Sony VAIO FZ Laptop Sports Blu-ray Drive

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Sony today introduced a new notebook computer which has a built-in Blu-ray Disc drive. The VAIO FZ series will price for between $1,400 and $2,000 and should be available later this month.

The VAIO FZ series, said Sony, offers the Blu-ray Disc drive and a HDMI connector for connecting to a HDTV in the premium version. This line of laptops is powered by Intel Centrino Duo processor technology and gives users a 15.4-inch widescreen display with which to view content. Also onboard is Windows Vista, dedicated multimedia controls, 802.11n wireless technology, surround sound and LocationFree software for wirelessly viewing live TV with optional Sony equipment.

Other features of the VAIO FZ series include a weight of under six pounds, an integrated camera and microphone, support for ExpressCard technology, S-video connectivity and support for Memory Stick media cards.

"With the premium model, we are bringing the power of Blu-ray to a portable PC at an unprecedented price of about $2,000," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics, in a statement. "Now consumers can enjoy stunning HD entertainment on their terms — virtually anywhere, any time."