Sony VAIO TT Review: Laptop for road warriors

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Sony has unveiled its Sony VAIO TT series, laptop for road warriors. With it, Sony has made an unspoken announcement, which speaks of Sony’s deliberation of not compromising over quality for price. The Sony VAIO TT series is a fully featured laptop crammed into a form of smaller than normal laptops of the day.

Build and Design

The physical presentation and design of Sony VAIO TT is just superb.  It is compact in size and marks its place amongst smallest ultra-portable laptops of today. Its dimensions are 13.0 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches and 23.5mm depth at the thinnest point. Since it is made from carbon fibre, the entire notebook weighs only 2.8 pounds. The lid of this laptop is just 4mm thick, which makes the screen prone to bends and flexing on jerky and stressful handling. However, on normal careful handling there shouldn’t be many problems.

Display

The 11.1″ screen of Sony VAIO TT is a feast to the eyes! Sony uses its X-Black technology to weave the magic of vibrant colours and also ensures absolutely no hindrance with the sharpness of the display. This VAIO has a fine resolution of 1,366 x 768 and a perfect 16:9 aspect ratio. LED backlighting makes it power efficient. However, it lacks 1080 pixels high-definition resolution. But to take care of that there is HDMI ports which provide 1,080 HD output.

Keyboard and touchpad

The Sony VAIO TT keyboard is a little smaller than the customary laptop keyboards. Yet the arrangement and enough isolation of keys make typing a pleasant experience. The touchpad is a well-sized and quick to respond. The mouse buttons are impressive and have a sharp click. A fingerprint reader is positioned between the mouse buttons, which you would accidentally click when using the mouse, but to that you can easily get accustomed. Therefore, on the whole Sony VAIO TT sports an excellent keyboard.

Performance and Benchmarks

The Sony VAIO TT offers a good enough performance, battery and portability to the people who have to hit the road quite often.

Compared to other ULV laptops, the VAIO TT has a steady sail through the usual Office, internet and email. It multitasks very well and can undertake stuff like video playback during VoIP conversations. However the performance is limited by features like ULV processor and the GMA 4500MHD graphics.  Though it sports the Blu-ray burner and HD, the VAIO TT wouldn’t be suitable for tasks like high-demanding media editing.

The real drawback is the Vista OS, which doesn’t fare well at simple applications in this notebook.  A better system management is what Sony VAIO TT requires for being able to compete with the laptops of its genre. However, with compact size and low height, and average performance it is the ideal laptop for the road warriors!

Battery Life

The battery of the Sony VAIO TT takes less than three hours to get fully charged from nil. After that it is observed to last for an impressive period of 3 hours 51 minutes when the CPU is made to operate under maximum load. In the relaxed usage mode, it lasted for about 6 hours.  Though the battery performance of VAIO TT is not exactly what Sony claims (9 hours), it is on a whole very impressive.

Specifications of Sony VAIO TT

Processor: Core 2 Duo Processor (1.40GHz) with Centrino 2 technology from Intel

OS: Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate with Microsoft Windows XP

Memory: Up to 4GB of configurable RAM

Display: 11.1″ widescreen LCD

Hard drive: up to 320GB

Battery: 6 Cell lithium

Weight: 2.87 Lbs

Dimensions: 13.0 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches

Pros: long battery life, incorporated 3G,superb keyboard

Cons: High price and only two USB ports

MSRP: $ 2,049.99 (base price)

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