Sony has long been known for its colourful laptops and the new Vaio C series, launched this morning, is no different – except that a couple of the models now glow in the dark.
The refresh of the C Series, which has been around since 2007, is not a major step forward in terms of radical design shift, but it does offer a couple of new features set to entice those looking for a funky, portable laptop. The 14in Vaio C Series comes in five colours: black, white, pink, orange and fluorescent green. And it is on these final two models that Sony has included what it calls “ground-breaking ‘light emitting’ translucent style.” What this means in effect is that it scatters light along edges of the translucent lid and other key surfaces to create a glow effect. Hardly ground-breaking.
Inside, the C Series is powered by Intel’s Core i5 processor and comes with up to 320GB of storage and 4GB of memory, with graphics handled by an AMD Radeon HD 6470M and will be running Windows 7 Home Premium. Connectors wise the C Series has one USB 3.0 port along with two 2.0 slots, a new HDMI out which supports 3D, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi and a backlit keyboard. The 14in display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and is LED backlit. The C Series also has an integrated HD webcam which makes use of Sony’s Exmor technology and a WEB button which can launch the net without a full boot – which sounds like a handy feature to us.
We will be getting a closer look at the new Vaio C-Series later today at a launch event in London and will be bringing you our thoughts on whether that glow effect really is ground-breaking. The C Series will be available from 21 March exclusively from John Lewis, Sony Centres and Sony’s website for three weeks before going on general sale. Sony tells us it doesn't have any pricing for these models yet but we'll let you know as soon as we do.