Hopes people will pay upwards of $2,000 for laptops drenched in red
When Sony launched its Vaio Fit laptop range a few months back, we were pleasantly surprised by the uncharacteristically affordable price tags of the Ivy Bridge-powered Windows 8 ultrabooks. But lest people assume the Japanese electronics giant is abandoning the premium (read: often overpriced) laptop segment it has been long associated with, the company has announced special “red edition” models across its Vaio Fit, Duo and Pro laptop families.
These new limited edition Vaio machines are both red and expensive, so if you have a major problem with either they are definitely not for you. Beneath the multiple layers of “rich, lustrous” color that adorn their exteriors, the Vaio Pro 13, Vaio Duo 13 and Vaio Fit 15 red edition models have Intel Core i7 processors, up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB solid-state storage.
While each one of them sports a full HD touchscreen display, only the Vaio Fit 15 has a dedicated graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M with 2GB VRAM). However, it's worth noting here that unlike the Pro 13 and Duo 13, both of which have the latest Haswell processors, the Vaio Fit 15 features an older Ivy Bridge part.
“The sophisticated VAIO Pro 13, the world’s lightest 13.3” touch Ultrabook, is also the first notebook PC on the market to include a high speed PCIe SSD drive, allowing for faster performance than traditional SSD drives,” the company said in a press release announcing the new machines. “The VAIO Fit 15 offers a hybrid hard drive and an optical drive that reads and writes Blu-ray Disc media”
The Vaio Pro 13, Vaio Duo 13 and Vaio Fit 15 are available now for $2,599, $2,999 and $1,999, respectively.