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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sony VAIO: 4 New Notebook Series


Sony launched four of their VAIO notebook PCs - FW, Z, SR, and BZ series.

SONY VAIO FW notebook: A 16.4" Wide Multimedia notebook

Sony today unveiled the VAIO FW notebook - a multimedia PC optimized for HD movies.

Part of a series, the VAIO FW notebook comes in multiple configurations, including a premium and a standard model. The premium model plays Blu-ray Disc high-definition content like movies in full 1080 HD resolution when connected to a compatible HDTV. It can also record, store and play back personal content on high-capacity BD media.

Weighing a little over six pounds, the FW notebook features the world's first 16.4-inch display, which combines the benefits of a slightly larger17-inch widescreen with the smaller "footprint" of a 15.4-inch model.

The display is ideal for Blu-ray Disc movies. Since many HD films are shot with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the unit's extra-wide LCD is constructed with the same dimensions. This minimizes the black bars that typically appear, letting you view movies in their intended format.

The extended workspace also lets you view two full websites at once or compare two documents side-by-side without tabbing back and forth.

Combined with Sony's patented XBRITE-HiColor LCD technology on select models, the display delivers sharp details, bold colors and glare-free viewing.

For those who prefer to watch content on a big screen television, the unit also has an HDMI output connector so you can connect to a high-definition TV set for a larger viewing experience.

The notebook is powered by new Intel Centrino 2 technology. Select units come pre-installed with the Windows Vista Ultimate operating system.

The PC is equipped with plenty of slots, ports and jacks, including a Memory Stick media/SD card slot, three USB ports, an i.LINK IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack, and a 34mm ExpressCard slot making it easy to transfer files from external devices.

With the notebook's integrated Wireless-N technology, also known as 802.11n, you can wirelessly surf the web, e-mail and stream HD content when connected to a compatible hotspot.

Available in titanium gray and powder white, the FW standard model starts at about $1,000, while the FW premium will go for around $1,750.

SONY VAIO Z Series notebooks

Sony took the wraps off a new line of sleek, lightweight PCs - the VAIO Z Series notebooks.

Weighing just over 3 pounds, the VAIO Z model incorporates a 13.1-inch widescreen display with Sony's own XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology for scratch-resistant durability and 100 percent color saturation.

Select models feature a high-resolution 1600 X 900 widescreen display, providing a 40 percent wider workspace than a standard display within the same "footprint" - so the view increases while the notebook's size does not.

The unit is housed in a carbon-fiber casing to help endure the knocks. It also incorporates G-Sensor Shock Protection technology to counteract sudden movements helping to prevent damage and data loss.

It is powered by new Intel Centrino 2 technology.

Road warriors will love its built-in 802.11n wireless LAN capabilities making it faster and easier to connect to compatible wireless networks.

The Z model has an optional Blu-ray Disc (BD) optical drive for enjoying, creating and storing high-definition content.

It also includes a switch-on-the-fly hybrid graphics system, allowing you to set graphics performance instantly for striking presentations that "pop" or extend battery life - all without having to reboot.

The PC employs a biometric fingerprint sensor, a Trusted Platform Module compliant chip and proprietary hard disk drive password protection software to help protect data from unauthorized access.

The unit comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Business operating system. A Windows XP Pro downgrade is also available for select models.

It is equipped with plenty of slots, ports and jacks, including a Memory Stick media/SD card slot, three USB ports, i.LINK IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack and a PC Card (type-II) slot making it easy to transfer files from external devices.

The PC is also available in a dual channel 128 GB solid state drive (SSD) model.

The standard VAIO Z notebook will start at about $1,800 while the SSD model will go for around $2,300. They will also be sold at Sony Style stores and select retailers starting in August.

SONY VAIO SR Series notebook

Sony also today introduced a new line of ultra-portable PCs - the VAIO SR Series notebook.

Constructed of lightweight, durable magnesium alloy, the SR notebooks are available in five striking colors - night black, sunset pink, glossy pink, classic silver and glossy silver.

Weighing just over four pounds, the SR notebook boasts a 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display and Sony's patented XBRITE-ECO LCD technology for clear images.

The notebook is powered by new Intel Centrino 2 technology.

Select models come pre-installed with the Windows Vista Home Premium operating system. A Windows XP Professional downgrade is also available.

The SR notebook offers the 802.11n LAN technology and an optional built-in webcam and microphone.

The notebook also incorporates G-Sensor Shock Protection technology to counteract sudden movements helping to prevent damage and data loss.

The PC features Switch technology enabling customized "personalities" or modes for home, work and entertainment. You can customize each mode with its own wallpaper and a set of five shortcuts to correspond to various scenarios. Set your favorite websites for home, office applications for work, and programs that allow you to enjoy music and movies when you are ready to relax.

The PC has plenty of slots, ports and jacks, including a Memory Stick media/SD card slot, three USB ports, i.LINK IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack and a PC Card (type-II) for easy transfer of files from external devices.

Sony VAIO SR Series notebooks will be available at the end of the month starting at about $1,400.

New Sony professional VAIO BZ Series notebooks

Built for business,the VAIO BZ Series of notebooks boast a spacious 15.4-inch widescreen display and full-size keyboard while weighing less than six pounds. An optional anti-glare screen featuring Sony's XBRITE-ECO LCD technology.

The PC is housed in a durable magnesium alloy casing and incorporates G-Sensor Shock Protection technology.

A spill-resistant keyboard panel has been added to help protect the internal components of the computer against accidental spills.

The BZ notebook is powered by new Intel Centrino 2 technology.

Select models come with Intel vPro technology enabling IT managers to fix PC-related problems remotely - without ever leaving their workstation - saving time and reducing support-related costs.

The PC also features a stripped-down software load so that the notebook can be imaged faster greatly reducing set up time for the IT professional, 802.11n LAN technology, a biometric fingerprint sensor, a Trusted Platform Module compliant chip and proprietary hard disk drive password protection software to help protect data from unauthorized access.

It comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Business operating system. A Windows XP Pro downgrade is also included for easy integration into existing platforms.

The PC is equipped with a Memory Stick media/SD card slot, three USB ports, i.LINK IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack and a PC Card (type-II) slot making it easy to transfer files from external devices.

The VAIO Professional BZ Series notebook line will be available, later this month, starting at about $1,000, through value-added resellers and direct market resellers.


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