It’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; then Apple should be quite flattered right about now. Not only are certain Chinese companies interested in copying the iPod, it seems a top tier company is interested in something more sinister. Sony has seemingly copied some elements of the MacBook design and incorporated them into its new TZ series laptops.
Sony was able to go a step further and actually improve on the MacBook design. Sony’s TZ series laptop is lighter, thinner, features a LED display and most importantly, a tough carbon fiber body. It also includes options for a solid state hard drive.
Its drawback, the only real drawback is it has only one memory slot. That’s bad should you wish to upgrade in the future and you don’t get the advantage of dual channel memory.
Sure, it comes in several colors but let’s look at the black one. Does it look familiar? It should. It looks like some kind of MacBook, especially with that chicklet style keyboard.
In order to eke out the up to 9 hour battery life, Sony went with a U7600 Core 2 Duo processor that only gets you 1.2GHz and it does not offer the Santa Rosa option. Also to keep battery life super long, Intel 945GM graphics are used, so no gaming.
The TZ laptop is probably the most expensive non-gaming laptop on the market at $2,744 for the top end model. It wasn’t designed for speed, or for gaming, it was designed to look cool.
Apple would be foolish if it did not incorporate some of these improvements into the next MacBook revision. I’d settle for that LED display and carbon fiber body.