I use a laptop for downloading and processing my digital photos when Iâ€™m out and about, but my old Sony VAIO PCG-9H1M laptop has seen better days. Some keys on the keyboard are beginning to stick, the CD burner only works when it feels like it, and itâ€™s horribly slow when dealing with big image files from digital SLRs. Also the battery has had it, and itâ€™s going to cost Â£80 for a new one, which is probably more than the machine is worth.
This Christmas Iâ€™m going to treat myself to a new laptop. One that caught my eye was the new VAIO VGN-TX1XP reviewed last month. It has a battery life of over five hours, and it measures just 27 x 19.5 x 2.85cm, nearly an inch thinner and two inches narrower than my old one. It also weighs just 1.25kg so itâ€™ll be a lot easier to carry around in my camera bag. It comes with 1GB RAM and a DVD writer as standard, my Bluetooth phone will talk to it, and the 60GB hard drive is three times the size of the disk in my current machine.