Vaio CS series

Sony's fashion-conscious CS series offers a range of bright colours and an LED panel that lights up when you stroke the cover.

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Alongside the too-tiny-to-be-real TT series, and the so-large-it'll-tear-off-your-shoulder AW17 Vaios, Sony's also announced a new mid-sized series of Vaio Notebooks — the CS series. According to Sony's rather hyperbolic press release, they "explore the space where technology and fashion interact". Or in other words, they're as much about being pretty as being functional.

Sony's offering the Vaio CS series in a variety of fashion colours, specifically Gloss Pink, Gloss White, Gloss Black, Gloss Red and Gloss Bronze. If they hadn't decided to offer one sedate coloured model — in Matte Black — they could have done without the Gloss prefix altogether, really.

Under the hood, you'll find Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz processors, 2GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive and a standard DVD drive, all being powered along on Windows Vista Home Premium. Like other recently announced Vaios, they feature Sony's "12 Tone Analysis" music feature, giving you yet another way to categorise your music and quickly create playlists.

The CS series' real eye-catching feature is a glowing panel that Sony claims has "artificial intelligence" (we know a few computer programmers who might take issue with that claim) via a touch sensitive panel in the lid of the notebook. The idea is that when you touch the lid to open it, the full colour LED panel in the base lights up and comes to life.

Do we really need to point out the potential embarrassment when you show people that your laptop really "comes alive" when you stroke its "special area"?

Actually, if it was just a brief light, that might be OK, but Sony's taken it a little further. Stroke the lid, and the base glows in response, like some mutant child of an actual notebook and a Philips Ambilight TV. Because presumably there are people out there who enjoy rubbing notebooks in public.

On a more serious note, we'd hate to be next to one of these things on a plane; while they're small enough to be portable, the glowing lights while we're trying to sleep might just drive us insane.

If you do embarrass easily, you can buy the CS series without the glowing touch panel at all. You'll save yourself AU$200 (a fairly large percentage of the asking price) along the way, but you'll also have to do without the gloss finish, as the non-touch panel version (officially the CS15) is available in Matte Black only. Clearly, fashion hurts.

We'll have to save our final verdict for when we've had a chance to fully test the CS series — and once we've worked out if we're brave enough to be seen practising notebook frottage in public. The CS series notebooks will be available from 23 October, with a list price of AU$1,499 for the Matte Black CS15 and AU$1,699 for the gloss CS16 versions.

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Oasis posted a comment   

The Good:Sexy loook

The Bad:nt long tym battery life

u shud arrange service centre in small cities also


Manish posted a comment   

The Good:Sexy loook

The Bad:short tym battery life

over ol gud bt u shud arrange service centre in small cities also


Ant posted a comment   

The Good:Only looks

The Bad:Fan Noise n screen problems

pple please dont ever buy even if its the last notebook on earth... i would rather shoot my self this has been the worst notebook ever. if u are a fan of a lawn mover or are interested in hitting on the girl that woirks at the repair store then go for it cos the fan only lasts for 3 months and and ull be familiar at the repair store.

so please do ur self a favour tell the salesman to shut up at the store cos this notebook is crap...


computer guru posted a comment   

The Good:slick looking, keyboard, touch controls, size

The Bad:fan noice, small video memory.

I have used this laptop for almost a year now and had to service the fan because it stopped working and the laptop suddenly switched off without any warning. I had to dismantle the whole bottom of the laptop to get to the fan. the construction of the base is aluminium and the single fan is shared to cool the cpu and the gpu.. so it is smart design. they use copper liner to transfer the heat on to a heat sink and then use the fan to draw the air via back and bottom and let out thru the side. the fan is cheap **** and works on 5vdc it is little fixed stator motor with age old bush bearings. If your fan is making noises here is a solution remove the fan and put some lithium based grease into it and it will solve the problem. ( by the way I used coconut oil to lube the bearing coz I did not have the stuff when I pulled it apart) may be some time later when it starts to make noise again will put some good quality grease in.


srb posted a review   

The Good:i like the keys ... and this light that you can call the "AURA" lights. Its a pretty good laptop to have.

The Bad:I dont like the windows vista home basic. If you're buying a laptop, make sure it doesn't have vista home basic. Premium is good or may be if you get windows 7...much better.

I have sonay vaio CS VGN-CS12GH/B laptop which had a 1GB RAM. Hard disk is fine and i agree that a normal person doesn't need more than that whatever you do with it. Anyway its cooling fan has got some weird problem and its been only about 3 months I've got this laptop. The problem is..that it's started making lot of noise and I've not damaged any part of my laptop. Its my first laptop, and this noise has really disappointed me. And the 1GB RAM is not good. I installed another 2 GB RAM and now I'm satisfied with its performance. Now other than the noise which is pretty annoying I've got no problems with my laptop right now.


mrsradcliffe posted a review   

i'm going to buy one tomorrow and i'm really excited about it!My only problem is the small u think this is a problem?! :/

Harrypotter's wife

Harrypotter's wife posted a review   

The Good:brilliant looks,awesome colors,good stats

The Bad:small screen



arun_vbn posted a review   

The Good:Looks are good, very comfortable keyboard; i can't hear myself typing, the touch panel controls are so responsive when compared to the dumb HP control panels, durable on the outside, especially the base looks harder compared to other notebooks, the illumination lights respond perfectly and will make u wanna dance, very much affordable for a sony.

The Bad:The inner especially the hinge covers look so weak and exhibits certain amount of flex when u open the lid, the glossy surface attracts lot of finger prints, especially dark colours..

I got my CS36GJ a week back, and I am loving it. I feel that it has added more style to my individuality. I have heard that it is for college goers, but I use it for business and home entertainment, and I am so impressed by its performance. It doesn't heat up like many other notebooks. Now when u open the lid, although they have state-of-the-art technology used inside everywhere, eg: the touch panel, etc.. but to wrap them, they've used very weak looking plastics. Especially I am so upset with the quality of hinge covers they've used.. I appeal to SONY that they change this soon.. Other than that, I am a satisfied customer..


CB33 posted a comment   

I'm really torn as to weather to buy the Sony Vaio CS laptop. It seems good- battery life, style and lights- but I have never had any Sony prosucts before. If any one has got any advise or to share their opinon would love to hear it.


smilingkiller posted a comment   

i got this laptop one month back.. i have to use it for designing purpose...bcoz of its look.... i got dis.... now am doubtful is it good choice or not.. my class didnt start yet so i donno wethr its gud or nt... any one have graphics experience with it good choice???

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  • Oasis


    "u shud arrange service centre in small cities also"

  • Manish


    "over ol gud bt u shud arrange service centre in small cities also"

  • Ant


    "pple please dont ever buy even if its the last notebook on earth... i would rather shoot my self this has been the worst notebook ever. if u are a fan of a lawn mover or are interested in hitting o..."

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