Sony has updated its laptop family with a new range, the E-series, which will replace the popular NW series at the bottom end of the market although that doesn't mean that E-Series members will be also-ran.
They will be using Intel's latest Core i3 processor, a dual core model with integrated graphics clocked at 2.13GHz, no Pentium Dual core models here. Sony also chose to bundle ATI Mobility Radeon 5000 series dedicated graphics modules with up to 512MB memory.
Other than that, the E-series can support up to 6GB DDR3 memory and comes equipped with up to 500GB hard disk. On top of that, there's a HDMI output port, three USB ports plus a fourth dual function one that can also be used as an eSATA connector.
More importantly for those looking for special characters on the move, the E-series members include a proper numeric keypad next to the chiclet keyboard. Since this is an entry level Sony, expect the price to be err... Sony-esque. Around £600 for the rest of us.
The screen is a rather odd 15.5-inch model capable of displaying 1366x768 pixels, with a screen ratio of 16:9. Alonside the E-series, Sony also launched the S, Y, F, Z and W series (ed: what next after the letters of the alphabet?).
Now for the killer details, the E-series will be available in traditional colours (brown, white and gun metal) but also in some psychedelic one including Caribbean Green, Iridescent Blue, Coconut White, Hibiscus Pink and Lava Black.
All the laptops will come with Sony's own proprietary Vaio Assist button which according to the company's marketing manager, will help assist customers experiencing common problems. That's an excellent idea provided that the users actually know what they are doing.