Sony is one of the industry leaders in packing the latest technology into small frames. The Sony VAIO SZ series, part of the dual-core brigade, will replace the 13.3-inch wide S Series. The SZ series will feature the new Intel technology, a 100GB hard drive, and your choice of a carbon fiber (SZ Premium) or magnesium alloy (SZ Standard) chassis. The unit weighs less than 4 pounds, making it ideal for travel. It will also feature something unique: hybrid graphics. The VAIO SZ will have both Intel integrated graphics and discrete nVidia GeForce Go 7300 mobile graphics. You'll be able to switch between the two for more battery life (integrated graphics) or performance gaming (discrete). Among the other goodies are a fingerprint reader, built-in Webcam, and an integrated dual-layer DVD±R drive. The price for the SZ series start at $1,999, and units will begin shipping in February.
Sony VAIO SZ series.
On a smaller scale, Sony will also introduce the VAIO VGN-FE500. Similar to the FS Series, the FE500 is a 15.4-inch notebook with the latest Intel next-generation Duo Mobile technology. The FE500 will feature a powerful processor, 100GB hard drive, and Intel's new integrated graphics. This model will include Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, which was seen previously mostly on its 17-inch widescreen platforms and should improve the multimedia experience for consumers. The unit will also have an integrated Webcam and dual-layer DVD±R drive. The FE500 will be one of the more affordable Sony VAIO, starting at $1,699 and also shipping in February.
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Recognizing notebook computing isn't strictly about business, the SZ series is also a mobile multimedia powerhouse. Sony's, exclusive Sound Reality™ technology enhances the listening experience and an advanced DVD+R double layer/DVD+RW drive creates DVDs and simplifies media storage. For easy transfer of video and other large multimedia files, the SZ series supports ExpressCard™, an emerging standard in smaller, faster PC card solutions.