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Sony has refreshed its Vaio line of computers with the addition of the Fit series. The new laptops are aimed at business users and students who are after a “premium design” at an “entry-level” price.

Sony Vaio Fit Serie

With a $649 (£417) price tag, the Fit 14 comes with a display resolution of 1600×900 pixels, aluminium coating, touchscreen support and NFC technology.

The Fit 15 offers a 1080p display at the higher cost of $699 (£449), and the line also includes the Fit E budget alternatives.

Coming with either a 14- or 15-inch display, the Fit E laptops feature a screen with a lower 1366×768 resolution and retail at $547 (£351) and $579 (£372) respectively.

Sony has also given a specs boost to some of its existing Vaio machines, with the L Series receiving the Bravia Engine X-Reality processor and expanded hard drive space of up to 3TB.

The 15-inch T Series Ultrabook and Tap 20 hybrid device have also been given incremental upgrades.

Sony’s Vaio Fit laptops will be available in mid-May.

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When we reviewed the Fractal Design DEFINE R3 case, one of the comments we had was that the front panel USB ports were only USB 2.0. Fractal then quickly released a USB 3.0 upgrade kit and this is our how to fit it article!

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Upgrade kit will change 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA into 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA and costs 9.99€ incl VAT / 9.99$ excl VAT.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the USB 3.0 upgrade cable, 2 screws and a brief instruction sheet.

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A Closer Look

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Fitting the Upgrade Kit

As you can see below, the cat fits at the top of the case.

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You need to carefully remove the front panel so that you can get to the top.

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Then remove the two screws holding the old connectors in place.

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Then carefully lift the old connector out of the case.

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Carefully disconnect the old connector from the motherboard – there will be two connections, and then carefully remove the cables and the connector and put them aside, you won’t need them anymore!

Next job is to carefully fit the connector to the motherboard – this time connecting them to the USB 3.0 port on the motherboard instead of a USB 2.0 port.

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Then carefully, and I do mean carefully, fit the new connector back into the top of the case and screw it back into place. It is quite a tight fit so do be careful and don’t force it!

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Then put the case back together and you will see the fruits of your labour – 2 top mounted USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA port.

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And when you switch the computer back on, Windows will find it and get it ready for you to use!

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Overall the process took about 15 minutes, primarily because I was being careful as I didn’t want to damage the case.

Have you upgrade yours, if so, let us know how you got on.

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