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Sony's announces a its lightweight VAIO TT notebooks

When it comes to the next generation of thin and light notebooks, Apple's MacBook Air along with Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 and X200 series notebooks have been getting all of the attention. Sony is looking to turn a few heads of its own with its new lightweight, ultra-thin VAIO TT Series notebooks.

The VAIO TT uses a carbon-fiber chassis and a sharp 11.1" (1366 x 768), LED-backlit XBRITE-DuraView LCD screen with 100% color saturation. Due to its lightweight and compact construction, the VAIO TT weighs in at a mere 2.87 pounds and is just 1-inch thick.

As if its slim and trim design weren't enough, Sony is also using Intel's new Montevina platform. Processing power comes from an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU9400 running at 1.4GHz while the machine is backed with 4GB of PC3-6400 memory. The graphics subsystem is built around an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD which can share up to 1.3GB of system memory. An HDMI port is included for HD output to a television or widescreen monitor.

Networking options abound with the new VAIO TT. The notebook comes with a built-in GbE port, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN, and a Sprint Mobile Broadband card is available as an option.

When it comes to storage, the notebook can be equipped with dual 128GB SSDs running in RAID-0 mode or an optional Blu-ray drive.

"This engineering marvel packs the power of HD technology into an ultra-light, ultra-portable notebook," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics.

Sony's VAIO TT starts at $2,000 with a 160GB HDD and DVD burner while stepping up to the model with built-in Blu-ray will set you back $2,700. Going for the VAIO TT will a single 128GB SSD rings up at $2,750. Opting for dual SSDs will likely push the price well into the $3,000 range.

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By suryad on 9/23/2008 8:23:21 AM , Rating: 2
That is quite impressive! Make a 13.3 inch screen version and I will be all over it. Make a 15.4 inch screen version and I will buy one right now ;)

RE: Wow!
By Brandon Hill on 9/23/2008 8:30:39 AM , Rating: 5
I think the point is to make it as small and light as possible ;)

RE: Wow!
By tential on 9/23/2008 8:34:13 AM , Rating: 2
It's .2 lbs heavier than the old TZ. Although it's got more features I don't see how this is that great.

RE: Wow!
By afkrotch on 9/24/2008 8:22:37 AM , Rating: 2
I'd say because they crammed in all those new features, without adding a whole lot of weight.

RE: Wow!
By FITCamaro on 9/23/2008 9:11:49 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah but on that small a screen, the advantage of the higher resolution of Blu-ray won't make a difference.

And I have to question how good Blu-ray playback will be. Does the 4500HD even support Blu-ray decoding? My HP laptop with a 2GHz Turion X2, ATI 3200HD, and a Blu-ray drive using playback software which utilizes the 3200HD chip for decoding still uses sometimes up to 50% of the CPU.

RE: Wow!
By FITCamaro on 9/23/2008 9:13:59 AM , Rating: 2
Edit: The 4500MHD does support Blu-ray playback.

RE: Wow!
By regnez on 9/23/2008 9:36:39 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah but on that small a screen, the advantage of the higher resolution of Blu-ray won't make a difference.

That's what the HDMI out is for.

RE: Wow!
By suryad on 9/23/2008 9:46:46 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with all you gents of course but the thing is rarely do you see a 15.4 inch non-Apple laptop that is stunning unless its a VoodooPC machine. Hence my comment. I find 11 and 13 inch screens just a bit too small. If I am traveling and I want to watch Bluray movies a 1080p LED backlit 15.4 inch would be perfect!

I know the HDMI out is there but on the plane or on the road or in hotels they dont have plasma screens. :(

RE: Wow!
By FITCamaro on 9/23/2008 10:00:09 AM , Rating: 2
My laptop has a 15.4 WS". Don't think its LED backlit but it looks great. I tested a Blu-ray movie on it and it looks good. Granted I've only got 2 now. Soon to be 3 when Iron Man comes out.

RE: Wow!
By Ashrac on 9/23/2008 1:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
Whats wrong with the led backlit dell xps M1530?

RE: Wow!
By hadifa on 9/23/2008 8:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
...or in hotels they dont have plasma screens. :(

Most hotels or serviced apartments I've been to in Australia have a HD LCD TV with HDMI input. I think unless a hotel is old, it would have a HD screen.

The serviced apartments I've been using in the past couple of months as a commuter have had 2 HD LCDs.

RE: Wow!
By inighthawki on 9/23/2008 9:27:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ha, I don't know where he's at, but all the hotels I've stayed at in the U.S. have crappy TVs. But of course that's nothing a little extra money for a better quite won't fix...IF you're willing to pay for it

RE: Wow!
By hadifa on 9/23/2008 10:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
In my case, The hotels/serviced apartments are company approved and pays for

Not all of them have HD LCDs but all the newer ones or newly refurnished ones do.

RE: Wow!
By FITCamaro on 9/23/2008 11:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
Even the couple expensive hotels I've been to didn't have LCD screens. Will be staying at a Hilton for a conference in a few weeks. Maybe they will.

RE: Wow!
By afkrotch on 9/24/2008 8:35:25 AM , Rating: 2
US hotels suck, that's why you get no Plasma/LCD HDTV. Stuck with the big honking 20" CRT tv. Europe seems to have mixed feelings. Either no tv, CRT tv, or Plasma/LCD. Just luck of the draw. 1st world Asian countries, all plasma/lcd. Even a cheap $30 a night love hotel comes with computer, internet access, 40-50" plasma/lcd hdtv, and porno lights.

RE: Wow!
By afkrotch on 9/24/2008 8:30:45 AM , Rating: 2
The screen still does HD, so I'm sure you'll see a diff between HD and standard DVD. It'll be less noticeable, but still noticeable.

Also who cares how much of the cpu it uses? Not like ppl will be doing much of anything else when they watch the movie. Especially on that screen. Pretty limited on your multitasking options.

RE: Wow!
By riku0116 on 9/23/2008 7:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
That's where the Vaio Z comes in.

It's a pretty awesome machine by the way. 13.1 inch LED backlit screen with 1600x900 res, supports CPUs up to a P9500, 4 gigs of 1066 mhz DDR3, 2x 64GB SDDs, Bluray option, a 9300M GS GPU + integrated GPU for hybrid graphics (no need to reboot when switching), Sprint's Mobile Broadband, and the list goes on and on and on... it's pretty much everything I'd want in a laptop.

Honestly with the Z already available starting at $1800, I don't really see a point to this new TT series.

By Gul Westfale on 9/23/2008 8:27:11 AM , Rating: 2
"... is built around an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD which can allocate up to 1.3GB of video memory."

allocate it to what? shouldn't that be "which can use (or share) up to 1.3GB of system memory as graphics memory"?

RE: what?
By MrPickins on 9/23/2008 9:22:29 AM , Rating: 2
Sony's announces a its lightweight VAIO TT notebooks

That's not right. Proofreading, anyone?

RE: what?
By jonmcc33 on 9/23/2008 12:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
I think he should leave a it that way so a it pisses annoying perfectionist people like you off. <rolls eyes>

RE: what?
By MrPickins on 9/24/2008 10:46:49 AM , Rating: 2
Since when is it perfectionism to expect a professional article to be proofread?

RE: what?
By Clauzii on 9/23/2008 10:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
I think it has something to do with that the memory usage is dynamic. Which means You don't have to set aside a block of memory for the GPU, but that the GPU only takes what it needs at any given moment.

Big difference actually, allthough with 4GB RAM, setting aside 128 MB for graphics, wouldn't have meant the big difference in performance of the whole machine.

By icanhascpu on 9/23/08, Rating: 0
By Diesel Donkey on 9/23/2008 7:44:18 PM , Rating: 3
Because 1080p would look SO much different on an 11" screen! 720p, on the other hand, would look pretty good. You would have to travel with a magnifying glass to work on a 1680x1050 or worse, a 1920x1200, screen.

By icanhascpu on 9/25/2008 5:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
All you said there is "i don’t know how to scale things in my UI so i blame the tool"

Ignorance; the excuse stupid people use to prevent the improvement of anything.

720p is laughable on a blueray disk. The freak'n POINT is lost on you and Sony.

By Diesel Donkey on 10/6/2008 11:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
I am in fact reading this comment much after the fact with 200% zoom in IE7. Try replacing attacks on the intelligence of others with credible arguments.

Can you get 720p from a DVD? No. Will 480p fill an 11" laptop screen? No. Can 1080p from a blu-ray disc be downscaled to 720p in order to nicely fill that 11" screen? Yes.

Perhaps you would prefer that there is a format between DVD and blu-ray that can only hold 720p material so that your precious 1080p pixels are not wasted? 480p is SD. Anything above 480p is HD. Get over it.

By yacoub on 9/23/2008 8:47:08 AM , Rating: 2
Battery Life
Is the Blu-Ray drive a combo drive that can also read regular DVDs, and even more desirable, burn DVDs?
What type and series of SSD does Sony offer? Guessing it's a bottom-rung first gen thing, not the latest generation from Samsung or Intel. Why is it Laptop/notebook manufacturers always love to mask the quality of the parts... =P

RE: questions
By FITCamaro on 9/23/2008 9:08:53 AM , Rating: 2
I picked up an HP laptop for $600 at Best Buy with a Blu-ray drive in it (didn't realize it till I got it home). It can read CDs and DVDs as well as write to both as well.

RE: questions
By afkrotch on 9/24/2008 8:39:19 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't mean all of them can. Big difference between using a blue laser to read and using a red laser to read. It needs both.

Not Impressive
By pauldovi on 9/23/2008 10:14:38 AM , Rating: 2
X300 has a 13.3" screen and a DVD drive and it is thinner and lighter.

For this to be impressive it would have to be under .75" and under 2.2lbs.

Lenovo's new X200s is a 12.1" laptop weighing 2.47lbs with unreported thickness.

RE: Not Impressive
By Souka on 9/23/2008 11:07:36 AM , Rating: 2
X300 isn't as impressive...but I bet it's more durable.

Also, it's "heavy" too....
"Weight: from 2.93lbs with 3-cell battery and no optical drive to 3.32lbs with 6-cell battery and DVD Burner in"

Sony..2.9lb with optical drive... X300 is heavier.

Sony laptops
By Sivar on 9/23/2008 11:34:48 AM , Rating: 2
It looks as if Sony has done some impressive engineering, but every experience I've had with Sony laptops since 1999, Sony's service (for laptops), and the vast oceans of bloatware they ship with.
If only their business practices were on par with their engineering practices.

RE: Sony laptops
By FITCamaro on 9/23/2008 12:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah when I worked at Best Buy I didn't like selling Sony's computers. They were overpriced, the most restrictive, and the most loaded with bloatware of any of the computers. It's hard to sell OEM computers in a chain store when you actually have a clue of how crappy they are.

By christianspoer on 9/23/2008 8:16:31 AM , Rating: 2
2 x 4GB = 4GB
My mathteachers would disagree ;)

Better to buy a bigger screen
By gersson on 9/23/2008 11:15:39 AM , Rating: 2
There are other ways to watch one's BDRay movies...

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