Sony's Laptop Can Also be a 3G Wireless Hotspot

Sony this week launched new Vaio Z and Y Series laptops that can also act as mobile hotspots. Sony calls its embedded wireless technology Share My Connection (SMC).

Sony's feature is aimed at those with wireless broadband subscriptions with Verizon, who will then be able to share the internet access with up to five other PCs or networked devices, such as smartphones, mp3 players, and cameras.

The Z model offers premium portability and serious power. A breeze to carry at about 3.0 lbs, this PC features a durable carbon fiber and aluminum casing and delivers up to seven hours of battery life for true mobile freedom. It incorporates a 13.1-inch high-resolution LED backlit widescreen display, delivering a bright picture with 100 percent color saturation. The extremely thin unit also comes with an optical drive (Blu-ray optical drive optional).

Just in time for back-to-school season, the Y Series laptops comes in five new exciting colors including purple violet, fuchsia pink, pear green, teal blue and black. With a thin 1.2-inch profile and 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display, the sleek Y model offers lower power consumption for improved battery life for that active student lifestyle.

Prices start at $770 for the VAIO Y Series and $1950 for the VAIO Z Series.

It's important to note that the ability to turn your laptop into a hotspot isn't a new idea. Internet Connection Sharing has been built into all OSes over the past few generations, but Sony's is aiming to put the feature right in the box so all that its customers can have it out of the box.

Anyone running Windows 7 on a compatible laptop can do the same thing with Connectify.