Sony's VAIO JS series of all-in-one desktop PCs - which were announced last month - has been re-announced for Europe, together with some new spec details and photos. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 500GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g/n, the JS1's crowning glory is a 20.1-inch 1680 x 1050 X-black display with an Intel GMA X4500HD video card doing the business behind the scenes.
Sony are preparing to drop a new VAIO ultraportable, the TT-series, which will replace the VAIO TZ. Make no mistake, this is no netbook; according to SonyStyle's VAIO advisor, the four model TT-range will top out with a 1.4GHz Intel SU9400 Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and dual 128GB SSDs in RAID setup. The top-spec VGN-TT190UBX also has a Blu-ray burner and HDMI output, and weighs just 2.87-pounds; every model has an 11.1 inch LED screen with XBRITE-DuraView running at 1366 × 768.
It seems to be a somewhat common refrain for notebook manufacturers to first claim the netbook segment is unfeasible and then promptly announce a budget ultraportable of their own. Fujitsu did it, denying any interest before pushing out the AMILO Mini, and now it looks like Sony will be next. After the My Graphic Splash event yesterday, Sony's Senior vice president of Information Technology Products Mike Abary let slip that people should "stay tuned" for Sony's netbook offering.
Earlier in the year, Sony kicked off a competition inviting would-be artists to submit case designs for the company's Graphic Splash notebooks. The top ten entries were offered up to online voting, with the final three winners not only being invited to NYC for the unveiling of their limited edition notebooks but getting $5,000 too. SlashGear was invited to attend the catwalk premiere of the three custom Graphic Splash VAIOs; check out the gallery and video after the cut.
Sony have announced two new models in their VAIO laptop range, the NS-series and CS-series. The former has a 15.4-inch display, while the latter has a 14.1-inch; both use widescreen XBRITE-ECO, panels, and both can be specified with Blu-ray drives. Power in the NS is courtesy of Intel's 2GHz T5800 Core 2 Duo CPU, while graphics are integrated X4500; in the CS it's a P8400 2.26GHz processor.
The Sony VAIO AW Series Notebook was announced tonight and it's not only huge at 18.4-inches. It's also massive in other ways, like the the huge hard drive and 3LED backlighting.
Sony has begun a free test & repair program for certain models in its VAIO TZ range, after a fault in the screen hinge can cause dangerous overheating. Apparently in excess of 200 notebooks have overheated, with seven people suffering light burns. The program affects any TZ bought between May 2007 and July 2008, and has so far been announced in the US, UK and Hong Kong.
Sony have high aspirations for their final VAIO All-in-One of the day, the RT-series. They're calling it a HD Studio, "a super-powerful video authoring PC tucked behind a stunning 25.5-inch HDTV". The RT is based on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 processor running at up to 2.5GHz (6MB L2 cache), 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage in dual-SATA user-accessible RAID array; the display itself is 1920 x 1200 driven by an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB of dedicated VRAM.
Sony are describing their VAIO LV-series as a High-Definition PC/TV. Not only is the LV a full desktop media PC, with a 24-inch WUXGA 1920 x 1200 FullHD LCD, up to a 3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor, 4GB of RAM and up to 1TB of 7,200rpm SATA storage, it has an HDMI input so that it can be used as a 1080p display.