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GADGET DAY: Got my new Subnotebook today
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 10.12.03 - 15:24:48 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 13508x
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Today is my very personal "geek's gadget day" and therefore I might be away from PPCW.Net for the next couple of hours... UPS rang my door bell this morning and brought my brand new Subnotebook - a Sony Vaio PCG-TR1MP... :-)

If you are a long time visitor of PPCW.Net you might remember this article I wrote February 2002 (hell, that's already 2 years ago): "NOTEBOOK: I need a new Notebook, I found it, but..." where I wrote about a new Notebook I was thinking about to buy. Well, I never bought that one but it took at least 2 more years to made the decision which one to take and last week I made it and decided to got with the Vaio PCG-TR1MP, even if I swear before never to buy a Sony Notebook again.

Since 2000 I've owned a Vaio PCG-C1XD (Picturebook) and I was annoyed about the support Sony provided with updates and upgrades. Also it was designed for Windows 98 only it was good enough to run Windows Me as well but with 2000 and XP it had serious problems. Anyway - that Subnotebook was a good investment, at least it worked 4 years for me.
But since it doesn't had Wi-Fi nor Bluetooth on board I thought about an upgrade anyway and therefore I found that Vaio. While the Sony Press Office never responded to my inquiries (Sony annoyed me again here but also Samsung, HP and Fujitsu Siemens were pretty silent) I thought about that the product manager, who developed this fine piece of miniaturization, and that he isn't (at least I hope) responsible for the Press Office behavior.

So here it is - my new Subnotebook - my new companion on future trips: the Sony Vaio PCG-TR1MP:

Features

  • 10.6" Widescreen Onyx-black LCD
  • Built in CDRW/DVD drive
  • Built in 370k camera
  • Integrated W-LAN, Bluetooth
  • ULV Centrino® 900MHz-M
  • Intel® 855GM integrated with 3D up to 128MB meory
  • 30 GB hard disc drive
  • 256MB SDRAM
  • 2xUSB 2.0 ports
  • MagicGate Memory Stick slot
  • i-Link (IEEE1394) port
  • V92/V90 56k Flex Modem
  • Built in Ethernet RJ-45 10BaseT/100Base TX
  • Up to 5.5 hours battery life
  • Weight 1.4kg
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Most impressed I'm about the size. While many manufactures like HP, Toshiba and others build great "regular size" Notebooks (I've bought my girlfriend this summer a HP Notebook - see here how: "THOUGHT: Buying a new Notebook wireless and interactive", I'm addicted - for sure - to the Subnotebook class! :-) It's lighter, smaller and therefore easier to carry. However, because of this miniaturization, it often miss important features while that Vaio includes near everything I was looking for. A great screen resolution (1280 x 768 which is even more then I'm using on my PC), W-LAN and Bluetooth on board as well as LAN and a 56 k modem it seems to be the most perfect Subnotebook for me (okay, it doesn't includes IrDA what I really miss as well as it has a Memory Stick slot instead of a SD slot).
Also it's really great that it has a DVD drive includes and not an external one which means watching DVD on an airplane was never easier as well that the drive is also a CD-ROM Read/Write! :-)

So now it's time to uninstall everything useless like the one or the other Sony stuff ;-) and to install the real important stuff like Microsoft Office System aka Office 2003 and more and even more important - importing the data from my Desktop to the Notebook as well as synchronizing both as good as possible which brings me to the next point: Why isn't there a Desktop/Notebook kind of ActiveSync solution available from Microsoft? I already have LapLink but it's not that good and also the Briefcase isn't working that good. Here I miss a solution to sync my Outlook version like I do with my PC and my Pocket PCs/Smartphones.

Cheers ~ Arne

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