After finally seeing the Sony Vaio netbook in the flesh, I fell in love with it immediately. The VAIO W netbook has been released in two varients, the W11S1E and the W12S1E. The difference between the two are the hard drive size, operating system, battery and price, while the rest of the specs remain the same. The W11S1E has a 160GB hard drive, Windows XP and is available for £300 with a 3 cell battery, giving 2.5 hours battery life. While the W12S1E is equipped with Windows 7 Starter, 250GB HDD, a 6 cell battery providing 7.5 hours battery life and retails for £350. So naturally, I went with the W12S1E. Both models are hard to find in most shops within the UK, with only one store in my area having the netbook (W12S1E) on display. Both models are available in white, pink and tan/brown. Although Argos also lists the W12S1E available in charcoal.

Other specs of the netbook include an Intel Atom N280 processor, 10.1 inch display, with an impressive screen resolution of 1366×768, which really does make a difference, 1GB RAM, web camera and an SD and Memory Stick card reader. Connectivity wise, it features WiFi b/g/n and bluetooth.

You can view my unboxing photos of the netbook after the break.

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Sony are adding a new netbook model into their VAIO W range. The VAIO W12S1E will come with a 250GB hard drive compared to the 160GB hard drive of the original VAIO W netbook, the W11S1E. The new netbook will also come equipped with Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7. Like other netbooks, this will be the Starter Edition of Windows 7. Sony have opted for a tan color instead of brown on this netbook and have kept the white and pink versions.

The VAIO W12S1E is available for pre-order from Amazon with the release date slated as the 10th of November. It has a pre-order price of £399.99.


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