Sony VAIO Type A: 18.4″ Behemoth

Sony VAIO Type A Specifications

Display: 18.4″ TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
CPU: 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
RAM: Up to 4GB
HDD: 250GB x2
Optical: Blu-ray burner
Connectivity: USB 2.0 (3), eSATA (1), CF (UDMA compatible), HDMI, WiFi (802.11n)
Battery: 2 hours
Weight: 3.9kg (8.6lbs)
Availability: End of October 2008 in Japan
Price: ¥320,000

Sony VAIO Type A: 18.4

Sony let loose a behemoth, it’s VAIO Type A notebook PCs. This is one notebook PC where the equivalent word laptop would not apply. First off, the Type A’s LCD has grown 1.4″ to 18.4″. It also sports a LED backlight instead of a CCFL backlight. The LED backlight makes it thinner and last longer but it also makes the LCD portion of the beast more durable. The aspect ratio changed too: from 16:10 to 16:9 and as a result the pixel format is now 1920 x 1080. That should be familiar as most high-end LCD TVs sport that pixel format these days. Unfortunately, you get 120 less vertical pixels, but think of it this way: when you’re watching HD the picture will fit perfectly. And that’s why Sony includes a Blu-ray burner with the Type A, so you don’t miss those vertical pixels that it chopped off. As an amateur photographer I welcome the UDMA-enabled CF slot on the Type A. With CF capacity growing the faster the throughput the less waiting around for all of those beautiful shots to copy. The Type A will require a strong back (8.6lbs) and plenty of funds (about US$3000). You might also consider Lenovo’s W700 that’s also geared for the photographing crowd and adds a WACOM digitizer.

Source: engadget

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