New York - Sony continued its spring laptop launch with the introduction of its newest C- and E-series models.
The C and E series are
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 2.0.
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 the Internet.