Sony’s New Notebook PC has Muscle and Soul


All-In-One VAIO Notebook Offers High-Speed Pentium 4-M Performance and Bass-Thumping Entertainment Experience

Desktop performance, laptop luxury and a wealth of extras combine to form Sony’s newest full-size notebook PC, the VAIO PCG-NV170.

The latest model offers a refreshing take on multi-purpose bays by including three hot-swappable modular devices and a convenient weight saver, in addition to an on-board, integrated CD-RW/DVD combo drive.

The notebook’s bay accepts a self-contained, rumbling subwoofer that punctuates music or enhances the DVD viewing experience. It also supports the included 10-key touch pad that provides an ergonomic, full-size feel to the keyboard. The model’s weight-saving storage bay holds up to three Memory Stick® media cards along with a supply of business cards. And the PC also comes with a standard 3.5-inch floppy drive.
“Home office PCs need to pull double duty and run more than just productivity applications,” said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager of VAIO PC marketing for

Sony Electronics. “When the work is over and it’s time to play, the NV170 becomes a portable music system.”

Combining Brains and Brawn

The new notebook packs the punch of a desktop PC with a Mobile® Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 1.60GHz-M and 256MB of DDR SDRAM. The i.LINK (IEEE 1394) digital interface supports high-speed digital, audio and data transfer capabilities among compatible products. The three included USB ports allow users to hot sync a handheld device and download photos from a digital camera simultaneously. And a Memory Stick media slot gives the user the ability to connect to today’s broad universe of Memory Stick compatible products, including camcorders, digital still cameras, printers, voice recorders and more.

The notebook comes standard with a suite of multimedia digital editing software (including Sony’s SonicStage™, MovieShaker™, Digital Print and Smart Capture applications) which allow users to capture, mix and burn digital audio, images and presentations.

The VAIO NV170 notebook PC will ship in mid-May with Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition for about $2,200.

Mix, Match, Make it Your Own

To help users set up shop anywhere in the house, build-to-order and configure-to-order versions of the NV series will be available later this month with integrated Wi-Fi™ (IEEE 802.11b) access. Other options will include:

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or XP Home Edition operating system;

Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor 1.60 or 1.70 GHz-M;

30 – 40 GB hard drive;

256 -512 MB DDR RAM; and

15-inch XGA or SXGA+ LCD display.

These options can be purchased online at or through authorized value-added resellers and direct marketers.

Key Specifications


Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 1.60 GHz-M supports Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep™ Technology

LCD Display
15.0-inch SXGA+ TFT display

Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Height – 1.7-inch front, 2.1-inch rear
Width – 13.3 inches
Depth – 10.9 inches
8.2 pounds with battery and weight saver
8.6 pounds with battery and floppy drive

Included Modular Devices
Floppy drive
10-Key Touch Pad
Weight Saver (holds up to three optional Memory stick media)

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
Adobe Premiere® LE
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
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
External volume control

3 USB port
RJ-11 modem jack
RJ-45 Ethernet
VGA output
Standard RAM
256 MB DDR SDRAM, expandable to 512 MB

Hard Disk
30.0 GB hard drive

Lithium-ion battery
Up to 3.5 hours with one battery

Digital Video
4X AGP enabled ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 7500 graphics chip with 16 MB DDR SDRAM

Digital Audio
Windows® sound system compatible
Multi-purpose bay supports subwoofer

Built-in stereo speakers; monaural mini-jack microphone

Integrated V.90 modem

Optional Accessories
Additional standard battery (PCGA-BP2S/HI)
Large carrying case (PCGA-CCGX)
Notebook backpack (PCGA-CCP1)
Neoprene notebook & AC adapter cases (PCGA-CCN1)
Additional AC adapter (PCGA-AC19V3)
External speakers (PCGA-SP1)
2.4GHz wireless LAN access point (PCWA-A200)
2.4 GHz wireless LAN PC card (PCWA-C100)
5GHz wireless LAN access point (PCWA-A500)
5GHz wireless LAN PC card (PCWA-C500


Estimated Selling Price
About $2,200

GHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application performance.
CPU speed may be reduced under certain operating conditions.
GB means one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary.


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