Techno-color Sony Vaio CR laptops

Sony's new Vaio CR series laptops aim to be fashion accessories.

Forget Roy G. Biv--the rainbow according to Sony includes such colors as sangria, cosmopolitan, dove, and indigo. At least, those are the shades the company offers for its new Vaio CR series laptops. (City-dwellers, take heart: they're also available in black.)

Sony Vaio CR series
Warning: this laptop may induce toothaches. Sony

Sony has long led the laptop-as-fashion-accessory movement (see previous C series models and the FJ series that started it all), offering laptops in wild colors when other manufacturers were just starting to experiment with hues beyond black and gray. The CR series is no different, featuring a case that is saturated with color, right down to the touch pad. Sony's press release also touts that each CR series laptop comes with "funky Vaio branded wallpaper" as well as the option to purchase a matching carrying bag and mouse. And proving that flashing LEDs aren't just for gamers, the Vaio CR series includes a pulsating LED beneath the laptop's trim.

Those of you who still believe that it's what's inside that counts can rest assured: the 5.5-pound thin-and-light laptops will include Intel's latest Centrino Duo platform, with Core 2 Duo processors, integrated graphics, and an 802.11n wireless card. The 14.1-inch wide-screen display includes a fairly standard 1,280x800 native resolution, and the display bezel has room for a built-in Webcam and microphone.

The six new CR series models start at $1,350 and will start shipping at the end of June.

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    Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.



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