothly, instead of XP. … Read more
It looks like the leaks were pretty much dead-on, and Sony does indeed have a brand-new ultraportable laptop called the Vaio TT. It's a thin, lightweight 11-inch model, available in two different shades of black, plus red or gold.
We're especially interested in the Vaio TT because it's the successor to Sony's Vaio TZ line, one of our all-time favorite ultraportable laptops, and a reminder that even though they're similar in size, there's a big difference between what a $500 Netbook and a $2,000-plus fully featured ultraportable laptop can do.
Sony says the new system has a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis that weighs about 2.87 pounds and measures less than one inch thick. Unlike Netbooks, the Vaio TT (and other ultraportables such as the Toshiba R500) has room for an optical drive, and there's even a Blu-ray option. Yes, that seems rather pointless, but at least there's an HDMI output for sending the Blu-ray signal to a larger display. Solid state hard drives are also available, including dual 128GB drives (making for a sizable 256GB of SSD storage).
The basic Vaio TT runs about $2,000, while the Blu-ray version is $2,700. A version with a single 128GB SSD drive will cost $2,750. The system is available for order starting today, and should ship to retail stores sometime later this fall.… Read more
Sony's apparently has one more new laptop model in the offing (that we know of), and this one is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the 18-inch Vaio AW. It's the ultraportable 11-inch Vaio TT, and according to the online rumor mill, Sony is going to officially announce it sometime Monday. … Read more
Hot on the heels of the just-announced 18-inch Vaio AW, Sony is dropping a couple more laptops, just in time for the holiday shopping season (although a little late for back-to-school buyers).
The NS series is a 15-inch laptop and successor to the current NR model. While you'll be able to squeeze in a Blu-ray drive for about $1,000 (think $650-ish without), the screen resolution of 1,200x800 isn't exactly HDTV-level. Intel's new 4500 integrated graphics is what makes the NS Blu-ray ready without a discrete graphics card.
Also coming soon is the Vaio CS series, … Read more
Updating an earlier post, Sony is indeed bringing an 18-inch laptop to the U.S. in the form of the Vaio AW. Announced Wednesday morning, the Vaio AW features an 18.4-inch display with Adobe RGB color management. That is, your digital photos will look the same onscreen as they will on paper.
The display does 1080p for full HD playback, and its 16:9 aspect ratio matches that of movies. The 18-inch Acer Aspire 8920 also features a 16:9 screen ratio; most wide-screen laptops have a 16:10 ratio. Sony says the Vaio AW weighs "a little … Read more
Sony is rolling out its biggest laptop yet. Tuesday, the company shared details on the Vaio type A, an 18.4-inch laptop targeting graphics pros. The Vaio type A will trump the current 17-inch Vaio AR as the largest Vaio in the land. It's scheduled to be released in Japan at the end of the month; no word yet on if and when it'll come to the U.S.
Now, on to the specs. The Sony Vaio type A features a full HD (1920x1080), LED backlit display. It's powered by a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo … Read more
The DisplayLink technology that allows users to connect multiple monitors to their systems via USB 2.0 is embedded in the docking station. The dock is compatible with Sony Vaio notebooks as well as other notebooks that have USB 2.0 connections. This could be useful for mobile users and travelers that have the rather rare and unique need of using more than one monitor to do their work.
The dock can be used with any display with an … Read more