In 2014, at the height of the economic crisis, Sony announced the sale of the VAIO PC division to Japan Industrial Partners to focus only on the production of smartphones and tablets, believed by the Japanese giant the true engine of the future. Since then, VAIO notebooks are sold only in Japan, but we have continued to keep an eye because they still represent an important reality in the mobile space, even far away from our market.
The latest model launched is the VAIO C15, a colorful notebooks that the company ranks in the higher end of the market with a price at the exchange rate of around € 600 (basic version), but that is essentially little more than a laptop computer entry -level. Will be offered in multiple configurations with anti-glare 15.5-inch HD display (1366 x 768 pixel) or Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), Intel Celeron 3215U or Intel Core i3 processor, with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, hard drive 500GB or hybrid solutions up to 1TB. In short, nothing special, in fact its budget reminds us that of a Chromebook but it costs half.
VAIO C15 plays a bit ‘with the colors: its chassis, apparently polycarbonate, stands out for its vivid combinations of white / copper, blue / gray, yellow / orange and black / khaki, and are more pleasing than conventional notebook chassis blacks and / or silver. On board, VAIO has a built-in DVD player for those who can not give up the disks, Ethernet, HDMI and USB, as well as a powerful audio system consists of stereo speakers and subwoofer on the bottom. The trackpad is equipped with two physical buttons, while the full-size keyboard also has a numeric keypad, which will be useful for those who often work on spreadsheets. There is the possibility to pre-install Windows 7 or Windows 10 with Office.
For the VAIO C15 it is currently on sale on the Japanese market at the price of 66,880 yen (about 600 €) for the SKU entry-level and there are no plans on his arrival in Europe and the USA.