At  first glance, Sony’s new Vaio M netbook looks just like the Sony Vaio W, which has been on the market for a while. But the Vaio M is cheaper, and features a lower resolution display. As we learned earlier this month, the Sony Vaio M features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, while the Vaio W has a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 pixel display and Intel Atom N280 processor.

The folks at in the UK got their hands on one of the new Vaio M models, which will sell for about £300, which is £100 less than the price of a Vaio W in the UK. That brings the price to about $455 US, which may seem a bit pricey, but computers tend to sell for less money this side of the pond.

It looks like Sony has dropped the chiclet-style keyboard and replaced it with a standard looking keyboard circa 2006. The computer has a matte plastic case. No word on whether the screen is matte or glossy, but I don’t see much glare in the photos.

via Engadget

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7 replies on “Sony Vaio M “budget” laptop unboxed”

  1. Brad, you always give the latest news but you fail to tell the most important thing, 3 cell or 6 cell battery?

    You of all people should know that battery life is prime importance in the purchase of a netbook. So, why always omit that fact?

    1. Perhaps because there’s absolutely no information about the battery
      available at the moment.

      When there’s information about the battery, I do share it. Unfortunately,
      there are half a dozen ways to discuss the batter. How many cells? How many
      mAh? How many watt hours. The last one is the only charateristic that truly
      gives you a good idea of what kind of battery life you should expect, but
      it’s the least commonly available statistic.

      In the case of the Sony Vaio M, Sony hasn’t made any official statements
      about this laptop at all, so I’ve been reporting secondhand information —
      which doesnt’ include any news about the battery at all.

    2. I got this model. it has a 6-cell battery that DOESNT STICK OUT! YES!! It fits in perfectly within the chassis! No awkward bulge or whaever! 🙂

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