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Valentine's Day 2007 Buyer's Guide

Blush Pink Sony VAIO C1

OK, so the color's a strong clue as to the target of this recent entry into Sony's VAIO family of notebook PCs. That said, this unit comes in plenty of other custom colors as well, including numerous graphic splash editions in green, pink, angel and even seashell, as well as monochrome versions in espresso black and spring green. The frame around the LCD screen (the bezel), is black for all of the graphic splash models, but matches the exterior color for monochrome versions.

The pink VAIO C1 includes a pink bezel and keyboard deck, and even comes with a pink mouse.

The base CPU for the Sony VAIO C1 is a relatively nondescript 1.73 GHz Celeron M 430 processor, but by spending anywhere from $120 to $770 more on a CPU upgrade, you could wind up with something ranging from a Core 2 Duo T5500 processor at 1.66 GHz, all the way to a Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33 GHz processor. The VAIO also comes stock with 1 GB of DDR2-533 SO-DIMM RAM (in two 512 MB packages, which you can upgrade to a single 1 GB SO-DIMM for $25, or double memory to 2 GB for $200). A single 60 GB hard disk is standard, and may be upgraded to 80 GB ($30 extra), 100 GB ($90), or 120 GB (add $160).

One truly worthwhile and necessary upgrade for the C1 is the DVD burner: the stock unit can burn CDs, but only plays back DVDs, so for $50, the upgrade is well worth the price. As is typical of the VAIO notebooks, Sony also includes a pretty nice bundle of software: Microsoft Works 8.5, plus Sony photo, video, and music packages, and more.

The bare-bones version has a base price of just over $900; the price goes up to just under $1,100 for a unit with the entry-level Core 2 Duo T5500, a 1 GB SO-DIMM module, and an 80 GB hard disk. This notebook PC is stylish, attractive, and ready to provide adequate entertainment or desktop productivity support for its user. And indeed, it sure is pretty in pink!