Seems like the expanded Thinkpad Edge range isn't the only line of laptops adding new models and sizes today...
Not wanting to be left out, Sony has announced its acid inspired colourful Vaio E series is now available in 14in (VPCEA1S1E) and 17in (VPCEC1S1E) variants with the choice of Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and dedicated ATI graphics.
Other notables include heart warmingly high native 16:9 resolutions of 1600 x 900 on the 14in model and Full HD (1920 x 1080) on the 17 incher. Blu-ray drives also give the line a multimedia-centric feel along with HDMI, eSATA, wireless n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and Dolby Home Theatre v3 audio.
Elsewhere specs are equally impressive with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 500GB HDDs coming as standard while they remain reasonably portable for their respective form factors at 2.35Kg and 3.3Kg including battery. As for the choice of garish colours - you'll just have to do some deep thinking to decide what choosing the pink model says about you as a person.
On the downside Sony does continue to stuff its laptops full of bloatware (17 Sony branded pieces of software were listed in the last Vaio laptop I spent time with) and the E Series adds to this the 'Assist' tech support programme which is likely only to appeal to the more technically challenged. I would generally advise a format and Windows reinstall - it's quicker.
That said, the E Series looks set to keep up the Vaio's rep for excellent build quality and keyboards that are the envy of everyone other than a Thinkpad. Touchdown will be in next few weeks with the VPCEC1S1E landing before the end of the month and the VPCEA1S1E turning up in early April. Pricing remains a mystery for now, but with many other manufacturers bizarrely lacking high resolution models in their portfolios you could do far worst...
...unless you pick the pink one.