Sony has updated its VAIO E and F laptop lines, bringing new graphics, new CPUs, and USB 3.0 to the party. And for early holiday shoppers, Sony is running a promotion for free upgrades to full HD displays on VAIO EB and EC models.
Sony?s VAIO E series, which includes 14-inch VAIO EA, 15.5-inch VAIO EB, and 17.3-inch VAIO EC models, now offers the 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460 and the 2.66GHz Core i5-580 processors, which provide more processing oomph than the default Pentium Dual-Core chip or the step-up Core i3 option. Sony claims the new processors are coming soon to the pre-configured EA models, and they?re already listed for the customizable EB and EC laptops; the i5-460 adds $130 to the bill, while the i5-580 adds $230. For only $50, you can now upgrade the 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics to the 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 GPU. All of a sudden, the mainstream VAIO E series models have a lot more power potential.
In addition to the upgraded internals, the VAIO EB and EC models now offer a free full HD display upgrade, which nets you a 1920×1080 resolution. Sony is running this offer until October 9 or until supplies run out, after which those extra pixels will run you $50 on EB models and $100 on EC models.
The 16.4-inch VAIO F line also received an upgrade. Now, in addition to the standard 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics, you can opt for the 1GB GeForce GT 425M GPU. The upgrade costs only $50, but in order to choose it, you must spend $100 for the full HD display upgrade. In addition to more graphics horsepower, the GeForce GT 425M also provides Optimus technology to switch between discrete and integrated graphics. Lastly, VAIO F laptops now offer two USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfers to the forthcoming deluge of USB 3.0 peripherals.
Source: The Sony Blog