Sony Australia has announced its new line up of sub-$1,000 mini notebooks – the VAIO W Series. Featuring an ultra-portable design, the W Series comes in three colours – berry pink, sugar white and cocoa brown. A more subtle shade of the exterior hue finishes the inside of the notebook, while the touchpad is lined with a splash of brightness.

The VAIO W incorporates a high-resolution, 1366 x 768, LED backlit 10.1-inch widescreen display, making it easy to view a full web page, along with content on each side.

The model features an isolated keyboard with springy and responsive keys, making it comfortable and easy to use. Its carefully designed touchpad and mouse keys are functional and easy to control. The VAIO W also includes a built-in webcam and microphone allowing you to video chat with family, friends and colleagues. When connected to any Wi-Fi network, you can even do this on the go.

The W Series unit is Energy Star 5.0 compliant, EPEAT Gold registered and incorporates eco-conscious features such as a mercury-free LED backlit LCD.

Easily transfer data, such as photos from your digital camera or music from an MP3 player, to and from the notebook with the unit’s two USB ports. Incorporated Bluetooth enables peripherals, such as a wireless mouse, to be utilised without tying up the unit’s ports.

A roomy 160GB hard drive is included, providing ample storage for all your photos, files and videos.

The model also comes with VAIO Media plus Multimedia Streaming software, a media sharing application that lets you wirelessly stream content across DLNA-enabled devices throughout your home network. Enjoy your content anywhere in the home, including on your big-screen TV, by streaming video, music and pictures from your W Series to any compatible PC, Bravia LCD TV or PlayStation 3.

It comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system.

Price and availability

The Sony VAIO W Series is available in mid-August, and has an RRP of $999.

Specifications

Intel Atom Processor N280 (1.66 GHz), 1GB DDR2 RAM, Genuine Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit (English Version) with Service Pack 3, 160 GB HDD, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, High Speed USB 2.0 x 2, 10.1″ wide (WXGA: 1366 x 768) TFT colour display, Bluetooth standard Ver. 2.1+EDR.