Sony have been out in force at CES 2010 with a number of announcements about new Sony Vaio laptops that they’ll be releasing in the coming months. There would appear to quite a selection to choose from in their various different model series of Sony Vaio branded notebooks and also includes a Sony netbook, a market in which they’ve made a late entry into in the last year.
Sony Vaio F Series Laptop
The Sony Vaio F series multimedia notebook creates your own portable cinema and as usual looks great with some pretty high spec. But as usual with Sony Vaio laptops, you will pay a premium.
With a 16.4” screen this isn’t the most portable of the computers that were announced at CES this year, however it must be one of the most attractive and boasts great spec. 1Gb of NVidia graphics really bring this thing to life with 3D graphics and full 1080p video playback (obviously!). The impressive Intel Core i7 quad core processor coupled with 8Gb of DDR3 RAM make this machine an absolute beast under the hood as well as a beauty on the outside.
It has a Blu-Ray drive and 500Gb hard drive make this thing brilliant for a mobile media system. IT comes packed with Windows 7 Home Premium too which I suppose is a given nowadays.
Other features include a 1080p screen and a spacious chiclet keyboard. I am extremely impressed with this machine. No word on pricing as yet though I’m afraid.
Sony Vaio S and Y Series Laptop
The S series from Vaio concentrates solely on high powered processing and impressive graphics. However, the Y series leans more towards saving power and battery life without sacrificing too much multimedia capability.
Let’s start with the S series. I believe it to have the Intel Core i5 processor and 4Gb of DDR3 RAM as well as 512mb of Nividia Graphics. So it really is an all rounder which isn’t particularly heavy either at just 2Kg. A 13.3 inch screen which is LED backlit provides portability. HDMI out means you can use the HD capability on your HDTV in the living room.
What sets this apart from its competitors is the optional VAIO 3G mobile broadband which means you can stay connected to the web with speeds up to 7.2mbps all over the world This is extremely impressive if you ask me.
With regards to the Y series, it weighs less than the S series at just 1.8Kg whilst keeping the 13.3 inch display. However, it sacrifices a little power in order to boast 9.1 hours of battery life, so they claim. Also they have designed an extra small power adapter so you can save space when you’re on the move. This uses Intel Core 2 Duo processors which are more than sufficient for the usage that this machine is aimed. As well as keeping the battery life and low power consumption this is extremely impressive.
Again this has 4Gb DDR3 Ram and Windows 7 Home Premium. 320Gb hard drive which is more than enough for all of your work on the move as this is primarily a portable machine. However this machine can only claim mobile intel graphics rather than the dedicated Nvidia card that’s in the S series. However, this is no gaming or powerful media laptop. Again, chiclet keyboard and HDMI out really complete a great machine.
Sony Vaio W Series Netbook
Another netbook. 10” screen and 8.5 hours of battery life. It’s just a modern netbook really with 1Gb of RAM and a 250Gb hard drive.
Features the new N450 Atom processor clocked at 1.66Ghz which is nothing massively impressive. Even less impressively, it has Windows 7 starter edition which is just infuriating as this machine is capable of running the proper Windows 7 Home premium. Built in Bluetooth, a webcam and a lightweight design make it stylish and extremely portable like most netbooks.
There is also an eco edition which consumes less power than the standard edition and is finished in a mint green colour and a mostly white body. 80% of the plastic body is built from recycled materials which help knock it up to a 5 star energy rating.
You may have gathered from this brief summary of the machine that it’s not all that interesting. You would be right to assume so. It looks ok because it’s Sony, but consequently, being a Sony product, you will most likely pay a premium for what is a fairly standard netbook released in February.