Sony notebook PCS: the look for spring is slim, wireless and ready to burn.Spring brings fresh new firsts to Sony's line of VAIO (Video Audio Integrated Operation) Sony's trade name for its desktop and laptop PCs. In mid-1998, Sony introduced its 505G series of subnotebooks that were the first in ultra-thin Pentium portables. notebooks. The lineup, announced recently, includes the smallest portable DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
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Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. burning notebook on the market. Sony's new notebooks are also among the first to sport the new Intel Centrino mobile technology for connecting to both IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networks.
The three new model lines encompass the PCG-Z1WA, PCG-V505EX and PCG-TR3A families of ultra-portable notebooks. Elegant styling and award-winning industrial design are further enhanced by expanded Wi-Fi wireless networking See wireless network. options. The Intel Pro/Wireless 2200 BG chip in each of the new lines enable effortlessly access to the Internet in environments using the most popular wireless protocols.
"The key to mobility is having your technology turned on, and on-hand," said Hideyuki Furumi, vice president of VAIO product marketing for Sony Electronics Sony Electronics Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is the largest component of Sony Corporation of America, the U.S. holding company for Sony's U.S.-based electronics and entertainment businesses. Inc. "Lightweight, powerful and stylish, VAIO notebooks are a joy to have with you. And connectivity with the proliferation of wireless hotspots will ensure that you are productive on the road and around town."
Sony's smallest and lightest full-featured notebook can now be configured as a highly mobile editing and production suite. The PCG-TRA3P3 model, available exclusively online at www.sonystyle.com, comes equipped with a DVD-RW (DVD-Read Write) A rewritable (re-recordable) DVD disc for both movies and data from the DVD Forum. Also called "DVD Dash RW" and "DVD Minus RW," DVD-RW uses phase change recording. The media hold 4.7GB per side and can be rewritten 1,000 times. drive; Sony's exclusive XBRITE XBRITE Extra Bright Technology display technology for crisp, vivid video playback; and Click to DVD software for one-click conversion of digital camcorder footage to professional quality DVDs.
This model also has a built-in camera that helps users can capture still shots or video directly to the hard drive or participate in live web conferencing over either 802.11b or 802.11g wireless networks. Barely larger than a hard back novel, the entire unit can be tucked under an arm or in a bag and taken wherever inspiration leads.
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All three families of notebooks come with Sony's suite of easy-to-use multimedia software, including SonicStage software for managing digital music files and DVgate Plus video editing software Video editing software is application software which handles the editing of video sequences on a computer. It usually includes the ability to import and export video, cut and paste sections of a video clip, and add special effects and transitions; and it sometimes includes the which allows for capturing and export of digital video to and from DV and MICROMV camcorders. The application also includes one-click video capture and precision editing features for easy-to-use, high quality video editing.
Each also has VAIO Media software, Sony's simple interface for sharing digital content among PCs or consumer electronics devices on a home network.
Sony's spring line of ultra-portable PCs will be available this month at retail outlets nationwide and online at www.sonystyle.com. Prices start at about $1,900 for the V505EX series and range to about $2,300 for the Z1WA series. The base configuration TR3A model will sell for about $2,100, and about $3,000 for the model with a DVD burner.