Sony VAIO TZ Announced for U.S. Release

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The Sony VAIO TZ will indeed see the light of day in North America after all. The ultraportable VAIO TZ weighs about 2.75lbs and has an 11.1-inch widescreen XBRITE Hi-Color display (translation: LED backlit, glossy display). Inside is an Intel Santa Rosa ultra low voltage processor, 802.11n, Sprint EVDO Rev-A WAN capabilities, Bluetooth and even a DVD burner in this less than 1-inch thin notebook.

Gold colored VAIO TZ100 (view large image)

The VAIO TZ has been available in Japan for some time now, and those of us that live outside the Land of the Rising Sun have been forced to import the notebook via Dynamism for the privilege of owning such a piece of technological art work. The TZ’s appealing design coupled with its portability and features has driven many to pay top dollar to import the notebook from Japan. We actually featured a VAIO TZ review on this site from a person that did such a thing.

Following are the basic specs of the VAIO TZ-100 that will be sold in the U.S. starting this August:

  • Model: Sony VAIO TZ100
  • Processor: Intel U7500 1.06 GHz or U7600 1.2GHz ultra low voltage processors
  • RAM: 2GB (2GB Max)
  • Chipset: Intel 945GMS Express
  • Storage: 100GB 1.8" drive spinning at 4200RPM or 32GB SSD
  • Wireless: 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, Sprint EVDO Rev-A built-in
  • Screen: 11.1-inch WXGA XBRITE Hi-Color display (LED backlit)
  • Optical Drive: DVD R Double Layer/DVD RW built-in
  • Interface Card Slot: ExpressCard/34, SD/MMC/Memory Stick PRO
  • Integrated ports: USB 2.0 x 2, i.LINK (S400), Min D-sub 15pin, Headphone, Mic, Built-in Webcam, Keyboard: 87 key, 17mm pitch, 1.7mm stroke, Intelligent Touchpad
  • Interface Card Slot: ExpressCard/34, SD/MMC/Memory Stick PRO

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The keyboard of the VAIO TZ is rather unique in that the keys don’t rest in a tray but sort of protrude through the casing. This is reminiscent of the VAIO X505 and also the MacBook keyboard.

The VAIO TZ color family (view large image)

Sony will be releasing the VAIO TZ100 with 4-color options: classic black, premium carbon, champagne gold, and hand-painted Bordeaux. The carbon-fiber unit will be slightly lighter (2.65lbs) and thinner and also have an SSD drive instead of the regular mechanical drive the other versions have. The carbon fiber and SSD drive will also cost you more, the list price for the carbon fiber edition should be $3,000 while the regular edition VAIO TZ100 will be about $2,200.

Carbon fiber edition VAIO TZ (view large image)

While the VAIO TZ has business features and a price tag more geared towards business buyers, it will also have some entertainment features that consumers and on the go professionals will appreciate. There will be an Instant AV Mode that allows users to push a button and go straight to watching a movie, viewing photos or listening to music without fully booting to Windows Vista. The TZ will also come loaded with LocationFree software that allows you to "place-shift" content played back from your home TV or DVD player using the new VAIO LF-V30 base station. Think Sony style Sling Box.

Availability for the TZ100 should come during August via and other online or bricks and mortar retailers.




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