Sony brings Blu-ray to notebooks

Sony has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first Blu-ray disc-enabled laptop, called the VAIO AR Premium.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  May 18, 2006

Sony has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first Blu-ray disc-enabled laptop, called the VAIO AR Premium. The firm's new VAIO AR series comes in two configurations: Premium and Standard. The Standard version does not support Blu-ray capabilities. The VAIO AR Premium features a 17” wide-screen display, Sony’s XBRITE Hi-Color LCD technology and Intel’s Centrino Duo mobile technology. The AR Premium plays Blu-ray disc high-definition (HD) content and allows users to watch movies in full 1080p HD resolution. An HDMI connector and included cable allows for connection to high-definition televisions. With the ability to record HD camcorder content onto Blu-ray discs, users can capture, edit, and burn their recording onto PCs in native 1080 resolution. High-definition footage can be edited and shared on Sony high-capacity BD-R and BD-RE Blu-ray Discs (up to 50 Gbytes), or on traditional DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/+RW (up to 17Gbytes). Sony's VAIO AR includes Microsoft’s Windows Media Center 2005, built-in standard-definition PAL TV tuner, onboard TV controls, and Nvidia’s GeForce Go 7600 graphics card, which boasts 256Mbytes of dedicated video memory. According to Sony, its AR Premium is ideal for handling high-definition content, television broadcast, and DVD playback, and also for creating a more immersive environment for gamers. The AR non-Blu-ray Standard model will ship at prices starting from US $1800, while the AR Premium model will be available for approximately $3500. Both models are scheduled to ship this summer.

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