Sony primes new Vaios for battle

Welcome to this year’s gangland laptop wars. Strolling confidently from Sony’s labs are a quad of mean new Sony Vaios, each deadly specialists in mobi

Welcome to this year’s gangland laptop wars. Strolling confidently from Sony’s labs are a quad of mean new Sony Vaios, each deadly specialists in mobile computing.

The pretty boy of the bunch is the super-lean VGN-TX2 (above left), which is allegedly the world’s lightest sub-notebook with a weight of 1.24kg. It’s available in black, white and a limited edition blue, and is fashioned from hardy carbon fibre, much like Asus’ hard man W1.

Its armoury contains one of Sony’s glorious 11.1 X-black LCDs plus a dual layer DVD +/-RW recorder, Bluetooth and a claimed 7.5 hours battery life.

If you’d rather go for a desktop replacement, the VGN-A600 (above right) could fill the spot nicely – it has an 80GB hard-disk, a 17in widescreen display and an analogue tuner for idle box-watching and recording. It’ll also double as a mini home cinema thanks to the included S-Master amplifier and desktop speakers.

Finally, there are the Mr Gamer and Mr Logistics gangsters in the form of the VGN-FS400 and new FE-Series. The former offers PC gamers a 15.4in LCD, Pentium M740 processor and Nvidia Ge Force 6400 graphics card in a not inconsiderable 2.9kg unit, while the FE notebooks are a social networkers’ dream ticket with a camera, headset and microphone for Skype calls and video-conferencing.

All four are expected to be available from February for the following price tags – the TX2 from £1500, the A600 from £1200, the FS series from £700 and the FE series from £1100. Sony’s www.sonystyle.co.uk store will be only too happy to take your orders nearer the launch.