The real question is, how badly do you need to have a WAN connection built into your laptop? Most people who need to
rock GPRS or EDGE or EV-DO on their laptop usually get by with using a wireless laptop card. You lose the integration,
but you also don?t have to worry about your laptop feeling obsolete when a newer, faster network is deployed 12 or 18
months later (Cingular is already building out their high-speed
HSDPA network). The real advantage
here is how seamless the integration is. Cingular?s WAN utility made getting on their EDGE network a snap, and Sony?s
new SmartFi technology made switching back and forth between EDGE and WiFi pretty easy. Those two factors alone might
make it worthwhile for road warriors who want to get online with as little hassle as possible. Cingular is charging $80
a month for unlimited data, though there?s a cheaper $50 a month plan that includes 50MB of data. Our other major
question: is the laptop SIM locked to Cingular?s network? Could you go overseas and use the T350 with another carrier?s
The rest of the specs on the T350 are suspiciously similiar to that
Vaio T2 we mentioned last month: it?s got a 10.6-inch
widescreen LCD (with XBRITE), a 1.2GHz Pentium M processor, a 60GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, a double layer DVD+-RW
drive, and a battery life of 9 hours (there?s no way they?re getting that with the EDGE cranked up). Should be
available in June for about $2200, with silver and burgundy options also available.
The Vaio VGN-T350 in burgundy.
The VGN-T350?s SIM card slot.