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Sony VAIO C1VN Impressions


The VAIO C1VN has been out for awhile, but is still hard to get a hold of. We managed to spend a few minutes with the C1VN, courtesy of Sony's VAIO division, here at COMDEX 2000.

Nov, 2000

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Sony VAIO C1VN Picture Book Specs


Sony today announced that its new VAIO PictureBook C1VN will feature the Crusoe processor, whose energy-saving capabilities will substantially enhance the popular notebook PC's battery life.

Sep, 2000

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Benchmark: Sony VAIO PCG-C1XS PictureBook Laptop Computer


When Sony sent us the VAIO PCG-C1XS PictureBook laptop computer, we were more than a little excited. It includes a built-in i.LINK port, a 12GB hard drive and is smaller and lighter than most other laptop computers. In fact, the VAIO is so small, it...

Small size ; Built-in i.LINK and Video Camera ; DVGate Motion Capture Utility

Included NLE software limited to assembling cuts ; No CD-ROM included at this price

When Sony sent us the VAIO PCG-C1XS PictureBook laptop computer, we were more than a little excited. It includes a built-in i.LINK port, a 12GB hard drive and is smaller and lighter than most other laptop computers. In fact, the VAIO is so small, it...

Jul, 2000

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The C1's design fills out a form factor that offers the high resolution of a standard notebook screen while offering an extra compact form factor as a result of its sawn-off dimensions - it's only half the height of a normal screen and measures 8.9...

Most noticeable when you open the C1's lid is the Motion Eye, watching and waiting. The built-in still/video camera is not just for picture taking and video-conferencing; it's also an interactive tool that recognises cybercode. A cybercode image is...

Jul, 2000

Product Specifications

Sony offers VAIO C1 PictureBook Computer. Now you can with a push of a button, launch Sony's Smart Capture software and shoot both still pictures or up to 60 seconds of motion video. Among other file formats, you have the option of saving your pictures as a JPEG and your mini-movies as an AVI file. Sony's integrated V.90 modem allows you to quickly and easily send your pictures and movies via email to your friends, family and co-workers. Smart Write software allows you to combine pictures and text that can easily be converted for Web output using Sony's Smart Publisher software. Take a series of still images using your VAIO C1 PictureBook Computer and Sony's PictureGear software. The software automatically stitches the individual shots together forming a stunning 360

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):2.5hour(s)/2hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:256KB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:8.9in
Diagonal Size (metric):22.6cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 480
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO

Input Device

Type:Camera / Jog Dial / Keyboard / Pointing stick/Camera / Keyboard / Pointing stick/Keyboard / Pointing stick




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90/ITU V.90 / k56Flex
Type:Fax / modem


Type: None

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 98/Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition


Clock Speed:266MHz/400MHz/600MHz
Type:Crusoe TM5600/Pentium/Pentium II


Installed Size:128MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:128MB/192MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy/None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:12GB/4.3GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business

Video Memory

Installed Size:2.5MB/8MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI RAGE Mobility/NeoMagic MagicMedia 256AV (NM2200)