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The elegant Sony Vaio range has extended from the initially consumer focussed products into professional desktop replacement models.
The X29 packs a punch with a 750MHz Pentium III, 128MB SDRAM and 18.1GB hard disk.
The processor incorporates the Intel SpeedStep technology so that battery life is extended by dropping to 600kHz when disconnected from the mains.
The most obvious feature however is the display.
The brightness, sharpness and viewing angle make the 14.1" TFT a pleasure to use.
The removable display filter is the full width of the lid providing a sleek elegant appearance.
As the lid is opened, a flap deploys under the back edge, exposing the rear connectors, opening a cooling duct and tilting the keyboard to an ergonomic rake.
The keyboard has a positive responsive feel and in addition to the standard touchpad pointer device the Sony jog wheel gives access to applications without using the Windows Start menu structure.
An internal drive bay can be used for the supplied DVD ROM or floppy drive or optional second battery pack.
Alternatively the floppy can be connected externally with a lead that also serves as a printer parallel port adaptor.