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Sony Unveils the VAIO NW Notebook Line with Blu-ray Drive
      #33513 - 06/19/09 05:19 PM

Sony today unveiled the VAIO NW notebook - a new line of PCs that provide a powerful high-definition experience while starting at just $800 for the standard model and $880 equipped with Blu-ray Disc technology. Here is more info:

"Part of a series, the NW notebook features an optional Blu-ray Disc ROM drive making it ideal for viewing pristine HD content on-the-go. It also has the added convenience of DVD and CD read/write functionalities.

The model features a high-resolution 15.5-inch widescreen display (diagonal), making it easy to view two full Web pages-- no side-to-side scrolling necessary. Sony?s XBRITE-ECO LCD technology has also been added so movies and photos can be enjoyed in brilliant clarity and razor-sharp detail.

For those who prefer to watch content on a big screen television, the PC has an HDMI output connector so it can be connected to a TV set for a larger viewing experience in high-definition.

Gracefully thin, the notebook has a wavy textured finish and is available in three colors: walnut brown, birch white, and rattan silver.

The NW notebook features an isolated keyboard making it comfortable while reducing typing errors. Its translucent, textured touchpad enables you to smoothly control mouse movement.

The model is equipped with a ?display off? button so you can turn off its screen while the notebook continues to run in the background. This lets users conserve power while enabling them to quickly resume PC functionality without waiting for it to boot back up. An instant internet button launches directly into the web without having to wait for the Windows operating system to load.

The series comes with three Sony entertainment software applications. Offerings include VAIO Movie Story software-- an easy way to produce your own high-quality home movies, VAIO MusicBox software-- a fun and automated way to enjoy music based on one?s mood, and Click to Disc/ Editor software-- for easy video editing and creation.

Easily transfer data, such as photos from your digital camera or music from an MP3 player, to and from the PC with a multitude of connectivity options including three USB ports and ExpressCard, SD card and Memory Stick PRO slots.

A built-in webcam and microphone lets users video chat with family, friends and colleagues. A third-party internet service provider is required.

The PC incorporates an Intel Core2 Duo processor for fast processing speeds and multitasking. An optional dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics card makes it perfect for watching movies. It comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit.

Sony VAIO VGN-NW180J/S Specifications

Type: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7350
Speed: 2.0GHz
Front Side Bus Speed: 1066MHz
L2 Cache: 3MB
Technology: Intel Centrino 2 processor technology

Type: DDR2
Installed: 4GB PC2-6400 (2GBx2)
Maximum: 4GB
Speed: 800MHz

Hard Drive
Capacity: 400GB
Speed: 5400rmp
Interface: Serial ATA

Optical Drive
BD-R DL Read: 2x max
BD-R Read: 4x max
BD-RE DL Read: 2x max
BD-RE Read: 2x max
BD-ROM Read: 4x max
Blu-ray Disc Support: Read Only (BD-ROM)
CD Support: Read / Write (CD/-R/-RW)
DVD Support: Read / Write (DVD?R/?RW/?R DL/-RAM)

Expansion Slots
Multimedia Card Reader: One Memory Stick PRO (Standard/Duo)
media slot with MagicGate functionality One ExpressCard / 34
media slot One Secure Digital (SD memory card) media slot

Keyboard: QWERTY, 86 keys with 2.0mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch
Camera: Built-in 1.3 megapixel MOTION EYE camera and microphone

Sound System: Intel? High Definition Audio

Screen Size: 15.5"
Resolution: 1366 x 768 (WXGA)
XBRITE-ECO Technology: Yes

Processor: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 Total Available Graphics
Memory of 2280MB (max.)
Video RAM: 512MB dedicated video RAM

Chipset: Intel PM45 Express Chipset
Max. External Resolution via VGA: 2048 x 1536
Max. External Display Resolution via HDMI ouput/cable: 1920 x 1080

Inputs and Outputs
Microphone Input: 1
USB Port(s): 3 (2.0 compliant)
VGA Output(s): 1
DC-In: 1
i.LINK Connection: (4pin) i.LINK? connector (IEEE 1394)
Ethernet Connection (s): 1
HDMI Output: 1

Ethernet Protocol: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T (Gigabit)
Ethernet Speed: Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wireless LAN: Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN (802.11a/b/g/n)

Battery Type: Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS13/B)
Estimated Battery Life: 1.5-4.0 hours Standard Capacity Battery 2.0-5.5
hours Large Capacity Battery
Power Requirements: 95W + 10%

Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Supplied Software: Microsoft Works SE 9.0 w/ 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007

Weight: 6.0 lbs (with standard capacity battery)
Measurements: 14.6"(W) x 1.2"(H) x 9.8"(D)

Supplied Accessories
Standard Capacity Lithium-ion battery (VGP-BPS13/B)
AC Adapter
Power Cord

The VAIO NW notebooks will be available online at It will also be sold at Sony Style stores and authorized retailers nationwide starting this month."


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