Sony today introduced the brand new VAIO Fit laptop line built with Sony’s digital imaging, audio and display technologies. Alongside the new Fit laptops are enhancements to Sony’s top-selling VAIO T Series 15 Ultrabooks powered by Windows 8.
For students and business users who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at an entry-level price point, Sony hopes the new VAIO Fit line will be the ideal portable companion. With a major effort focused on design, the VAIO Fit is thin and light and crafted in aluminum alloy with Sony’s signature sparkling diamond cut VAIO logo.
The VAIO Fit line features LED-backlit, high resolution displays, Full HD (1920 x 1080) on the Fit 15-inch model and HD+ (1600 x 900) on the Fit 14-inch model, as well as “color enhancement technology” for superior image quality. The optional capacitive touchscreen allows for a snappy and responsive touch experience.
The web cameras built into the VAIO Fit notebooks feature Exmor R CMOS Sensors that Sony originally developed for better video quality when chatting in low light.
Sony also leverages sound quality from the Sony audio group called ClearAudio+ and implements this into the VAIO Fit line so users experience a virtualized surround sound experience. In fact, the Fit E 14-inch and 15-inch models include “big box speakers” while the Fit E 15-inch also features a subwoofer greater bass.
More Standard Features
Additionally, the Fit models include standard Sony features such as a full size backlit keyboard with integrated number pad (Fit 15-inch only), large touch pad, quick charge functionality and Sony’s own Rapid Wake technology for instant PC resume.
With Near Field Communication (NFC) technology users can now quickly exchange website URLs and enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi direct connections by simply touching a compatible NFC device to the new VAIO Fit.
Also included with VAIO Fit is ArtRage Studio, a digital arts software. ArtRage Studio offers natural painting tools such as oil paints and watercolors, along with utilities to make painting easier for anyone who wants to paint or draw on their computer regardless of skill level.
For those that want to try their hand at video creation and music recording, the Fit family includes a pre-installed version of Sony Imagination Studio VAIO Edition software, about a $170 value, including Movie Studio Platinum, ACID Music Studio, Sound Forge Audio Studio and DVD Architect Studio software.
The Fit models come with third generation Intel Core processors available with up to Core i7. In addition, the Fit notebooks also offer optional NVIDIA Graphics with up to 2GB of VRAM, Hybrid Hard Drive and Solid State Drive options for faster boot-up and data access, and optical drives (including Blu-ray Disc writing options as well).
VAIO T Series 15 Ultrabook Update
Sony’s brushed aluminum touch-enabled VAIO T Series 15 Ultrabook continues into the summer of 2013 as well. The VAIO T Series 15 is a robust laptop for users looking for a powerful yet portable solution with a larger screen. Featuring a Full HD (1920×1080) 15-inch touchscreen and a full-size keyboard with an integrated number pad, users can create presentations, edit and watch videos and browse the web in multiple windows without sacrificing mobility.
The updated VAIO T packs Intel’s latest generation of Core series processors for high performance as well as Hybrid Drive options for storage, making the VAIO T Series 15 ideal for multi-tasking college students and business professionals who demand speed at all times.
Pricing and Availability
The Fit 14 and 15 are available beginning mid-May in Steel Black, Steel Pink and Steel Silver for about $649 and $699. The Fit E 14 and Fit E 15 are available in Black, Pink and White for about $549 and $579. The VAIO T Series 15 is also available mid-May for about $849 at Sony retail stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.