Sony Vaio UX Micro PC

Sony on May 16 introduced Americans to the consumer electronics giant?s smallest pocket-sized PC yet. The new VAIO UX Micro PC is a machine which Sony says places full-size computer performance in the palm of one?s hand.

The Sony VAIO UX Micro PC weighs around 1.2 pounds and sports a 4.5-inch wide SVGA screen which uses the company?s XBRITE technology to deliver brilliant color, crisp graphics and very fine details. The screen is also touch sensitive, usable with an integrated stylus and on-screen touch launcher for quick access to features and programs commonly used, such as games and Internet e-mail.

Driving Sony?s smallest PC is an Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor and the Microsoft XP Professional operating system. This combination is joined by 512MB of 400MHz DDR2 SDRAM, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 128MB of dynamically allocated shared RAM/video memory and a 300GB 4200RPM ATA hard drive.

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Given that the Sony VAIO UX Micro PC has a low voltage processor, Sony has estimated it to have a standard rechargeable battery life of between 2.5 and 4.5 hours. It also sports two built-in digital cameras ? one for video conferencing and another located on the back of the computer for taking photos.

For wireless offerings, this micro PC lets a user choose between 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN, wireless Wide Area Network (WAN) and Bluetooth wireless technologies. All three of these standards are managed through incorporated technology which lets one easily toggle between wireless options.

Security of the computer and its content is also a prevalent feature, according to Sony. The UX comes equipped with an integrated biometrics fingerprint sensor, while the hard drive has incorporated shock protection to help reduce the rate of data loss should the drive be accidentally dropped.

Another integral part, or should we say parts, of the new Sony laptop include the integrated, 64 keys keyboard which slides out from underneath the display, a built-in microphone, headphone jack, a Memory Stick media card slot and two USB 2.0 ports.

The Sony VAIO UX Micro PC comes standard with a port replicator which has connectivity options for i.Link IEEE-1394, USB 2.0 (x3), Ethernet, VGA and A/V; a VGA/LAN adapter; and soft carrying case, among other accessories. Optional accessories include a larger capacity battery, Bluetooth wireless mouse, Bluetooth GPS receiver, a multi-format DVD drive and a LocationFree Player Pak for streaming wireless TV and videos at home.

Sony?s VAIO UX Micro PC will be released this July for $1,799.99. More details can be found at the Sony Style Web site and

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