Some Unfortunate News For CW2 & F11 VAIO Notebook Owners

Sony released an important notification today and if you are an owner of CW and F series notebooks (check the link for more specific models in the US region), Sony recommends that you download and install a firmware/BIOS update specifically designed to prevent the potential overheating symptom. Supposedly, in rare instances, these notebook computers may overheat due to a potential malfunction of the internal temperature management system, resulting in deformation of the product’s keyboard or external casing, and a potential burn hazard to consumers.

In fact, it’s so serious that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission sent out a report notifying the world of this issue and almost every major news outlet has coverage of the recall. Sony says 260,000 laptops in the US, 103,000 in Europe, 120,000 in South East Asia and 52,000 in Japan need to be fixed.

“The word recall has been used by the CPSC in the States, but we are not calling it that,” Nick Sharples, Sony’s European communications director told BBC News. “It is possible to update the firmware online, which will rectify the problem,” he added.

Sounds like a quality control issue, for more info go here and be careful, don’t get burnt! For Japanese customers, please follow this link.

Which models in the VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series of notebook PCs may be affected? Specific model numbers in each series include:

VPCF11 Series: VPCF111FD, VPCF111FD/B, VPCF111FX, VPCF111FX/B, VPCF111FX/H, VPCF112FX, VPCF112FX/B, VPCF112FX/H, VPCF113FX, VPCF113FX/B, VPCF113FX/H, VPCF114FX, VPCF114FX/B, VPCF114FX/H, VPCF115FM, VPCF115FM/B, VPCF115FM/BL, VPCF116FX, VPCF116FX/B, VPCF116FX/H, VPCF117FX, VPCF117FX/B, VPCF117FX/B, VPCF117FX/H, VPCF1190X, VPCF119FX, VPCF119GX, VPCF119HX, VPCF11AFX, VPCF11AFX/B, VPCF11BFX, VPCF11BFX/B, VPCF11CGX, VPCF11CGX/B, VPCF11DGX, VPCF11DGX/B, VPCF11EGX, VPCF11EGX/B, VPCF11FGX, VPCF11FGX/B, VPCF11GGX, VPCF11GGX/B, VPCF11HGX, VPCF11HGX/B, VPCF11JFX, VPCF11JFX/B, VPCF11KFX, VPCF11KFX/B, VPCF11KFX/H, VPCF11LFX, VPCF11LFX/B, VPCF11LFX/H, VPCF11MFX, VPCF11MFX/B, VPCF11NFX, VPCF11NFX/B, VPCF11NFX/H, VPCF11PFX, VPCF11PFX/H, VPCF11QFX, VPCF11QFX/B and VPCF11QFX/H

VPCCW2 Series: VPCCW21FX, VPCCW21FX/B, VPCCW21FX/L, VPCCW21FX/P, VPCCW21FX/R, VPCCW21FX/W, VPCCW22FX, VPCCW22FX/B, VPCCW22FX/L, VPCCW22FX/P, VPCCW22FX/R, VPCCW22FX/W, VPCCW23FX, VPCCW23FX/B, VPCCW23FX/L, VPCCW23FX/P, VPCCW23FX/R, VPCCW23FX/W, VPCCW26FX, VPCCW26FX/B, VPCCW26FX/L, VPCCW26FX/P, VPCCW26FX/R, VPCCW26FX/W, VPCCW27FX, VPCCW27FX/B, VPCCW27FX/L, VPCCW27FX/P, VPCCW27FX/R, VPCCW27FX/W, VPCCW29FX, VPCCW29GX, VPCCW2AFX, VPCCW2AFX/B, VPCCW2BFX, VPCCW2BFX/B, VPCCW2CGX, VPCCW2CGX/B, VPCCW2DGX, VPCCW2DGX/B, VPCCW2EGX, VPCCW2EGX/B, VPCCW2FGX, VPCCW2FGX/B, VPCCW2GGX, VPCCW2GGX/B, VPCCW2HGX, VPCCW2HGX/B, VPCCW2JGX, VPCCW2JGX/B, VPCCW2KGX, VPCCW2KGX/B, VPCCW2LFX, VPCCW2LFX/B, VPCCW2LFX/L, VPCCW2LFX/P, VPCCW2LFX/R, VPCCW2LFX/W, VPCCW2MFX, VPCCW2MFX/PU, VPCCW2MFX/WJ, VPCCW2MGX, VPCCW2MGX/B, VPCCW2NFX, VPCCW2NFX/LU, VPCCW2PFX, VPCCW2PFX/L, VPCCW2PFX/R. VPCCW2PFX/W, VPCCW2QGX, VPCCW2QGX/B, VPCCW2RGX, VPCCW2RGX/B, VPCCW2SGX, VPCCW2SGX/B, VPCCW2TGX, VPCCW2TGX/B, VPCCW2UFX, VPCCW2UFX/B, VPCCW2VFX, and VPCCW2VFX/B

30
Jun 2010
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VAIO X Gets Refreshed For the Summer (Updated)

Since ultra light and amazingly designed VAIO X launched, a number of users (including myself) were wondering if we will see an update to X series or it will fade away into history like its predecessor VAIO X505. And the answer to this question is yes, as we have seen new models of VAIO X being launched in Japan, SonyStyle USA will be selling 4 new and updated VAIO X models (black, silver, gold), including a pink VAIO X. However, there is a big but to this update as by looking at the specs of the new summer models, we didn’t see any major improvements. So let’s say this is more like a VAIO X come back since it disappeared from the SonyStyle website.

As you may remember, Sony shocked everyone back at IFA 2009 with the introduction of the X series VAIO notebook, which was the direct successor to the VAIO TT series in the USA. It appeared super slim at the time and in its delicious teaser video courtesy of Sony Europe some people were extremely curious about its arrival. Sony revealed the full details on the new VAIO X series and called it the world’s lightest notebook at the time – 1.6 pounds with standard battery. To further whet our appetites, Sony Europe also revealed a series of videos behind the design of the VAIO X, which explore just about every detail of its design.

The notebook was critically acclaimed for its ultra thin profile and unbelievable design, but some critics weren’t fond of the high price and were skeptical of its performance due the speed of the slower Intel Atom Z530 processor. Despite the complaints, the X did have up to 2GB of RAM, SSD options, incredible battery life and more, keeping it quite respectable especially in the business world.

The new models that will be released will carry the following model numbers: VPCX131KX and VPCX135KX. There will be a bump in its processor speed from Atom Z530 to Z550, however RAM stayed at 2 Gig max (processor speed stayed the same as in earlier models). The lower end model will have a 64 GB of hard drive measured in SSD goodness. In a glance the specs are: Intel Atom Z550 2.00GHz / 2GB RAM / 64GB SSD / Intel GMA 500 / 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 / Verizon Mobile Broadband / Webcam / Windows 7 Home Premium. Yes, unfortunately, we do not see WiMAX or 4G Sprint option, no USB 3.0 or updated Bluetooth profile.

Even though SonyStyle has not posted any info yet, keep an eye on their site or Google the models as they are being shipped by authorized retailers. Manuals and Driver Update info has been also posted on Sony Support site if you are into that type of thing…

P.S. SonyStyle has outed VAIO Signature model with a glossy premium carbon fiber VAIO X available now in the US, as it was previously available in the country of a rising sun. Still mum on the pink model though.

This blog post has been exclusively done on a VAIO X115KX/N

22
Jun 2010
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Meet The Pink Sony VAIO X

Remember the Sony VAIO X? At one point it was the world’s lightest notebook at only 1.6lbs with the standard battery. Considered by some as an ultra-mobile masterpiece, the VAIO X Series notebook redefined the benchmark on portability.

Brawnier than it lets on, the X Series features a durable carbon fiber casing, seamless aluminum keyboard panel and scratch-resistant 11.1″ widescreen display. To complement its unbelievably thin and durable design, the VAIO X didn’t skimp too hard on power with features such as an Intel Atom Processor, 2GB of RAM and a SSD. In addition to a supplied standard and large capacity battery for extra-long battery life, the X incorporates Bluetooth technology, integrated GPS and some models even had Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband built in.

We recently noticed Sony Japan released a new special edition Pink VAIO X (VPCX13ALJ/KJ), available in several interesting configuration options: Pre-loaded with Windows 7 (Home or Premium); an Atom Z530 or Z550 processor; SSD with 64 or 128GB; WAN, GPS, WiMax, and more. Configuration prices at SonyStyle Japan range from Y97,800 for the lowest range model with a Z530 and 2GB of RAM with a 64GB SSD, all the way to a Y156,800 beast with a Z550 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD with all the bells and whistles.

We’ve written a great deal about the VAIO X, writing such posts when it first debuted called, “Hands-on With The Champagne Sony VAIO X Series Notebook,” gave it the full inspection with the “VAIO X505 and VAIO X Comparison Pictorial (Video)” and finally the requisite “VAIO X Unboxing Video.”

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Jun 2010
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The Design Story Of The New Sony VAIO P

Reflecting on the last few years its easy to spot the products that have created the most buzz for Sony, and most certainly the hit of CES 2009 was the ultraportable VAIO P lifestyle PC. While it may or may not have been a critical success for the Japanese company, it did once again demonstrate the company was capable of pushing the bar of innovation and design – there simply was nothing like it in the market when it was introduced. Fast forward to 2010, and the VAIO P has received some significant upgrades, and has evolved in appearance.

Lets learn more about this interesting evolution of the VAIO P, courtesy of Sony Design.

Tsuge: We knew that updating the “VAIO” P Series would not be easy. This was the second phase after a successful launch last year, and the design was already quite polished. We couldn’t meddle with what was already fine. And the internal layout was so carefully arranged and highly integrated that we had little freedom in design.

Still, we needed something fresh, with impact. We were also looking to expand the horizons of the P Series, so to speak. These are ultraportables, so they should withstand a little rough handling. We viewed this update as an opportunity to satisfy on-the-go needs.

Toward this end, one theme in development was vividness, literally and figuratively. Vivid colors seem dynamic and full of vitality, and demonstrating a vivid sense of presence through distinctive shapes and functions is also a worthwhile goal for the “VAIO” line. In response to my abstract ideas, Soichi suggested an approach that would take us in quite a different direction in design.

Tanaka: Normally, distinctive structures or functions might be our starting point in design. But this time the shape yielded no clues. So what could we do? I tried the opposite approach—considering superficial instead of structural or functional design. The surface finish might reveal what statement we should make in design.

Luxurious, glossy finishes have graced the P Series so far (as seen in the first generation VAIO P picture above). Although this kind of finish can add an air of elegance, fingerprints or smears bother some people. And especially because this model has a new gesture-based interface and was conceived to be held in both hands in transit, we knew people would touch it more than ever. If so, surely fingerprints would be less noticeable on a matte finish. People wouldn’t need to worry about smudges, and combined with vivid colors, the matte finish would offer a fresh look in computers.

Acting on this plan, however, took a lot of courage. In computers, glossy finishes are everywhere. In fact, we pioneered this trend through “VAIO” computers, seeking richer colors. It was easy to anticipate resistance from within the company if we bucked the trend by adopting vivid colors and a matte finish. Some might complain that it cheapened the appearance, and some would urge us to make it look more luxurious. The only way to convince them and bring my concept to life was to show what this matte finish inevitably led to in design. The moment my colleagues saw it, they must know that this is how it had to be.

Starting with the matte finish, I considered pursuing my design ideas directly, following my intuition. Ultimately, I decided I was seeking the image of soft cloth wrapped around a black, solid-looking screen. Unlike the almost metallic sheen of glossy finishes, matte finishes call to mind the soft textures of rubber, cloth, or leather. And by extension, an action associated with these soft materials is wrapping things up to protect them. In fact, whenever I take “VAIO” notebook prototypes with me, I place a large sheet between the keyboard and LCD screen, and then I roll the bundle up to protect it. You might say that I transferred this instinctive, familiar behavior directly into my design approach.

Tanaka: To convey this image of being rolled up or enfolded, we applied design finesse in several respects. You can see the most obvious touches on the front edge and lid corners. Unlike lids on clamshell devices—which fit closely against the lower section, just like clam shells—the corners of the lid on the new P Series are quite rounded. By intentionally showing how the lid covers the keyboard panel, we give the impression that the unit is rolled up or folded up when closed. It’s an idea we wanted to try for some time, and I think we succeeded in creating the desired effect: different appearances when closed and open, a slim-looking body, and so on.

Removing any elements that now seemed unneeded or contrived was another goal. Anything distracting would kill the appealing “rolled up” character, and these models would resemble the old models with just a fresh coat of paint.

Look at the area around the isolated keyboard, for example. On previous models, the keyboard panel was recessed, as if the surface around the keys had been carved out of the surrounding panel. This time the keyboard panel is flat. If it weren’t, light would reflect from the ridge around the keys, and the effect of a sheet encircling the keyboard panel would be ruined. The side panels, which resemble black strips, also contribute to this effect. We couldn’t interrupt these black strips with contrasting ports or jacks. Similarly, we couldn’t have any distracting protrusions. That’s where in-house design teams are invaluable. After we arranged for development of a few parts, the sides looked just as I had imagined, like sleek black strips. Besides this, we avoided metallic finishes, kept hinge seams inconspicuous, and tried to eliminate any cold, mechanical elements usually associated with computers.

Tanaka: Vivid colors enliven the “layer” that seems to be folded up when the lid is closed. But instead of plain red or blue, we chose warm and cool hues (such as orange and green) and other colors for a fresh, dynamic look that has broad appeal. These colors are popular in kitchen products and stationery. By choosing familiar colors, we ensure that the overall impression from the combination of the matte finish, part shapes, and general color scheme seems natural.

We still faced one basic issue, though. To complete the image I had envisioned, the keyboard and standard battery colors needed to match the body colors. But once parts had been created in a particular color, they would not be interchangeable. So if green proved popular, for example, we couldn’t use extra black keys to assemble green models. And because the lid, bottom surface, battery, and keyboard are all painted separately (with separate base coats, depending on the material), it would be more reasonable to accept some variation in color and give up trying to match colors.

But to convince my colleagues this was important, I prepared an orange mock-up. This defied our usual practice of using neutral colors such as black, white, or silver to prevent color bias from affecting structural decisions. By defying tradition, I wanted to demonstrate the “rolled-up” character of this model and persuade everyone involved that we needed the keyboard and standard battery to match the body color.

The matte colors of the new P Series took as much repeated trial and error to achieve as the glossy finishes did for first-generation models. First, we had to determine the criteria for a perfect finish. Colors had to be vivid and resist fading. We chose durable UV coatings, for surfaces that are satisfyingly rough but don’t easily scratch or develop a shine if rubbed over time. And because individual sites generally don’t paint all surfaces of a computer, it’s a matter of coordinating colors at each site. But if we don’t give up, we find the right way.

Tanaka: Once we had decided on the appearance of the new P Series, we turned our attention to custom cases. Plain old gray cases or pouches wouldn’t fit the image of the P Series at all, so we designed special accessory kits. They’re made of silicone, which complements the matte finish of the body nicely. These are the first “VAIO” kits to include molded cases and straps.

The straps are a reassuring addition, considering mobile needs. But first we had to deal with strict structural requirements that prevented us from opening a hole in the case, for threading the strap. We almost gave up on this accessory, but we can thank our persistent engineers for the solution you see today.

For greater convenience, the cases have no fasteners. It’s easy to put the unit away or take it out. The way these sleek cases fit snugly around the body may remind you of competitive swimwear. You can enjoy coordinating the case color with the body color, which is visible through holes along one edge of the case. In fact, these holes also provide ventilation and keep the case quiet when the unit is removed. The cases are molded, but these holes are created by hand. It’s an accessory that took a surprising amount of effort to create, and we hope you enjoy this traveling companion for the “VAIO” P Series.

Tsuge: Through the years, “VAIO” computers have always introduced something new and special to the market. Glossy finishes were one example. Gleaming, rich colors are only possible with time and effort, as each layer from the base coat to the top coat is carefully polished. Alternatively, a fabrication technique called in-mold decoration (IMD) has become popular in recent years. Decorative film applied during the molding process provides a cheaper way to achieve a glossy finish. That’s one reason why glossy mobile electronics are now so popular.

Still, rich colors are not possible through regular IMD fabrication, and under some conditions, the film tears, creating wrinkles on product surfaces. The technique also imposes some limitations in design. Computers produced this way all tend to have the same, sagging appearance.

In contrast, the vivid spirit and appearance of “VAIO” models represents our ideal of refusing to be followers. In ultraportables such as the P Series, it makes a big difference when products project an image people don’t mind showing others. We want to give people options that are “vivid” in color, shape, functionality, and sense of presence. The new P Series symbolizes our approach in the next phase of “VAIO” mobile development very well. We hope many people enjoy using these decidedly different computers as their main machine, no matter where they are.

21
Jun 2010
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Remote Play Software With PS3

Hey guys,

We have recently published a post regarding Remote Keyboard software that you can install on your VAIO. Remote Keyboard with PlayStation 3 allows users to establish a bluetooth connection between the VAIO computer and PlayStation 3 so that users can make use of the computer’s keyboard and touchpad to operate PlayStation 3 system non-game functions. As promised here is a piece of software for you all VAIO owners (though presumable there is a patch out there in the wild that will allow this app to run on a non-VAIO computers) called Remote Play with PlayStation 3.

Remote Play with PlayStation 3 allows you to display the PlayStation 3 system on a VAIO computer and remote operate from the VAIO computer, therefore it also allows your VAIO to remotely access and playback certain content on your PS3™ from virtually anywhere in the world. Once the remote play connection is established between the VAIO and the PS3™, the PS3’s XrossMediaBar(XMB) menu screen appears on the display of the VAIO giving the VAIO playback control of your PS3™. From here you can playback your photos, music or videos stored on your PS3™ with that content being streamed in real time to the screen of your VAIO. If you got any PS1 games as well as a handful of PS3 games that support Remote Play, you can always play those games on your VAIO. Lucky Europeans and Aussies who have purchased the Play TV Digital TV Tuner accessory for their PS3™ this remote Play software allows you to either watch the TV recordings you have made on your PS3™ or watch live TV on the display of your VAIO from anywhere in the world. It is very similar to Locationfree software if you remember that one (can be installed on your VAIO or if you have a PSP it is already preinstalled, all you have to own is the Locationfree device like LF-V30 or earlier models LF-B20).

To download Remote Play and Remote Keyboard software go here (though for the latter one, the latest version is available here).

18
Jun 2010
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New VAIOs Y and Z series Offer Tethering

Hot off the Sony Press release – new VAIO Z and Y series are offering a new option, and that is they can become a Wi-Fi hot spot and let you connect up to 5 devices. Sort of similar experience to MiFi device that lets you get online wherever there is a cellular network and share that sweet 3 or 4G connection with other devices.

Sony calls this new way of getting online as Share My Connection and states the following “select models of these [VAIO] series feature the exclusive new Sony embedded wireless technology called Share My Connection™ (SMC). With SMC you can turn your laptop into a mobile wireless access point that can connect up to five other PCs or networked devices, such as smartphones, mp3 players, and cameras”. Verizon has been chosen this time as your mobile access provider.

Share My Connection™ features at a glance

Applicable models

Z or Y Series laptops with Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband (activation required). Note: the full assortment of Z and Y Series laptops with Share My Connection will be available June 20.

Wireless range

The range is similar to standard Wi-Fi access points commonly used in homes. Note that the actual range may vary based on environmental conditions or objects, such as walls, that may obstruct the wireless signal.

Security

You are in control of your Share My Connection™ network. It is password protected and users require a unique ID that only you can send so they can connect to your network. You also have the ability to change passwords at any time so you can regulate who can connect through your PC on a continual basis.

Easy to use

To transmit your Share My Connection™ Wi-Fi signal to other users, you simply need to connect to the Verizon Wireless network and then turn on your Share My Connection™ functionality through the Sony SmartWi™ utility. Once you do that, your business colleagues, friends and family will be able locate and connect to your network just as they would connect to any other password protected Wi-Fi network.

17
Jun 2010
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Sony VAIO J Becomes a Little Brother of VAIO L, Inherits the Touch Functions

It looks like VAIO J series is getting a nice bump in specs and also brings your fingers closer to the screen and if you were lasting after VAIO L Touch display, you should have no gripes (unless you wanna have a bigger screen) and get yourself an all in one VAIO J with Touch functionality. It will be available in two color skins in the US as in white and black and Japan gets an additional color – VAIO J in pink! I still feel like that the design in these VAIO is missing something, just does not cut it to the striking VAIO design we are (or at least I am) used to.

Check out the full press release below and let us know what you think of this move. Would you rather have a VAIO Touch PC that looks like a slate or an all in one desktop?

SAN DIEGO, June 8, 2010 – Sony today unveiled its new, affordable touch-enabled, multi-media machine- the VAIO® J Touch All-In-One PC.

With the VAIO J Series’ multi-touch screen, easy access to your PC, HD movies- your entire entertainment hub- is readily at your fingertips.

Equipped with a 21.5-inch (diagonal) 1920×1080 widescreen panel, the unit displays high-definition content in Full HD. Select models feature a Blu-ray Disc™ optical drive so you can enjoy movies in stunning 1080p high definition.

“The J Series changes the way consumers interact with their PC enabling them to tap, drag, zoom, rotate and engage with their content and entertainment like never before,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of the VAIO business at Sony. “And with its attractive price point, this cutting-edge technology will reach a whole new audience.”

The J Series comes with three unique hardware buttons-VAIO, ASSIST and DISPLAY OFF to get you to where you want to go with a touch of a button.

Launch directly into Sony’s own Media Gallery software by pushing the designated VAIO button and simplify your music library. With Media Gallery you can automatically create 21 unique channels of music based on beat, tone, rhythm and other elements. It also enables you to rediscover forgotten favorites by recommending content you already own based on your unique listening and viewing habits.

Facilitate simple do-it-yourself PC maintenance procedures by pressing the ASSIST button and launching the included VAIO Care™ software program. Finally a DISPLAY OFF button is included so you can turn off your screen for privacy or to perform nighttime applications without sending your PC into hibernation.

By utilizing built-in wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi technology and your wireless router (required, sold separately), you can position the model virtually anywhere in your home and access the Internet, email or home network.

A built-in webcam with face-tracking technology and microphone let you video chat with colleagues. Included Webcam Message Board software makes it easy to create video messages or leave handwritten notes on the screen. A third-party internet service provider is required.
The unit packs a powerful 2010 Intel® Core™ processor (select models), loads of RAM, and an optional dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce ® series graphics for graphic-intense gaming and movies. It comes with Windows® 7 Home Premium or Professional 64-bit operating system.

Featuring a stylish, compact design the PC comes with an adjustable stand to help you adjust it to meet your desired viewing or touch angle or simply to decrease the slant for space-saving. A wireless keyboard and mouse that can easily be stored under the unit’s display are included.
The VAIO® J Touch All-in-one PC will start at about $900. It is available for pre-orders today online at www.sonystyle.com/pr/jseries. It will also be sold at Sony Style® stores and select retailers around the country starting next month.

09
Jun 2010
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Remote Keyboard with PlayStation 3 Software Available Now!

Hey guys,

I wanted to share a gem I came across with you all who own PlayStation 3 and recently read the news posted on our blog regarding new VAIO P being able to interface and control your PlayStation 3. I have tested the software and it works like a charm on my VAIO TZ and VAIO X and frankly my guess is it would work just fine on any Bluetooth enabled computer, not only VAIO (but again it is my guess, so test it out at your own risk and post in comments).

All you need to do is download a piece of software called Remote Keyboard with PlayStation 3 , run the Wizard that will register your notebook with with PlayStation 3 and Vola! you are ready to rock your PS3. Your touchpad becomes a mouse pointer if you use a browser and your navigation arrows will help you jump through the various PS3 XMB menus. Of course the biggest perk is the keyboard use, so you can relocate yourself to PlayStation HOME and start chatting with the help of your keyboard easily.

Anyways, head over here and get your software and have fun with your PS3! Hopefully Remote Play which is another piece of software will be available soon as well.

Here is a shot of the screen once you exit the software:

29
May 2010
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Meet The Billabong Sony VAIO W

Sony Australia has announced the release of a Billabong special edition VAIO W, available in Australia this June at $749SRP. The funky “Imperial Lime” colored lid has splashes of lime green, blue, and black and is the first product collaboration between Sony and Billabong. The notebook comes with Billabong content, including images and video from a new TV series featuring a selection of Billabong’s key surfing athletes. And if your wondering, the color scheme is taken from Billabong’s 2010 Summer board short range destined for retail stores in Australia this July.

Kent Tanigaki, VAIO Marketing Manager Sony Australia, said the product collaboration with Billabong highlighted the focus by both brands on the development of relevant product for the youth market.

“The average age of notebook users is getting younger as they are increasingly used in schools and universities.” Tanigaki said.

“Teaming up with Billabong, the world’s leading action sports and lifestyle company, on this new VAIO notebook is a fantastic way for us to create a product that really appears to a younger tech savvy audience. Like Sony, the Billabong name commands huge respect all around the world and the VAIO W series Imperial Lime will connect with fans of both brands. Together we chose the Imperial Lime design for our first join product because it utilizes bold colors and a story that will resonate with Billabong’s audience.”

The specs of this netbook are pretty appealing too; the Billabong VAIO W has 1GB RAM, and an Intel Atom N470, which is a single core 1.83GHz processor processor with hyper threading all on Windows 7 Starter. I have a VAIO W myself and upgraded it to Windows 7 Professional after installing 2GB of RAM. It runs the Aero theme like a dream and the display is quite crisp. It’s a shame however that the right shift key is smaller than usual which can be a minor irritant. The isolation keyboard keys are always nice to use.

Nonetheless, as I said before the 10.1 LED backlit widescreen display (1366×768) can’t play 1080P video on YouTube, but is still very strong. I can run Photoshop, Office 2010 and other applications you wouldn’t really think to run on a netbook with relative ease. It’s mostly due to the aforementioned 1.6GHz Intel processor. It also has a huge 250GB hard drive, which is really quite insane for such a small laptop.

And finally it has an Ethernet port, 2 USB ports, and good quality built-in webcam and microphone that’s useful for Skype or even recording lectures.

21
May 2010
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Meet The Black Crocodile Skin VAIO P

At the dawn of a new decade, Sony has once again pushed the bar for design and innovation. If you really think about it, Sony does create some of the most uniquely styled devices that truly differentiate it from the rest. That may sound totally pompous, but I’ve seen what else is out there and when something like a Crocodile Skin VAIO P pops up I laugh to myself. The guys at Sony Design are like “Hey HP/Apple/Dell/Samsung/Asus/etc, this is where we are at now – a black crocodile skin textured lifestyle PC.” And the others respond “Hey, we don’t really make those fancy lifestyle things you are talking about there, we make netbooks, notebooks, and laptops.” Sony Japan counters, “Well, our P can fit in a pants rear pocket.” And runs away.

Maybe that didn’t happen, but the new black crocodile skin VAIO P is pretty cool looking. We just wish they would offer these kind of luxury editions in an appropriate luxury retail space, such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and other similar institutions of high fashion. Take this VAIO P, run a super limited in number in the USA, and place it next to the purses at these aforementioned stores. That way when the couple is purse shopping and the lady is taking her time, the hubby can get check this out.

Notable features in this year’s version of the VAIO P vary from region to region. This Crocodile skin VAIO P is (for now) an exclusive in Japan, and can be customized to include hardware such as the Atom Z560 with Intel US15X Chipset (266MHz GPU), 256GB SSD, and the optional 12.5 hour extended battery. This is pretty nice on top of the one touch resolution button (changes it from 120dpi to 96dpi), GPS with compass, location search for finding necessities (google maps), instant-on web browser (no OS needed), and more. They also made it an audiophile’s dream by incorporating noise canceling headphones once again this year. And one of the newest additions, two buttons are on the left side of the screen (for left and right click) and to the right there is an optical sensor that allows you to control the mouse (there is a mouse controller in the keyboard as well).

There is also a built-in gyroscope, also known as an accelerometer that can detect the direction you are holding the notebook and change screen orientation making it easy to read long lines of text on the 8 inch (1600×768) screen. Other notables include 2 USB ports, 802.11a/b/g/n, bluetooth, and the fantastic Windows 7.

It also has compatibility with Remote Play so you can view video or play games from your PS3 at home.

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May 2010
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