Let’s face it: While there’s all this talk of going off the grid, most of us really like to stay connected while traveling. And while smartphones are so helpful—some might argue that they are even smarter than certain spouses (read the clever DVR love note in last week’s New Yorker)—something a little larger with a bit more computing power can be worth the extra, um, ounces in your carry-on.
Last night Sony VAIO introduced several new products. Two caught our eye as potentially desirable travel companions. (Be sure to check out our recent review of netbooks, too.)
First up, the Sony VAIO X Series. Meet the lightest notebook in the world. It’s literally about as wide as a No. 2 pencil (half an inch) and weights just 1.6 pounds. At 11.1 inches wide, you would never think twice about stashing the carbon-fiber gadget it in your backpack, a purse, or casually tossed in a tote. It also has its own 3G Mobile Broadband. Available in black and gold, it starts at $1,300. Read a review at Gizmodo >>
Then we have the entertainer. Sony VAIO’S CW Series comes in five colors (blue, red, pink, white, and black) and is loaded up with Miscrosoft Windows 7 OS. Opt for the Blu-ray drive and you’ll be watching movies in flight in high definition on the 14-inch screen. It starts at about $780. Read the review at Gizmodo >>
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