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Sony debuts VAIO G11-Series

Sony's new notebook series uses Carbon Fibre to give it added strength

Sony laptops have always appealed to the traveller, but the company hopes its latest Windows Vista Business series will add durability and stamina to the mix.

The 12.1-inch screened laptop features Intel's 1.33GHz ULV (Ultra-Low Voltage) Core Solo processor. Consequently, Sony is quoting a battery life of up to nine hours. Meanwhile its design team has used Carbon Fibre laminate for both the casing and lid to provide greater strength. The G11 weighs just 1.12kg including the battery, while the oft-ignored power supply has also received some attention - it weighs just 170g.

Sony says its latest range is capable of withstanding a drop of up to 90cm and, like IBM and Toshiba's models, the laptop employs hard drive lockdown if it falls.

Sony VAIO VGN-G11XN/B features:

  • Processor: Intel Ultra Low Voltage Core Solo U1500 (1.33GHz)
  • Memory: 1GB (2GB for VGN-G11VN/T)
  • HDD: 100GB with Hard Disk Drop Protection technology
  • Graphics: Intel 945GMS chipset featuring Intel internal graphics
  • Optical: multi-format Dual Layer DVD RW/RAM
  • Screen: 12.1-inch XGA resolution with high-brightness LED technology
  • Security: Fingerprint recognition, hardware Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • Wireless: Intel wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0, Memory Stick Duo slot, Secure Digital slot
  • Size: 277 x 215 x 23.5 - 25.5mm W x D x H
  • Weight: 1.12kg
  • Operating system: Windows Vista Business