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Sony VAIO C Series

Friday 12 August 2011


Rating of 3

The basics

Although laptops have brightened up a bit in the past few years, silver or black is still pretty much the default colour for most machines. The Sony VAIO C Series marks a welcome change then, introducing some searingly bright colours to the market. Read on to find out if the mid-range C Series is any good.

The good

There's no doubt about it, some of the colours in the C Series range will split opinion, but that's one of the things we love about this machine. The orange and green models come close to glowing in the dark, they're that bright, and they certainly stand out from the crowd. Aside from orange and lime green, the C Series is also available in bright red, and a particularly vivid blue. Along with the curvy design, build quality is also reasonable, with a comfortable and responsive keyboard. At 14 inches, the C Series is a decent size. It's just about small enough to take out and about regularly, yet it's also easily big enough for use as your main machine. The 14-inch screen is also a cracker – it's very bright, and incredibly vibrant. Although the resolution on the entry-level model is an average 1366 x 768 pixels, you'll also be able to specify a 1600 x 900-pixel panel. Power comes from a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Features on the C Series include HDMI and VGA ports, with three USB ports, memory stick and SD card readers. You'll be able to add Blu-ray as an option.

The bad

The biggest problem with the VAIO C Series is the disappointing battery life. At under three hours from a single charge, it's not capable of taking advantage of the compact design, and it falls a long way behind the seven, eight or nine hours we've come to expect from the very best laptops.

The bottom line

If battery life isn't an issue, however, there's a lot to like about the Sony VAIO C Series. Well made and well designed, these bright laptops really do make a pleasant change.
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