Sony touts "ultimate desktop replacement"

Sony has expanded its Vaio notebook family with the launch of its first FS-series model.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 13, 2005

Sony has expanded its Vaio notebook family with the launch of its first FS-series model. Built around Intel’s latest Centrino technology suite (codenamed Sonoma), the firm’s VGN-FS18GP includes nVidia’s GeForce Go 6200 GPU with ‘TurboCache’, which uses the PCI Express architecture to deliver improved picture quality, and PureVideo for clear and precise video playback. Sony is billing the FS18GP as “the ultimate desktop replacement” – therefore it’s no surprise that it offers a larger than normal 15.4-inch wide-screen (1280 x 800 resolution), while remaining slim and thus still relatively light at just 2.9kg. Suitable for budding video editors, the VGN-FS18GP comes with a DVD±RW drive that supports DVD+R DL (double layer) discs; doubling the storage capacity of each recordable DVD. The supplied SonicStage Mastering Studio Audio Filter software meanwhile offers four preset sound modes for enhanced audio enjoyment. The VGN-FS18GP comes supplied with Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2 - English version) and includes a multi-language user interface.

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