Sony has updated its P range of Vaio laptops with a faster, more responsive processor and a bright new choice of liveries. We guess you'd be hard pushed to accidentally leave behind your laptop if it's clad in eye-bleeding lime green or searing pink.

Core attributes include a 64GB SSD drive, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Windows 7 Home Premium, an 8in widescreen display with a 1600x768-pixel resolution and built-in GPS. Straddling the smartphone/netbook categories in terms of heft and speed – the Vaio P weighs just over 600g, the Vaio P is a companion device to take on your travels rather than a fully-featured laptop.

Sony has hit back at critics of last year's models who found the original model far too slow and fitted an Intel Atom Z540 processor and added an Intel GMA 500 graphics chip to the mix. Users can open up the lid and be performing basic email tasks and listening to music stored on the Vaio within seconds (booting in to Windows takes somewhat longer). Sony also says the ultrawide screen can be used for side-by-side page viewing, while the full-pitch keyboard and auto-dimming screen make for comfortable typing.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but you'll be able to buy the new Vaio P models in a choice of black, white, pink, orange or green. They go onsale in the UK from June. 

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