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Sony looks set to replace its Vaio W netbook series with a new model based on the latest Atom chip series.

A number of UK retailers - check out Tesco or Dabs, for exmaple - have begun listing the Sony Vaio M, in particular the M11M1E/B.

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Sony's Vaio W: set to be replaced this month...

The spec is standard fare for an early 2010 netbook: 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor, 1GB of DDR 2 memory, 250GB hard drive, and a 10.1in, 1024 x 600 display.

The M also comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. It will come as no surprise whatsoever that it will ship with Windows 7 Starter Edition.

Prices range from £305 to £350, depending on which retailer you look at, and while everyone is listing the machine(s) as out of stock, some say it will be available on 16 March.

Sony Vaio M

...buy this?

Sony itself currently lists all but one version of its £300-350 (depending on model) Vaio W as "temporarily unavailable".

Expect the new machine to come in a range of colours. ®

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