Product: Sony Vaio PCG-TR2 and PCG-FR852P Price: $15,980 and $14,980 Pro: Beautiful, practical designs; both machines are good platforms for video and music editing Con: The prices are a little prohibitive; the PCG-FR825P has a fixed floppy drive The two new Sony Vaio laptops launched last week underscore the types of notebook computers that have become popular with consumers. The PCG-TR2, pictured, is an ultra-portable device which has a small 10.6-inch screen and a smaller keyboard and weighs 1.4kg. If you are looking for ways to connect wirelessly sitting in a caf? or airport lounge, or perhaps even ways to communicate via video-conferencing without having to lug around a brick of a laptop, the PCG-TR2 is an attractive option. This type of laptop has been described as a sub-notebook, implying that it gives sub-par performance and excludes many bells and whistles because of its extreme portability. The PCG-TR2, on the other hand, has few compromises. It features an Intel Pentium M1 gigahertz processor with Centrino wireless LAN technology. It has 512 megabytes of memory, a 40-gigabyte hard disk and an integrated optical drive. It comes with music and video editing software, including Sony SonicStage Mastering Studio and Adobe Premiere 6 LE, and a digital camera is embedded in the hood. All Sony Vaios feature FireWire or iLink ports. The Sony Vaio PCG-FR825P is a bulkier machine, with a 15-inch display that is increasingly becoming the standard screen size on laptops. It fills the 'all-in-one' category of notebook computers, featuring an Intel Pentium 4 processor at 2.66 gigahertz, a built-in multi-format DVD burner, 512 megabytes of memory and 60 gigabytes of hard disk. At 3.6kg, it is lighter than many all-in-one laptops on the market. My only grouse is that it has an integrated 1.44-megabyte floppy drive that cannot be swapped for something else. The floppy drive is a waste of space, and all PC and laptop makers should stop including the low-storage drive in their machines. With thumb drives, CD and DVD burners, wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and 802.11b, who needs a floppy?