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New Sony Vaio C series pack Sandy Bridge and plenty of glow

Electronics giant Sony is the latest manufacturer to jump on the Sandy Bridge bandwagon, announcing its new Vaio C notebook series that not only bring processing power, but tons of color: the Vaio C’s come in neon green or neon orange cases, and radiate light from the edges of the notebook and round the touchpad, virtually guaranteeing owners will have the loudest computer in the room—even if the speakers are off.

“The new Vaio C Series delivers an extraordinary design with new, vivid materials,” said Sony senior VP Mike Lucas, in a statement. “Combined with premium performance and features, as well as enhanced with Sony Imagination Studio, C Series users can be entertained and show off their creative side.”

The C series will have two models, the CA10 with a 14-inch display, and the CB10 with a 15.5-inch display, with the option for a screen that can handle 1080p high-definition entertainment. Both systems will pack Intel’s second-generation Core i5 processor (aka Sandy Bridge), and select models will also offer Blu-ray drives and AMD Radeon HD 6630 discrete graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory. Both models will feature an integrated HD webcam with a Sony Exmor sensor for good low-light performance (and face-tracking technology so the camera can automatically track you if you move while chatting), along with backlit keyboards. The systems also include Sony’s Vaio, Assist, and Web buttons that launch Sony’s Media Gallery and Vaio Care software and enable users to access the Web without waiting for a full WIndows boot. Sony’s also bundling in its own Imagination Studio Suite 2 Vaio Edition for editing, managing, and enhancing photos, videos, music, and more. And the systems can be used with SOny’s Remove keyboard technology so the notebooks can be used to drive other Sony devices like PlayStation 3 consoles or Bravia Internet-connected TVs.

Sony will open pre-orders for the Vaio C-series on March 13, and prices should start around $880.