Sony launched on June 21 three notebook line ups under the Vaio flag – the Vaio E, Vaio S, and Vaio T - plus two Alpha digital cameras – the NEX-F3 and the SLT-A37 – that aim to balance ease of use, features, and price. Here’s a quick rundown on what differentiates each Vaio line up.
The launch highlighted the Vaio T, which is pitched as the premium contender for the ultrabook category. Here’s the Vaio T in action.
Sony Vaio T specs
Comes in two sizes: 11.6″ and 13.3″
Intel Core i5-3317U Processor 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz Intel HM77 Express Chipset
4 GB (4 GB (On Board)) DDR3L SDRAM (upgradeable up to 8 GB)
Gesture control – hold your hand up in front of the web camera and swipe left or right to flick through web pages or your photo gallery. Move your hand down to pause or play back music or a slideshow, or adjust music volume up and down with ‘rotate’ movements.
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 64bit
APS-C size 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Auto Portrait Framing for easy, top-quality portraits
180 degree tiltable LCD screen for easy self-portraits
Built-in flash helpful in low-light conditions
Comes in black or white
Free 8GB memory stick and carrying case
SRP: Php 27,999.00 (body and 18-55mm zoom lens)
And here’s the Sony Alpha SLT-A37.
Sony Alpha SLT-A37 specs
Auto Portrait Framing for top-quality portrait shots
Clear Image Zoom doubles effective focal length while maintaining full pixel count
Tiltable LCD for easier low and high-angle shooting
16.1 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Translucent Mirror Technology for High-speed shooting up to 7fps with Full-time Continuous AF in Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode
Responsive, accurate three-cross 15-point phase detection autofocus
High resolution Tru-Finder with 100 percent coverage
AVCHD (50i/25p) ensures smooth, high quality video
High sensitivity with wide ISO 100-16000 range
Comes with free les filter, camera bag, and extra battery
SRP: Php 33,999.00 (body and 18-55mm zoom lens)
More pics at the Sony Vaio and Alpha launch:
A rundown of the multi-touch features of the Vaio line ups.
A media attendant testing the hand gesture recognition feature of the Vaio T. There's a certain distance from the webcam your hand has to be, but once you get that, the hand gestures are intuitive. This is useful when you're fixing dinner and your fingers are all greased up and you want to change tracks in your playlist.
The Vaio T on my lap. It's not as thin as other ultrabooks but if you attach a lot of external hard drives and peripherals, you will not complain about the number of ports.
The Vaio E series in various colors. Sadly, the color-matching Sony-branded mice don't come with.
One of several keyboard covers available for the Vaio E. This one's pink. I know a lot of women who routinely spill their drinks when in front of their laptops. You know who you people are.
In case you are a non-pink lover. Here's a green cover. It's eye-refreshing, trust me, and covers up all the dirty keys you keep telling yourself you'll cotton-swab away tomorrow.
The Sony Vaio T, another shot.
I have a thing for close up shots of the up, down, left, right keys. So this shot is for me.
Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay placed 3rd at the 2012 Palanca Awards. His philosophical-horror story is included in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing full-time. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007).