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Laptop News: Sony Unveils the VAIO FW Multimedia Notebook with Widescreen and Blu-ray
      #30812 - 07/15/08 01:29 PM

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 (

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 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

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

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

Type: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400
Speed: 2.26GHz
Front Side Bus Speed: 1066MHz
L2 Cache: 3MB
Technology: Intel Centrino 2 processor technology

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

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/
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

Sound System: Dolby Sound Room Audio

Screen Size: 16.4"
Resolution: 1600 x 900
XBRITE-ECO Technology: Yes

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

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

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

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%

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

Environmental Information
EPEAT: Meets Silver EPEAT Rating
RoHS: Compliant
For more information:
Regulation and Standard Compliance
Energy Star Compliant: 4.0

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)

Color: Titanium Gray


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