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Sony Vaio C Series Gets Glowing New Look

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Sony Vaio C Series Gets Glowing New Look

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.

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Orinj

February 22, 2011, 3:31 pm

"flourscent green" - Is that the smell of green flour?





It's good to see Sony trying to be a bit more style conscious but I'm not sure fluorescent colours are the way to go.

Don Kanonjii

February 22, 2011, 5:37 pm

Looks nice (apart fom the colours) i have a slightly older C series and it is the best laptop i have ever owned. Better at gaming than my old Rock laptop and almost half the price.

TechVegan

February 25, 2011, 2:38 pm

Check out the hands-on here: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

misAS2211

June 2, 2011, 8:34 pm

I received my Sony Vaio c series in white this month (May 2011) with an i7 processor in it. So far the only real problems i've had are with the automatic updates, they seem to be set to 3am! You have to reset all the backups/updates etc to your own likes. The speakers are okay, however if you want better quality i would buy some peripheral ones. The screen is great. I've attached it to an HD monitor for home use via the HDMI slot. I don't play computer games on it so i cannot comment on how well it functions for them. The fan is relatively loud, when the computer booted up to do the automatic update at 3am it did wake me up. The 'quick web' function is great, but you have to turn the computer completely off for it to work. The front of the laptop where you rest your hands is make of some kind of plastic and with the white version may mark very easily. The camera is good quality with some fun background features when using skype for example, although you need to use it in a room with good lighting. The built in mic is very handy. I have a blu ray player in mine so I can hook it up to a bigger TV. USB 3.0 ready for attachments when they are more main stream. The HDMI slot can transfer 3D images to 3D tv. The keyboard is easy to get used to, the rubber covers don't come as standard, I think you have to order them if you want one. The white version comes with silver keys, which if you type a lot might eventually fade, like on other gadgets like mobile phones. The keyboard backlight has different settings. Mine is set to come on in dim situations, although it can be over sensitive at times. The touch pad is good, not too over sensitive and you can magnify with it like on an iphone. I think the laptop is a little heavy, mainly due to the battery. I don't use my laptop without it plugged in very often, but after doing a bit of research i don't think the battery life is as good as it could be.

The laptop specs i got were the max for all options on the sony website (UK) where i purchased it from. I had to wait ages for it to be made and shipped, but it was up an running in minutes!

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