Room with a View – Sony’s Notebook PC is Easy on the Hands, Eyes, Shoulders

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New VAIO Notebook Offers a 14.1-inch Screen, Full-Size Keyboard, Integrated Wireless with Thin-and-Light Profile

With the announcement of its new VAIO® PCG-VX88 notebook PC, Sony is combining the best of mobility with the screen and keyboard real estate of its full-sized siblings — all in one lightweight package.

Road warriors who prefer to be free from the leash of a power cord and phone jack will appreciate this notebook’s svelte design, wireless connectivity and extended battery life. An 14.1-inch LCD display and finger-friendly full-size notebook keyboard combine with integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) access to keep the user connected and productive. This notebook also features a Low Voltage Pentium® III 850MHz1-M processor and high-capacity lithium-ion battery that will provide power for up to five hours between charges.
“This is an attention-grabbing piece of gear,” said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager of VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics. “The VX88 model looks like it belongs in first-class, but fits on a coach-class tray table.”

The VAIO VX88 PC comes standard with an external CD-RW/DVD combo drive that connects via an enhanced i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) interface. This allows the drive to draw power directly from the notebook, eliminating the need for an external power supply. Users can watch a full DVD movie on a coast-to-coast flight, or burn presentations onto CDs on-the-spot.

Style with Substance – On-Board Applications and Connectivity Options

Sony’s PC is wrapped in a tapered magnesium alloy casing that makes a fashion statement at any meeting. An innovative hinge design maximizes the viewable screen space without adding to the unit’s overall roofline. The whole package is just about an inch thin and weighs in at just over 4 pounds.

And the notebook comes standard with a suite of multimedia digital editing software, including Sony’s MovieShaker™, DigitalPrint, Smart Capture and DVgate™ applications, allowing users to edit and share high-resolution images and presentations no matter where their travels take them.

In addition to the i.LINK interface, the VX88 offers several other connectivity options, including a Memory Stick® media slot and two USB ports. This gives the user the ability to connect to today’s universe of Memory Stick products, including camcorders, digital still cameras, printers, voice recorders and more.

Availability and Pricing

The VAIO VX88 notebook PC ships next month in two configurations. The base model comes with Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition for about $1,900 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The VAIO VX88P model will also be available next month for about $2,000 with the Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional operating system.

Key Specifications, PCG-VX88 and PCG-VX88P VAIO Notebook PC

VAIO PCG-VX88 and PCG-VX88P

CPU
Low Voltage Mobile Pentium® III processor 850 MHz -M featuring Intel® SpeedStep™ technology2

LCD Display
14.1-inch XGA TFT screen

Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Professional

Dimensions
Height – 0.7″ front, 1.3″ rear
Width – 12.3″
Depth – 10.3″
4.42 lbs. light

Among Included

Software Applications
Microsoft® Word 2002
Quicken® 2002 New User Edition
RealNetworks® Real Jukebox
RealNetworks® RealPlayer®
Sony DVgate™
Sony MovieShaker™
InterVideo WinDVD™ 2000
Sony Pico Player™
Sony SonicStage™
Screenblast™ ACID™ (Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition only)
Screenblast™ Sound Forge (Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition only) Adobe Photoshop Elements Trial Version
Sony DigitalPrint
Sony Smart Capture
America Online® (subscription required)
Skydesk Smartclone™ 90 Day Trial Version
Trend Micro PC-Cillin® 90 Day Trial Version

VAIO Support Agent

Interfaces
IEEE 802.11b
Bus/Interface: mini PCI
Radio frequency band: 2.4 GHz (ISM band)

i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) S400 interface supports high-speed digital video, audio, and data transfer capabilities among compatible Sony products

Memory Stick® media slot

Jog Dial™ control

2 USB port

RJ-11 modem jack

RJ-45 Ethernet

VGA output

Standard RAM

256 MB SDRAM, expandable to 384 MB

Hard Disk

30.0 GB3 hard drive

Battery

High-capacity lithium-ion battery
About 3.5-5.5 hours with standard battery
About 7.0-11.0 hours with double-capacity battery

Digital Video

Intel® 815EM integrated graphics chip with Intel D.V.M. technology with up to 11.0 MB SDRAM (shared)

Digital Audio

Windows® sound system compatible with 3D surround
Built-in stereo speakers; monaural mini-jack microphone

Modem

Integrated V.90 modem

Optional Accessories

Additional standard battery (PCGA-BP2S/HI) $299.99
Double capacity battery (PCGA-BP4S) $499.99
USB Mouse (PCGA-UMS1/A) $49.99
USB floppy drive (PCGA-UFD5) $79.99
Large carrying case (PCGA-CCGX) $129.99
Carrying case (PCGA-CCF) $99.99
Notebook backpack (PCGA-CCP1) $69.99
Neoprene notebook & AC adapter cases (PCGA-CCN1) $19.99
Additional AC adapter (PCGA-AC16V3) $99.99
External speakers (PCGA-SP1) $79.99
256 MB additional memory (PCGA-MM1256T) $399.99
2.4GHz Wireless LAN access point (PCWA-A200) $299.99
5GHz wireless LAN access point (PCWA-A500) $399.99
5GHz wireless LAN PC card (PCWA-C500) $179.99

Availability

Mid-May

Rebates

$100 mail-in-rebate

Estimated Selling Price:

PCG-VX88, $1,999, PCG-VX88P, $2,099

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