There's usually something pretty special at a Sony product launch, and this time definitely wasn't an exception.
Removable storage will always be important with a device this small, and it comes as no surprise to see a MemoryStick slot in evidence. However, what did come as a surprise was the inclusion of a CompactFlash slot. This gives you greater flexibility and access to cheaper flash memory cards in the shape of CompactFlash.
”’Both MemoryStick and CompactFlash slots are present.”’
Connectivity hasn’t been forgotten either, and there’s an integrated 802.11b/g wireless adapter, with a hardware switch on the side of the case to activate and deactivate it. Some compromises obviously have to be made though, and if you want to use wired Ethernet, you’ll need to use a dongle, much like the VAIO X505.
”’Next to the WiFi switch you’ll find a Ctrl+Alt+Del button – imperative for any Windows device.”’
The VGN-U70 comes with a docking station for charging and added connectivity. On the cradle you’ll find four USB 2.0 ports, an iLink (FireWire) port, an Ethernet port and a D-SUB for connection to an external monitor.
”’The Docking cradle charges the unit and expands your connectivity options.”’
There was also a Sony fold-away keyboard on display, which connects to the VGN-U70 via USB. When used in conjunction with the docking cradle, it makes the VGN-U70 a viable working tool.
As already mentioned, there’s no guarantee that the VAIO Type U will ever be released in Europe, but we sincerely hope that it will be. If you can’t wait that long, we’ve already seen a few online retailers selling the Japanese devices, but keep in mind that they ship with Japanese Windows, so you’d have to do a complete re-install before you can use it. Unless of course your Japanese is better than ours.