New York - Sony continued
its spring laptop launch with the introduction of its newest C- and E-series
geared toward basic computing, multimedia and gaming functionality. Both lines
will be available in several configurations, with the C series carrying a $729
starting price and the E $550. Each line is available for pre-order on June 19.
The company released its S-series
laptops in May.
The C series most visible change is the addition of Neon Red and
Thunder Blue color schemes. These are joined by a Sony Signature model, a
specialized subset for the series, that has a reddish-orange appearance. The
Neon Red versions will only be available through select retailers, including
Abt, B&H Photo, Micro Center and Nebraska Furniture Mart. The Thunder Blue
color will be in other major retailers in July, the company said.
The C models have two screen sizes, 14 and 15.5 inches. They can
be equipped with second-generation Intel Cori i3 and i5 processors, Windows
Home Premium, and have an option for AMD Radeon 1GB hybrid graphics. The units
have USB 3.0, an HD webcam and a backlit keyboard. A variety of storage and
memory configurations will be available.
The Signature model comes with Sony's Imagination Studio Suite
The E series is targeted at the back to school buyer.
These are available with 14-, 15.5- and 17.3-inch screens and a
more basic design that would attract a mainstream laptop customer, the company
said. The wrist rest and lid has a honeycomb texture to eliminate fingerprints,
and the line comes in Midnight Blue, Glacier White, Charcoal Black and Blush Pink.
The 17.3-inch model is only available in Glacier White and Charcoal Black.
The E-series processor options include second-generation Intel
Core i3 or i5 processors with Intel's Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost 2.0
technology or AMD's E350 dual-core processor with Mobility Radeon HD6130
Graphics Vision technology.
Some models feature Intel's Wireless Display technology for
viewing laptop content on a TV. Another feature on these models is Remote
Keyboard. This allows the laptop to control a Bravia TV. A variant called
Remote Play allows the computer to access content stored on a PlayStation3 over