Sony has introduced a new line of notebooks aimed at the
mainstream market: the VAIO CR series. DailyTech
mentioned the new Santa-Rosa-based notebooks
back in early May when a scant number of specifications were leaked onto Sony's
European product pages.
The new CR notebooks feature Core 2 Duo processors, Intel
X3100 graphics, a 14.1" XBRITE-ECO LCD screen (1280x800), DVD burner and
802.11n wireless connectivity. Other features include a 3-in-1 media reader and
ExpressCard slot along with the usual assortment of Firewire and USB 2.0 ports.
Sony will offer the CR notebooks in what it calls five
"fashion-forward" colors: sangria, cosmopolitan, dove, indigo and
black (matte finish). The notebooks will also have an LED light that pulsates
when the machine is booting, shutting down or hibernating.
"Just like the car you drive, notebooks today are an
extension of your personality" said Mike Abary, senior vice president of
VAIO product marketing for Sony Electronics in the United States. "As
such, users expect their PC to reflect their creativity and individuality, as
well as handle their spreadsheets."
The 5.5-pound VAIO CR notebooks will be available at the end
of the month with a starting price of $1,350 USD.