Few manufacturers offer computers in as many sizes, colors and configurations as Sony. Whether you're looking to make a fashion statement or need an ultra portable to get on the Net from anywhere, Sony has a model that meets your needs. Its newest Vaios include notebooks with solid-state drives and ones that wirelessly display to your TV. We've arranged them by category to make it easy for you to fall for the one you love.
Desktop Touch Screens
The J Series of all-in-one touch screen computers combines the simplicity of tapping objects directly on the screen combined with the efficency of a real keyboard and mouse. The wide 21.5-inch screen is Full HD (1920 x 1080), perfect for watching movies in high definition. The multitouch control lets you scroll, zoom and rotate your photos by flicking and pinching them. Models start with the VPCJ111FX/B with an Intel Dual Core P6000 processor (1.86GHz), 2GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and DVD-R optical drive. The series extends to the VPCJ118FX/B with an Intel Core i7 620M processor (2.66GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz), 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and Blu-ray Disc drive. (BD is read only, but the same optical drive is a DVD/CD reader/writer).
The L Series is like the the J Series (above) except that the all-in-one touch screen measures 24 inches. These computers range from the VPCL135FX/B with standard black bezel and 500GB hard drive to the VPCL137FX/R with a red bezel and 1TB hard drive.
In the 13.3-inch screen category, the Vaio Y120 Series embraces five 3.9-pound computers fronting wide LED backlit displays at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels (720p). The models incorporate Intel Core i3-330UM processors (1.2GHz). They each have 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drives and come with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). The color choices are green, blue, violet, black or silver.
The Vaio EA Series comes with 14-inch screens and a choice of glossy colors: black, blue (left), pink or white. They use 2.26GHz Intel Core i3-350M processors with 4GB of memory and 500GB hard drives. They also contain Intel GMA HD Graphics. The wide LED-backlit display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels (720p). There are four USB ports—including one that can accommodate an eSATA drive. The series supports Intel's Wireless Display technology, enabling you to connect to an HDTV wirelessly with an optional accessory, the Netgear Push2TV adapter. For wired connections, there are HDMI and VGA outputs.
The Vaio EB Series steps up the screen size to 15.5 inches and seems to reject glossy in favor of matte finishes in the following color choices: black, brown or white. The black and white models are also available with a Blu-ray ROM drive and DVD burning. Oh, you really want a glossy finish? No problem. Those 15.5-inchers are also available in shiny black, glossy blue, shiny pink and glossy white. So many choices.
The Vaio EE Series embeds AMD Athlon II Dual-Core P320 processors (2.1GHz) in 15.5-inch notebooks. The matte black model contains a 320GB hard drive and DVD drive; the matte white model, 500GB and a Blu-ray ROM drive.
Inching up to a 16.4-inch screen, the new Vaio F120 series with Intel Core i7-740QM Quad-Core (1.73GHz) processors and Blu-ray Disc drives feature CCFL-backlit screens with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels on most models. Two models are available with 4GB of RAM and nVidia GeForce 310M 512MB graphics. One is black; the other titanium gray. Two others incorporate 6GB of RAM and nVidia GeForce GT 330M 1GB graphics. The colors choices again are black or titanium gray. A fifth model, the VPCF127FX/B, in black, comes with a 640GB hard drive (all the others are 500GB) and a higher screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for full HD.
The Sony Vaio X VPCX131KX/B (right) operates from a 64GB solid-state disk rather than a rotating hard drive. It features a wide 11.1-inch LED backlit display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels (720p). Weighing only 1.6 pounds, the notebook can run for up to 12 hours on its lithium-ion battery. In addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Verizon 3G mobile broadband and GPS are included.
The Vaio Z120 Series offers a larger and higher-res screen—13.1-inches to be exact, with an LED-backlit resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Also, you have your choice of 128GB, 256GB or 384GB of solid-state disk memory. Weighing 3 pounds, each Vaio Z120 comes with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). Color choices are black or silver.
If you crave a flashier micro computer narrow enough to be carried in an inside jacket pocket, yet sporting a lush eight-inch, LED-backlit display (1600 x 768), one of the P110 Series models could slake your thirst for style. It measures 9.6 x 0.78 x 4.72 inches (W x H x D). Available in black, P green (right), and soon in pink, these lifestyle computers (in "Sonyspeak") contain 64GB solid-state disk drives. Weighing only 1.3 pounds, the P110s offer a five-hour battery and an onscreen touch pad. White, black and pink versions will also be available with 128GB SSD drives.
Moving up to a 17.3-inch screen size, the Vaio EC Series combines the ample display with higher performance from the Intel Core i5-520M (2.4GHz) processor and ATI graphics (1GB VRAM). Matte black and matte white models each contain 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and a DVD drive. A third model, the VPCE25FX/BI in matte black, comes with a 500GB hard drive and Blu-ray Disc player. Each of these LED-backlit models has a screen resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels.
The AMD version of the same 17.3-inch screen as the EC Series is found in the Vaio EF series, but the "series" is actually one model, the VPCEF22FX/BI. The processor runs at 2.1GHz. and the computer contains a 500GB hard drive and DVD drive.
Incorporating the Intel Atom N470 processor (1.83GHz) and Windows 7 Starter Kit (32-bit), the Vaio M series computers sport wide 10.1-inch LED-backlit displays with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. A VGA output is included for connection to a larger display. There are three USB ports and flash memory slots for SD and Memory Stick Duo cards. A 250GB hard drive is installed and there's built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. The M series is available in blue or pink.
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The Y series is interesting, but the USB ports are 2.0. USB 3.0 is showing up in various peripherals, and will be widespread by the end of the year.
A new VAIO isn't a trivial investment; why can't they offer USB 3.0 now (the ports are backward compatible to USB 2.0)?