Sony Updates VAIO Notebook Lineup

From Sony’s press release:

Widescreen display, generous keyboard and an integrated optical drive comprise Sony’s next big thing in ultra-portable computing. VAIO S series notebooks, announced today, sport all that and more within a thin, black case that weighs just about 4 pounds.

The latest addition to Sony’s summer PC line, the S series breaks with convention by offering a 13.3-inch wide format display with XBRITE technology, Sony’s exclusive high contrast display technology, for maximum viewing real estate in a minimal package. The full-sized keyboard offers room to work even in cramped quarters.

Powered by Intel Centrino mobile technology, the VAIO S series is prepared to go the distance, delivering up to five hours of work time on a single charge. And integrated wireless access ensures mobile professionals are plugged in even when far from the office. The onboard combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive allows for the creation and playback of multimedia

“The S series is the ultimate survival tool for the mobile professional,” said Mike Abary, general manager of VAIO product marketing for Sony Electronics. “Power, performance and a beautiful chassis about the size of a legal pad portfolio, this machine makes work a pleasure.”

All S series notebooks come with a wealth of connectivity options, including two USB 2.0 ports, a Memory Stick media slot, and an i.LINK (IEEE 1394) digital interface for speedy, no-hassle transfer of digital content among a universe of compatible products. An optional port replicator is also available for easy cable management whether the machine is on a desk or out on the road.

The VAIO Creation Software Suite adds to the notebook’s multimedia appeal. DVgate Plus video editing software allows for the capture and export of digital video to and from DV and MICROMV camcorders. The application also includes one-click video capture and precision editing features for easy-to-use, high quality video editing. With the SonicStage application, users can easily manage digital music files.

The S series also includes VAIO Media software, Sony’s simple interface for sharing digital content among PCs or consumer electronics devices on a home network.

VAIO S series notebooks will be available next month at select retail outlets for about $2,000 and can also be purchased online at in a variety of configurations.