Sony has teamed up with surf-and-skate outfitter Billabong to release a special edition VAIO netbook for the summer beach season. The Sony VAIO W Series Imperial Lime Green Edition features a specially designed, brightly colored lid that helps it standout from the staid black, white, or silver netbooks we’re used to seeing and, I suppose, you’d never want to be seen with at the beach.
Sony estimates the Imperial Lime Green Edition will begin shipping on June 11; you can preorder it on Sony’s site for $500. Or if you’re going to be in Los Angeles on June 10, you can win one of two of the netbooks that will be auctioned off at Billabong’s annual Design for Humanity event. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Invisible Children Foundation, an organization that rebuilds schools and provides jobs in war-torn Northern Uganda.
At $500, the VAIO W Series Imperial Lime Green Edition costs $50 more than Sony’s standard W Series model, though the special edition does net you an small CPU upgrade, bumping you up from a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 chip to the 1.83GHz N470. The two models share the same specs otherwise, including 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB hard drive, and Intel GMA 3150 graphics driving a 10.1-inch LED display with a 1366×768 resolution.
While the design is attractive, for the netbook to be truly beach worthy, we would have liked an extra bright display to accompany the extra bright design.