The C Series sports one of those love it or hate it looks — coming in bright neon colours that reflect ambient light and dazzle the retina. Coming in orange, green, pink or white for the Core i5 version, and a more modest black for the Core i7, the series has an AMD Radeon HD 6630M-powered system that timeshares with Intel HD graphics.
Unlike Nvidia's near seamless GPU switching technology, AMD's still needs a lot of work, with annoying pop-ups appearing almost every time you run an application asking if it should be using the discreet or embedded GPU.
We received a white Core i5 2410 version of the C Series, with 4GB RAM and a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive. It was somewhat stormtrooper-esque in look, and had backlit, silver-island-style keys.
Connectivity is good, with two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA, gigabit Ethernet, headphone and mic jacks, Bluetooth and 802.11n 2.4GHz supported. Notably, Sony has given up on giving Memory Stick its own card reader on the C Series, combining it with an SD card reader. About time!
The 15.5-inch, 1920x1080 screen was quite good too, although it had a blue/purple cast that may annoy some.