Sony-made Vaio PCs going out of sale!
Just as we were starting to enjoy the fact that Sony finally decided to name their computers things other than boring letters…
As you may know, Sony sold off its Vaio computer unit early last month, making the current batch of models in all its PC lines the very, very final Sony-made computers that will ever be available!
Sony just announced that they will stop accepting orders for order-made Vaio computers on the 20th of April, 2014 JST. This means, of course, that GeekStuff4U will also be unable to provide Sony Vaio computers to you after this date; as such, if you’re considering ordering a Vaio PC, you’ll need to do this before the 19th of April!
A quick rundown of the computers currently available from Sony -
Out of all the computers out from Sony, this is the computer that GeekStuff4U recommends. It’s the lightest and thinnest ultrabook in the world, making use of a carbon composite to achieve its sub-1kg weight - lighter than the aluminum MacBook Air. Even though it’s just an uninteresting-looking notebook-shaped computer, you can optionally choose to outfit it with a touchscreen, giving you an additional way of interacting with the elements on your screen!
Although this computer is available for purchase on geekstuff4u.com, feel free to contact us with any questions you have! As per usual, our policy of maybe giving out spontaneous discounts to those who ask applies to the Vaio Pro.
Vaio Tap 11 slate plus keyboard
Alhough reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface, these slate tablets are about 200g lighter, and over 3mm thinner, than the Surface Pro 2. Unlike the Surface, the keyboard it comes with connects to the slate via Bluetooth, allowing you more freedom to adjust to your comfort! Its 11.6-inch wide touchscreen runs at 1920x1080px, and you get to choose from three storage drive capacities - 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSDs - and four processors - Pentium 3560Y (1.20GHz), Core i3-4020Y (1.50GHz), i5-4210Y (1.50GHz), or i7-4610Y (1.7GHz) - not to mention three RAM sizes, between 2GB and 8GB. It comes with an IEEE 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac antenna and Bluetooth 4.0, and boasts an SDXC card slot and microHDMI out, all in a package measuring 304.6mm x 9.9mm x 188mm (11.9in x 0.38in x 7.4in). The battery on this slate is rated for eight hours, and Sony allows you to pick between a Japanese or US layout for the keyboard!
Since this computer isn’t available for view and purchase on geekstuff4u.com, you’ll have to contact us if you’re interested in buying - or if you have any questions.
Vaio Fit laptop/tablet hybrid
News of this computer started floating around just after the release of Windows 8, when the world was upchucking ideas left and right for the perfect notebook/tablet hybrid in a world where apparently, the swivel-and-fold tablet PC form factor of the olde Windows XP Tablet Edition era was dead. Keyboard docking stations with removable slate screens were the most obvious - and thus the most numerous; Dell’s Duo and subsequent XPS 11/12 introduced a swiveling screen inside a frame; and Panasonic and Lenovo both gave the world nightmares of laptop keys flying off the back of their reverse-folded laptop computers. Still crazier ideas, such as putting two screens on the front and back, were universally laughed at.
Sony tried its hand at a new form factor, which involved adding another layer behind the screen of the laptop computer, which would serve as a hinge to swivel the upper clamshell around to the outside. The first thought to cross one’s mind would be the skepticism at the inevitable thickness of the resulting tablet PC, but manhandling the actual computer in tablet mode isn’t uncomfortable or awkward at all. Of course, this tablet PC isn’t the lightest or the thinnest offering in the world - or even in Sony’s own arsenal - but if your computing habits require a proper laptop half the time, and a proper slate the other half, this is the one for you!
Walk into the Sony section of a computer store in Japan, and the first thing that you’ll notice about the Vaio Fits is that there are a frakton of screen sizes: there’ll be an 11-inch Fit next to a 13-inch Fit next to a 14-inch Fit next to a 15-inch behemoth Fit, all in various states of
undress swivel. EDIT: The 11-inch Fit has been discontinued by Sony.
Sony offers choices between Core i3-4005U (1.70GHz), Core i5-4200U (1.60GHz), and Core i7-4500U (1.80GHz) CPUs for all sizes, as well as an additional Pentium 3556U (1.70GHz) option for the 14-inch model (don’t ask why). RAM goes up to 8GB for the 13- and 14-inch models, and 16GB on the 15-inch, which also has the option of a NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M graphics accelerator. The 13-inch model comes with a 128GB SSD, 256GB SSD, 256GB high-speed SSD, 512GB SSD, or 512GB high-speed SSD; the larger sizes offer the standard SSD capacities, plus a 750GB or 1TB hybrid HDD (with 16GB of NAND flash memory), or avanilla 500GB or 1TB hard drive. As a cost-saving measure, the 14- and 15-inch models allow you to take out the rear-facing webcam, leaving in the teleconferencing option on the same side as the screen; and all three sizes optionally come with a digital stylus pen, and a selection between a Japanese and US layout keyboards.
As with the Tap 11, this computer isn’t available for view or sale on GeekStuff4U, so feel free to shoot us an inquiry if you’re interested in buying this computer, or have questions about it!
Let’s all have a moment of silence for the long-enduring Sony Vaio. Long bashed for its high price and its ridiculously flexible frame - in ways that laptops shouldn’t be flexible - these computers were finally approaching market norms over the last few years. The confusing and unfriendly letter names - the S series, the Z series, the P series, et cetera et cetera - were replaced with more personable monikers reminiscent of the Pros and Airs and Minis of That Other Company; and we were recently treated with an anecdote that Steve Jobs once offered Sony licensing for Mac OS X to be run on Vaios. My, to imagine how different the world would have been if Sony’d said yes! Sony’s Vaios were definitely becoming better and better, potentially earning them a place near the top of the leaderboard of worldwide computer companies.
In any case, we’re seeing news that the new company being set up to take over Vaio production and sale intends to concentrate on the domestic Japanese market for the time being. On the other hand, around 500 Sony engineers and other employees are rumored to be transferring to the new Vaio business, which suggests that the engineering and idea generation to come out of Sony in the last few years is unlikely to die out. Either way, there is absolutely no information around the Interwebs regarding the new Vaio business; we could only engage in idle speculation based on what scant details there are.
GeekStuff4U is currently exploring the viability of preparing to offer The New Vaio computers for sale when they appear on the market. Quality and cost effectiveness will, of course, be considered, including hands-on playtime by our squad of computer experts and computer newbs. Keep a look out around our web presences for more information in the coming months!