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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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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.

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