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Sony Dropping Vaio TT

I'm just a little worried. Sony's US branch has discontinued what I'm adamant is the nicest laptop the company currently makes - the Vaio TT. It's sad day for luxury laptop buyers, for certain.

No explanation is forthcoming as yet, but Sony has confirmed that the TT is definitely not coming back to the US store. There's no indication as to whether this culling will be limited to the US or not, as yet. Those in UK able to buy what is probably the least recession-geared of Sony's laptops, and considering doing so, might want to get a move on and do so just in case.

Of the possible explanations for this decision, my preferred is that Sony simply isn't seeing the sales it needs in the US. That should mean that the range itself will still remain available elsewhere, as long as enough people are buying TTs - which they should be, financial crisis be damned.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Sony.

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Steve

August 20, 2009, 11:04 pm

The TT & Z have been out a year. Successors due...

Craig Turner

August 20, 2009, 11:17 pm

I'm a die hard Apple fanboy, but I had a TR1MP the predecessor to TS & TT? Beautiful laptop then, and Sony has managed to continue making this luxury laptop better! Indeed a sad day if it is isn't going to be replaced.

Andy0d2

August 20, 2009, 11:27 pm

I've had a quick hands-on with one and I have to say its my laptop in the world (the high end one with blu ray, ssd, 3g etc) however I just can't justify the price when I can get a laptop that does everything I want (albeit slower and with less style) for a quarter of the price.





BTW - I you, like me, hate the ad that is forcing the news segment down a couple of slots can you make yourself herd to the editors.

farki80

August 20, 2009, 11:34 pm

Not surprising isn't it? I expect a new model to replace it.

smc8788

August 21, 2009, 1:13 am

It may be the nicest laptop in the VAIO range, but surely the market for these machines must be diminishing given you can pick up a decent netbook for around 1/6th the price these retail at. I'll admit that they may be slightly more adept at handling Vista, but the TT is certainly no powerhouse, so I'm not sure many people will find the extra price is justified.

Max

August 21, 2009, 11:55 am

With Windows 7 on the way buying a powerful ultra-portable is a bit pointless really, unless you value DVD playback that much.





Netbooks will be really awesome with Windows 7, and even the least powerful ones should be able to do plenty when it arrives...





Nvidia's Ion platform will make a big difference as well and for Sony to be offering a £1600 notebook when a £300 Ion based netbook can do most of the same stuff is a bit silly.

Ed

August 21, 2009, 1:08 pm

Let's get one thing straight. The Sony TT, and TZ before it, were not the fastest machines in the world but comparing them to a netbook, ion or not, is ridiculous.





1. The TT has an optical drive. Not essential these days (and i wouldn't be surprised if Sony did drop it for some sort of TT lite) but still a useful feature. I, for one, would rather have one than not.





2. The screen of the TT utterly blows away any netbook in terms of quality.





3. The buld quality of the TT is pretty much unsurpassed.





4. With ION, a netbook will be able to play HD video but in every other area the performance will still be miles behind a TT. And I'm not just talking untapped, unneeded performance like you get on powerful gaming PCs that just sit there idle most of the time. I'm talking about a basic ability to multitask properly.





5. Connectivity of the TT far surpasses any netbook.





Essentially, netbooks in their current and future forms are certainly useful for many things but they will never replace a true ultra-portable. Sony just needs to tweak a few things here and there and lower the pricing slightly for its next version.

Steve

August 21, 2009, 1:09 pm

@Max Power





It's not pointless really. You are paying for quality. As a Vaio Z series owner, I could have got a machine for half the price, but it wouldn't have that 'Vaio' touch. If I needed an even smaller machine than the Z, I'd not hesitate about purchasing the TT. I've seen a few of them in the flesh and they really are exceptional.

Ben

August 21, 2009, 2:09 pm

It would be a sad, sad day if the T series were to disappear. Almost as sad as this sentence: "Those in UK able to buy what is probably the _laest_ recession-geared of Sony's laptops, and considering doing so, might want to get a move on and _doo_ so just in case. "





Yes, the square ad forcing the news bits down is driving me mad, too. Not just because it's wrong from a design POV, but because now, with 4 massive animated flash ads above the fold, visiting TR is headache-inducing!

Steve

August 21, 2009, 2:44 pm

@Ben





I use Adblock which blocks the ads, but due to the design of the TR website, I just see whacking great white spaces where that ad's should be displayed.





Using Chrome and accessing TR (no adblock) nearly caused a seizure!





Flashing banner ads are a huge no-no. Yeah, they generate money but users don't like them.

Max

August 21, 2009, 3:25 pm

Ed:





1. I don't think they are too essential, they are useful though, and I do remember berating Apple when the Air released without one. Suppose times change...





2. I would wait until Sony release their spin on a netbook, I'm using an Acer with an 11.6" 1366x768 screen and it's pretty sweet. Some pixelation issues, but nothing too serious.





3. Agreed, but again I'll wait for Sony's version until I pass judgement, I would say the build quality of Vaios is unsurpassed, not specifically the TT or TZ. This Acer isn't bad though, I chuck it about quite often and I don't have a bag for it, just a slip case.





4. Again, I would wait and see what the Ion/Ion2 can do with CULV before passing judgement, I think it will be close run thing. Ion provides a lot of graphical power (more than the low end TTs I think) and CULV based processors are similar to the ones used in the TT and other ultraportables. I can say that the Z series Atom I have on this thing is useless for anything other than basic youtube and browsing, not too many tabs on FF either...





5. Really? When I was shopping around in Kuala Lumpur for this I was offered plenty of netbooks with a/b/g/n 3G/WiMax etc... pretty much all of them come with Bluetooth and this I think some even had gigabit ethernet. I settled for the cheaper Acer, but better ones were available I'm sure of it.





I do believe the netbook will replace the ultraportable as we know it, I can't see businesses (the biggest consumer of these machines) going for £1500 laptops when a (probabletop top end netbook) £350-400 machine does much the same stuff, albeit a bit less nicely.





Steve:





When it comes to functionality if a £600 Dell does the same job any manager worth his salt will order that for his minions...





The prices Sony charge are not worth it, I have had a couple of Vaios in the past (an old Z1XSP, and a newer B-Series). Sony seem intent on charging the same amount as Apple for their wares, but don't offer the unique plus points that Apple do (OS, stability), as a general IBM compatible I can't see much that sets a Vaio apart from any other brand, except like you mention luxury and build quality.

Steve

August 21, 2009, 4:40 pm

@Max Power





"I would wait until Sony release their spin on a netbook"





Vaio W series:





http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/Sh...

Andy0d2

August 21, 2009, 4:40 pm

On the topic of ion asus have been found to be bringing out both an ion eee box as well as a 20'' eee top as early as September. Mean whilst the eee keyboard (yeah that thing from ces) is rumoured to have an October release with possible win 7 - just a heads up for the ed

Max

August 21, 2009, 5:31 pm

I mean wait for the reviews to roll in, you know so we can actually see how it performs and what the build quality is like...

farki80

August 21, 2009, 6:23 pm

Comparing this and other ultraportables to a netbook is ridiculous. Only a person who can't afford one would attempt to justify it.

Gordon394

August 21, 2009, 6:53 pm

@farki80 - that doesn't mean it isn't the netbook sector which is undermining it.

Steve

September 3, 2009, 2:19 am

Vaio X series!





http://www.engadget.com/2009/0...





Nice! *swoons*

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