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The PC Show 2009, 19th Edition: The Coverage

Sony has made major refreshes to its current lineup of laptops. Sony’s laptops are back with new internals, and new appearances.

Pictured here is the Sony VGN-CS36GJ laptop. It comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53GHz processor, 4GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS dedicated graphics.

It is priced at $1999, but you’ll have to fork out $2399 instead if you want the special edition ones shown below.

The one above is known as ‘Pink Croco’, while the one below is ‘Brown Croco’. You could check out the texture from the images. It feels somewhat leathery and is nice to the touch.


There are also two Limited Edition colors for the CS series – Berry Purple (being held), and Nude Beige (on the left), but prices for these two remain at $1999.


The SR series comes with the same P8700 processor found in the CS series, but you get only 2GB of memory here, and graphics is handled by an integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD solution.

Three colors are available for the SR series – pink, black, and gold.

The VGN-SR45G is priced at $2199.


Looking for something smaller? The Sony TT weights in at just 1.3kg, while retaining a pretty large 11.1-inch LCD screen. Due to its small size, Sony has used Intel’s Core 2 Duo SU series of processors, which are clocked at either 1.4GHz or 1.6GHz depending on the TT model you choose.

Some TT configurations come with up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, and some come complete with a blu-ray capable disc drive.

Prices for the TT Range from $2999 to $4499. Colors available include Premium Carbon, Burgundy Red, Silky White and Grace Gold.


The Sony Vaio Z is the flagship model in Sony’s laptop line. It has the fastest dual core available for mobile computers – the Intel Core 2 Duo P9700 processor clocked at 2.8GHz and comes installed with up to 6GB of DDR3 memory. The Z also has switchable graphics between an integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD solution for maximum battery life, or a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS dedicated chip for increased performance, which is done simply by a finger flick.

Depending on the Vaio Z model you wish to purchase, there is also a particular configuration with solid state drives (SSD) as its storage medium unlike the usual mechanical hard disk drives. SSDs are immune to shakes and jolts while operating, and will even survive even if you drop your laptop.

There are three colors, or rather shades to choose from – carbon black, black and a limited edition ‘shadow border’.

Prices for the Z range from $2799 to $4499.


This is the Sony VGN-NS25G. It is priced at $1399, perfect for the budget conscious crowd.

The NS is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2GHz processor, comes with 2GB of memory, and a 250GB hard disk drive.


The Vaio FW is Sony’s entertainment laptop. It comes with a large 16:9 ratio 16.4-inch wide LCD screen.

Again, depending on model, you wil get a processor of between 2GHz to 2.66Hz. Graphics is handled by either ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650, or HD 3470 (lowest end model). 4GB of memory is provided as ‘standard issue’, and you get a hard disk of between 250GB to 500GB. You’re stuck only with a DVD-RW drive on the lowest end model, while the rest come with blu-ray drives.

Prices for the FW series range from $1999 to $4299.


If small, slim, and stylish is what you like, check out the Vaio P.

It has an 8-inch wide screen, but has a really high resolution of 1600 x 768. Text at default sizing becomes very small, but images are very crisp owing to the number of pixels crammed into just eight inches of space.

As the Vaio P is targeted at the netbook segment, you have an Intel Atom Z530 (VGN-P23G) or Z540 (VGN-P24G) processor handling all the processing. Memory is either 1GB (P23G) or 2GB (P24G). The P23G gives you an 80GB hard drive, while the P24G gives you a 64GB solid state drive.

There are five colors to choose from – Pyrite Gold (a new addition), Obsidian Black, Crystal White, Olivine Green, and Garnet Red. The P23G retails for $1299, while the P24G retails at $1799.



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