November 2, 2006
Almost a year ago several sites reported on a limited edition Prada notebook that was set to be released “sometime in 2006.” That time is soon as Cnet Asia has the confirmation that the notebooks will be available for the Christmas season. The $2,500 Asus S6F 3.3lb ultraportable is still available with tricked out leather lid and palmrests in light and dark cowhide; but Prada has outdone themselves by speccing a pink leather for their limited release of 50 machines.
On initial release the light cowhide version of the S6F was well accepted by most, and extremely well received by some. Most reviewers admit that the $400 leather upgrade package is mainly for impressing collegues, and expressed common concerns over how the leather would weather daily wear and tear.
The hardware specs on the S6F are respectable for an ultraportable machine. The glass is an 11.1″ WXGA widescreen display at 1366×768 running off an onboard Intel 950. The processor is a 1.66 GHz Core Duo with a ceiling of two gigs of DDR2 RAM. Other amenities include a 120 gig hard drive, a DVD burner, integrated wifi, gigabit ethernet, and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. The laptop weighs a little over three pounds, but the downside is that battery life is only a shade over two hours.
November 2, 2006
Oh sweet, sweet VAIO G… welcome. Weighing just 898-grams / 1.98-pounds, and sporting the same hard angles (new trend, Sony?) seen in their top-end projectors, this stealthy laptop features a 12.1-inch, 1024×768 display, a choice Celeron or Core Solo 1.06GHz U1300 or 1.2GHz U1400 processors, integrated Intel 945GMS Express graphics, up to 80GB of disk and 1.5GB memory, 6-hour battery, fingerprint reader, 802.11a/b/g WiFi and Bluetooth, and the usual array of in and outs including USB 2.0, a multi-format memory card and PCMCIA slot. A version sporting a dual-layer DVD burner and 6-cell battery sporting a 12.5-magical-hours capacity is also available but bumps the weight to a still feathery 1,145-grams / 2.52-pounds. And it’s all packed into a tough carbon shell measuring 277 × 215 × 23.5~25.5-mm / 10.9 × 8.5 × 0.9~1.0-inches. Available starting December 2 in Japan for ¥215,000 (about $1,836) on up to ¥245,000 (about $2,093) full equipped. Hoozah!
January 24, 2006
Sony has added at least one new laptop to the slew of Vaios the company showed off at CES. The Vaio F TV series will, as the name implies, include features for viewing TV on the computer, including a built-in tuner, 15.4-inch display, MPEG encoder card, remote control and dual-layer burner. However, it looks like Sony’s hoping to have it both ways with these; the F TV series will come with Windows XP Pro, rather than MCE.
source post [Akihabara News]
January 6, 2006
Deciding that yet another VAIO series was needed, Sony intro’d the new VAIO SZ series of laptops. The under one-inch thick SZ’s are wrapped in a lightweight carbon-fiber casing, keeping the weight under 4 pounds. Sony uses a white LED backlight behind the 13.3-inch XBRITE widescreen display to save power, plus you can toggle between on-board or external chip to conserve even more. for up to 7 hours of juice. Other important specs include an available integrated EDGE radio, biometric fingerprint sensor, G-Sensor shock protection, and built in mic and camera for video-conferencing. Expect the new SZ’s this spring starting just under $2,000 for the base and moving on up from there.
source post [Kevin C. Tofel]