Monday, January 23rd 2012

Sony Refreshes its VAIO Laptop Line

Sony kicked off this week by announcing updates for four of its VAIO laptops, the Z, S, E and C Series models. Starting at $1949.99, the 13.1-inch Z Series machine is getting multiple new options including fresh Core i5 and Core i7 CPU options, RAID 0 SSD setups, LTE mobile broadband, and a Carbon Fiber Silver coating.

The 13-inch and 15-inch S Series laptops also get the latest 2nd-gen Core i5 and i7 processor options, but they can offer Hybrid Graphics with either an AMD Radeon HD 6470M (512 MB VRAM) or Radeon HD 6630M (1 GB VRAM) discrete graphics card. The 13-inch model starts at $799.99, while its 15-inch sibling (which boasts a Full HD IPS display) starts at $979.99. Both upgraded S Series laptops will become available in early February.


The 14-inch and 15.5-inch E Series laptops will follow the Z and S models and adopt the latest Sandy Bridge CPUs, while the similarly-sized C Series are getting two new chassis designs options - Kaleidoscope Pink and Geometric Black (aka Modern Geometric).

For more info on Sony VAIO laptops just see this page.
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6 Comments on Sony Refreshes its VAIO Laptop Line

#2
THE_EGG
Ashame they took out the discrete card out of the Z. I thought they might put it back in with this genertion. :(
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#3
NC37
Multimedia dock. Similar idea we saw with that 3 in 1. Not a bad idea. People could then by crappy laptops, plug them into dock, and get decent laptops.
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Completely Bonkers
The Z has 1920x1080 on 13.1". Nice.
No. Not nice. Not until every program scales well with those settings, which they don't.
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#5
THE_EGG
by: Frick
No. Not nice. Not until every program scales well with those settings, which they don't.
Plus, its horrible trying to read text on it without using any zoom functions or putting the screen right next to the face.
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#6
Completely Bonkers
Blimey! You guys need to learn about DPI screen setting. Set it at 120 DPI. 99% of software is fine. The ones that arent are usually freeware or shareware utilities with "home brew skins". Don't let a few freebie utilities put you off running your display at 120DPI. Find alternatives to poorly programmed software. And BLAST those programmers for shoddy programming. Seriously, the number of rather simple utilities that think they create value by "skins" and consequently fark the display scaling, are utilities that can be canned.

by: THE_EGG
Plus, its horrible trying to read text on it without using any zoom functions or putting the screen right next to the face.
I find reading poorly rendered text struggling with tricks like cleartype to be quite inferior to running font rendering using a high pixel count.

You guys should be encouraging the industry to move to print quality pixel density... and lobbying all none compliant software to fix themselves... rather than giving people excuses not to improve display quality. Windows 98 VGA font scaling, let it die.
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