SINGAPORE - Sony has announced a new line-up for VAIO S Series – a slim, power-packed 15.5 inch notebook in addition to current VAIO S Series. The new model offers all the performance and thinness of its 13.3 inch sibling, while adding a larger screen to suit anyone who needs more room to work and play.
The new line-up for VAIO S Series comes with the Intel Core i7 processor and AMD Radeon HD 6630M GPU with 1GB VRAM. The unit has Performance Switch that supports Dynamic Hybrid Graphic System, allowing users to easily choose between SPEED mode for fastest performance or STAMINA mode for a longer battery life.
The VAIO S Series 15.5 inch has 5 hours of battery life; however, an optional Sheet Battery is available to make the battery life up to 10 hours, doubling the primary battery capability. With this option, you do not have to worry about looking for an electric outlet for all day long. There is a dedicated battery charger that you can leave the Sheet Battery at desk to get charged along. The optional Sheet Battery is also full-flat which makes the VAIO S Series easy to be carried around even with the Sheet Battery attached.
VAIO S series new line-up comes with 15.5 inch wide screen of 1920x1080 Full HD VAIO Display Plus. The LCD is anti-reflective glossy finished, which means it is coated with low reflective coating on the surface. This provides a high contrast image, as well as preventing eyestrain that comes from staring at the monitor for a long time.
VAIO S Series 15.5 inch comes in 1.96 kg and 24.5 mm slim body, making it easy to be carried between meetings or lectures in a backpack or case. Its aluminium palm rest and magnesium body contribute to its thinness and lightness, while maintaining ruggedness for mobile use.
The hinge is not visible from the front, offering a clean and simple look around the display. A more spacious palm rest and touch pad area contributes to comfortable usability. In addition, the six-sided edge design provides an attractive look no matter what angle the VAIO S Series is viewed from. This construction succeeds in realising superior robustness and structural integrity.
To further increase the usability, VAIO S Series 15.5 inch comes with backlit keyboard, which makes it easier to type in dimly lit rooms such as during the flight or in a conference room. The Isolation keyboard includes a dedicated numeric keypad for precise, rapid data entry, and larger touch pad with multi-gesture control supports Flick, Tap and Scroll touch gestures to navigate your way around web pages and application screens. This function can be easily enabled or disabled by Fn + F1 key. Furthermore, video chats with friends and family in a high quality clear picture is realised by HD web camera powered by ‘Exmor’ technology.
The VAIO S Series is preinstalled with various applications and utilities and most of them launch at one touch of a button. Just push the ‘WEB’ button for Quick Web Access, and it allows speedy access to the web browsing. Clicking the ‘VAIO’ button launches the Media Gallery which lets you enjoy and organise your photos, videos and music in a fun and easy way. There is also a dedicated ‘ASSIST’ button. It gives one-touch access to VAIO Care which simplifies basic maintenance and troubleshooting tasks to keep your VAIO in good condition. In addition to these instant access buttons, VAIO S Series is also pre-installed with PMB VAIO Edition software to let you easily organise, create and share your photos and videos.
The new line-up of VAIO S Series notebooks will be available in Singapore from September 2011.