Sony Vaio laptops get a spring refresh

New processors, boosted graphics, and eye-catching designs galore

23 Jan 2012
Sony Vaio

Sony has announced a spring refresh of its Vaio range of laptops, adding some new hardware to the series along with revised designs for those looking for something a little pretty.

For Sony's Vaio Z series, a new Carbon Fibre Silver finish has been added to the mix along with the option of a built-in mobile broadband connection. Internally, there are updates to the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, but no next-gen Ivy Bridge yet, and RAID 0 dual solid-state storage devices.

With the Vaio S series, Sony has again upgraded the processors, with Intel's latest Core i5 and i7 chips, along with AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics with 512MB of dedicated memory or AMD Radeon HD 6330M graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory. The 15in model now comes with a 1920x1080 Full HD display with In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology for brighter colours and better viewing angles.

Sony's Vaio C series gets the most impressive visual overhaul: already available with a range of eye-catching designs, the new models include the option of a Kaleidoscope Pink finish which includes an art nouveau-inspired floral pattern embossed onto a laminated sheet for an almost engraved finish.

If pink isn't your thing, Sony's Geometric Black model features a similar embossed-style finish in a range of black and grey geometric patterns across both the top and the inside of the laptop.

Finally, the refresh upgrades some of the software bundled with the laptops: the Media Gallery app is upgraded to version 2.0, featuring a revised appearance along with support for more social networking services.

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