Despite a slim and highly portable format, the FJ3’s widescreen 14.1-inch display delivers a superior viewing experience for movies and general use alike. X-black LCD™ screen enhancement means stronger colours, sharper contrast and effective reflection reduction. The integrated Sony MOTION EYE video cam gives you the crucial tool you need for video calls on the go, and there’s even a pre-installed copy of Skype 2.0 to get you started with VoIP.
All models now have Super Multi Double Layer DVD±RW drives for maximum compatibility with DVD formats and domestic players. A full 1GB of fast 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM is standard too, as is a generous 100GB hard disk.
Sony Vaio FE20 Series
No matter what you do with the FE20-Series, it will look good. The 15.4-inch widescreen format and WXGA resolution are good news in themselves when it comes to movies, games and having plenty of space for work, but there’s more.
Second-generation X-black screen enhancement gives you vivid colours, true black and a reflection-killing surface layer, but you also get hugely boosted brightness thanks to dual-lamp illumination. Not only that, the screen delivers exceptionally good colour fidelity. This means lifelike colour is not a figure of speech – it’s what you get.
As Internet telephony (VoIP) takes off, the built-in Sony MOTION EYE video camera in most of the FE20-Series really starts to come into its own. With integrated high-speed 802.11a/b/g wireless networking as well, you’ve got the potential for cable-free video calls anywhere from your living room to your favourite café.
Behind the scenes there’s a healthy emphasis on power. Intel Core Duo processors are standard across the range, and the VGN-FE21S and VGN-FE21M offer exacting gamers blistering 3D performance from an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics engine backed by 128MB of dedicated memory.
Vaio SZ2 Series
The SZ2-Series isn’t just an ultra-lightweight notebook for business, it’s a statement.
A full 1GB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM is now standard across the range. The top-end VGN-SZ2VP/C is powered by the T2600 – the fastest Intel Core Duo processor currently available. Along with the VGN-SZ2XP/C it achieves a remarkably low weight of just 1.68kg thanks to advanced carbon fibre construction. Both models also feature one of the thinnest notebook screens ever created, a mere 4.5mm front to back. As ever, X-black LCD enhancement means sharper contrast, richer colours and effective reflection reduction.
This impressive fusion of style and substance is also secure. Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware and fingerprint recognition combine to make the VP/C and XP/C as tough to crack digitally as they are physically. To protect your data from accident, G-Sensor hard disk technology on all models auto parks the disk’s read/write heads at lightning speed if there’s an impact.
The innovative Stamina mode feature lets you switch between the integrated Intel GPU for everyday use and the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 for maximum video or 3D performance. This means the battery doesn’t have to power the NVIDIA engine except when needed, pushing battery life to over six hours depending on model and usage.