I’m a big fan of Sony gear. They consistently deliver drool-worthy PCs (like the Sony VAIO Z I’ve been lusting after for a few months!), and today’s introduction of two new new laptop models in the VAIO E Series (The VAIO EA 14-inch laptop and VAIO EC 17.3-inch laptop), and the new VAIO J all-in-one multitouch PC, are no exception.
The two new VAIO E laptops are a great addition to the 15” VAIO EB, which was the first offer machine that I reviewed and one of the PCs that I recently took on-air with morning shows nationwide as a great gift idea for Father’s Day, for a high school student gearing up for college, or for a recent college grad about to head out on their own.
Both are available in the same translucent colors as the 15” E -— Caribbean Green, Iridescent Blue, Coconut White, Hibiscus Pink and Lava Black, as well as 3 matte colors—Maple Brown, Silver White and Gunmetal Black.
Baseline specs for the new EA and EC are somewhat similar to the 15” EB. Both baseline models come with a Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, and 320GB HDD. The EA sports capable Intel HD integrated graphics (upgradable to an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 GPU) while the bigger EC comes standard with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 GPU that’s upgradable to an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650. Each can be nicely upgraded with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, a 500GB HDD, and Blu-Ray player/burner. The baseline price for the EA starts at $769, while the EC starts at $813– that’s a lot of laptop for not that much dough! You can get them today at your local Sony Store or at the Sony Online Store.
On the desktop, the Sony VAIO J all-in-one PC joins the already successful 24” multitouch Sony VAIO L all-in-one. It comes standard with a big, beautiful 21.5” 1080p HD multi-touch screen, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB RAM, a 500GB HDD, Intel HD integrated graphics, a Blu-Ray player and a wireless keyboard and mouse. Pricing starts at $1099, and they’ll be in stores next month. There’s a beefier version available for $1599, which upgrades the VAIO J with 6GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 310M GPU, and a speedy Intel Core i7-620m processor.
All three of these machines are value priced, and you get a lot for your money. Sony is sending me one of each and they should be here this week, so as soon as they come in, I’ll bust open the boxes and let you all know how they handle.