Sony Europe’s new VAIO S series laptop is the ultimate workaholic’s tool: A 128GB Solid State Drive for rapid startups, a dual-battery option for 14 hours of life between charges, 3G connectivity for internet “everywair” and a hybrid graphics system for the perfect balance between performance and stamina.
The “full flat” magnesium notebook, standing less than an inch thick and weighing in at 1.75 kg (3.86 lbs), is loaded to the brim with snazzy options. An Intel Core i7-2620M processor, up to 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz SDRAM, an HD web cam powered by “Exmor,” a USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0; its 13.3″ VAIO Display Plus screen with 1366 x 768 resolution boasts low-reflection coating, meaning your Blu-ray movies will look clear and vibrant in any lighting conditions. If said conditions are too dark, the keyboard’s backlight will activate and the ambient light sensor will dim the screen to optimize viewing experience and battery life.
Inside, the Dynamic Hybrid Graphic System gauges the necessary amount of graphics needed for the task at hand and transitions accordingly between the integrated GPU and a high-performance AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series card with up to 1GB of VRAM. The focus is obviously on battery life, as the energy-sapping Radeon card is only used for such things as HD videos or Adobe programs, for example.
The SSD allows the computer to boot up Windows 7 Professional in half the time it takes for conventional computers, with a WEB button that brings users from shut down to online in seconds.
But most importantly, the dual battery option. One Lithium-polymer battery is incorporated into the body of the notebook, providing 7 hours on a charge. If that’s running out, the second flat battery slaps onto the bottom, doubling the life to 14 hours without the need to switch off the PC or remove the internal battery. It can be charged separately from the laptop, or the two can be charged simultaneously in the charging base while you work.
Finally, the embedded VAIO “everywair” 3G WWAN lets you connect to the internet via your mobile broadband operator at up to 7.2Mbps, meaning you’ll never miss a beat wherever you are.
The VAIO S will be available in March or April depending on the country; the price is so far unspecified.
Power, design and mobility come together beautifully with the new VAIO S Series of 13.3” (33.7cm) slim notebook PCs from Sony.
The slim, light VAIO S Series features a stylish new ‘full flat’ design that’s crafted in magnesium with a wide aluminium palmrest for strength, lightness, usability and looks. There’s also a cleverly concealed hinge mechanism that doesn’t distract your view of what’s on screen. Overall thickness shrinks to less than 24mm, while weight is a travel-friendly 1.75kg (approx.)
VAIO S Series introduces a smart new battery concept that lets you keep working day and night without a pause. The internal lithium polymer battery provides power for up to 7 hours on-the-go computing (in Stamina mode). It’s partnered by a second thin, flat optional lithium polymer extended battery that can be charged separately from the PC and added without removing the internal battery. The second battery attaches without having to switch off the PC, boosting stamina to up to 14 hours if you’re far from mains power.
Dynamic Hybrid Graphic System switches seamlessly between the integrated GPU and high-performance AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series card (with either 512MB or 1GB VRAM), according to the task at hand. Whether you’re watching processor-intensive HD videos or just simple note-taking, you’ll always enjoy the optimum balance between performance and battery stamina.
The 13.3” (33.7cm) VAIO Display Plus brings all your documents to life with excellent brightness, colour contrast, clarity and detail. The LCD’s advanced low-reflection coating allows easy viewing in any lighting conditions, offering the optimum balance of suppressing reflections while maintaining clear images. With a resolution of 1366×768, the real wide aspect ratio display is perfectly proportioned for browsing dual web pages side by side.
The backlit isolation keyboard allows comfortable typing by day or night. There’s also an ambient light sensor that automatically dims brightness of the high-quality VAIO Display to conserve power when the lights are low.
VAIO S Series is designed with day-to-day productivity firmly in mind. Fast Boot gets you up and running with 50% quicker than conventional notebook when loading of Genuine Windows® 7. It’s a valuable time-saver if you’re on a deadline or rushing for the airport. There’s also a conveniently-placed WEB button that powers up your PC for Internet access in seconds. It’s ideal for checking any last-minute e-mails while sitting in a café or departure lounge.
Available on selected models, embedded VAIO “everywair” 3G WWAN lets you connect on the move via your mobile broadband operator at up to 7.2Mbps.
New VAIO S Series is available in a choice of black, white and silver finishes. There’s an additional choice of exclusive pink and blue colour options available online from Sony.
Co-ordinated accessories include the BPSC24 external battery that’s supplied with its own charging adapter. There’s also a new flat-design port replicator that docks with VAIO S, allowing you to work while the attached BPSC24 battery charges.
The new VAIO S Series slim, ultra-mobile notebook PCs are available from March/ April 2011 depending on country.