Sony Officially Releases M Series Netbook

Sony has embraced the netbook segment by releasing a £300 model as part of the M-series in the VAIO range, one which had leaked out a couple of weeks ago.

The device comes with a 10.1-inch LED backlit display (1024x600), 1GB RAM and a 250GB hard disk drive while powered by an Intel Atom N450 Pineview processor clocked at 1.66Ghz.

At 1.3Kg, it is not as light as some of its competitors but then they don't share its illustrious pedigree. Sony has also bundled in WiFi (802.11n), Bluetooth, three USB ports and a Motion Eye webcam.

Out goes the chiclet keyboard though replaced by a more mundane one. It will be available in white or black colour scheme and will go on sale at the end of the month.

No details though about what the battery life will be although we've heard that this baby will come with a six-cell battery. Expect it to come with Windows 7 Starter as well and to sell well at Tesco.

Apart from this, the M-series looks a lot like the Samsung NC10 with its curve but sports a Sony VAIO logo instead.

Our Comments

Cnet says that "We're seeing more innovation in the paperclip industry than in the world of netbooks" and I guess that we're not so far from the reality. Netbooks have been commoditised to the point where the only way to differentiate between then is to alter their outside appearance.

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