The Good Lightweight; long battery life; built-in DVD/CD-RW drive; integrated video camera; dedicated flash media slot.
The Bad Tiny touchpad and mouse buttons; internal bay isn't swappable.
The Bottom Line Road warriors will be hard-pressed to find another ultralight with lower weight, longer battery life, and more features than the Sony VAIO TR2A.
Sony VAIO TR
The computing arsenal of road warriors should include three items: ultralight weight, long battery life, and easy connectivity. The new Sony VAIO TR2A laptop fulfills each requirement, and then some. It offers the same extralight, 3.1-pound case as its predecessor, the TR1A, with souped-up specs such as a 1GHz Pentium M processor and a 40GB hard drive. The Sony VAIO TR2A earned a phenomenal 258-minute score in CNET Labs' battery-drain test. In addition, it sports three ways to get on the Web: 56Kbps dial-up, Ethernet, and 802.11b wireless networking. Other pluses include an integrated digital camera, and a dedicated flash media slot. All told, the Sony VAIO TR2A remains one of the smartest laptop choices available for highly mobile professionals.
See also: Sony VAIO TR3AP2; Sony VAIO TR3AP3; Sony VAIO TR3AP1; Sony VAIO TR3A
The Sony VAIO TR2A's cool, ultralight case offers just about everything a journalist, a surveyor, or another mobile professional needs to get the job done. It's small and light enough to tote almost anywhere, measuring 10.6 by 1.4 by 7.4 inches and weighing 3.1 pounds, standard for an ultraportable.
Despite the laptop's small size, it includes a hearty selection of features for those who do both written and visual work. The keyboard isn't the widest in the world, but it's broad enough to dash off quick articles or reports without causing finger cramps. The integrated, rotating video camera on top of the 10.6-inch screen allows you to take stills and full-motion video to accompany your reports.