Sony’s Vaio TT is one of those high-end ultraportables where if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it. (Expect to spend £1,599; or somewhere between £1,199 and £1,999, depending on the specification.) The TT uses an Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core 2 Duo with an ambient light sensor that varies the brightness of the 11.1 inch widescreen to prolong battery life for “up to 8 hours”. It has 2GB or 4GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive and a read/write DVD. However, thanks to the carbon fibre body, it still comes in at just 1.3kg — slightly lighter than a 13.3 inch MacBook Air.
The UK version comes with Windows Vista Business whereas Sony USA is offering it with Vista Ultimate, 256GB of Solid State Drive, and Blu-ray for $4,344.99. An extra high-capacity battery adds another $249.99.
Of course, Sony has been down this road before with the ultra-thin X505, which weighed only 822g, and was also very desirable. I toted a loan sample for a couple of weeks, and everyone who saw it wanted it… until I told them the price. I’m sure the TT will sell a few, but it’s the kind of product that makes netbooks like the Asus S101 and Acer Aspire One look attractive … and so far there is no sign of Sony entering the netbook market.