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Back in June I looked at the Sony VAIO T2XP and fell in love with its mix of stylish design, slim proportions, light weight and full features. In fact I liked the T2XP so much that I arranged with Sony to give one away to one lucky reader who filled out the TrustedReviews Reader Survey. Never one to sit back on its laurels, Sony has decided to update the the T2XP with the equally lovely VAIO TX1XP.
With dimensions of 272.4 x 195.1 x 28.5mm (WxHxD) and a weight of 1.25kg the TX1XP is as slim and light as you’d want it to be. OK, it’s a little larger and heavier than the Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P1510, but the TX1XP has an integrated optical drive and a PC Card slot – two things that Fujitsu-Siemens had to leave out of its baby.
At first glance the TX1XP looks very similar to its older sibling, but Sony has made a couple of important changes. The most obvious change is the screen - whereas the T2XP employed a 10.6in widescreen display, the TX1XP sports an 11.1in panel. Also the resolution of the screen has been bumped up slightly to 1,366 x 768 - a resolution that I usually see associated with large, high definition LCD TVs.
The screen is covered with Sony's X-Black high contrast coating, making it ideal for watching movies. As always, opinion is split on this type of screen - some users find it them too reflective and distracting when in an area of bright ambient light, but I find that this is a small price to pay for the benefits. What you get from the screen on the TX1XP is bright, vivid and rich colours that just jump out at you, especially when watching video, which is pretty important on a machine like this. The TX1XP is designed to be the ultimate travel companion that's always with you, so a good DVD watching experience is vital.
Sony has also tried to make this feature as accessible as possible by installing a Linux boot partition that can have you up and running in a few sections and watching your favourite DVD without needing to boot up Windows. Just below the screen is s full set of multimedia controls for controlling your movie using this feature, as well as power buttons for the AV Mode and for standard Windows.