Amongst the many notebooks Sony Japan announced this morning, what really caught our attention was the new VAIO type G notebook. It has nothing to do with its sleek size or seemingly doubled computing power on paper (Core Solo U1400 1.2Ghz to Core Duo U7600 1.2Ghz), but the fact that the keyboard has special protection for liquid.
That’s right, Sony has actually built in a whole drainage system under the palm rest, with draining holes underneath the notebook. When the VAIO gets to taste the coffee, it would automatically turn off, and Sony would still recommend a check up afterwards. Sony also said that the new LCD coating can withstand scratches from 5H pencils, so that translates to fingernails in the office. Drop test is not bad as well, as it won’t get busted even when dropped from a height of 72cm powered up (or 90cm power off).
The new VAIO type G notebooks will start selling on October 6 in Japan, starting at approximately $1500 depending on individual customization. —Sam Chan