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VAIO SX12: Ultraportable laptop with insane amount of ports

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Dale Davies |
VAIO SX12
Computer   Pricing starts at $1,119

VAIO’s SX12 is a tiny laptop but with almost every port imaginable, including, you won't believe, an VGA port.

VAIO SX12VAIO’s SX12 is now available to order in the US. Pricing starts at $1,119 for a model with a U-series Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, going all the way up to $2,119 for a limited-color variant with an i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. All of these models get you a 12-inch 1080p screen, three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, one HDMI port, a full-size SD card slot, a headphone/mic port, an Ethernet port, and an VGA port. So, there's no thing on Earth you can't connect to your VAIO.

VAIO SX12VAIO laptops are designed and made in Japan and the new SX12 is a new "sub-notebook". Developed primarily for the Japanese market, VAIO brings some unique features that no other laptops in its class have, specifically lots of ports. So, it has: Full SD reader, USB Type-C with PD, DP1.2, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet 1,000BASE-T, USB 3.1 Type-A (x1), USB 3.0 Type-A (x2), Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, 4G LTE (optional). All that in a small machine of 902g. Unbelievable.

VAIO SX12The laptop runs on an Intel 8th Gen quad-core Core i5 or i7 processor. Besides standard colors like white and all-black, the high-end model with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage comes in a new "Kachi" blue. Kachi is described as a "dark indigo" and goes back to the days of the samurais who "preferred this color as a good luck color that leads to "kachi." With gold accents, the color is achieved with a unique, organic dye process of the unidirectional carbon fiber chassis.

VAIO SX12Each limited-edition Kachi VAIO SX12 has a unique shade and look thanks to this challenging procedure. The high-end Kachi model retails for $2,199 and comes with special matching packaging and a wipe cloth. Pricing starts at $1,199 for the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in pink, while the silver model costs $100 more with a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD) instead. The all-black configurations jump to an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and either 512GB of storage ($1,599) or 1TB ($1,899).


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