The TX1XP is part of Sony’s new VAIO Professional range, so it’s aimed at business users. With this in mind you can upgrade the standard one year warranty to the Sony VAIO Professional Premium Service – this is a comprehensive three year, next day on-site warranty. If your business really does depend on your notebook working, this upgrade will probably look attractive – although £239 seems like a lot of cash, when you roll it into the total cost of ownership in a business model, it’s not too bad.
Devices that look great, are small, perform well and sport a Sony badge never tend to be cheap, and the TX1XP is no exception to that rule. Being that this is such a new machine I’ve had a hard time tracking down a street price, and the only retailer I could find offering it was Sony Style. At £1,699 including VAT, you’re going to have to dig quite deep if you want this little beauty straight away, but if you’re willing to wait a few weeks you’ll probably find a keener price elsewhere on the web.
The VAIO TX1XP is a truly great little notebook. Sony has taken the already excellent T2XP and built on it to produce a better featured and even more desirable machine that will still sit in your bag all day without you even noticing it’s there. The only real issue is the light bleed from the base of the screen, but the advantages of the LED backlight technology outweigh this annoyance in my opinion – plus Sony should be commended for pioneering this new technology in the first place. The battery life is truly staggering, and for anyone that finds themselves having to work on the move regularly, this will be a huge boon. The Sony T Series is going from strength to strength, and I can’t help asking the question – why aren’t all notebooks like this?