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Reg Kit Watch Sony UK introduced a trio of notebooks today: the Vaio TR2MP ultra-portable and a pair of Z1X-series machines, the Z1XMP and the Z1XSP.

All three are based on Intel's Centrino platform and consequently offer 802.11b/g WLAN connectivity. The TR2MP sports a 1GHz Ultra-low Voltage Pentium Ms, while the other two are equipped with beefier 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz PMs, respectively.

The TR2MP is a 27 x 18.8 x 3.5cm, 1.4kg (3.1lb) model built to hold a 10.6in, 1280 x 768 widescreen display, yet it manages to squeeze in an optical drive - a DVD-ROM/CD-RW unit - and a 40GB hard drive. It ships with 512MB of 266MHz DDR SDRAM, 64MB of which is used by the i855GM's integrated Intel Extreme Graphics engine.

Built into the screen, above the display, is a movable 640 x 480 digicam. In addition to Wi-Fi, the TR2MP supports Bluetooth connectivity, along with 56Kbps modem and 100Mbps Ethernet wired links. Both radios can be turned off using a special switch in the case to boost battery life, which Sony reckons can reach four hours and 43 minutes of operation. An extended life battery pack option can take that to just shy of eight hours.

The Z1XSP and Z1XMP offer comparable four-hour-plus battery lives, but weigh rather more: 2.1kg (4.6lb). Bigger, they measure 31.6 x 24.7 x 3.9cm. Both offer 14.1in 1400 x 1050 displays powered by the dated 16MB ATI Mobility Radeon graphics chip. Each machine ships with 512MB of DDR SDRAM, but while the MP has a 60GB hard drive, the SP has an 80GB unit. The SP also offers a DVD-RW/CD-RW optical drive, whereas the MP features just a DVD-ROM/CD-RW unit.

Like the TR2MP, the Z1XSP and MP offer Bluetooth wireless, and 56Kbps and 100Mbps wired connectivity. All three machines feature a pair of USB 2.0 ports, 1394 and a PC Card slot.

The TR2MP ships next month at £1534 (excluding VAT). The Z1XMP and the Z1XSP are available today at £1449 and £1704, respectively. ®

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