When you consider that the Type U is a full PC, the potential uses are limitless – why synchronise your PC Outlook with a PDA when you can carry it with you in it’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 can’t do with another device with relative ease. But ultimately that’s what makes a product like the Type U different from so many others, it’s not about need, it’s about want.

Absolutely everyone that I showed the Type U to wanted it, although no one had any real need for it. It’s one of those devices that just elicits completely irrational desire – logic and common sense go out the window, and you’re just filled with the desire to own one of these miniature marvels.

If you are overcome with desire for a Type U, you’re going to have to find a retailer that will ship you one from Japan. Then you’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 won’t have to re-install the operating system.

As far as I’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 can’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.

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