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Sony Enters Ultrabook Wars with VAIO T

Watch out, Sony's got a loaded gun.
by Gelo Gonzales | Jun 27, 2012
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So the Ultrabook wars haven’t actually escalated into nothing more than a tiny grenade in a nuclear battle dominated by the booming noise that smartphones and tablets create. Still, that hasn’t stopped Sony from unleashing a new weapon in their VAIO array: the VAIO T—Sony’s very own ultra-mobile solution. It’s almost as light and thin as laptops go, with the kind of uncompromising performance that Intel promised when they spearheaded this Macbook Air-inspired platform.

One thing we can’t deny about Sony’s VAIO lineup is that they’re gorgeous. The VAIO T with its silvery, steel finish and angular edges is gorgeous. It’s very masculine, and should appeal to many guys whether they’re the business type or the type who uses their laptop to make like a hipster DJ. Which is to say the VAIO T sure looks cool. That the screen bezels are way wider than most modern laptops today speaks volumes about how Sony isn’t afraid to break the norm. Think it’s all about ultra-sleekness and exotic car-gloss? Here’s a laptop that’s literally edgy and hard-as-steel in demeanor.

One thing enthusiasts might notice about the VAIO T is that it's a bit bigger than most ultrabooks. But the size “compromise” is more than made up for in the extras it offers. The terrific T has a few tricks under its sleeve that few ultrabooks do not have: a wider array of connectivity options. The VAIO T can rightfully boast of being an ultrabook that has a full gamut of ports you can plug stuff into including HDMI, VGA, and LAN, SD card, and USB (2.0 and 3.0) ports. In this regard alone, the VAIO T trumps other mobile computers of its kind.

Stylish as it is, the T is a performer too. Unsurprising, really, because Sony does regard itself as a top-of-the-heap industry maven. Witness: an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge chip, 4GB of RAM, hybrid storage (500GB HDD + 32GB SSD), and Windows 7. With a processor and RAM combo such as that one, well, let's just say you'll get hitchless performance--unless of course, you're playing around with Hollywood-level special effects. The HDD and SSD combination is a very interesting additiong as the SSD can be used as a cache for quick access to relevant system data. The most obvious benefit of such as set-up is that boot times are significantly faster especially when paired with the capable Windows 7.

Along with those, Techie.com.ph also commends the the VAIO T for hosting a variety of fun and useful features such as "a gesture-based control system which lets you use the notebook without having to use the keyboard and mouse, XLOUD audio enhancement, and an Exmor webcam." The XLOUD audio enhancement augments and controls audio for a noise-free and crisper listening experience. The Exmor is also an enhancement that improves visual clarity during webcam use.

But you know what the best thing about the VAIO T is? The price. For all these, the looks, and the performance, the VAIO T as compared to other recently launched ultrabooks gives you more bang for the buck. The 11.6-inch model goes for 47,999 pesos while the 13.3 version costs 49,999 pesos. More affordable VAIOs mean happier customers.

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WORDS BY GELO GONZALES
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