Sony today unveiled several series of notebooks including FW series, SR series, Z series and BZ series. Here is more info on the Sony VAIO FW series notebooks unveiled today, a multimedia laptop with Blu-ray and wide screen.
Sony today unveiled the VAIO FW notebook?a multimedia PC that displays HD movies the way they were meant to be seen.
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 razor-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, the chipset designed for sizzling performance, instant system responsiveness and energy efficiency. Select units come pre-installed with the Windows Vista Ultimate operating system.
The series comes with three 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 way to enjoy music based on your mood, and Click to Disc/ Editor software-- for easy DVD/ BD video-editing and creation.
The model also includes VAIO Media software, a DLNA-enabled media sharing application that lets you wirelessly stream content stored on your PC throughout your home network. Movies, music and digital still images can be streamed from the notebook to a PLAYSTATION 3 or VAIO Home Theater PC that is connected to a TV for big-screen enjoyment.
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 with greater range and reliability than ever before when connected to a compatible hotspot.
Most FW models are Energy Star 4.0 compliant and incorporate such eco-conscious features as powder coating, which is a painting technique that is solvent-free. Sony also recycles old PCs (www.sony.com/recycle).
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. The VAIO FW series will be available online at www.sony.com/pr/fw. They will also be sold at Sony Style stores and select retailers around the country starting later this month.
Here are sample specs:
VGN-FW160E/H VAIO FW Series Notebook PC Specifications
General Computer Type: Notebook Type of Use: Portable Action Buttons: S1, DVD Play, A/V Mode, Volume -/+, Play/Pause/Stop, WLAN/Bluetooth on/off Pointing Device: Electro-Static touch pad
Hardware Keyboard: QWERTY, 86 keys with 2.0mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch Camera: Built-in 1.3 megapixel MOTION EYE camera and microphone
Processor Type: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 Speed: 2.26GHz Front Side Bus Speed: 1066MHz L2 Cache: 3MB Technology: Intel Centrino 2 processor technology
Hard Drive Capacity: 250GB Speed: 5400rpm Interface: Serial ATA
Optical Drive #1 DVD+R DL Write: 4x max DVD+R Write: 8x max DVD+RW Write: 4x max DVD-R Write: 8x max DVD-RW Write: 4x max CD-R Write: 16x max CD-RW Write: 10x max CD Read: 24x max DVD Read: 8x max DVD-RAM Write: 5x max DVD-R DL Write: 4x max BD-R Read: 2x max BD-ROM Read: 2x max BD-RE Read: 2x max BD-R DL Read: 2x max DVD-RAM Read: 5x max Blu-Ray Disc Support: Yes (Read Only) (BDROM/ DVD?R DL/DVD?RW/RAM) BD-RE DL Read: 2x max
Expansion Slots Multimedia Card Reader: One Memory Stick Duo media slot with MagicGate functionality One ExpressCard /34 slot One Secure Digital (SD memory card) media slot
Graphics Processor: Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with Intel Clear Video Technology Total Available Graphics Memory: 1340MB (max.) Chipset: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset Interface: HDMI and VGA out with Smart Display Sensor
Networking/Modem Ethernet Protocol: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Ethernet Speed: Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Modem Type: Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem (RJ-11) Wireless LAN: Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth Technology: Integrated Stereo A2DP Bluetooth Technology
Power Battery Type: Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS13/S) Estimated Battery Life: 2.0 to 4.0 hours Standard Capacity Battery, 3.0 to 6.0 hours Large Capacity Battery Power Requirements: 110W + 10%
Software Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 Internet Services: AOL 90-Day Risk Free Trial - New Users Only Anti-Virus and Recovery Software: Microsoft Windows Live OneCare Trial Version Supplied Software: Microsoft Works SE 9.0 w/ 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 The VAIO Software Experience: VAIO Startup Assistant Click to Disc Editor - Import, Edit, Burn VAIO Movie Story - Simple Movie Creation VAIO MusicBox - Music by Mood VAIO Media plus - Multimedia Streaming Software
Service and Warranty Information Limited Warranty: 1 year limited warranty . See actual warranty for details. Telephone Support: 1 year toll-free technical telephone assistance, available 24/7 Online and Email Support: Support available from http://www.esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO
Environmental Information EPEAT: Meets Silver EPEAT Rating RoHS: Compliant For more information: www.sony.com/vaioeco Regulation and Standard Compliance Energy Star Compliant: 4.0
Dimensions Weight: 6.4 lbs (with standard battery) Measurements: 15.1"(W) x 1.14-1.46"(H) x 10.3"(D)
Supplied Accessories Standard Lithium-ion battery (VGP-BPS13/S) AC Adapter Power Cable Optional Accessories Large Capacity Battery (VGP-BPL13) Standard Capacity Battery (VGP-BPS13A/B) AC Adapter (VGP-AC19V25) Stick AC Adapter (VGP-AC19V21) USB Port Replicator (VGP-UPR1) Neoprene Case (VGP-AMC7) Ladies Leather Tote (VGP-AML4) Sport Messenger Bag (VGP-AMB10) Bluetooth Laser Mouse (VGP-BMS33/S)