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Just Announced: Sony VAIO® E Series, Cool Colors and Affordable Price

While I am still sorting through all the fun tech I saw at CES to create my CES coverage posts, I decided to keep a running tab of the new tech just out. On January 28 I posted with techie details about the Apple iPad. On Feb. 2nd Sony released news about the new VAIO® E Series. This announcement is interesting to add to the ongoing debate about the iPad functionality in the tablet category versus netbooks and laptops. One of the choices being debated is purchasing an internet device such as a tablet, buying a netbook, or buying a full featured laptop that are all now becoming closer in price. While comparing a tablet to a laptop is different because tablets are handheld and laptops are mobile computing  – many consumers need to make a choice of getting the most functionality for the buck.

Here are details from the Sony News press release.  Click HERE to view the Sony Vaio EB series on the Sony Style website. 

PRICE: The Sony Style website states the starting retail price for the Sony Vaio EB series as $799.

DESIGN: The SONY press release stated that the “E Series comes in five
translucent, high-gloss colors
— Caribbean Green, Iridescent Blue,
Coconut White, Hibiscus Pink and Lava Black— and three matte
colors—Maple Brown, Silver White and Gunmetal. Subtle patterns can be
found on the lids, of the glossy models, with the palm rest mirroring
the color of the PC….
With a 15.5-inch (measured diagonally) widescreen display with optional HD capability so movies….The edge-to-edge isolated keyboard has a
numeric pad built-in, giving you the experience of using a larger
computer in a much smaller footprint.
A pleasing dimpled touch pad is seamlessly integrated into the palm rest.

STORAGE, BATTERY LIFE, USB PORTS/CONNECTORS: The SONY press release stated “transfer and store data to peripheral devices utilizing the notebook’s eSATA/ USB port and three convenient USB ports. Select models incorporate Bluetooth® technology, enabling peripherals such as a wireless mouse to be utilized without tying up the unit’s ports…..For those who prefer to watch content on a
big screen television, the PC has an HDMI™ output so it can be
connected to a compatible HDTV set for a larger viewing experience
(HDMI cable required, sold separately).
Up to 500GB hard drives are available.. It also has the added convenience of DVD and CD read/write functionalities.”

The current Sony Style website has the following other features listed: WiFi – IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, max of 3.5 hours battery time, 8GB max RAM, and a weight of 5.95 pounds.

CAMERA: The SONY press release stated: “A built-in webcam with face-tracking
technology and microphone let you video chat with family, friends and
colleagues. A third-party internet service provider is required.”

APPLICATIONS: The SONY press release  states: “All E Series PCs come pre-installed with Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system…..The E Series notebook also comes with three unique hardware buttons– WEB, VAIO and ASSIST to get you to where you want to go with a touch of a button. Quickly access the Internet, without full boot up into Windows®, by simply pressing the WEB button. Launch directly into Sony’s own Media Gallery software by pushing the designated VAIO button on the keyboard and create high-quality home movies. Finally troubleshoot any issues or facilitate simple do-it-yourself PC maintenance procedures by pressing the ASSIST button and launching the included VAIO Care™ software program…”

MULTI-TASKING and PROCESSOR INFO: Multi-tasking = YES. The SONY press release states “Select E Series models pack an Intel® Core™ i5 processor with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technologies, delivering the performance needed for multitasking”. Sony Vaio EB series also available with the Intel® Core™ i3 processor. The Sony Style website also lists “dedicated graphics of ATI Mobility Radeon™ with up to 512MB of VRAM on select models” which helps support processing of video and photo related tasks.

MUSIC, MOVIES AND TV: As stated above, the HDMI output can be connected to a compatible HDTV set. The SONY press release  also stated:” The E Series notebook features an optional Blu-ray Disc™ ROM drive, making it ideal for viewing pristine HD content on-the-go”.

EBOOKS: Sony’s has a line of e-Readers and access to the Reader Store. Along with Google Books, the Reader Store has access to over 1 million eBooks.  With the Reader Library Software installed on the PC, ebooks can be purchased and stored. You do not need a device to use the service.

GREEN TECH: The SONY press release states: “E Series is ENERGY STAR® 5.0 Qualified, EPEAT® Silver registered and RoHS compliant. Its corrugated cardboard packaging is comprised of 95 percent recycled content. Sony will also help recycle your old PC (www.sony.com/green; recycling fees may apply).

All the information for this post was taken from the Sony Electronics press release and Sony Style website. This post is an update related to the press release.

I saw additional posts on the updated Sony Vaio E series at Engadget and Electronista.