When you consider that the Type U is a full PC, the potential uses are limitless â€“ why synchronise your PC Outlook with a PDA when you can carry it with you in itâ€™s entirety? You could use it to give presentations via a projector with WiFi functionality, or you could just while away a long flight watching DiVX movies.
Of course, although I say that the potential uses are limitless, there is nothing that I could honestly say that I need the Type U for, nothing that I currently canâ€™t do with another device with relative ease. But ultimately thatâ€™s what makes a product like the Type U different from so many others, itâ€™s not about need, itâ€™s about want.
Absolutely everyone that I showed the Type U to wanted it, although no one had any real need for it. Itâ€™s one of those devices that just elicits completely irrational desire â€“ logic and common sense go out the window, and youâ€™re just filled with the desire to own one of these miniature marvels.
If you are overcome with desire for a Type U, youâ€™re going to have to find a retailer that will ship you one from Japan. Then youâ€™re going to have to completely nuke it and re-install an English version of Windows so that you can use it properly. That said, there are rumours that sales of the Type U in Japan will be coming to an end soon, and that production of a US version may start. If this is true, you will find it easier to get hold of one and you wonâ€™t have to re-install the operating system.
As far as Iâ€™m aware, there are no plans for the Type U to come to Europe, which is a shame. I can understand why Sony is reluctant to invest in a European rollout, since the cost of language and territory customisations would be prohibitive for a low volume product such as this.
It is however important for a company like Sony to keep showing the world that it can design ground breaking products that its competitors canâ€™t compete with, and with the VAIO Type U, it has done just that.
For more information on the VAIO Type U click here. This website is in Japanese.