Ultraportable notebooks based on AMD's new Fusion processors are still trickling out. Sony's 11.6-inch Y Series laptop, for instance, has quietly appeared in an Amazon listing. Amazon says the machine has "not yet been released," but users can pre-order it for $549.99.
What does that kind of cash get you? An 11.6" 1366x768 display, for starters, plus an AMD E-350 processor, 2GB of RAM, 320GB of mechanical storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out, and Windows 7 Home Premium. On the battery front, you're looking at up to six hours of run time with the standard cell and up to 13 hours with the separately sold extended battery.
This little laptop weighs 3.23 lbs and has a silver finish. As far as I can tell, it's also quite the looker. Sony has stuck with the sleek, relatively minimalistic design characteristic of its Vaio series—although, as you can see in the gallery below, the Y Series' touchpad looks a tad small. Perhaps I've been spoiled by MacBook touchpads, but I generally like something a little larger.
Of course, at $550, you're paying a bit of a premium for the Sony label. HP's Pavilion dm1 was selling for only $419.99 last week despite having largely similar specs and a comparable design.