Sony has introduced high-end versions of Vaio laptops, and instead of their usual assortment of colors, the laptops come in a Ferrari red. The laptops do have improved specs over the standard Vaio line, but their biggest differentiator is the color, which supposedly screams luxury.
The Fit, Duo, and Pro lines are all included in Sony's limited-stock promotion. The Red Edition laptops have appeared in the past, but prior to today, Sony was only selling them in Japan and Europe and it was unknown whether they would end up coming to the U.S.
Even Sony's "cheap" Fit laptops are expensive if you choose to get them in red with the upgraded specs. The Fit 15 will cost $2,000, the Pro 13 will be $2,600 and the Duo 13 convertible comes in at $3,000.
Worth the Money?
Whether the extra hundreds of dollars are worth it for a red laptop instead of a black or white one is up to the individual user. But there are some interesting new specs which may appeal to a professional or business-class audience.
Each laptop includes a Core i7 processor and 1080p touchscreen display. The Fit includes higher specs simply because of its extra size and comes with 12 GB of RAM, a discrete 2 GB GPU, Blu-ray and a 256 GB solid-state drive. The Duo and Pro 13-inch laptops only come with 8 GB of RAM but the SSD is bumped up to 512 GB.
Although the specs are higher than the standard versions on the market, the only true reason to get these Red Edition Vaio laptops is for style. The red might not appeal to everyone but it does send a "superiority" message for those of you who want to make a statement with your electronic devices.
Different Laptops for Different People
Each laptop in the Sony Vaio line that is receiving these limited edition upgrades is directly targeted at high-end consumers, but they also even more specific markets. The Vaio Duo is Sony's flagship convertible laptop, which offers a redesigned body from the original Vaio that many users complained about. The Fit models are suited to those of you who do not care as much about aesthetics and simply want pure performance, whereas the Pro 13 is the lightest 13-inch touchscreen laptop on the market.
Since these Vaio laptops are expensive, they do face some stiff competition such as the Toshiba Kirabook, which offers impressive performance for less money. Each red Vaio does come with near-field communication capability, so for those of you who are early adopters of that technology, these laptops are some of the few that include it.
Posted: 2013-08-08 @ 5:34pm PT
Bullpucks! Vaio's have ALWAYS been cr@p pc's.