Sony’s latest entry into the ultra-portable laptop market is the VAIO VGN-TT, a 2.87 pound Blu-ray laptop. The secret to its feathery weight, you ask? Carbon fiber. Yup, Sony pulled all the stops and made the chassis out of the strong, yet lightweight, synthetic material. Feature-wise, the VAIO TT is blessed with an Intel Centrino 2 processor (up to 1.4GHz), a 1080p-capable 11.1-inch wide-screen (16:9) display with Sony’s BRITE-DuraView technology, up to 4GB of RAM, an optional 256GB solid state drive (SSD), built-in webcam, and HDMI out.
As with most Sony products, the VAIO TT won’t come cheap. Pricing starts at around $2,000 USD without the Blu-ray drive. The price quickly jumps to around $2,700, if you want the Blu-ray. Prepare to pay around $2,750 if you want a model with the SSD — more if you want the 256GB version. The VAIO TT will be available in carbon black, silk black, champagne gold, and crimson red colors. You can pre-order yours at SonyStyle.
The VAIO VGN-TT base model specs:
* 11in, 1,366 x 768 LED-backlit screen
* Intel Core 2 Duo U9300 (low voltage, 1.2GHz, 3MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
* 2GB DDR3 800MHz RAM
* 160GB hard drive
* Intel GS45 chipset with GMA 4500MHD graphics
* Built-in DVD-drive
* HDMI, VGA, 2 USB ports
* Ethernet, Draft-N wireless, Bluetooth
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 23, 2008— Sony today took the wraps off the world’s lightest computer with Blu-ray Disc™ technology— the VAIO® TT Series notebook.
Housed in a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis, this new model weighs just 2.87 pounds and is less than 1-inch thin.
“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.
Select models play Blu-ray Disc movies in full HD 1080p resolution when connected to a compatible HDTV. These units can also record, store and play back personal content on high-capacity BD media.
It features an 11.1-inch widescreen display (measured diagonally) with Sony’s XBRITE-DuraView™ LCD technology, delivering 100 percent color saturation for a wide range of vibrant colors and true-to-life picture quality. This technology also produces a brighter screen thanks to an energy-efficient white LED backlight so you can view photos in crystal-clear resolution.
The display is ideal for Blu-ray Disc movies. Since many HD films are shot using a 16:9 aspect ratio, the unit’s extra-wide LCD is constructed with the same dimensions. This minimizes the black bars that typically appear, letting you view movies in their intended format.
For those who prefer to watch content on a big screen television, the TT model also has an HDMI™ output connector so you can connect it to a compatible high-definition TV for a larger viewing experience (connector cable sold separately).
It is equipped with Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology for powerful PC output and energy-conserving features that deliver long battery life.
Select VAIO TT notebooks feature a dual channel 256GB (128GB X 2) solid state drive (SSD) with RAID technology. The result is quicker boot-up times, faster application launches and overall enhanced performance.
The PC integrates wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) technology provided by the Sprint® Mobile Broadband Network and its latest mobile network technology, EV-DO Revision A. For this, a separate Sprint service subscription is required.
The notebook comes with the choice of Windows Vista® Home Premium, Vista Business and Vista Ultimate operating systems. Windows® XP Professional is also available on select models.
All models are ENERGY STAR® 4.0 compliant, hold an EPEAT Silver ranking and incorporates such eco-conscious features as a mercury-free LED backlit LCD.
The TT model starts at $2,000. The BD version will go for about $2,700, while the SSD model (128GB) for around $2,750. It is available in a premium carbon black, silk black, champagne gold and crimson red.