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Sony Vaio E series laptops get design tweak, June release

Sony's E eeries Vaio line has been given a makeover. It's out in late June and will cost around £650.

Sony's given its Vaio E series laptops a slight makeover, introducing a little more flair to the colourful, mid-range machines.

From late June, anyone in the market for one of these PCs will find that Sony's stuck a stripe of bright colour around the chassis, trackpad, keyboard and lid of the E series, as well as chucking in the option to control your computer using motion.

That feature will see you waving your hands around in front of the E series' webcam to do things like flick through photos, play or pause music or control volume by rotating your hand.

Sounds a little gimmicky to me, and it'll be tough to convince people to flail around their laptops, potentially attracting the attention of that weird bloke over on the other side of the coffee shop -- especially when the trackpad and keyboard are mere inches away.

When we reviewed last year's E series, we awarded a healthy 4.5 stars, praising the good screen, speedy performance and fun design. The battery life on the other hand was pretty dismal, with 2011's model conking out a mere 1 hour 4 minutes after we initiated our gruelling benchmark test.

Sony reckons the new version will last up to 7 hours, but I'll believe it when I see it -- wait for our review before throwing down your cash. In terms of hardware, you get an Intel Core i3-2350M processor, 4GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics card and a 500GB hard drive.

It weighs 2.3kg, which is pretty weighty compared to the likes of recent ultrabooks or the 13-inch MacBook Air (which tips the scales at 1.35kg). Sony told me it'll cost around £649 though, so you'll likely find it's cheaper than the aforementioned kit.

As for colours, you'll get a choice of white, black or pink. Hardly the most enchanting roster of hues, but it beats grey.

Are you keen on this laptop? Let me know whether the modest new look tickles your tech fancy in the comments below or over on our Facebook wall.