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Sony VAIO AW Series Notebook PCs Announced

Weighing a little more than 8 pounds, the AW model is ideal for the multimedia enthusiast or photographer who likes to view or edit high-definition content on-the-go.

“This new notebook delivers the power of a high-end desktop in a portable form factor,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics. “Whether you’re gaming, watching a Blu-ray Disc™ movie or editing high-def video, it offers all the HD tools you’ll need.”

Equipped with an extra-wide 18.4-inch (measured diagonally) LCD display and Sony’s own XBRITE-FullHD™ LCD technology (optional), the notebook delivers vibrant colors in stunning 1080p clarity.

It comes standard with a Blu-ray Disc optical drive for play back of high-definition content, including movies in full HD 1080p resolution. Select units can also record, store and play back personal content on high-capacity BD media.

For those who prefer to watch content on a big screen television like a Bravia LCD, the unit also has an HDMI™ output so you can connect it to a compatible HDTV set for a larger viewing experience (cable sold separately).

The display is ideal for Blu-ray Disc movies. Since many high-definition films are shot using 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.

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The extended workspace also lets you view two full websites at once or compare two documents side-by-side without tabbing back and forth.

The notebook is perfect for photo enthusiasts. With its optional Adobe RGB color compatible LCD screen, it displays all colors in the RGB color space enabling you to view true on-screen reproductions of your digital photos — so they appear just as they would if they were printed. And since the panel displays in full 1080p, your images will “pop” with razor-sharp detail.

A built-in CompactFlash slot simplifies the transferring of photos from your digital camera to your PC. And once the images are on your notebook, the pre-installed Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software provides one central portal to streamline the process of organizing, editing, archiving and printing photos.

It packs new Intel Centrino 2 technology, up to 1TB of storage, and comes pre-installed with your choice of Windows Vista Home Premium, Vista Business or Vista Ultimate operating systems.

Select AW notebooks feature dual 64GB solid state drives (SSD) with RAID technology for faster boot-up times and application launches. Combined with a 500GB hard drive, the SSD model is equipped with maximum power and storage for handling all your high-definition content.

Available in titanium gray and a glossy piano black finish, the VAIO AW notebook standard model starts at about $1,600, while the premium version starts at around $2,000. It will be available online at www.sony.com/pr/aw. They will also be sold at Sony Style stores, military base exchanges, and select retailers around the country starting later this month.

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