We're fine with companies offering thinner, lighter designs, all we ask is that they figure out a way to nip and tuck without removing vital organs and replacing them with less powerful parts. After all, this is Maximum PC, not Compromise PC. Well, Sony claims that its new S Series Vaio laptop "combines for the first time portability, performance, and power" in said thinner and lighter design. Did they really do it?
Judging by the spec sheets, it doesn't look like Sony's blowing smoke. Pricing starts at $1,000 and gets you:
13.3-inch LED backlit display (1366 x 768)
Intel Core i5 2410M processor
4GB DDR3-1333 memory
500GB (5400RPM) HDD
AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics
Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; GbE LAN
USB 3.0; two USB 2.0; HDMI; VGA
Memory card reader
Windows Home Premium 64-bit
That's a respectable set of hardware to cram into a laptop that measures 13.04 (W) by 0.95 (H) by 8.84 (D) inches and weighs 3.8 pounds (with battery). It's also only the starting point. For $1,500, the S Series gets upgraded with a Core i7 2620M processor, 6GB of RAM, 7200RPM hard drive, and Radeon HD 6630M graphics.
There are other setups to choose from, as well being able to configure your own with a quad-core processor, Blu-ray player, SSDs in a RAID 0 config, and more. Users looking for extra long battery life can also select an optional sheet battery that offers up to 16 hours of run time on certain configurations.