US folks: be honest, did you think Windows 9 might just beat Sony's first Ultrabook to market here? Fret no more, Sony has announced the Vaio T Ultrabook and the price is right, starting at $769. It has a magnesium and aluminum chassis and Sony's impeccably clean design. The machine has a 13.3" display, Intel third generation Ivy Bridge ULV CPUs and your choice of an SSD drive or a hybrid drive (500 gig drive with a 32 gig solid state cache).
Though the T is a half pound heavier than the lightest Ultrabooks, it packs a lot of ports including HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, Memory Stick and SD card reader and two USB ports. And don't worry about that pesky Windows 8: you'll be able to upgrade to that OS for $14.99 thanks to Microsoft's upgrade offer to those who buy a new PC from June 2 to Jan. 31, 2013.
Claimed battery life with the included 4050 mAh battery is up to 7.5 hours. You can get the T with a Core i5 or Core i7 ULV Ivy Bridge CPU and Intel HD 4000 graphics (there's no discrete GPU option). The display is the usual 1366 x 768 resolution. The machine ships with up to 6 gigs of RAM (you're not stuck at the 4 gig Ultrabook standard). In fact, 4 gigs are soldered on the board, and there's a single RAM slot to upgrade. Nice.
You can check out the various options and order one from www.SonyStyle.com right now. Estimated ship date is June 18 for the least expensive $769 Core i5 model and right now for the $799 Core i5 and $999 Core i7.
3.54 lbs. (with internal battery, 4050mAh) 3rd gen Intel Core i5-3317U (1.70GHz / 2.60GHz with Turbo Boost) 3rd gen Intel Core i7-3517U (1.90GHz / 3.00GHz with Turbo Boost) Intel HD 4000 graphics 1366 x 768 display 1.3MP webcam Gigabit Ethernet port VGA and HDMI ports USB 3.0 port and USB 2.0 port Drive Options: 320GB (5400rpm) + 32GB MLC hybrid hard drive with RAID 0, 500GB (5400rpm) + 32GB MLC hybrid hard drive with RAID 0, 128GB (128GB x1) solid state drive, 256GB (256GB x1) solid state drive, 512GB (512GB x1) solid state drive.