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Exterior Design

The Sony VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S ships in a rather typical cardboard box that shows that the enclosed device belongs to the VAIO series. The sheer size of the box is an unambiguous indication that there is a very, very small computer inside.

So, it’s a Sony and it looks like an elegant silver-colored powder-box, just a little larger than usual, with the chromium letters “VAIO” in the center of the lid and “Sony” along the edge. The case material is a bit rough, so the notebook is unlikely to slip off your hands. I should confess this material gets dirty in no time, but it is also easy to clean it.

At the top of the lid, near the screen hinge, there are two groups of system indicators, a few control buttons for a software DVD player, and a Power-On button which is highlighted in green when the notebook is turned on and thus does double duty as a Power indicator (it is colorless and transparent when the notebook’s off). All of this is visible even when the lid is down and, for example, you can keep track of the battery recharging without opening the notebook.

The two groups include the following indicators:

  • Battery charge (it’s alight when the notebook’s battery is being recharged)
  • HDD activity
  • Activity of the Memory Stick card reader
  • Keyboard’s Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock indicators

The DVD playback controls include the following buttons (from left to right):

  • Launch the DVD player
  • Play/Pause
  • Stop
  • Previous Track (one press reproduces the current track, two presses reproduce the previous track)
  • Next Track
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