Sony Vaio UX1 – small wonder

While we like our laptops to be dual-processor, dual-graphics, raw power versions of their desktop friends, we're not too fond of the hernia-inducing

While we like our laptops to be dual-processor, dual-graphics, raw power versions of their desktop friends, we're not too fond of the hernia-inducing side effects.The answer, according to Sony, is this tiny touch-screen addition to the Vaio family. Answering to the name UX1, it takes over from the equally diminutive UX. Crammed in beneath the 4.5in widescreen is the latest Intel Ultra-Low Voltage processor and a generous 1gig of RAM.Now at a fighting weight of 480g, it has shed its unsightly stubby aerial and ditched the hard disk for solid-state memory - all 32GB of it.Sadly, that pushes the price up to overdraft-busting levels, but brings it in to line with Samsung's latest version of its Q1 UMPC. Speaking of which, Sony's still holding out on the whole 'Origami' experience, packing this with standard Windows Vista Business rather than the new Vista UMPC OS announced at CES.From what we saw of UMPC on Windows XP that may not be such a bad thing, especially as this has the built-in keyboard that Samsung so prematurely binned.

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Sony UX1 Price: £TBA ($2,500 in US) On sale: TBA (February in US) Sony Related stories: Samsung’s keyboard-less computer gets an, um, keyboard