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VAIO (Japanese:バイオ) is a brand of personal computers and consumer electronics, currently developed by Japanese manufacturer VAIO Corporation (VAIO株式会社,Baio Kabushiki Kaisha,English: ), headquartered in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture.

VAIO Corporation Inc.
VAIO logo
Native name
VAIO株式会社
FormerlySony Vaio
TypePrivate
IndustryComputer hardware
Electronics
PredecessorSony Corporation
Founded1996 (as Sony’s computer brand)
July 1, 2014 (as an independent corporation)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsPersonal computers
Owners
WebsiteJapanwww.vaio.com
United Statesus.vaio.com
Brazilbr.vaio.com
Chilecl.vaio.com
Hong Konghk.vaio.com
Taiwantw.vaio.com
Singaporesg.vaio.com
Malaysiamy.vaio.com
Chinawww.vaio-china.com
Europeeu.vaio.com
Argentinaar.vaio.com
Indiain.vaio.com

VAIO was originally a brand of Sony, introduced in 1996. In February 2014, Sony created VAIO Corporation Inc., a special purpose company with investment firm Japan Industrial Partners, as part of its restructuring effort to focus on mobile devices. Sony maintains a minority stake in the new, independent company, which currently sells computers in the United States, Japan, India, and Brazil, and maintains exclusive marketing agreements in other regions. Sony still holds the intellectual property rights for the VAIO brand and logo.[citation needed]

Contents

Originally an acronym of Video Audio Integrated Operation, this was amended to Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer in 2008 to celebrate the brand's 10th anniversary. The logo, along with the first of the VAIO computers, were designed by Teiyu Goto, supervisor of product design from the Sony Creative Center in Tokyo. He incorporated many meanings into the logo and acronym: the pronunciation in both English (VAIO) and Japanese (バイオ) is similar to "bio", which is symbolic of life and the product's future evolution; it's also near "violet", which is why most early Vaios were purple or included purple components. Additionally, the logo is stylized to make the "VA" look like a sine wave and the "IO" like binary digits 1 and 0, the combination representing the merging of analog and digital signals. The sound some Vaio models make when starting up is derived from the melody created when pressing a telephone keypad to spell the letters V-A-I-O.

As part of Sony

Although Sony made computers in the 1980s, such as MSX-based HitBit computers mainly for the Japanese market, the company withdrew from the computer business around the beginning of the 1990s. Under the then-new VAIO brand, Sony's re-entry into the global computer market began in 1996. Sony's then-president Nobuyuki Idei thought "there was no point making an ordinary PC", so the VAIO lineup was to focus on Audio Visual (as the VAIO name suggests), portability, and design.

The PCV-90 was the first series of desktops introduced in 1996, and designed with a 3D graphical interface as a novelty for new users. The first VAIO laptop computers followed in 1997 with the US$2,000 PCG-505 "SuperSlim" model, constructed out of a four-panel magnesium body. VisualFlow was a Sony program distributed in the late 1990s and early 2000s with Sony VAIO computers.

Over the years, many audio visual technologies and interfaces pioneered by Sony became a key focus for its VAIO computers, including Memory Stick, i.Link, and even MiniDisc.

In 2001, Steve Jobs presented a Vaio PC running MacOS to Sony executives, suggesting the possibility of collaboration. Sony's Vaio team ultimately turned down the proposal they regarded a "diversion of resources", as the popularity of the Windows-based premium PC brand was growing.

Sony Vaio's later designs were released during a period of low PC sales and included models with innovations such as magnetized stands and the Vaio Tap, which was designed with a completely separate keyboard. The latest models were complemented by the Windows 10 operating system.

Spin-off from Sony

On 4 February 2014, Sony announced that it would sell its Vaio PC business due to poor sales. In March 2014, it was announced that Japan Industrial Partners had purchased a 95% stake in the VAIO division.

The sale was closed on 1 July 2014; on the same day, the company announced refreshed entries in the VAIO Fit and Pro lines. The re-launched products initially distributed in Japan, then later in Brazil. In August 2015, Vaio announced plans to re-enter international markets, beginning with Brazil and the United States. Vaio CEO Yoshimi Ota stated that the company planned to focus more on high-end products in niche segments (such as the creative industries), as they felt Sony was somewhat too focused on attempting to garner a large market share in its PC business. The Canvas Z tablet was released in the United States on 5 October 2015, through Microsoft Store and the Vaio website. On 16 October 2015, Vaio agreed to introduce their products in Brazil through a partnership with a local manufacturer Positivo Informática.

On 2 February 2016, Vaio announced that it would unveil a Windows 10 smartphone. Also that month, it was also reported that Vaio was negotiating with Toshiba and Fujitsu Technology Solutions to consolidate their personal computer businesses together.

On 4 June 2018, Nexstgo Company Limited announced that they will be licensed by VAIO Corporation to oversee the business in Asia. This license agreement between Hong Kong-based Nexstgo and the Japan-based VAIO Corporation will include manufacturing, sales and marketing as well as servicing of VAIO laptops under the VAIO trademark in the Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan markets.

Currently in the US, VAIO business products are sold by Trans Cosmos America, Inc.

Sony VAIO (1996 to 2014)

Sony's VAIO brand included product lines across notebooks, subnotebooks, desktops, media centres, and even Network media solutions.

Sony Vaio PCV-RS desktop
Sony Vaio 505GX
An early Sony Vaio C1 PictureBook
Sony Vaio PCG-F420 notebook from ~1999-2000
Sony Vaio C series
Sony Vaio Duo 13 (2013)

Computers

Sony's VAIO range of computers consisted of the following lineups:

Desktops
  • Desktops
  • Multimedia Desktops
  • Tablet PC Desktops
    • LX series (2000-2008)
  • Media Center PCs
  • All-In-One Computers
    • VGC series
    • W series (2002-2006)
    • VA series (2005-2006, 20", integrated TV tuner)
    • L series (2006-2013, 15.4" or 19" touchscreen display, integrated TV tuner, Sony's Living Room PC)
    • Vaio Tap 20 (2013, 20" touchscreen display)
    • Vaio Tap 21 (2014, 21.5" 1920x1080 touchscreen display)
Notebooks
  • Ultraportable Premium
    • 505 series (1997-2004, 10.4" or 12.1" display, external floppy and CD drives, originally called SuperSlim)
    • 700 series (1997-1998, 12.1" display, external floppy and CD drives)
    • 800 series (1998-1999, 13.3" display, external floppy and CD drives)
    • TX series (2005-2007, 11.1" 1366x768 display, first laptop with 16:9 LED backlit display)
    • TZ series (2007-2008, 11.1" 1366x768 display)
    • TT series (2008-2010, 11.1" 1366x768 display)
    • SZ series (2006-2008, 13.3" 1280x800 display, switchable graphics)
    • Z series (2008-2014, 13.1" display, switchable graphics)
  • Ultraportable Mainstream
    • SR series (2001, 10.4” SVGA display, circular trackpad)
    • SRX series (2001, 10.4” 1024x768 display, circular trackpad)
    • TR series (2003, 10.6" 1280x768 display)
    • VX series (2002, 10.4" or 12.1" display)
    • SR series (2008-2010, 13.3" 1280x800 display)
    • S series (2010-2013, 13.3" 1600x900 display)
    • T series (2012-2014, 13.3" 1366x768 display)
    • Y series (13.3" 1366x768 display, no optical drive)
  • Ultraportable Netbooks
    • G series (2007, 12.1" 1024x768 display, Intel Core processor)
    • M series (2008, 10.1" 1024x600 display, Intel Atom processor)
    • W series (2009, 10.1" 1366x768 display, Intel Atom processor)
    • X series (11.1" 1366x768 display, Intel Atom processor)
  • Consumer, Home & Work
    • F series (1999-2000, 13.0" or 14.1" 1024x768 display, desktop replacement)
    • FX/FXA series (2001-2003, 14.1" display, desktop replacement)
    • XG/XE/XR series (1999-2001, 13.3" or 14.1" 1024x768 display, modular DVD/CD-RW/Floppy/2nd battery/2nd hard drive bay)
    • QR series (2001, 13.3” 1024x768 display)
    • FRV series (2003, 15" 1024x768 display, desktop replacement)
    • GR series (2002, 15” 1400x1050 display, desktop replacement, swappable multi-bay)
    • GRX series (2002, 15” 1024x768 or 16.1" 1600x1200 display, desktop replacement)
    • GRZ series (2003, 15” 1024x768 display, desktop replacement)
    • GRT series (2004, 15" 1024x768 or 16.1" 1600x1200 display, desktop replacement)
    • NV/NVR series (2002-2005, 15" 1024x768 or 1440x1050 display, modular Floppy/MiniDisc/Numeric Keypad/Compact Subwoofer bay)
    • Z1 series (2004, 14.1” 1400x1050 display)
    • B series (2004)
    • BX series (2005, 14.1" display)
    • FJ series (2005, 14.1" display)
    • C series (13.3" 1280x800 display, choice of colors)
    • NR series (2007, 15" 1280x800 display)
    • E series (2010, 15.5" or 17.3" display, choice of colors)
    • XE series (2011, 15.5" 1920x1080 display)
    • Vaio Fit 14 & 15 (2013, 14" or 15" touchscreen laptop, SVF)
    • Vaio Duo (2013, 13.3" hybrid touchscreen laptop, SVD)
    • Vaio Tap 11 (2013, 11.6" touchscreen convertible, SVT)
  • Multimedia
    • A series (2004, 17" 1920x1200 display)
    • AX series (2005, 17" 1440x900 display)
    • AR series (2006, 17" 1440x900 or 1920x1200 display, first with BD-R drive)
    • AW series (2008, 18.4" 1680x945 or 1920x1200 display)
  • Portable Entertainment
    • FS series (2005-2006, 15.4" 1280x800 display)
    • FE series (2006-2007, 15.4" 1280x800 display)
    • FZ series (2007-2008, 15.4" 1280x800 display)
    • FW series (2008-2010, 16.4" 1920x1080 display)
    • F series (2010, 16.4" 1920x1080 display)
    • NW series (2009, 15.4" 1366x768 display)
  • Lifestyle & UMPC Subnotebooks
    • C1 series (1998-2003, 8.9" 1024x480 display, branded as PictureBook)
    • GT series (2001, Japan only, 6.4" display, built-in digital camera)
    • U series (2002-2004, 6.4" or 7.1" 1024x768 display)
    • UX series (2006, 4.5" 1024x600 display, Sony's first UMPC)
    • P series (2009-2010, 8" 1600x768 display)
Experience

Included as part of the out-of-box experience are prompts to register at Club Vaio, an online community for Vaio owners and enthusiasts, which also provides automatic driver updates and technical support via email, along with exclusive desktop wallpapers and promotional offers. From 1997 to 2001 in Japan, the SAPARi program was also pre-installed on Vaio machines. On later models, the customer is also prompted to register the installed trial versions of Microsoft Office 2010 and the antivirus software (Norton AntiVirus on older models, and McAfee VirusScan or TrendMicro on newer ones) upon initial boot.

Vaio computers come with components from companies such as Intel processors, Seagate Technology, Hitachi, Fujitsu or Toshiba hard drives, Infineon or Elpida RAM, Atheros and Intel wireless chipsets, Sony (usually made by Hitachi) or Matsushita optical drives, Intel, NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards and Sony speakers. Recent laptops have been shipped with Qimonda RAM, HP speakers with Realtek High Definition Audio Systems, and optional Dolby Sound Room technology.

A selection of media centres were added to the Vaio range in 2006. These monitorless units (identified by a product code prefixed by VGX rather than VGN) are designed to form part of a home entertainment system. They typically take input from a TV tuner card, and output video via HDMI or composite video connection to an ideally high-definition television. The range included the XL and TP lines. The VGX-TP line is visually unique, featuring a circular, 'biscuit-tin' style design with most features obscured behind panels, rather than the traditional set-top box design.

In 2013, Sony Vaio's range comprised seven products. The most basic were the E, T and S series while the high end models, the F and Z Series, were discontinued. Sony also had a range of hybrid tablet computers, with models called Vaio Duo 11/13, Vaio Tap 11/20 and Vaio Fit multi-flip, as well as a desktop computer under the L series. These models use Windows systems and Intel processors, as described above.

Portable music players

Sony released some of their early digital audio players (DAP) under the Vaio line. The first model, the "VAIO Music Clip", was released in 1999, powered by an AA battery and featuring 64 MB of internal memory. It differed from Sony's players in the "Network Walkman" line which used external Memory Stick medium instead at the time. Succeeding models were also released, but it was mainly sold domestically, with Walkman-branded players more widespread internationally. In 2004 the brand made a comeback with the VAIO Pocket (model VGF-AP1L), featuring a 40 GB hard disk drive for up to 26,000 songs, and a 2.0-inch color LCD display. Like Walkman DAPs it used SonicStage software.

Music streamers

Sony had also released several other products under the VAIO lineup, including the VAIO WA1 wireless digital music streamer, essentially a portable radio and speaker.

VAIO (2014 to present)

This section needs expansion with: the current lineup of VAIO computers post-Sony spinoff. You can help by adding to it.(January 2022)

The current lineup of Vaio computers, developed by VAIO Corporation, continues the same product line naming, and currently include:

  • Vaio Z
  • Vaio SX14
  • Vaio SX12
  • Vaio FH14

Z Canvas

VAIO Z Canvas (2015)

The first new VAIO computer developed by VAIO corporation was the Vaio Z Canvas 2-in-1 PC, which began sales on 23 September 2015 starting from $2,199 in the USA. The Z Canvas is focused on creative professionals as its target audience. Graphic artists, illustrators, animators, etc. With a 12.3-inch LCD WQXGA+ 2560 x 1704 IPS multi-touch display with digitizer stylus (pen) capability, the Z Canvas looks similar in design to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, but comes with Windows 10 Pro and is available as a Microsoft Signature PC. It has an Intel Core i7 processor, an Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, a 2nd generation PCIe SSD with PCIe Gen.3 compatibility (up to 1 TB) or SATA/M.2 for the 256 GB model, and up to 16 GB of memory.

Smartphones

In February 2016, Vaio announced the Vaio Phone Biz which is a premium built mid-range Windows 10 Mobile device. This is Vaio's first Windows smartphone. In March 2017, Vaio announced Vaio Phone A, which has the look of the Vaio Phone Biz, but uses the Android operating system instead.

Innovations

Inside of VGN-C140G laptop
Sony Vaio Z series (2008) keyboard and switch buttons

Over the years, the Sony VAIO lineup has been responsible for many 'firsts' in desktops and laptops, as well as for setting trends for what would now be considered standard equipment.

Integrated webcam

The Sony VAIO C1 PictureBook subnotebook, first released in 1998, was among the first to feature a built in web-cam, at 0.27 megapixels, and could swivel around to capture photos on both sides.

Chiclet keyboards

The Sony VAIO X505 laptop, released in 2004, popularized the chiclet keyboard in laptops.

Displays

Some Sony Vaio models come with Sony's proprietary XBRITE (known as ClearBright in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region) displays. The first model to introduce this feature was the Vaio TR series, which was also the first consumer product to utilize such technology. It is a combination of smooth screen, anti-reflection (AR) coating and high-efficiency lens sheet. Sony claims that the smooth finish provides a sharper screen display, the AR coating prevents external light from scattering when it hits the screen, and the high-efficiency lens sheet provides 1.5 times the brightness improvement over traditional LCD designs. Battery life is also extended through reduced usage of the LCD backlight. The technology was pioneered by Sony engineer Masaaki Nakagawa, who is in charge of the Vaio TR development.

The TX series, introduced in September 2005, was the first notebook to implement a LED back-lit screen, which provides lower power consumption and greater color reproduction. This technology has since been widely adopted by many other notebook manufacturers. The TX series was also the first to use a 16:9 aspect ratio screen with 1366x768 resolution. The successor to the TX series was the TZ series in May 2007. This new design featured an optional 32 or 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for rapid boot-up times, quicker application launches and greater durability. If selected, a 250 GB Hard Drive could also have been included in place of the built-in CD/DVD drive to provide room for additional storage. For security, this model included a biometric fingerprint sensor and Trusted Platform Module. The TZ offered a built-in highly miniaturized Motion Eye camera built into the LCD panel for video conferencing. Additional features included the XBRITE LCD, integrated Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) technology and Bluetooth technology.

Switchable graphics

The SZ series was the first to use switchable graphics – the motherboard contained an Intel GMCH (Graphics Memory Controller Hub) featuring its own in-built graphics controller (complete memory hub controller and graphics accelerator on the one die) and a separate NVIDIA graphics accelerator chipset directly interfaced with the GMCH. The GMCH could be used to reduce power consumption and extend battery life whereas the NVIDIA chipset would be used when greater graphics processing power was needed. A switch is used to toggle between the graphics options but required the user to preselect the mode to be used before the motherboard could initialize. The Z series, which replaced the SZ series, can change graphics modes "on the fly" on Windows Vista, and does not require a restart of the system. This feature has subsequently been used by other manufacturers, including Apple, Asus and Alienware.

Blu-ray

The AR Series was the first to incorporate a Blu-ray Disc burner, at the height of the Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD format war. This series was designed to be the epitome of high-definition products including a 1080p capable WUXGA (1920 × 1200 pixels) screen, HDMI output and the aforementioned Blu-ray burner. The AR series also includes an illuminated logo below the screen. Blu-ray/HDMI capable models have been the subject of intense promotion since mid-2007, selling with a variety of bundled Blu-ray Discs. The AR series was subsequently replaced by the AW series, and in 2011, replaced by the F Series, which incorporates all of these features in a 16.4" 16:9 display.

Startup Chime

The chime heard when a VAIO computer is booted are the DTMF notes corresponding to V-A-I-O (8-2-4-6) dialed on a telephone keypad.

Bundled Software

Sony has been criticized for loading its Vaio laptops with bloatware, or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes. This includes trial versions of Adobe Premiere Elements & Adobe Photoshop Elements with Vaio Media Gate and XMB. Sony later offered a "Fresh start" option in some regions with several of their business models. With this option, the computer is shipped only with a basic Windows operating system and very little trial software already installed.

The default webcam software in Vaio notebooks is ArcSoft WebCam Companion. It offers a set of special effects called Magic-i visual effects, through which users can enhance the images and videos taken through the webcam. It also features a face detection feature. Certain other Sony proprietary software such as Click to Disc Editor, Vaio Music Box, Vaio Movie Story, Vaio Media Plus are also included with recent models. Those shipped with ATI Radeon Video cards feature the Catalyst Control Centre, which enables control of brightness, contrast, resolution etc., and also enables connection to an external display the best laptop.

Recovery Media

Early Sony VAIO models included recovery media in the form of CDs and/or DVDs.

Beginning in mid-2005, a hidden partition on the hard drive, accessible at boot via the BIOS or within Windows via a utility was used instead. Pressing [F10] at the Vaio logo during boot-up will cause the notebook to boot from the recovery partition; where the user has the choice of either running hardware diagnostics without affecting the installed system, or restoring (re-imaging) the hard drive to factory condition – an option that destroys all user installed applications and data). The first time a new VAIO PC is started up, users are prompted to create their own recovery media. This physical media would be required in case of hard disk failure and/or replacement. In cases where the system comes with Windows 7 64-bit pre-installed, the provided recovery media restores the system to Windows 7 32- or 64-bit.

  1. Living Room PCs that shipped without displays
  2. On the SZ series, switching between integrated and discrete graphics required a restart of the PC
  3. On the Z series, switching between integrated and discrete graphics does not require a restart of the PC
  4. FXA models of FX series computers had AMD processors
  5. sold as the XG series in the US/Canada, XE series internationally, XR series in Japan
  6. NVR models of NV series computers had AMD processors
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com VAIO was originally a brand of Sony introduced in 1996 In February 2014 Sony created VAIO Corporation Inc a special purpose company with investment firm Japan Industrial Partners 3 as part of its restructuring effort to focus on mobile devices Sony maintains a minority stake in the new independent company which currently sells computers in the United States Japan India and Brazil and maintains exclusive marketing agreements in other regions Sony still holds the intellectual property rights for the VAIO brand and logo citation needed Contents 1 Etymology 2 History 2 1 As part of Sony 2 2 Spin off from Sony 3 Products 3 1 Sony VAIO 1996 to 2014 3 1 1 Computers 3 1 1 1 Desktops 3 1 1 2 Notebooks 3 1 1 3 Experience 3 1 2 Portable music players 3 1 3 Music streamers 3 2 VAIO 2014 to present 3 2 1 Z Canvas 3 2 2 Smartphones 4 Technology 4 1 Innovations 4 1 1 Integrated webcam 4 1 2 Chiclet keyboards 4 1 3 Displays 4 1 4 Switchable graphics 4 1 5 Blu ray 4 2 Startup Chime 4 3 Bundled Software 4 4 Recovery Media 5 Explanatory notes 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksEtymology EditOriginally an acronym of Video Audio Integrated Operation this was amended to Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer in 2008 to celebrate the brand s 10th anniversary 4 The logo along with the first of the VAIO computers were designed by Teiyu Goto 5 6 supervisor of product design from the Sony Creative Center in Tokyo He incorporated many meanings into the logo and acronym the pronunciation in both English VAIO and Japanese バイオ is similar to bio which is symbolic of life and the product s future evolution it s also near violet which is why most early Vaios were purple or included purple components Additionally the logo is stylized to make the VA look like a sine wave and the IO like binary digits 1 and 0 the combination representing the merging of analog and digital signals 7 The sound some Vaio models make when starting up is derived from the melody created when pressing a telephone keypad to spell the letters V A I O 8 9 History EditAs part of Sony Edit Although Sony made computers in the 1980s such as MSX based HitBit computers mainly for the Japanese market the company withdrew from the computer business around the beginning of the 1990s Under the then new VAIO brand Sony s re entry into the global computer market began in 1996 Sony s then president Nobuyuki Idei thought there was no point making an ordinary PC so the VAIO lineup was to focus on Audio Visual as the VAIO name suggests portability and design The PCV 90 was the first series of desktops introduced in 1996 and designed with a 3D graphical interface as a novelty for new users The first VAIO laptop computers followed in 1997 with the US 2 000 PCG 505 SuperSlim model constructed out of a four panel magnesium body 10 VisualFlow was a Sony program distributed in the late 1990s and early 2000s with Sony VAIO computers Over the years many audio visual technologies and interfaces pioneered by Sony became a key focus for its VAIO computers including Memory Stick i Link and even MiniDisc 11 In 2001 Steve Jobs presented a Vaio PC running MacOS to Sony executives suggesting the possibility of collaboration Sony s Vaio team ultimately turned down the proposal they regarded a diversion of resources as the popularity of the Windows based premium PC brand was growing 12 Sony Vaio s later designs were released during a period of low PC sales and included models with innovations such as magnetized stands and the Vaio Tap which was designed with a completely separate keyboard The latest models were complemented by the Windows 10 operating system 10 Spin off from Sony Edit On 4 February 2014 Sony announced that it would sell its Vaio PC business due to poor sales 13 In March 2014 it was announced that Japan Industrial Partners had purchased a 95 stake in the VAIO division 14 15 The sale was closed on 1 July 2014 on the same day the company announced refreshed entries in the VAIO Fit and Pro lines The re launched products initially distributed in Japan then later in Brazil 16 17 In August 2015 Vaio announced plans to re enter international markets beginning with Brazil and the United States Vaio CEO Yoshimi Ota stated that the company planned to focus more on high end products in niche segments such as the creative industries as they felt Sony was somewhat too focused on attempting to garner a large market share in its PC business The Canvas Z tablet was released in the United States on 5 October 2015 through Microsoft Store and the Vaio website 18 19 On 16 October 2015 Vaio agreed to introduce their products in Brazil through a partnership with a local manufacturer Positivo Informatica 20 On 2 February 2016 Vaio announced that it would unveil a Windows 10 smartphone 21 Also that month it was also reported that Vaio was negotiating with Toshiba and Fujitsu Technology Solutions to consolidate their personal computer businesses together 22 On 4 June 2018 Nexstgo Company Limited announced that they will be licensed by VAIO Corporation to oversee the business in Asia This license agreement between Hong Kong based Nexstgo and the Japan based VAIO Corporation will include manufacturing sales and marketing as well as servicing of VAIO laptops under the VAIO trademark in the Hong Kong Macau Malaysia Singapore and Taiwan markets 23 24 Currently in the US VAIO business products are sold by Trans Cosmos America Inc 25 Products EditSony VAIO 1996 to 2014 Edit Sony s VAIO brand included product lines across notebooks subnotebooks desktops media centres and even Network media solutions Sony Vaio PCV RS desktop Sony Vaio 505GX An early Sony Vaio C1 PictureBook Sony Vaio PCG F420 notebook from 1999 2000 Sony Vaio C series Sony Vaio FW series 2009 Sony Vaio P series 2009 Sony Vaio Z series Sony Vaio Duo 13 2013 Computers Edit Sony s VAIO range of computers consisted of the following lineups Desktops Edit Desktops PCV series 1996 2005 Multimedia Desktops M series 1998 1999 MX series 2000 built in FM radio MiniDisc player and amplifier Tablet PC Desktops LX series 2000 2008 Media Center PCs a VGX XL series 2005 audio receiver form factor VGX TP series 2007 cylindrical disc form factor All In One Computers VGC series W series 2002 2006 VA series 2005 2006 20 integrated TV tuner L series 2006 2013 15 4 or 19 touchscreen display integrated TV tuner Sony s Living Room PC Vaio Tap 20 2013 20 touchscreen display Vaio Tap 21 2014 21 5 1920x1080 touchscreen display Notebooks Edit Ultraportable Premium 505 series 1997 2004 10 4 or 12 1 display external floppy and CD drives originally called SuperSlim 700 series 1997 1998 12 1 display external floppy and CD drives 800 series 1998 1999 13 3 display external floppy and CD drives TX series 2005 2007 11 1 1366x768 display first laptop with 16 9 LED backlit display TZ series 2007 2008 11 1 1366x768 display TT series 2008 2010 11 1 1366x768 display SZ series 2006 2008 13 3 1280x800 display switchable graphics b Z series 2008 2014 13 1 display switchable graphics c Ultraportable Mainstream SR series 2001 10 4 SVGA display circular trackpad SRX series 2001 10 4 1024x768 display circular trackpad TR series 2003 10 6 1280x768 display VX series 2002 10 4 or 12 1 display SR series 2008 2010 13 3 1280x800 display S series 2010 2013 13 3 1600x900 display T series 2012 2014 13 3 1366x768 display Y series 13 3 1366x768 display no optical drive Ultraportable Netbooks G series 2007 12 1 1024x768 display Intel Core processor M series 2008 10 1 1024x600 display Intel Atom processor W series 2009 10 1 1366x768 display Intel Atom processor X series 11 1 1366x768 display Intel Atom processor Consumer Home amp Work F series 1999 2000 13 0 or 14 1 1024x768 display desktop replacement FX FXA d series 2001 2003 14 1 display desktop replacement XG XE XR e series 1999 2001 13 3 or 14 1 1024x768 display modular DVD CD RW Floppy 2nd battery 2nd hard drive bay QR series 2001 13 3 1024x768 display FRV series 2003 15 1024x768 display desktop replacement GR series 2002 15 1400x1050 display desktop replacement swappable multi bay GRX series 2002 15 1024x768 or 16 1 1600x1200 display desktop replacement GRZ series 2003 15 1024x768 display desktop replacement GRT series 2004 15 1024x768 or 16 1 1600x1200 display desktop replacement NV NVR f series 2002 2005 15 1024x768 or 1440x1050 display modular Floppy MiniDisc Numeric Keypad Compact Subwoofer bay Z1 series 2004 14 1 1400x1050 display B series 2004 BX series 2005 14 1 display FJ series 2005 14 1 display C series 13 3 1280x800 display choice of colors NR series 2007 15 1280x800 display E series 2010 15 5 or 17 3 display choice of colors XE series 2011 15 5 1920x1080 display Vaio Fit 14 amp 15 2013 14 or 15 touchscreen laptop SVF Vaio Duo 2013 13 3 hybrid touchscreen laptop SVD Vaio Tap 11 2013 11 6 touchscreen convertible SVT Multimedia A series 2004 17 1920x1200 display AX series 2005 17 1440x900 display AR series 2006 17 1440x900 or 1920x1200 display first with BD R drive AW series 2008 18 4 1680x945 or 1920x1200 display Portable Entertainment FS series 2005 2006 15 4 1280x800 display FE series 2006 2007 15 4 1280x800 display FZ series 2007 2008 15 4 1280x800 display FW series 2008 2010 16 4 1920x1080 display F series 2010 16 4 1920x1080 display NW series 2009 15 4 1366x768 display Lifestyle amp UMPC Subnotebooks C1 series 1998 2003 8 9 1024x480 display branded as PictureBook GT series 2001 Japan only 6 4 display built in digital camera U series 2002 2004 6 4 or 7 1 1024x768 display UX series 2006 4 5 1024x600 display Sony s first UMPC P series 2009 2010 8 1600x768 display Experience Edit Included as part of the out of box experience are prompts to register at Club Vaio an online community for Vaio owners and enthusiasts which also provides automatic driver updates and technical support via email along with exclusive desktop wallpapers and promotional offers From 1997 to 2001 in Japan the SAPARi program was also pre installed on Vaio machines 26 On later models the customer is also prompted to register the installed trial versions of Microsoft Office 2010 and the antivirus software Norton AntiVirus on older models and McAfee VirusScan or TrendMicro on newer ones upon initial boot Vaio computers come with components from companies such as Intel processors Seagate Technology Hitachi Fujitsu or Toshiba hard drives Infineon or Elpida RAM Atheros and Intel wireless chipsets Sony usually made by Hitachi or Matsushita optical drives Intel NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards and Sony speakers Recent laptops have been shipped with Qimonda RAM HP speakers with Realtek High Definition Audio Systems and optional Dolby Sound Room technology A selection of media centres were added to the Vaio range in 2006 These monitorless units identified by a product code prefixed by VGX rather than VGN are designed to form part of a home entertainment system They typically take input from a TV tuner card and output video via HDMI or composite video connection to an ideally high definition television The range included the XL and TP lines The VGX TP line is visually unique featuring a circular biscuit tin style design with most features obscured behind panels rather than the traditional set top box design In 2013 Sony Vaio s range comprised seven products The most basic were the E T and S series while the high end models the F and Z Series were discontinued Sony also had a range of hybrid tablet computers with models called Vaio Duo 11 13 Vaio Tap 11 20 and Vaio Fit multi flip as well as a desktop computer under the L series These models use Windows systems and Intel processors as described above 27 Portable music players Edit Sony released some of their early digital audio players DAP under the Vaio line The first model the VAIO Music Clip was released in 1999 powered by an AA battery and featuring 64 MB of internal memory It differed from Sony s players in the Network Walkman line which used external Memory Stick medium instead at the time Succeeding models were also released but it was mainly sold domestically with Walkman branded players more widespread internationally 28 In 2004 the brand made a comeback with the VAIO Pocket model VGF AP1L featuring a 40 GB hard disk drive for up to 26 000 songs and a 2 0 inch color LCD display Like Walkman DAPs it used SonicStage software 29 Music streamers Edit Sony had also released several other products under the VAIO lineup including the VAIO WA1 wireless digital music streamer essentially a portable radio and speaker 30 VAIO 2014 to present Edit This section needs expansion with the current lineup of VAIO computers post Sony spinoff You can help by adding to it January 2022 The current lineup of Vaio computers developed by VAIO Corporation continues the same product line naming and currently include Vaio Z Vaio SX14 Vaio SX12 Vaio FH14Z Canvas Edit VAIO Z Canvas 2015 The first new VAIO computer developed by VAIO corporation was the Vaio Z Canvas 2 in 1 PC which began sales on 23 September 2015 starting from 2 199 in the USA The Z Canvas is focused on creative professionals as its target audience Graphic artists illustrators animators etc With a 12 3 inch LCD WQXGA 2560 x 1704 IPS multi touch display with digitizer stylus pen capability the Z Canvas looks similar in design to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 but comes with Windows 10 Pro and is available as a Microsoft Signature PC It has an Intel Core i7 processor an Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 a 2nd generation PCIe SSD with PCIe Gen 3 compatibility up to 1 TB or SATA M 2 for the 256 GB model and up to 16 GB of memory Smartphones Edit In February 2016 Vaio announced the Vaio Phone Biz which is a premium built mid range Windows 10 Mobile device This is Vaio s first Windows smartphone In March 2017 Vaio announced Vaio Phone A which has the look of the Vaio Phone Biz but uses the Android operating system instead Technology EditInnovations Edit Inside of VGN C140G laptop Sony Vaio Z series 2008 keyboard and switch buttons Over the years the Sony VAIO lineup has been responsible for many firsts in desktops and laptops as well as for setting trends for what would now be considered standard equipment Integrated webcam Edit The Sony VAIO C1 PictureBook subnotebook first released in 1998 was among the first to feature a built in web cam 31 at 0 27 megapixels and could swivel around to capture photos on both sides Chiclet keyboards Edit The Sony VAIO X505 laptop released in 2004 popularized the chiclet keyboard in laptops 32 Displays Edit Some Sony Vaio models come with Sony s proprietary XBRITE known as ClearBright in Japan and the Asia Pacific region displays The first model to introduce this feature was the Vaio TR series which was also the first consumer product to utilize such technology It is a combination of smooth screen anti reflection AR coating and high efficiency lens sheet Sony claims that the smooth finish provides a sharper screen display the AR coating prevents external light from scattering when it hits the screen and the high efficiency lens sheet provides 1 5 times the brightness improvement over traditional LCD designs Battery life is also extended through reduced usage of the LCD backlight The technology was pioneered by Sony engineer Masaaki Nakagawa who is in charge of the Vaio TR development 33 The TX series introduced in September 2005 was the first notebook to implement a LED back lit screen which provides lower power consumption and greater color reproduction This technology has since been widely adopted by many other notebook manufacturers The TX series was also the first to use a 16 9 aspect ratio screen with 1366x768 resolution The successor to the TX series was the TZ series in May 2007 This new design featured an optional 32 or 64GB Solid State Drive SSD for rapid boot up times quicker application launches and greater durability If selected a 250 GB Hard Drive could also have been included in place of the built in CD DVD drive to provide room for additional storage For security this model included a biometric fingerprint sensor and Trusted Platform Module The TZ offered a built in highly miniaturized Motion Eye camera built into the LCD panel for video conferencing Additional features included the XBRITE LCD integrated Wireless Wide Area Network WWAN technology and Bluetooth technology Switchable graphics Edit The SZ series was the first to use switchable graphics 34 the motherboard contained an Intel GMCH Graphics Memory Controller Hub featuring its own in built graphics controller complete memory hub controller and graphics accelerator on the one die and a separate NVIDIA graphics accelerator chipset directly interfaced with the GMCH The GMCH could be used to reduce power consumption and extend battery life whereas the NVIDIA chipset would be used when greater graphics processing power was needed A switch is used to toggle between the graphics options but required the user to preselect the mode to be used before the motherboard could initialize The Z series which replaced the SZ series can change graphics modes on the fly on Windows Vista and does not require a restart of the system This feature has subsequently been used by other manufacturers including Apple 35 Asus and Alienware Blu ray Edit The AR Series was the first to incorporate a Blu ray Disc burner 36 at the height of the Blu Ray vs HD DVD format war This series was designed to be the epitome of high definition products including a 1080p capable WUXGA 1920 1200 pixels screen HDMI output and the aforementioned Blu ray burner The AR series also includes an illuminated logo below the screen Blu ray HDMI capable models have been the subject of intense promotion since mid 2007 selling with a variety of bundled Blu ray Discs The AR series was subsequently replaced by the AW series and in 2011 replaced by the F Series which incorporates all of these features in a 16 4 16 9 display Startup Chime Edit The chime heard when a VAIO computer is booted are the DTMF notes corresponding to V A I O 8 2 4 6 dialed on a telephone keypad 37 Bundled Software Edit Sony has been criticized for loading its Vaio laptops with bloatware or ineffective and unrequested software that supposedly allows the user to immediately use the laptop for multimedia purposes This includes trial versions of Adobe Premiere Elements amp Adobe Photoshop Elements with Vaio Media Gate and XMB Sony later offered a Fresh start option in some regions with several of their business models With this option the computer is shipped only with a basic Windows operating system and very little trial software already installed The default webcam software in Vaio notebooks is ArcSoft WebCam Companion It offers a set of special effects called Magic i visual effects through which users can enhance the images and videos taken through the webcam It also features a face detection feature Certain other Sony proprietary software such as Click to Disc Editor Vaio Music Box Vaio Movie Story Vaio Media Plus are also included with recent models Those shipped with ATI Radeon Video cards feature the Catalyst Control Centre which enables control of brightness contrast resolution etc and also enables connection to an external display the best laptop Recovery Media Edit Early Sony VAIO models included recovery media in the form of CDs and or DVDs Beginning in mid 2005 a hidden partition on the hard drive accessible at boot via the BIOS or within Windows via a utility was used instead Pressing F10 at the Vaio logo during boot up will cause the notebook to boot from the recovery partition where the user has the choice of either running hardware diagnostics without affecting the installed system or restoring re imaging the hard drive to factory condition an option that destroys all user installed applications and data The first time a new VAIO PC is started up users are prompted to create their own recovery media 38 This physical media would be required in case of hard disk failure and or replacement In cases where the system comes with Windows 7 64 bit pre installed the provided recovery media restores the system to Windows 7 32 or 64 bit Explanatory notes Edit Living Room PCs that shipped without displays On the SZ series switching between integrated and discrete graphics required a restart of the PC On the Z series switching between integrated and discrete graphics does not require a restart of the PC FXA models of FX series computers had AMD processors sold as the XG series in the US Canada XE series internationally XR series in Japan NVR models of NV series computers had AMD processorsSee also EditSony NEWS Splashtop covers Vaio Quick Web AccessReferences Edit About VAIO Sony and Japan Industrial Partners Special Purpose Company Sign Definitive Agreements for the Sale of PC Business Sony and Japan Industrial Partners Special Purpose Company Sign Definitive Agreements for the Sale of PC Business Sony redefines the meaning of VAIO pcpro co uk 2013 Retrieved 23 May 2013 Works The Sony Vaio Logo the Meaning Behind Sony s Laptop Logo Designed by Teiyu Goto 20 August 2021 Answered What Does VAIO Stand For Anyway Retrieved 29 June 2015 Team Sony 20 August 2009 Answered What Does VAIO Stand For Anyway VAIOホームページ Internet Archiveのバックアップデータ The philosophy of VAIO VAIO の由来とフィロソフィー 2000年 Japanese a b Tom Warren 6 February 2014 A look back at Sony s iconic VAIO computers The Verge Vox Media Inc Retrieved 7 February 2014 Sony s 3 000 MiniDisc PC from Japan Vaio PCV MX2 YouTube Steve Jobs wanted Sony VAIOs to run Mac s operating system Engadget Retrieved 12 July 2020 Smith Mat 6 February 2014 Sony sells its VAIO PC business makes TV arm its own subsidiary Engadget Retrieved 6 February 2014 Catherine Shu 6 February 2014 Sony To Exit PC Business By Selling VAIO TechCrunch AOL Inc Retrieved 7 February 2014 Sony Corporation Statement regarding Media Reports dated February 4 5 2014 Sony Corporation 5 February 2014 Retrieved 7 February 2014 Sayonara VAIO Sony sells off PC business to focus on mobile PC World Retrieved 1 July 2014 Vaio brand relaunches in Japan PC World Retrieved 1 July 2014 VAIO is coming back to the USA The Verge Vox Media 19 August 2015 Retrieved 24 August 2015 Sony less Vaio PCs returning to the U S this fall PC World IDG Retrieved 24 August 2015 Positivo start selling Vaio line of laptops in Brazil Valor Economico Brazilian Business newspaper Who still believes in Windows Phone How about Vaio CNET CBS Interactive Retrieved 2 February 2016 Vaio Near Deal With Toshiba Fujitsu to Form Japan PC Giant Bloomberg Retrieved 16 February 2016 VAIO Partners With Nexstgo to Reintroduce Brand to Asian Markets VAIO LiveAtPC com Retrieved 4 June 2018 VAIO Asia licensed by VAIO Corporation to oversee the business in Asia VAIO VAIO Retrieved 4 June 2018 Case Study VAIO Tsunetake Noma 7 February 2014 17th anniversary of the launch of Sapari service and the sale of VAIO business in Japanese Retrieved 4 January 2021 Sony VAIO Laptops amp Computers Discontinued Sony UK www sony co uk Retrieved 27 August 2016 https mobile review com mp3 articles sony nw shtml bare URL Sony VAIO Branded Portable Digital Music Player Puts up to 26 000 Songs in Your Pocket Sony VAIO VGF WA1 review Sony VAIO VGF WA1 A look back at Sony s iconic VAIO computers 6 February 2014 Chiclet Keyboards Vaio TR Notebook Developers Interview Archived from the original on 8 August 2007 Retrieved 5 August 2007 PC Mag 8 August 2006 Find out which graphics processor is in use on your MacBook Pro Sony Unveils World s First Blu Ray Notebook Computer SONY VAIO NOTE XR boot sound YouTube How to create a set of Recovery Discs using the VAIO Care version 7 software Sony USA External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Vaio Official Website Japan Official Website United States Sony US VAIO Product Support Sony VAIO UK Sony VAIO India Official Website Hong Kong Official Website Taiwan Official Website Singapore Official Website 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