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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 icanhascpu on 9/23/2008 4:08:16 PM , Rating: 0
1366 x 768 and blue ray! Such genius!

Seriously though, who thought of this? It looks liek a rather nice laptop if not for that gaping puss-filled logic hole.

WTB Standard 1680x1050 at LEAST on any laptop spouting "blueray" or "HD" anything.

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.

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