Details of Sony's forthcoming Vaio M series netbook have emerged online and points to a rather affordable model which will cost around £299 at none other than Tesco where it will be available from the end of March 2010.
Apart from the fact that you will get nearly 598 points for buying it and can possibly pay for it six months down the line, the version on sale, VPC-M11M1E/B, will be based on the new Intel Atom N450 Pine Trail processor which runs at 1.66GHz and comes with Intel's own GMA3150 graphics.
it comes with only 1GB RAM but with a huge 250GB 5400rpm hard disk drive, a 10.1-inch LED backlit screen that displays 1024x600 pixels and is powered by none other than Windows 7 Starter (yes, Starter).
Apart from the fact that it weighs a not so insignificant 1.3Kg, has a webcam, a card reader, a D-sub port, WiFi, Bluetooth, an ethernet port and what seems to be a decent (but no chiclet) keyboard, there is not much to shout about.
The VPC-M11M1E/B will be available in black and white and will possibly have a battery life, on a 3-cell battery, of more than six hours.
The model - which will replace the W-series - is also available from Dabs for slightly more at £304.31 although the price includes delivery.
The new Sony netbook will be facing some very, very serious competition from the likes of the Acer Aspire or the Asus EEE family. Unfortunately, £300 is still too expensive for a decent netbook even it if it is called a Sony. The Lenovo Ideapad for example has the same specifications and comes with the N280 instead of the N450. Yet it is £43 cheaper.