Sony announces $499 Vaio W netbook

Sony announces $499 Vaio W netbook

Summary: Andrew wrote about the arrival of the 99 cent netbook yesterday and today we here about the $499 netbook from Sony. The 99 cent netbook really is the much pricier model because you have to combine that with a whopping $60/month data access fee. While the new Sony model is a bit expensive for a netbook today, it is actually the lowest price Sony laptop available. Sony previously launched their Vaio P ultra portable notebook, but that was priced at $899 and had a rather unique form factor.

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Andrew wrote about the arrival of the 99 cent netbook yesterday and today we hear about the $499 netbook from Sony. The 99 cent netbook really is the much pricier model because you have to combine that with a whopping $60/month data access fee (you do get wireless data access from a carrier too). While the new Sony model is a bit expensive for a netbook today, it is actually the lowest price Sony laptop available. Sony previously launched their Vaio P ultra portable notebook, but that was priced at $899 and had a rather unique form factor.

The Sony Vaio W has the following specifications:

  • 10.1 inch 1366x768 LED backlit display
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Windows XP operating system
  • Bluetooth
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • VGA out port
  • Two USB ports
  • Ethernet port
  • Integrated webcam
  • MemoryStick/SD card reader (of course)
  • 3-cell battery good for reported three hours

The keyboard is listed as 86% full size. While Sony is known for high quality products, I am not sure the price will be competitive given that there are so many other high quality alternatives available in 2nd, 3rd, and more generation from ASUS, MSI, and others.

The Sony Vaio W should be available in August for $499 and available in pink, white, and brown. Thanks to Engadget for the press release and press image.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • Do we really need another ...

    ... netbook OEM running a 8 year old OS.

    Yes I'll buy a new 2009 model car but put in a engine from a 2001 model. Make sure the old engine has an oil leak and high maintenance cost.

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    n0neXn0ne
  • RE: Sony announces $499 Vaio W netbook

    Well it will be more like buy a 2009 car with an "older" engine optimized for efficiency not power... This netbook at least has proper screen resolusion. Not like ill buy it... there are way better machines out there for the money.
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    • re: ...

      <font color=#808080><em>"Well it will be more like buy a 2009 car with an "older" engine optimized for efficiency not power..."</em></font>

      Now that sounds like a used car salesman. No thanks, I'll take a <em>new</em> engine 'optimized for efficiency'. Don't try and sell me an engine from the junk yard and tell me it's optimized for my new car.

      ^o^
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      n0neXn0ne
  • It is better spec'd.

    1366x768. The vast majority of 10.1"displays are 1024x600 or even less. It also has bluetooth, but other than that, it is purely a clone in a sea of sameness. It also comes with a deprecated OS like most of the others. This is not Sony per se, but we need some variety in this segment. Why not instant on or something? Also, being the lowest price Sony, I suspect we will soon be reading about the crapware laden experience bar none, lol.

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