Sony VAIO notebooks may not have the best reputation in the industry as far as bang for the buck, reliability, or high-powered graphics, but them laptops usually come with some pretty sleek designs and attractive battery lives. If the Core Duo versions of the company’s SZ series laptops are a little too rich for your blood, you’ll be happy to hear that Sony is now set to release renditions of the 13.3-inch notebooks with either Celeron or Core Solo processors.
There aren’t too many differences between the $1343 (and up) SZ81 and the $1486 (and up) SZ91, other than the fact that the latter comes with a thinner LCD (and hence, a slimmer profile overall) and an extra hour of battery life (about seven hours of Pentium-powered juice in the SZ91).
Features found on both notebooks include 512MB to 2GB of RAM, integrated 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, and PCMCIA/ExpressCard slots. Integrated graphics come standard, but you can also opt for a GeForce Go 7400 card instead. Other options include Bluetooth 2.0, FeliCa support, and a biometric fingerprint reader.