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Sony tennis racquet sensor is a smash hit at CES 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Forget your smartphones, your 4K TVs, your wearable technology: this is what CES 2014 should be remembered for. Sony’s clever little Bluetooth sensor that sits on the bottom of your tennis racquet and tells you what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.

It uses vibrations to work out what area of the racquet you’re hitting the ball with and then deduces how fast you’re swinging, how fast you’re hitting the ball and what type of stroke you played. If you shoot video with a Bluetooth-paired phone it can even match the two pieces of information together.

Sadly there’s no due date, no price and no way that Sony is going to let me smuggle one out of CES so I can improve my game. When it does become reality, though, it’ll be top of my wish list.

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Sony VAIO Pro review: first look

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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It’s been a long time coming, but today saw the launch of Sony’s VAIO Pro range – a svelte, ultra-light pair of 11in and 13in Ultrabooks, and the spiritual successors to Sony’s legendary ultraportable, the Sony VAIO Z Series.

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Dell XPS 18 review: first look

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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The Dell XPS 18 joins the Asus Transformer AiO and the Sony VAIO Tap 20 in the growing portable all-in-one market, and Dell reckons it has the march on its rivals – the XPS is both slimmer and lighter than its competitors.

The XPS 18 is around 20mm thick, and it weighs 2.1kg – making it 300g lighter than the Asus, and less than half as hefty as Sony’s 5.1kg VAIO. That’s especially impressive considering a battery has been crammed in too  - if the XPS 18 can live up to Dell’s claims of five-hour battery life, it will double the Sony’s longevity. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z review: first look

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

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If you’re sick of all phones looking the same, then Sony’s Xperia Z – the first phone from Sony’s design team, as opposed to Sony Ericsson’s – is well worth a look, a feel and the occasional coo of appreciation.

The first thing you’ll notice may well be the colour, with Sony opting for a striking purple design to accompany the standard black and white. (more…)

Sony VAIO Tap 20: a day with the world’s biggest tablet

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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Steve Jobs famously said a 7in tablet was too small — but for some, even a 10in like the iPad is a touch too tiny.

The assortment of 7in tablets are perfect for average people with normal hands, but while the rest of us consider whether the Nexus 7’s portability is more useful than the iPad, monstrously large people — such as 6ft 5in man-mountain Mike Jennings, PC Pro’s senior staff writer — are left prodding at minuscule icons with their sausage-like fingers.

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Sony VAIO Tap 20 review: first look

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Windows 8 has been the catalyst for a new breed of touch-friendly devices at IFA 2012, but unlike most we’ve seen, Sony’s VAIO Tap 20 isn’t one you’re likely to sling in a bag. Instead, this is Sony’s attempt to usher touch into the home with its vision of a family-friendly, table-top PC.

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Sony VAIO Duo 11 review: first look

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Sony’s kicked off Berlin’s IFA 2012 trade show with a bang: in amongst a bevy of new consumer smartphones, laptops, tablets and 4K TVs, Sony’s unveiled its luxurious vision of a Windows 8 tablet, the stunning Vaio Duo 11.
The first moments with the Duo 11 will be spent gawping at the display – the glossy 11.6in display is simply gorgeous – but that Full-HD display distracts from a multitude of talents. In addition to supporting 10-finger multitouch, and having a a slide-out keyboard hidden away inside, Sony has also packed in a proper pressure-senstive digitiser and matching stylus. Make no bones about it, Sony’s attempting to put together the ultimate hybrid Windows 8 device.
The VAIO Duo 11 oozes the kind of class we’d expect from a flagship device. It’s hard to make tablets – rectangles with buttons – look pretty, but the combination of crisp, angular edges and the smoothly curved, glossy screen bezel do their best. It feels reassuringly solid in the hand, too.
And while the Vaio Duo 11 works well in its tablet orientation, it also flips eagerly into its convertible mode. Push the front edge, and the screen slides up and backwards to reveal the compact keyboard beneath. A little touchpoint sits in the centre of the keyboard, and two thin mouse buttons are wedged beneath the space bar.
The 11.6in display is simply stunning, and is the best display we’ve ever encountered on a Windows tablet. Sony’s employed its OptiContrast technology, and, whether its a particular type of backlighting or panel technology, it certainly seems to have done the trick. The combination of rich, saturated colours and excellent contrast make for an eye-pampering experience and the wide viewing angles mean that there’s no contrast shift or washed-out images even at the most extreme positions. It’s simply superb.
The specification beneath guarantees that Windows 8 responds instantaneously to every brush of the finger. The units on show sported low-voltage Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPUs, and with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD they felt supremely snappy. Sony confirmed that the VAIO Duo 11 would come in different flavours, however, with options including Core i5 and Core i7 processors, 128GB and 256GB SSDs and the choice of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro

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Sony kicked off Berlin’s IFA 2012 trade show with a bang: in amongst a bevy of new consumer smartphones, laptops, tablets and 4K TVs, Sony unveiled its luxurious vision of a Windows 8 tablet, the stunning VAIO Duo 11.

Click here to read PC Pro’s full review of the Sony VAIO Duo 11

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Under the hood of Intel’s blueprint for Ultrabooks

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Ultrabooks have dominated the laptop landscape since their arrival at the back end of 2011, but we’ve not yet seen any hardware from Intel – until now. It’s sent us its own blueprint for the Ultrabook and, unsurprisingly, it’s the first Ultrabook we’ve seen to include Ivy Bridge – Apple’s MacBook Air notwithstanding.

The chip in question is the Core i5-3427U, and it’s one of Intel’s lesser Ivy Bridge mobile parts: a 1.8GHz stock speed, an HD 4000 graphics core clocked at 350MHz rather than the 650MHz, and with less than half the cache of top-end mobile chips. The “U” at the end of its name is important, too, as it denotes a low-power chip – and its nominal and peak TDPs of 17W and 25W are both far lower than equivalent figures from more powerful Ivy Bridge processors. It’s also the same chip used in the latest MacBook Air refresh. (more…)

Sony VAIO T Series Ultrabook review: first look

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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Sony’s expensive VAIO Z Series is enough to send anyone weak at the knees, but today sees an equally slender stablemate vying for our affections. The VAIO T Series is Sony’s very first Ultrabook.

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Could you swap broadband for a smartphone?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I’ve recently moved into a new place, and amid the excitement of unpacking, assembling flat-pack furniture incorrectly, buying an ironing board and putting furniture together the right way round, I’ve not yet signed up with a broadband provider.
I know, sounds awful. But here’s the thing: in the short-term, at least, I’ve barely noticed.
It’s a revelation that shocked news editor Nicole Kobie, but I’ve got by using my smartphone tethered to my PC along with 3’s The One Plan, which famously offers unlimited data.
The connection isn’t remotely as quick as proper broadband, of course, but it’s fine for most things: browsing, IM, tweeting, even streaming music over Spotify and YouTube, as long as I let videos pre-load.
I’ve not needed to download any large files, although I don’t think I’d want to download an 8GB game on Steam for fear of 3 ringing me up and asking what on earth I’d been doing. High-quality streams, such as BBC’s iPlayer, are also out of the question, and I can’t update my PS3, although that’s not yet stopped me playing any games.
Steam, streaming media and large file downloads are the reasons I’ll be setting up my proper broadband as soon as possible, but many people never do any of these things with their PC – indeed, plenty of people probably do little more than browse and check their email.
It sounds odd, but many users almost certainly need little more than a smartphone’s web connection to use the internet on their PCs – and that means they could sign up to a contract and forego a broadband provider altogether. Take a look at the phones available on The One Plan for less than £30 a month right now: the HTC Desire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc immediately stand out, and would instantly eliminate home broadband costs entirely.
The eventual arrival of 4G will bring better speed to mobiles, even if 3 wants to trick its customers into thinking slightly quicker 3G is deserving of the new nomenclature, and who knows – by the time that rolls around the streaming video and downloading that’s currently out of reach of a smartphone might be as easy as browsing is right now.
The home phone has already fallen by the wayside for many people – could the router be next, too?

Sony Ericsson Xperia ArcI’ve recently moved into a new place, and amid the excitement of unpacking, assembling flat-pack furniture incorrectly, buying an ironing board and putting furniture together the right way round, I’ve not yet signed up with a broadband provider.

I know, sounds awful. But here’s the thing: in the short-term, at least, I’ve barely noticed.

It’s a revelation that shocked news editor Nicole Kobie, but I’ve got by using my smartphone tethered to my PC along with 3’s The One Plan, which famously offers unlimited data. (more…)

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