While Sony has a track record for making beautifully slim laptops, so far it's ignored Intel's prescribed ultrabook gimmickry. That stops now, with the newly announced Vaio T—but sadly, it's a laptop that's doomed before it even hits the shelf.
The T is Sony's answer to the MacBook Air; the Asus Zenbook; Dell's XPS 13 and all those other similarly-priced slim laptops knocking around. On the whole, the specs seem par for the course. It comes in 11-inch and 13-inch variants, the latter with a 1366 x 768 resolution. There's 4GB RAM, and integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. Storage comes by way of a completely solid-state or hybrid SSD/HDD drive. And the Vaio T certainly looks the part, in its 17.8mm-thick brushed metal body.
But it's shipping later this month with Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.
Give it two months, and you won't be able to move for Ivy Bridge-equipped laptops that will be far, far quicker. Now is undoubtedly the worst time to buy a new Sandy Bridge laptop. Which makes it the most insanely stupid time to launch a Sandy Bridge laptop. Sorry, Sony: you messed up again. [Sony]