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New Sony Vaio S & Z Series Laptops Revealed

Sony has unveiled new laptops in its Vaio S and Vaio Z series, with some of these machines coming with Ivy Bridge processors and SSDs in RAID.

The new Vaio S machines are described as a "seductive blend of power and portability", and are thin and light models built from materials such as magnesium, aluminium and carbon fibre (depending on the exact model).

Coming in 13.3in and 15.5in variants, the S series boasts a high contrast display which is anti-reflective to minimise glare, and scratch resistant, too. A premium screen option is available on the 15in model, the Full HD Vaio Display Plus, which Sony claims benefits from super-wide viewing angles when showing off presentations on the notebook.

The S series also comes with a slot-in optical drive (DVD or Blu-ray), and on selected 15in models Ivy Bridge Core i7 quad-core processors are available, with an optional SSD. An S series docking station also contains an integrated 500GB hard drive, a novel touch for backing up or temporarily storing data.

The Vaio Z series sports a tough "hexashell" design and is made from carbon fibre and aluminium, weighing less than 1.2kg, and it's just 17mm thick. Ivy Bridge quad-core processors are again available on certain models, and RAID configured 256GB SSDs for super-fast performance.

The 13.1in model also offers the Full HD Vaio premium display for rich colours and wide viewing angles, and there's a Power Media Dock provided with some models. This boasts an optical drive and enhanced graphics capabilities courtesy of a Radeon HD 7670M, with Sony noting that it allows for a simultaneous view of spreadsheets (or similar) across up to four screens.

The new notebooks are expected to arrive starting next month.

Darren Allan

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