In addition to the XL200 series Digital Media Centre and the new N-series range of notebook computers, Sony has also introduced the LA1 desktop computer and three new laptops.
The LA1 gives new form to the desktop computer by concealing its electronic guts behind the monitor, rather than in a tower. It’s designed as an all-in-one entertainment centre, and features a 19-inch widescreen, 1680 x 1050 display, which is framed by a transparent border.
The machine also conceals an analogue and terrestrial TV tuner, and comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard designed for this system. A 300GB hard disk comes standard, as does a double-layer DVD writer, Sony Motion Eye Webcam, inbuilt speakers, and echo-cancelling microphone for video conferencing. A remote control rounds out the package.
The new AR20 series is Sony’s top-of-the-line Vaio, incorporating all of the highest specifications. The latest model can handle high def with ease, and provides Blu-ray recording thanks to a built-in drive.
Its 17-inch, 1920 x 1200 monitor is perfect for viewing HD footage or standard TV through its digital and analogue tuners; it also boasts an HDMI output, so that media can be viewed on much bigger TV displays. It runs on Intel Core 2 Duo processors teamed with 2GB of DDR2 memory.
The FE20 series is a slightly smaller proposition, equipped with a 15.4-inch widescreen display and 200GB hard drive, while the N10 series is designed mainly with the student or other entry-level user in mind. Notebooks in the series are equipped with 80-100GB drives, a 15.4-inch screen with 1200x800 resolution, high-speed WLAN, and both SD and Memory Stick slots.
All the new Vaios are bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements 4, Adobe Premiere 2 for video editing, and Acrobat 7.0 Elements.