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June 1, 2010

Hit the beach with Sony’s new VAIO W Series Imperial Lime Edition Mini Laptop

In my first post as Ben the PC Guy I covered the Sony VAIO W Series mini laptop (i.e., netbook) and you probably remember that I really, really liked it – so much so that I made it my go-to netbook for meetings and travel.

Today, Sony and Billabong are teaming up to make the VAIO W even better with the launch of the beach-inspired Imperial Lime Edition. While the specs haven’t changed – you get the same Atom N processor, giant 250GB hard drive, island keyboard and bigger-than-it-looks1366 x 768 resolution 10” screen that I loved on the standard VAIO W, but with a really sharp case design that Billabong custom designed for Sony. This guy puts me in the mood for a summer trip to the lake!

W Billabong - Hero

As with the previous iterations of the VAIO W, this PC is made from recycled DVDs and CDs, which is an interesting take on green that I’d love to see more manufacturers adopt. Speaking of green, if you’re looking to recycle an old PC or other electronics, Sony’s Take Back Recycling Program is a great way to do it.

Sony and Billabong aren’t limiting their partnership to building a cool PC. This year, Sony will donate two of the new VAIO W’s for auction at Billabong’s Design for Humanity event on June 10, 2010. All proceeds from the event will benefit Invisible Children, an organization that rebuilds schools and provides jobs in war-torn Northern Uganda.

You can get the VAIO W Imperial Lime Edition starting today for about $500.

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