SONY VAIO CB 15.5-INCH

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Sony, $1499 sony.com.au

★★★ Does any­one want a ‘‘high viz’’ lap­top? Re­gard­less of how good the ma­chine wrapped in the crazy orange plas­tic (it comes in neon green, too), ev­ery­one who laid eyes on this VAIO said: ‘‘Eww, it’s orange.’’ But Sony-built qual­ity is usu­ally solid and this com­puter holds its own. It runs a 2.5GHz In­tel i5 pro­ces­sor and has 4GB RAM, which is pretty stan­dard in this line-up. But it’s the en­ter­tain­ment fea­tures that make the CB worth con­sid­er­ing. It of­fers full high-def­i­ni­tion de­liv­ery and it can stream that video to your TV thanks to built-in WiDi 2.0. It has a Blu-Ray Disc player thrown in and a Radeon HD 6630 graph­ics card that puts it into the ‘‘gam­ing rig’’ cat­e­gory.

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