For many a generation of professionals, the Vaio exemplified a certain standing: incredibly capable productivity devices with a very unique design aesthetic. Sadly for hard core fans [of which I was one], Sony announced that it would sell its Vaio PC business back in 2014. After a few internal changes, Viao Corporation licensed Nexstgo to oversee the business in Asia.
Which brings us to the reinvented Vaio line-up, now set for release across the Middle East.
Interestingly, during the presentation by Alex Chung, Nexstgo’s CEO, he emphasized how they worked closely with Vaio Corporation to enable the core values of the Vaio brand to be communicated, namely craftsmanship, quality and the excellence that the Japanese brand is renowned for. And the lineup of devices, especially the flagship SX 14, do not disappoint. Happily, the massive connectivity options that Viao used to be known for are very much intact, with even the super thin devices having every possible port from HDMI and Ethernet to multiple USB ports.
Well then, drum roll please for these devices that are proudly Made in Japan…
Vaio SX12 priced from AED 6500
Powered by Windows 10 PRO / Home, this device is available in Black, Silver, Brown and Pink color with full-size backlit keyboard, it has an Intel Core i5-8265U Processor, Intel Core i7-8565U Processor with 12.5” full HD display, and a memory of 8GB / 16GB. Built with integrated layers of unidirectional carbon fiber that enhance the protection, while still keeping the laptop thin and light at a mere 899g. It comes with a variety of connection interfaces including a USB Type-C port, 3 USB ports, a HDMI port, a VGA connector and LAN connection.
Vaio SX14 priced from AED 6050
Powered by Windows 10 PRO/ Home, this device is available in Black, Silver, Brown with a backlit keyboard. It has an Intel Core i5-8265U Processor, Intel Core i7-8565U Processor with 14-inch full HD / 4K ultra HD display and has a memory of 8 / 16GB, weighing in at 1.05Kg. It also comes with a variety of connection interfaces including 4K HDMI, VGA/RGB, LAN, USB Type-CTM, 3 USB Type-A, SD card reader, security lock slot and 3.5mm headset/headphone jack.
Vaio A12 priced from AED 7200
Powered by Windows 10 PRO, this two-in-one device is available in Black tablet with a silver anti-spill backlit keyboard. It has an Intel Core i5-8200Y with 12.5” full HD display, and has a memory of 8GB. Weighing 1.2kg, the A12 also goes with an All Black version with Intel Core i7-8200Y.
Vaio SE14 priced from AED 4400
Powered by Windows 10 PRO / Home, this device is available in Red Copper and Dark Gray color with Island Style Keyboard and an optional backlit too with spill resistance. It has 8th Gen Intel Core Processor i5 – 8265U, i7- 8565U with 14” full HD display, and has a memory of 8GB / 16GB. Connection options are also very comprehensive, with two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI port.