Around Christmas, I was sent a new Sony Vaio Laptop to test out with a really cool battery back up. A few weeks later, a kick butt Cyber-shot camera came too. Let me tell you some of my key points on them.
- Available in a variety of colors, the new Sony VAIO S Series laptop (starting at $999) is perfectly portable, under one inch thin and 3.8 lbs., and features a bold design, minimum visual seams, and a durable magnesium/aluminum chassis. On top of all that, an optional sheet battery extends the battery life of the computer to up to 14 hours, making the PC ideal for long holiday layovers and frequent travelers who need to use their laptop all day on a single charge.
Alright, so 1st off, the laptop is classy looking. Sleek black with silver lettering, it really screams stealth. The keys light up (behind the keys) so typing in the dark or dim light is a breeze. (Typing in the dark is always a bad thing but so is eating after 7pm apparently and I haven’t died from that yet.) The back up battery attachment is remarkable. You can plug it in through your power cord (when the cord is not in use) and it will charge up. I can’t remember the exact time it gives you but lets just say, it 2 batteries and you can’t beat that when you just want to lounge on the couch watching Maury all day while blogging. But I don’t know who does that (*whistling*) The size of the laptop is pretty perfect, with extra ports everywhere (3 USB!). Its long to give plenty of space but thin and lightweight. Its everything I wish I could be. Tall & Skinny with a dash of extra energy.
That’s the good of it. Although the Vaio has a cool drop down at the top of the screen for shortcuts, it can be annoying at times. Move your mouse too far up and be ready to scream as it lags there for a min and won’t go away sometimes. Also, the graphics card loves to just suddenly have a spat and there has been moments where I almost wet myself in fear I might have lost everything because some graphic caused a fit. It’s my 2 cents that this new series looks and acts as if it wishes it was an Apple. It may have been built with too much in it for its parts to handle. In the end, I am still a Vaio lover, always have been. But for this S series, I will have to pass.
- · Microsoft Windows Live Sky Drive is a cloud service that syncs with Microsoft Office, plus all of your photo and video content, to keep all of your memories easily accessible by you and anyone else in your network with whom you’d like to share.
Its like iCloud but for Microsoft. Get it, use it, you’ll like it.
- · Sony’s DSC-WX9 Cyber-shot camera is as lightweight as it is functional. With easy-to-use features like automatic snapshots it is truly user-friendly and portable, perfect for those “mini-photographers” out there. This rechargeable WX9 prides itself on a high performance video mode, with features such as “Sweep Panorama” mode and a “Superior Auto” mode and has an ultra, high-resolution 921,000-dot screen for crystal clear images. The WX9 starts at $199.99 and comes in red, silver and black.
Now for this, Sony kicked some serious B-U-T-T. This camera is the bees knees and then some. We were really pleased with the quality of the camera and the ease of use. My husband had one of my old cameras and he kinda sucks at taking care of that kind of stuff, so it was beat up to heck. I gave him this one when it came and I think he was scared to hold it because it looked so nice. After playing around with it for a moment he showed me a panoramic he did. It was so easy. Its basically called a Sweeping Panorama because you slowly sweep the room or area you want to capture and the camera does the stitching for you. Its extremely easy to use for newbies or even seasoned photographers. I would consider it a go to camera for all occasions. The playback on an HD TV is outstanding.
My final overview:
- S Series Laptop- Skip it
- Sky Drive- Get it
- CyberShot- Get it
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