Sony unveils carbon cool

Sony has announced a new generation of Vaio notebooks in the form of its seriously slim, carbon fibre-cased Vaio TX series.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 23, 2005

Sony has announced a new generation of Vaio notebooks in the form of its seriously slim, carbon fibre-cased Vaio TX series. Aimed at cash-rich mobile professionals and style-conscious consumers, this series comprises two models: the TX17GP, which is available in sapphire black and iPod-esque platinum white; and the TX16GP – available only in white. Sony’s decision to build its TX casings out of carbon fibre was born from its attempts to truly slim down its new Vaio models as much as possible, in order to make these truly ultra-portable and thus some of the lightest laptops on the market. As such, the TX17 and TX16 weigh just 1.24kg and 1.26kg respectively. Using carbon fibre, claims Sony, also means an increase in case strength, with the firm claiming that the display cabinets of its TX models are 200% more rigid and 30% lighter that similarly specified T-series Vaoi laptops. As well as their carbon fibre sharing, the TX17 and TX16 also incorporate the same, ultra-slim, 4.5mm LCD panel. This groundbreaking display is based upon Sony’s newly-developed white LED, which uses an ultra-slim glass cell and system board and makes the TX series slim enough overall to fit into a small fashionable bag rather than a chunky ‘standard’ notebook case. Both models are Intel Centrino verified and use 11.1” WXGA wide-screen LCD displays. The TX16 and TX 17 also both feature Sony’s new ‘AV Mode’. Similar to Acer’s own 'Arcade' multimedia app, consumers can use this platform to circumnavigate the Windows OS and quickly access their multimedia content, in that one click of the AV button and music, movies and a user’s photos are available in 12 seconds flat; significantly quicker than booting up Windows. Of course cutting-edge carbon fibre kit and dazzling design doesn’t come cheap, therefore from a price perspective Sony is positioning its TX models squarely at the high-end of the market. As such, the TX17 is priced at US $2,300, while the TX16 should retail for slightly less, at $2,028. In launching the new TX series, Sony Gulf’s Vaio product manager, Raj Vaima, claimed that the firm had grown its Vaio notebook business by 80% this year compared to 2004.

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