Sony Vaio Touch Screen PC, Laptops Feature Windows 7

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-10-08 Print this article Print

Sony introduced a touch-screen TV/PC, a 1.6-pound laptop and a colorful line of notebooks - all boasting Windows 7, Microsoft's newest OS, scheduled to arrive Oct. 22.

Sony introduced three new Vaio PCs on Oct. 8, each of which will run the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
The Sony Vaio L Touch HD PC/TV is a 24-inch multitouch widescreen, with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. As the name implies, it's as much PC as television, with an optional Blu-ray disc drive, an optional built-in tuner and a terabyte of storage.
"The L Series is the ultimate multimedia hub-it's your PC, HDTV and DVR in one compact, stylish device," said Sony Senior Vice President Mike Abary in a statement. "And with cutting-edge features such as multitouch, it's ideal for media lovers who appreciate HD performance and cutting-edge technology."
The L Touch comes with Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional 64-bit operating systems, and offers an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and dedicated Nvidia GeForce series graphics card. There's built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and it's compatible with a wireless router. Users can hang it on a wall or position it on an adjustable stand, and while some models come with a wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control, essentially anything that can be done with a mouse can be done with a finger.
The L Touch-which comes a day after Gateway introduced its ZX Series of touch-screen PC-cum-TV devices-is now available for preorder online, and will arrive in stores next month at a starting price of approximately $1,300.
Also introduced Oct. 8 is the Vaio X Series, a 1.6-pound ultramobile notebook that Sony is calling the world's lightest. It measures approximately 11 inches by 7.3 inches and just over half an inch thin, and it features a (diagonal) 11.1-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a durable, scratch-resistant LCD display. LED backlight technology is said to make for 100 percent color saturation.
There's built-in Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also comes with a standard battery, offering 3.5 hours of juice, and a presumably heavier super-extended capacity battery, offering 14 hours of power.
There's a solid-state hard drive and built-in GPS. Sony is stingy on the processor details, except to offer that there's an Intel processor with speeds of 2GHz, L2 cache of 512KB and a front-side bus speed of 533MHz. Graphics come courtesy of a Mobile Intel Hub US15W chip set and an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 processor.
"It's one thing to make a notebook thin, but when you consider the fact that the X Series also boasts industry-leading battery life and wireless WAN-you now have a game changer, altering the way people use and think about their PC," said Abary.
The X Series will come in black or gold, with a starting price of $1,300. It can be preordered now and will arrive in stores in November.
Last but not least is the colorful CW Series of laptops, with an emphasis on multimedia. They feature a 14-inch widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, an optional Blu-ray disc drive, HDMI output and Vaio Movie Story software for quickly editing movies and slideshows. Graphics are handled by a Nvidia GeForce dedicated graphics card.
The CW Series notebooks, which start at $780 and will arrive at the end of the month, are available in fiery red, poppy pink, icy white, jet black and indigo purple.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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