Sony Electronics has taken the wraps off new entries in its Vaio E-series of entry-level notebooks…an in addition to packing decent-sized screens an significant horsepower, Sony wants everyone to know the systems are available in a wide range of hip colors…some of which are so hip that you might need to be less than ten years old to truly appreciate their value. The new E-series will be available in eight colors—glossy Caribbean green, iridescent blue, coconut white, hibiscus pink, and lava black, plus matte brown, white and silver—along with optional keyboard skins that can blend in…or clash garishly. The choice is yours.
“Sony is once again bringing innovation to the PC industry,” said Sony’s senior VP for its Vaio business Mike Abary, in a statement. “The E Series delivers contemporary-cool designs at mainstream prices, proving consumers no longer have to sacrifice style for affordability.”
For as, um, interesting as the new Vaio E-series might look on the outside, inside they hold their own: the systems feature a 15.5-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel display (driven by either Intel GMA and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics), a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processors (Core i3 models will also be available), up to 500 GB of hard drive storage, support for up to 8 GB of RAM, and an estimated 3.5 hours of battery life in typical usage. The systems also pack 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR wireless networking, gigabit Ethernet, an integrated webcam and microphone, an edge-to-edge QWERTY keyboard with 10-digit keypad, a Memory Stick/SD card reader, an eSATA port, and an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot. The systems will be available with an optional Blu-ray ROM drive, and there’s an HDMI output for pushing content to big screens. Of course, the systems come with Windows 7 (Home Premium 64-bit or Professional), and the systems feature a dedicated “Web” button that enables Internet access without fully booting into Windows.
The new E-series Vaios should be available next month at prices starting at $700—although they’ll go up from there. Pre-orders are available now.