18.4-inch Sony VAIO AW Series Notebook announced

18.4-inch Sony VAIO AW Series Notebook announced

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.

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Sony VAIO TZ overheat problem prompts free test & repair program

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 VAIO RT-series All-in-One HD Studio

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 VAIO LV-series High-Definition PC/TV

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.

Sony VAIO JS-series All-in-One Desktop PCs

Sony has announced its latest series of All-in-One VAIO desktop PCs, the JS-series, which the company envisages being used in kitchens and dens.  Based on a 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 7,200rpm hard-drive and a 20.1-inch LCD display, the JS-series will have optional Blu-ray.

Sony VAIO VGF-CP1U WiFi Digital Photo Frame

Sony have announced a new digital photo frame with built-in WiFi b/g networking, the VAIO VGF-CP1U.  Centered around a 7-inch 800 x 480 display, the CP1U has 128MB of internal memory as well as a memory card reader compatible with Memory Stick, SD and CF and a USB port.  While obviously useful for showing digital photos, the CP1U can also display RSS feeds and play MP3s or SHOUTcast streaming radio through its built-in speakers.

Sony UX UMPC modded with Core 2 Duo U7600: Extreme soldering skills

Sony's VAIO UX is a slick little UMPC, but it's overdue a processor upgrade.  Micro PC Talk forum member Anh Nguyen couldn't be bothered waiting for Sony to do the honours, so he cracked open his UX280P, desoldered the 1.2GHz Core Solo U1400 chip from the mainboard and replaced it with an Intel Core 2 Duo U7600.

SlashGear Week in Review – July 20th

The budget ultraportable trend showed no signs of slowing this week, as Acer's Aspire One hit US shelves priced from $379.  Meanwhile, sources close to Dell's suppliers tipped the company's upcoming 'E' netbook as carrying a mere $299 price tag, and perhaps even landing as early as next month.

As for grown-up notebooks, Intel finally made the Centrino 2 platform official, and with it the promise of not only faster processors but native draft-N WiFi support and longer battery life.  In fact this week the company had plenty to be pleased about, as they soundly thrashed arch-rival AMD with their Q2 2008 financial performance.

Hands on with Sony’s new VAIO range

Sony invited us down to the Hilton in midtown Manhattan earlier on today to spend some hands-on time with their new 2008 VAIO lineup.  While the company could never be accused of pushing out exactly unstylish notebooks, the latest Z, FW, SR and BZ machines are particularly successful when it comes to a cohesive and stylish design language.  After the cut you can see hands-on photos and video of all four of the new models, including our personal favourite, the super-slick multimedia ultraportable VAIO Z.


Sony VAIO faces 2008 with new Z, FW, SR & BZ notebooks

Sony has pulled the wraps off of its 2008 VAIO lineup, and there are fresh Z, FW, SR and BZ machines serving everything from the sober-suited business-person to the Blu-ray media junkie.  All running Intel Centrino 2 processors, the smallest of the new range is the Z, with a 13.1-inch display, NVIDIA 9300M graphics, Blu-ray and a full-sized hard-drive bay with space for a dual-SSD RAID array.  All that in just a 1-inch thick, 3.4 pound slab, with a HDMI port to play nicely with your big-screen TV.

Customize your Penryn with VAIO Graphic Splash Expression Collection notebooks

The Sony’s VAIO® Graphic Splash Expression Collection notebooks remind me of having a set of Photoshop brush and layering tools at your fingertip. It allows you to express your creativity by mixing and matching colors, patterns and keyboard fonts for your personal design.

Sony bumps processor, offers up new skins on Vaio T series

Sony is bumping the processor speed for their T series Vaio’s from 1.06GHz to 1.2GHz. On top of that, from Sony Vaio Style Japan you’ll be able to get some new skins for your notebook.

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