While we saw the special edition Sony Ericsson James Bond handset, It’s time for the ‘James Bond’ laptop. Sony guys seem to have taken a break from the battery explosion issue and unveiled a “James Bond” series featuring the Sony Vaio TX laptop and a Cyber-shot 7.2 megapixel digital camera as a part of promotional tool for the upcoming james Bond movie “Casino Royale”. Coming in eye-catching dark briefcases, the Casino Royale spy gear boasts evry item marked with ’007′. So, the limited edition James Bond laptop will be named Sony VAIO VGNTX007C. The salient features of the machine are a 11.1″ WXGA widescreen with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels integrating the XBRITE technology for quality color and brightness. The special edition Sony VAIO VGNTX007C will start shipping from November 15 for a price of US $4,299.99.
At a meager weight of 898 grams, Sony will start shipping the world’s lightest notebook, the ‘Vaio G’ in the month of December. At such a light weight, Sony has managed to bless the machine with a 12.1 inch screen with a 1024×768 display, Intel 945GMS Express graphics, 80GB odisk, 1.5GB memory, fingerprint reader, 802.11a/b/g Wifi, and Bluetooth. Well, you don’t have the Merom processor here; you can opt for either a Celeron or Core Solo 1.06GHz U1300 or 1.2GHz U1400 processor. The type ‘G’ lappy will sell for around $1,836. Hats off to Sony!
It’s the time to welcome the new Sony VAIO G1 laptop that weighs a mere 1.98lbs/ 898 grams. There hasn’t been any official announcement for the same but the new lightweight 12.1-inches lappy is available for sale at a price of $1899 at Dynamism.com. If you will go for an optional built-in DVD drive, the whole weight will total to 2.17 lbs. Let’s talk about its technical specs. The VAIO G1 integrates a 12.1′ 1024×768 display, Intel Celeron or Core Solo ultra-low voltage (ULV) U1300 clocked at 1.06GHz or U1400 clocked at 1.2GHz processor, built-in Intel 945GMS Express graphics, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, up to 80GB drive, and up to 1.5GB of memory. Other features include LAN, 56k modem, two USB ports, VGA-out, PCMCIA slot and a fingerprint reader. Visit Dynamism.com for more details.
While Sony has revealed its plans to ship the lightest 12.1′ notebook Vaio G weighing 1.98 pounds in December, Evesham at the moment claims to have the lightest 12.1′ notebook ever to feature an optical drive. The ‘Light Book” weighs 2.65 pounds and is 1.4-inches thick. Other than the flamboyant DVD/CD-RW/DVD-RW drive, the Evesham Light Book rocks an Intel Core Solo low-voltage processor, Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics, 512MB RAM, 60GB hard disk, a 4-in-1 card reader, WiFi, fingerprint reader, and battery life of five hours. The lightest laptop with the optical drive will set you guys back £999 ($1,910 US).
Those who envy their friends owning a precious Sony Vaio laptop have a chance to smile now since the new Vaio C15 that has been launched in Taiwan comes for a budget price of NT$39,800 (about $1,200 US) still packing a good stuff of features. The Vaio C15 rocks a 13.3-inch display, Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66 GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce 7400 graphics, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB HDD, Bluetooth and well a DVD burner too. Though the machine weighs 5 pounds and we can’t put that in ultraportable category but the insertion of ExpressCard slot and Memory Stick reader covers that thing. For now, it has not been confirmed whether the laptop will cross the Taiwanese borders or not but Sony is certainly gonna rock with Vaio C15.
Sony celebrated its 10th anniversary by announcing the limited edition FJ Graphic Splash Edition notebooks. Now, the leader has announced the seven new VAIO “Graphic Splash Edition” laptops including five ‘C’ models and two ‘AR’ machines. These laptops will come colored in Pink Swirl, Red/Green Storm, Blue Streaks, Angel (C series), Orbit, and Green Streaks (AR series). Underneath the cool exteriors, the new machines pack good tech specs. Well, the predecessor in the C series feature a 13.3-inch screen with Core 2 Duo chip, DVD-RW, WiFi (a/b/g) and the 17-incher boasts 400GB storage, and 2GB of RAM. The new C series will cost $2,100 that is somewhat around $950 costlier than the previous model. The total number of new Graphic Splash Edition made is 2650 including the 500 ‘AR’ models and the rest are ‘C’ models.
Apple has been in the talks all over the web for past few months. In the month of September, Apple created a hype in the market on the eve of big Showtime when it came up with iTV, new iPod, iPod Nano, and iPod shuffle. And, the October started with the rumors of Core 2 Duo powered Apple MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The announcement for Merom MacBook Pros came around a month back. Around a month and few days back, Apple placed an order for Merom enabled MacBooks with FoxConn and a little more than two weeks back, Apple officially announced its Core 2 Duo power driven MacBooks. The latest news around the hot tub is that Apple will empower its future Mac machines by integrating Blu-ray drives. While many other notebook makers are busy stuffing HD-DVD drives in their respective notebooks and Sony offering its VAIO laptops with Blu-ray, this announcement will be welcomed by the Mac users. While the MacBook Pros have been already in discussion earlier for some of their cool features including 1.Top secret about MacBook Pros 2.New MacBook Pros run cooler than the earlier ones 3.10% speed bump in the new machines. On the other hand, the new MacBooks caught everyone’s attention when we heard that Apple has silently added the draft 802.11n-compatible wireless card into its lately announced Core 2 Duo MacBooks. Well, TechReport reports that the ‘Blu-ray drives will soon find their way into some of the Apple machines’. The only thing that goes against this rumor is that Sony itself is facing the shortage problem of blue laser diodes that has enforced it to delay the PS3 launch in Europe. If we believe the words on the street, Apple will start shipping the Blu-ray drive equipped Macs in February next year. But, I would be pleased if they even make an announcement for the Macs featuring Blu-ray drives at that time considering the fact that Sony seems to be grip every Blu-ray drive for its PS3 at the moment. Moreover, if we take a look at the current pricing of the Blu-ray drives, We might expect the drives to be integrated in Apple’s Mac Pro costing more than $2,499 and the MacBook Pros costing over $1,999. Another thing that is still not for sure is that whether the Blu-ray drive will be compatible with the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or an update will be announced. Anyway, whether Apple announces its Blu-ray drive equipped Macs in February or sometime later, it is continuously upgrading its machines with cool yet powerful features. Let’s wait and see what’s next with Apple for its users.
Sony is always busy making upgrades and new launches with its high-flying VAIO series notebooks. This time, Sony has given fresh colorful looks to some of its VAIO machines along with the minor spec bumps. The 13.3-inches styled Vaio C2 series has been given a novel “rediscovery blue” color treatment along with a media affable X-black display. Other than the cool new looks, Sony is stuffing Vista into all these machines. The 13.3-inches ultraportable Sony Vaio SZ4 now rocks a T7400 Core 2 Duo processor and pre-installed Vista Business. The Vaio FE4 boast the X-black LCD technology, Double Lamp illumination, and a Core 2 Duo T7200 processor. Well folks, the chic Vaio N20 lappies will still come with Core Duo processor and will apparently be colored wenge brown. However, they feature X-black technology too like the Vaio LA2 all-in-one desktop. Many of the models in the above mentioned series have been integrated with RAM and HDD in order to make them compatible with Vista. But, we need to wait for few more weeks since Vista isn’t expected to make its way until January 30.
Instead of Japan, Europe gets lucky enough to get the first Sony Vaio G notebook i.e. G11. The most striking difference is the new black lid color along with a 90cm drop rating owing to the carbon fiber casing. Other salient specs of the G11 include a battery time of 9 hours, an Intel ULV Core Solo U1500 1.33GHz processor, super-multi DVD burner, 12.1-inch XGA LCD with LED backlight technology, and it comes loaded with Windows Vista Business. While the standard VGN-G11XN/B model has a 1GB RAM, the VGN-G11VN/T features 2GB RAM and a brown lid. Now, when he have taken a note of the specs, I bet it’s not gonna be cheap.
I thought it was over. But, it’s not. Now, PC maker Lenovo has now recalled once again about 100,000 lithium-ion batteries used in ThinkPad laptops owing to four reports of the overheating with Sanyo-made batteries. Lenovo further commented that the batteries can overheat and create a fire hazard if the laptop is dropped. Whel one ThinkPad went up in smoke last year; Lenovo recalled 526,000 rechargeable, lithium-ion Sony batteries. That was a part of the major 10 million Sony batteries recall world wide. The latest recall caters to batteries made by Japan’s Sanyo Electric Co.