Sony Vaio GT3/K

Sony Vaio GT3/K front shot

For you camcorder junkies out there, this is something new that Sony has been toying with.   The Sony Vaio GT3/K is 2.4 pounds of notebook that is completely unlike what you have seen before.  This is a notebook / camcorder, 1 part video camera, 1 part Windows ME/2000 notebook.  The GT3/K is likely to be the most unique computer that Sony has put out to date.

It has been reported that Sony never intended to release this prototype to the general public.  Then, there was overwhelming interest at the PC Expo 2000 Tokyo.  It appears that it was quite a show for Sony?s newest product.  Could it have been brilliant marketing or good decision-making?  Either way, Sony is very pleased with the outcome.

As for you typical user, the GT3/K might be a little ?Over Kill? for your home camcorder usage.  This computer / video camcorder hybrid circuitry uses Transmeta?s 600 MHz Crusoe chip for fast performance and a battery life up to 17 hours with the (LLL) cell.

The GT3/K comes with a large HDD, 30 GB hard drive (obviously to leave space for video recording). To enhance the video editing, it?s also comes standard with an ATI Rage Mobility-M1 with 8mb VRAM.  Standard ram on this is 128 but can be increased to 256 maximum.

The camera is a standard 680,000 pixel CCD variable aperture and zoom functionality.  The screen is able to swivel behind the unit to allow you to use it like a DV video camera.  Standard options of full motion video with sound and still photos are available.  Also on the GT3/K, it has integrated ports for FireWire, USB mini-VGA, NTSC, memory stick and more.  The total weight on this is 2.42lbs.

The GT3/K is only in limited production from Sony and you will need to contact them directly if you are serious about buying.  (800-711-6277 or

Sony Vaio GT3/K in camcorder mode


Model:  PCG-GT3/K

Motherboard Features:

CPU:                   Transmeta Crusoe 600MHz

L2 Cache:            512 CPU intergrated

RAM:                   128


HDD:                    30GB Ultra ATA (40GB MAX)

Graphic / Video Features

Chip:                    ATI Rage Mobility-M

VRAM:                 8MB (integrated)

Display:                6.4? SXGA TFT

Resolution:           up to 1024 x 786 pixels @ 16m colors

Sound System

Sound Card:         PCM 16bit audio, integrated stereo speaker


PCMCIA:               Type II x 1 CardBus compatible

Modem:                 56K flex V.90 mini PCI fax/modem

Integrated:       Modem RJ-11 x1; USB x1; iLink (IEEE 1394; 4pin); AV

Ports:               interface (NTSC & PAL); Microphone x1; Monitor x1; PS/2 x1;

Headphone/audio-out x1

Input / Output Devices

Keyboard:           QWERTY 86 Key, 14mm pitch, 1.5mm keystroke

Pointing Device:   Pointing stick with scrolling function

Batter Life:          Standard Battery: 2-5 hours
Enhanced Battery: 4-10 hours
7-17 hours (quad-capacity battery)


Consumption:           37W

A/C adapter              100-240V / 50-60 Hz

Physical Features

Size:                          9.5(W) x 6.1(L) x 1.6-1.7(H) [inch]
241 x 155.5 x 40-44.8 [mm]

Weight:                2.42 lbs / 1.1 kg



Contains:             A/C adapter; standard battery; AV cable; lens cover

O/S:                    Windows ME (option)

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

PS4 vs. Switch: After weighing the pros and cons, which one comes out on top?

Nintendo Switch versus PlayStation 4: Which one has better overall value? We break down the pros and cons of each platform to tell you which of these consoles is truly worth the money.

How do the revised Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles stack up?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for February 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.

Are you one of the billions who have watched these super-popular YouTube videos?

Viral videos can quickly garner millions upon millions of views, but even they fall well behind the view counts on the most watched YouTube videos ever. Those have been watched billions of times.

Marriott asking guests for data to see if they were victims of the Starwood hack

Marriott has created an online form to help you find out if your data was stolen in the massive Starwood hack that came to light toward the end of 2018. But take note, it requires you to submit a bunch of personal details.

Windows updates shouldn't cause problems, but if they do, here's how to fix them

Windows update not working? It's a more common problem than you might think. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot it and in this guide we'll break them down for you step by step.

Speed up your system by tweaking the startup application in Windows and MacOS

Bothered by programs that automatically start when you boot your computer, or want to add a new one to the list? Here's how to change your startup programs in Windows 7, 8, and 10, along with Apple's MacOS.

Apple may go big with a redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro, 31.6-inch 6K display

In a research note, well-respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes that there are indications the company could be releasing a 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as a 31.6-inch 6K display in 2019.

Accidental Amazon listings provides peek at cost of GTX 1660 Ti PCs

An accidental listing on Amazon provided a peek at the final cost of some of the new Windows 10 desktops with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti on board, with prices possibly in the $1,200 range.

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…

Nvidia promises DLSS at low resolutions will be ‘top priority’ in future updates

Nvidia's deep learning super sampling needs work. Gamers know it and now we know Nvidia knows it too. The company made it clear on the technology's FAQ page that it plans to make fixing DLSS a top priority.

All signs point to a new Apple external display in 2019. Will it be 6K or 8K?

Will there be an Apple Display 2019? It looks like Apple is getting ready to announce a new monitor, after canceling its old Thunderbolt Display back in 2016. But what will this new display look like? Here's what we know.