Well, here’s Sony’s stab at the netbook market: the Sony VAIO Mini W-Series. I thought their P Series was their introduction to the netbook market but since they vehemently denies that the P series is a netbook, I guess the Sony VAIO Mini W Series is their “official” netbook.
Specifications of the Sony VAIO Mini W-Series include: 10.1 inch LCD, Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 160GB hard disk drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, and webcam.
Price is expected to be around £450, at least, in the UK.
So it looks like the rumors about Sony making VAIO netbooks are true. The confirmation came after Sony leaked photos of their P Series on their Sony Style Store. The P Series will sport a 1.33 GHz Intel Processor, 8″ LCD, 60GB hard drive w/ optional 128GB Solid State Drive, and comes with Microsoft Vista Home Premium or Home Basic.
To date, Sony’s smallest screen VAIO laptop is the TT Series but price for the TT Series is around $1,+++. It would be nice to have a cheaper version though knowing Sony, their netbooks will probably be also sold at a premium.
I was experiencing a run time error on my VAIO PC. The runtime error for rundll32.exe appeared as well as a message regarding an error for explorer.exe. I usually ignore these messages as they only appear about once or twice in a week and only appears when I shut down my laptop but they’ve been appearing a lot more frequently lately so I’ve scoured the net for some answers.
Thankfully, I found the solution over at lavasoft forums: http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/index.php?showtopic=20959. There were some problems with the NVIDIA drivers that were installed. A quick uninstall and reinstall of the drivers did the fix and I am no longer bothered by the error messages. Once again, the power of Google helped save me from a trip to the Sony store.
Laptop computers have changed over the past years especially ever since High Definition videos have been introduced. In the days before HD, the smaller your laptop is, the better. Laptops are supposed to be your portable computer, a device which you can carry around with you. But since netbooks and mobile phones are fast becoming laptop replacements, laptops have also evolved into desktop replacements.
The HP HDX series has the biggest laptop screen I’ve seen at a whopping 22 inch (I think). However, HP isn’t marketing their HDX as a laptop but more of a portable media centre. Sony names their VAIO laptop series according to the screen size. The Z series has a 13.1 inch screen, the CS has 14.1 inch, etc. The Sony AR Series, is Sony’s 17 laptop series. This was during the advent of HD when people weren’t content with watching HD content on their 14 inch laptop but were not too comfortable with 22 inch screen like HP’s. But since Sony’s introduction of their new VAIO line, the Sony AR series will be discontinued and will be replaced by the VAIO AW series which have an 18.1 inch screen.
Whether people would prefer the extra 1 inch we could never really tell unless Sony discontinues the AW and resurrect the AR series.
Okay, if you’re a gadget lover as well as a muscle car fanatic, this Road Mice Optical Mouse from Four Door Media will definitely suit you. I don’t know how it will look if you use it on your VAIO though (it might look like you’re playing with a toy car), but it is guaranteed to turn heads when you’re in a coffee shop. Other available muscle cars include the Chevy Corvette, Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Dodge Charger. The Road Mice Optical Mouse is available in different colors and decals and according to Gadget Advisor, it costs $44.95.
Sony VAIO laptops are designed to be a multimedia fun house. You have a nice screen plus cool speakers, it’s just too bad that with all the junk software that comes with purchasing a Sony VAIO, Sony didn’t even bother to add the essential tools like a DivX player.
If you want to play DVDs and MP3 files on your hard disk instantly without having to boot up your PC, you can use the VAIO’s instant mode to do that. However, like I said, since Sony doesn’t support DiVX files, you have to manually do this. For those not in the know, files with the file extension DivX are video files that are encoded with the DiVX encoder. Though most DiVX encoded videos usually have the file extension .avi. Anyways, you need to download the DiVX media player or DivX codec in order to play these files. I recommend downloading only the codec since you probably don’t need another media player on your VAIO that could slow things down.
Or, if you don’t wan to download the codec, you can just download the VLC media player. A powerful media player that plays almost ALL video formats. You don’t have to download any codecs plus it has a small memory footprint.