Sony Vaio Fit laptops – skinny and inexpensive

sony Fit 15E touchThe Sony Vaio range of laptops look good and are well bolted together, but there’s many other laptops with equal or better specs for less money. Well, Sony are unleashing their Fit and Fit E lines of Windows 8 PCs, aimed at customers who want to “step up” from cheap laptops, but still don’t want to break the bank.

Sony’s new Fit line hands you aluminium casings so that there’s no creaky, cheap-feeling plastic to deal with and the Fit E is made as thin and light as possible. Both lines have two models: a 14-incher with 1,600 x 900 resolution, and a 15-inch with a 1,920 x 1,080 full HD display.

When you pull back the brushed aluminium lid you’ll see that the screens on the Fit include colour-enhancement technology for a better picture when playing games or watching movies. You have a choice of whether or not you want your screens to be touch controlled or not.

The new Sonys also boast ClearAudio+ audio processing which is said to provide a virtual surround-sound experience.

There’s a whole slew of configurations possible — from an Intel Core i3 CPU all the way up to Core i7 — as well as optional Nvidia graphics. Hybrid hard drives, which pair a small solid-state drive (SSD) with a large hard disk for fast performance, are available as an option.

It looks like you do get quite a bit for your money, including a nice, spacious backlit keyboard with a large touchpad.

Sony has had to shave some bits off in order to save money though. It sounds like the battery will need a boost after around 5 hours use and there’s no point in packing a spare – you can’t remove the battery.

The Fit 14 and 15 start at $649 and $699, respectively, while the Fit 14E and 15E cost $549 and $579.

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