As a result of this slight change of focus we must admit the TT doesn’t excite us in quite the same way the TZ did. Call us fickle if you like, but despite its sleek lines, impossibly thin lid and compact carbon fibre chassis the TT does lack the ‘wow factor’ that the TZ had. In fact we’d go so far as to say if you’ve already got a TZ and were thinking of upgrading, the TT won’t knock you down with its superiority. Undeniably there’s an element of familiarity in this reaction, but from a design standpoint at least the TT isn’t the advance some might have hoped.
Another familiar element is the keyboard. Like the TZ’s of old and the VAIO Z11WN we looked at not all that long ago, the TT employs the usual isolated style keyboard. Unlike the Z Series, however, the TT’s keys retain the slightly shallow feel that’s always characterised isolated keyboards.
This does take a little getting used to since there’s a slight lack of that positive click when typing, but the keyboard layout can’t be faulted. Everything is in the right place and while the keys themselves aren’t quite full-size they’re close enough to be perfectly comfortable for regular typing duties. We also like how the palm rest area is raised slightly above the keyboard, creating a more comfortable typing position.
Below the keyboard, of course, is the touchpad. It’s well proportioned, never getting in the way of typing, while it’s two faux-chrome buttons are large and have a nice positive action. Between the two is a fingerprint reader and this is matched with TPM 1.2 (Trusted Platform Module) adding secure encryption and authentication to protect your precious data.
Connectivity, meanwhile, isn’t prodigious but covers most of the bases a business user will demand. Behind the flap on the left there’s an HDMI output and an Ethernet port and this is followed by a lock slot, a 34mm ExpressCard slot, a mini-FireWire port, the two sole USB ports and the headphone and microphone jacks.
Up front there’s the usual combination of an SD card reader and a MagicGate Pro slot for Sony’s propriety card formats. Next to these is a quick and useful wireless radio switch and following on the opposite are volume control buttons, a mute button, one programmable shortcut button and an Eject button for the optical drive.
It’s just as well there is one, too, since the button on the drive itself sits flush and is very small, making it difficult to operate. This does ensure it won’t be accidentally activated, though, so should be regarded as a feature as opposed to a problem. Next to the optical drive sits the only other output, a VGA port for analogue connection to a monitor or TV.
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