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Sony Vaio VGN-C2S: Colourful laptop

Sony has bucked the trend and released a range of colourful laptops that'll help you stand out from the crowd

We've just got our hands on a shiny blue Sony Vaio VGN-C2. Yay! It's part of Sony's C Series, a collection of laptops that Sony says aren't just laptops -- they're also 'a lifestyle'. No, we're not sure what that means either, but we're guessing it's marketing speak for 'not black and silver'.

The VGN-C2S/G.CEK, to give it its full title, is entirely blue but for the keyboard and base section. It's a nice idea, but we think the blue used on the lid is a little too garish. Sony has opted for a slightly less intense blue on the inside, but the jury's still out on whether we like the overall effect. Some of us thought it was alright, while others felt Sony had 'gone all Fisher Price'. You'll either like it or loathe it.

The VGN-C2S/G.CEK has a 13.3-inch WXGA screen, which we think offers a good compromise of usability and portability, and its 2.3kg frame makes it fairly easy to lug about. Don't expect it to win any performance awards, though -- the C Series laptops all use a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T5500 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive.

Still, we have to applaud the £999 price point and the fact it comes with Vista Home Premium -- it would have been all too easy for Sony to jack the price up simply because it's a Vaio with a fancy paint job. Watch out for a full review with accompanying video soon. -RR

Update: We now have a full review of the Sony Vaio VGN-C2S live in our Reviews channel.