Sony VAIO FW notebook unveiled

In-flight movie lovers, your new laptop is here. The Sony VAIO FW ($1,000 and up) is a multimedia powerhouse with a 16.4-inch, 16:9 ratio widescreen display that was built for movies, and also features a Memory Stick/SD card slot, three USB ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, FireWire, microphone and headphone jacks, and a 34mm ExpressCard slot. Step up to the premium version ($1,700 and up) to enjoy the benefits of a built-in Blu-ray drive and a HDMI port for connecting to a big screen. It truly is a portable cinema.

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"The notebook is powered by new Intel Centrino 2 technology, the chipset designed for sizzling performance, instant system responsiveness and energy efficiency. Select units come pre-installed with the Windows Vista Ultimate operating system. The series comes with three entertainment software applications. Offerings include VAIO Movie Story software - an easy way to produce your own high- quality home movies, VAIO MusicBox software - a fun way to enjoy music based on your mood, and Click to Disc/Editor software - for easy DVD/BD video- editing and creation. The model also includes VAIO Media software, a DLNA-enabled media sharing application that lets you wirelessly stream content stored on your PC throughout your home network. Movies, music and digital still images can be streamed from the notebook to a PLAYSTATION 3 or VAIO Home Theater PC that is connected to a TV for big-screen enjoyment. The PC is equipped with plenty of slots, ports and jacks, including a Memory Stick media/SD card slot, three USB ports, an i.LINK IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack, and a 34mm ExpressCard slot making it easy to transfer files from external devices."