The pricey new TT Series has an 11-inch screen, Blu-ray drive, HDMI-out, and the option for dual solid-state hard drives.
Writers will be fighting hard not to reference the Audi TT Roadster when writing about Sony‘s latest ultraportable, but their efforts will be futile. Perhaps it’s because the company is calling it the TT seriesâ€”a 2.9-pound ultraportable that measures less than one inch thin. It’s a new line, replacing the previous Sony VAIO VGN-TZ298N, and integrating the first Blu-ray reader (or writer) on an 11-inch ultraportable.
Although 11-inch widescreens have been on the market for a while now, they reflect the movement to the 16-by-9 form factor, as seen on the HP HDX18t, the Acer Aspire 6920G-6071, and the Sony VAIO VGN-FW198U. The TT Series’s 1,280-by-768 resolution is consistent with the TZ298N’s, and the screen is energy efficient and bright, thanks to the use of LEDs behind the display.
It’s doubtful that customers will be able to see the benefits of Blu-ray on an 11-inch screen, but the system does come with an HDMI-out connector. So the idea here is to drive Blu-ray content to an external display, preferably one that can exploit the 1080p resolution of a Blu-ray movie.
In addition, this little wonder runs two hard drivesâ€”yes, you heard right. Although you’ll have to use two 128GB SSD drives, it’s a dual-hard-drive configuration that can be arranged in RAID 0 or RAID 1.
As with the TZ298N, WWAN capabilities are available through Sprint’s EVDO Rev A. For power, the TT Series will use Intel’s Centrino 2 platform. Both Windows Vista and XP will be available on select models. And if the premium Carbon Black is not your cup of tea, you can dress your TT in Silk Black, Champagne Gold, or Crimson Red. Be prepared to shell out some serious cash, though. The starting configuration is $2,000; add a 128-GB SSD drive and you’re up to $2,750; put in a second 128GB SSD drive and you’re well into the $3,000 range.