You know, for a company that's been neglecting the netbook segment
for so long, Sony surely seems keen on pushing low-power, ultra-portable, Atom-based computing solutions onto the market. And now, they're back with yet another novelty in this field, namely the VAIO M Series mini notebook, which is built around Intel's latest Atom CPU, the N450.
The 10.1-inch “mini notebook,” as Sony
calls it, is available in black or white color finishes, and should be fairly easy to carry around, since it weighs around 1.3kg (including here the supplied six-cell battery) and measures 180 x 33 x 260 mm. Furthermore, the “widescreen” 25.1cm (10.1-inch) LED backlit display should prove to be enough for viewing web pages, photos and documents in OK conditions, while the Motion Eye camera embedded in the screen bezel will enable fast and easy video chatting.
Now, leaving the design aside, let's move to the hardware. So, besides the aforementioned Intel Atom N450 CPU running at 1.66GHz, the new M Series netbooks also sport 1GB of SDRAM (667 MHz) memory and a 250GB HDD. As expected, the graphics segment is being taken care of by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 GPU, which outputs a 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution.
The connectivity area is pretty OK, and despite the fact that the netbook
doesn't come equipped with an HDMI port, it does pack Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board, plus three USB ports on the side. Naturally, it runs Windows 7 Started edition and comes pre-loaded with a whole bunch of pre-installed apps, such as: VAIO Gate; MusicStation; PMB VAIO Edition; VAIO Media Plus; VAIO Care; VAIO Transfer Support; VAIO Update; VAIO Smart Network; Internet Explorer 8; Windows Live Essentials Suite; Adobe Reader 9; McAfee (free 60-day virus update); Norton Online BackUp Trial.
The new VAIO M Series mini notebook computer will be available starting with the end of March 2010 across European markets; sadly, pricing details have not yet been provided (we certainly hope we'll be able to find out more significant pricing-related details soon enough).
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