Jul 8 2009

Sony Joins the Netbook Bandwagon

Joining existing netbook manufacturers, Sony has finally decided to make an actual netbook of its own, and has named it the Sony Vaio W.

The Vaio W has a 10.1″ screen, is powered by an Intel Atom N280 processor, and has 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. The operating system for this machine is Windows XP. Sounds like the average netbook right? Then why does its price tag run for $500 instead of the average $300-$400?

Well, Sony wants to create a “premium” product. The company might be taking a risky gamble by pricing their netbooks higher than average though (at least in this economy) and especially since the reason that people want to buy netbooks in the first place is because they are relatively cheap and not a hassle to replace if they get lost.

Considering that decent laptops can be bought for a price in the $500-$600 range and these would be much more powerful computing devices than netbooks, companies should really consider their pricing strategies. But hey, perhaps the cost of convenience just is quite high.

At least with the Vaio W, you’re getting netbook with a relatively high screen resolution, coming in at 1366×768 pixels. The netbook also offers 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a separate Memory Stick slot (in addition to the standard SD card slot). Sony is also rumored to have nice keyboards and touchpads.

The Vaio W is 1.3″ thick and weighs roughly 2.6 pounds. It will be available in three colors: berry pink, sugar white, and cocoa brown.

The netbook is rumored to be available for pre-order starting next Tuesday through Sony and to be available for purchase in retail stores sometime in August.

Via Cnet.

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