Sony VIAO TT VGN-TT190UB: 11.1″ Blu-ray SSD Notebook PC

Sony VIAO TT VGN-TT190UB Specifications

Display: 11″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Color Gamut: 100% NTSC
GPU: Mobile Intel GMA 4500HD (1.3GB max)
Connectivity: HDMI, WWAN (Sprint EV-DO Rev. A), VGA, Bluetooth, Ethernet, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), FireWire, USB 2.0 (2), Mic-In, Headphone-Out
CPU: 1.40GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400, 800MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache
Chipset: Intel Centrino 2
RAM: 4GB PC3-6400 (2GB x2) 800MHz DDR3
Other: Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Silver
Storage: 256GB (128GB x2 SSD with RAID)
Optical: Blu-ray writer
Weight: 2.87 lbs
Price: US$4344.99

Sony VIAO TT VGN-TT190UB: 11.1

I went ahead to Sony’s SonyStyle TT site and checked out the most expensive version, which is the VGN-TT190UBX. It sports a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 CPU, 4GB RAM, 256GB (128GB x2) SSD, Blu-ray recorder, a 11.1″ wide TFT LCD with LED backlight, etc. for a hefty $4344.99. Is it worth it? I personally don’t think so. And let me tell you why.

Blu-ray: HD video on Blu-ray has enough content to fill up 1920 x 1080. Sony’s TT has a pixel format of just 1366 x 768. You’re wasting the capabilities of Blu-ray. If the 11.1″ LCD had a pixel format of 1920 x 1080, I would say: Yowzer! But that’s not the case. Blu-ray is a waste on the TT unless you connect it to a full-blown 1080p capable HD TV. But why would you need something so small to connect to a 1080p HD TV?

GPU: Mobile Intel GMA 4500HD. This is simply not good enough for a box that’s north of $4000. I would expect one of the faster ATI or NVIDIA solutions with at least 512MB dedicated DDR3 memory. Although the GMA 4500HD is a decent graphics solution, I would expect much much more for my hard-earned $4344.99. Don’t expect to play any serious 3D games on this machine.

There are other components that simply lack oomph (a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo for example), but my focus was on the display end of things. The bottom line: If you want Blu-ray? Get a display that has a 1920 x 1080 pixel format or more. If you want decent graphics, look for notebook PCs that have either ATI or NVIDIA solutions.

Source: Sony via engadget

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