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Sony VAIO UX490 UMPC unboxed

Sony VAIO UX490 UMPC unboxed

Ah, the good old unboxing.  It's the modern-day equivalent of taking your knitting to the local hanging, what with all the vicarious pleasure on offer.  Latest to strip off its cardboard sheath and say "hello world!" is the VAIO UX490N/C UMPC, the update to Sony's screen-sliding miniature masterpiece, with new owner Berto showing off the retail packaging and the device itself (complete with extended battery).

 

Sony offers up Eco design coverings for FZ laptop line-up

Sony offers up Eco design coverings for FZ laptop line-up

So Sony, in a fairly weak effort to seem socially responsible, has decided to offer up 1% of the sales cost of these Eco-wrapped laptops to an environmental charity. Sure, one percent is a step in the right direction, but really, is that the best they could do?

Anyways, you can get your laptop covered with your choice of four cover designs, Caribbean Water, Clay Earth, Spotted Life, and Bloom. Then the 1% goes to onepercentfortheplanet.org which is a collection of companies that are trying to make a healthier environment.

Sony VAIO UX490

Sony VAIO UX490

Sony will be releasing their latest addition to their VAIO UX line here in the US soon. The updates include Vista Business and a new Intel Core 2 Solo processor.

Other than that you will be hit with 48GB of SSD storage, which is probably where most of the $2500 price tag comes from, but should make the battery life better than HDD based models. The new processor operates at 1.2GHz which if I recollect right means you also get a bit of a speed boost.

Sony LF-V30 LocationFree Base Station is no SlingBox killer

Sony LF-V30 LocationFree Base Station is no SlingBox killer

Sure, Sony was first to market with a place-shifting television technology, but SlingBox did it better. And still do.

Even with the release of this latest piece of hardware Sony can only best the latest SlingBox Pro in a few areas. But if you already have a LocationFree based network, or you plan on adding some of the nicer bits of hardware from Sony’s line to your home theater, this isn’t a bad choice.

Sony UX490N UMPC to hit US with 48GB SSD but only 1GB of RAM

Sony UX490N UMPC to hit US with 48GB SSD but only 1GB of RAM

Well we knew they were coming in general, and now we know that the latest Sony UMPC - the VGN-UX490N - will be landing in the US complete with a 1.2GHz Core 2 Solo processor and 48GB SSD drive.  Support materials have already appeared on Sony's site, in advance of an official announcement, as well as marketing specifications that hold a worrying tidbit about how much RAM the UMPC can support.

 

Sony VAIO NR unveiled as fashion oriented notebooks

Sony VAIO NR unveiled as fashion oriented notebooks

Want to know how I know they are geared towards the fashion minded? Listen to these color choices, Wenge, Silk, and Granite.

Wenge is a brown with copper accents, Silk is a bright white that has a matte finish (I thought silk was glossy) and Granite is silver with “natural tones”. At least its not lacking in features, with a 15.4” LCD, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a/b/g flavors of wifi, A/V mode, a DVD optical drive, and SD and MS PRO card slots.

All of that comes at a mere price of $750. Now all you have to do is wait for October to come when they start shipping.

New Sony VAIO NR Notebooks [via i4u]

Vaio Zoom – Don’t get excited, it’s just a concept

Vaio Zoom – Don’t get excited, it’s just a concept

Sometimes I wonder how one becomes a concept design artist. I'm sure you have to have a creative mind, and being good with Photoshop helps too. I usually wonder this when I see a concept for something that clearly doesn't exist, and likely never will. Take this sweet-looking Vaio Zoom notebook.

Sony’s Blu-Ray toting VAIO FZ180 media laptop reviewed

Sony’s Blu-Ray toting VAIO FZ180 media laptop reviewed

If you want a laptop with built-in HD and a Blu-Ray drive then your options are pretty limited, and you're generally looking at something highly wallet-draining.  Crunchgear's Seth Porges has been playing with one such machine: the $2,000 Sony VAIO LZ180, which fills a crisp-edged case with Intel's 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 CPU, a 15-inch Xbrite display running off an NVidia GeForce 8400 GT, and a 200GB hard-drive to store all that lovely media.

 

Sony’s latest VAIO squares up to MacBook

Sony’s latest VAIO squares up to MacBook

Something tells me that if you bit into this VAIO CR laptop you'd find a striking aftertaste of Apple.  There's certainly no avoiding where Sony got the design prompt for its latest notebook range from, but since the tech product world is full of mimicry, emulation and tribute it's easier to ignore it and look at how well the CR stacks up.  NotebookReview have done just that.

 

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