Sony wanted to harmonize its range of Vaio laptops to bring a little clarity to a dense catalog that is difficult for the consumer to read. After updating, there are only five ranges left.
Vaio S: Professional PC
X and S series merge. As a result, we are only left with two substantially identical models, the VPC-SB1Z9E / B and VPC-SB1S1E / W. The first is slightly more powerful than the other with 6 GB of RAM against 4 GB. The rest of the configuration is common to both devices. They revolve around a Core i5 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz (2.90 GHz in Turbo Boost mode), a 500 GB hard drive and a dedicated graphics card: the Radeon HD6470M. These 13.3-inch models (1366 x 768 MB) try to compete with lightweight ultraportables such as Apple’s MacBook Air, but with 1.7 kg on the scales, there is still some way to go (1.32 kg for Air in 13.3 inches). There remains the autonomy which seems to hold the shock. Sony announces 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with an optional long-life battery. Count around 1000 euros for a Vaio S.
Vaio Y: mini version
Sony defines its Y series as a reduced version of the Vaio S. With an 11.6 inch screen and a weight of 1.3 kg, it is the most compact machine from Sony (without considering the Vaio P). Available in two configurations, the Vaio Y incorporates either an Intel Core i3 processor clocked at 1.33 GHz or an AMD DualCore at 1.6 GHz. All this is accompanied by 4 or 2 GB of RAM as well as a 500 GB or 320 GB hard drive depending on the model chosen. Finally, these two machines do not differ either by their graphic part. One opts for an Intel GMA while the other is satisfied with the Radeon chip integrated into its AMD processor. Count around 500 euros for a Vaio Y.
Vaio C: colorful
For design, Vaio has chosen to stick to 2011 fashion by highlighting the fluorescent colors. This gives the C series. Pink, green, orange, white and black are the colors adopted by the only computer in the range, the VPC-CA1S1E. Mounted on the same Core i5 2410M as the Vaio S, it has 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. Note that its graphics card is a Radeon HD6470M. On the screen side, we are facing a 14 inch 1366 x 768 pixel camera. There, the weight is felt and the 2.35 kg of the machine will be heavy, even if the color is pretty. To complete it, Sony has also announced mice, keyboard covers and sleeves to match the available models. Count around 900 euros for a Vaio C.
Vaio F: a step towards 3D
Finally, with the F series, Sony closes the loop and launches a Vaio on the way to 3D. A powerhouse, the VPC-F21Z1 E / BI is made for playing and watching compatible Blu-rays. It is built around a Core i7 clocked at 2 GHz, or 2.90 GHz in Turbo Boost, 8 GB of RAM and a 640 GB hard drive operating at 7200 rpm. The graphics card is not to be outdone since Sony announces that it has used one of the most powerful portable chips on the market, the GT 540M from Nvidia. To enjoy 3D on this monster, nothing could be simpler. A 3D button is added to the Sony button bar above the keyboard. The F series uses stereoscopic 3D. The same is available on Bravia TVs. So, glasses are compatible between products. Unlike other Vaio laptops, the F should be considered a home computer. Despite a screen limited to 16 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels), its weight makes it a desktop machine. Count around 2000 euros for a Vaio F.