Sony today unveiled the all-new VAIO AW Series high-definition notebook.
Weighing a little more than 8 pounds, the AW model is ideal for the multimedia enthusiast or photographer who likes to view or edit high-definition content on-the-go.
Equipped with an extra-wide 18.4-inch (measured diagonally) LCD display and Sony?s own XBRITE-FullHD LCD technology (optional), the notebook delivers vibrant colors in 1080p.
It comes standard with a Blu-ray Disc optical drive for play back of high-definition content, including movies in full HD 1080p resolution. Select units can also record, store and play back personal content on high-capacity BD media.
For those who prefer to watch content on a big screen television, the unit also has an HDMI output so you can connect it to a compatible HDTV set for a larger viewing experience.
The display is ideal for Blu-ray Disc movies. Since many high-definition films are shot using a 16:9 aspect ratio, the unit?s extra-wide LCD is constructed with the same dimensions.
With its optional Adobe RGB color compatible LCD screen, the notebook displays all colors in the RGB color space.
A built-in CompactFlash slot simplifies the transferring of photos from your digital camera to your PC. And once the images are on your notebook, the pre-installed Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software provides one central portal to streamline the process of organizing, editing, archiving and printing photos.
It packs new Intel Centrino 2 technology, up to 1TB of storage, and comes pre-installed with your choice of Windows Vista Home Premium, Vista Business or Vista Ultimate operating systems.
Select AW notebooks feature dual 64GB solid state drives (SSD) with RAID technology for faster boot-up times and application launches. Combined with a 500GB hard drive, the SSD model is equipped with maximum power and storage for handling all your high-definition content.
Available in titanium gray and a glossy piano black finish, the VAIO AW notebook standard model starts at about $1,600, while the premium version starts at around $2,000. It will be available online at www.sony.com/pr/aw.