Sony is updating its Vaio line with a pair of new laptops, the Vaio E and the Vaio C.
The C series comes in 14- and 15.5-inch models, in a variety of colors, including red and blue. There are Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs, optional Blu-ray drives, and AMD Radeon graphics. The C series also features Intel’s Wireless Display technology, which can beam the screen image to a nearby TV (a sold-separately adapter is required).
While the C series is a midsize-only laptop, the E series goes from midsize–14- and 15.5-inch screens–all the way to a massive 17.3-inch model. The smaller E series laptops comes in midnight blue, glacier white, charcoal black, and blush pink; the 17-inch desktop replacement comes in charcoal black and glacier white.
The E-series also includes Intel’s Wireless Display technology, as well as a new feature called Remote Keyboard, which allows the laptop to directly interface with select Sony Bravia TVs or Blu-ray players, or even PlayStation 3 consoles. While most E-series laptops will include an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, an AMD E-350 will also be available in select models.
The Sony Vaio C series starts at $730, and the E series starts at $550. Both will be available starting June 19.
Gateway SX 2850-33 – Core i3 550 3.2 GHz
The latest in Gateway’s line of versatile slim towers, the SX2850-33 stays current with a fast Intel Core i3 CPU, and more importantly adds Wi-Fi to improve its suitability as a living-room desktop. It might cost more than a Nettop or a dedicated video-streaming device, but for its overall speed and flexibility, we’d pick this system as a budget PC or an online living-room content center.