Sony's VAIO W Billabong hits US shores June 11th, $500 buys you a ride

Remember the boardshort-inspired VAIO W Billabong netbook that surfaced in Australia last week? The limited edition lappy's headed stateside, too, and its Imperial Lime lid and faster 1.83GHz Atom N470 CPU will only cost you $50 more than the stock model. Mind you, this is otherwise the same pricy VAIO W that wasn't worth five Benjamins last fall, but if you're the type that dreams of barreling down a tunnel of deep blue ocean nightly, we suppose the occasional concession can't hurt. Now available for preorder via the source link, the mini-notebook ships June 11th; PR after the break.

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WHO: Great for college students and surf enthusiasts, the VAIO W® Series Imperial Lime Edition mini-PC features a boardshort-inspired design from Billabong. Ideal for taking notes in class or studying on the beach, the W Series is ultraportable and great for email, web browsing and social networking on-the-go.

WHAT: The W Series has a HD (1366x768) 10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display that lets you view an entire web page side-to-side on a single screen. The unit comes with a roomy 250GB hard drive for all your on-screen media- such as movies and photos– just like that of a full-size PC. It is also equipped with Microsoft® Windows® 7 Starter operating system. And with a long battery life, users can get up to seven hours of use on a single charge.

Building on the partnership, Sony is proud to participate in Billabong's Design for Humanity event on June 10, 2010. This year, the Design for Humanity charitable initiative will benefit Invisible Children, an organization that rebuilds schools and provides jobs in war-torn Northern Uganda.

Sony will donate two of the new Billabong inspired W Series mini-PCs to be auctioned off at the Design for Humanity event with all proceeds going to the Invisible Children foundation.

Committed to the environment, Sony also features trade-in and recycling programs for all its PCs. For more on Sony's proactive approach to creating products that grow out of greener thinking please visit:

WHERE: The VAIO W Series Imperial Lime Edition mini-PC starts at $500 and is available starting today for pre-sale, at Sony Style stores around the country. To find the closest Sony Style store, please visit: For more information on Billabong, please visit: