Sony launches carbon fibre VAIO SZ-series notebooks

Posted on Friday, February 03 2006 @ 6:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
he VAIO SZ-Series offers everything the professional needs. Carbon fibre construction means strength without a weight penalty, while distinctive styling and finish make sure it gets noticed. The new-generation X-black enhanced screen is lighter and thinner than ever before, while still delivering a vivid widescreen picture. Innovative ‘Stamina mode’ switchable graphics gives users real 3D power when needed, and lengthy battery life the rest of the time. Dual-core processor generates serious performance, while fingerprint recognition and TPM provide robust security to your data. At the top of the range1, the chassis is worked from carbon fibre for unparalleled strength and lightness. This is a vital factor in reducing the carrying weight of these models to just 1.69kg. The finish is fine-textured, eye-catching and obviously out of the ordinary. A meticulously brushed aluminium palm rest provides the final touch.

The screen is equally carefully crafted. The ultra-thin LED backlight and light guide give selected models the slimmest and lightest 13.3-inch WideXGA notebook displays in existence. Sony X-black LCD enhancement ensures that it’s one of the best looking too, with true black, vivid colour and exceptional brightness and contrast. The ‘Stamina Mode’ switch lets users select between the default Intel integrated graphics for everyday use, and an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 for maximum 3D or HD video performance. This means you can save battery power by not using the NVIDIA GPU except when needed, boosting battery life up to six hours. Future-proof power comes from the Intel Core Duo processors used throughout the range. Dual-core technology effectively gives you two processors in one – with the performance benefits you’d expect. The high-end Intel Core Duo T2500 processor will be featured on the SZ1VP limited edition available from Sony Style ( in selected countries and from selected Sony Centres in The United Kingdom. The SZ1VP also features a 120 GB Hard disk drive.

The SZ-Series is ready to meet the world. An integrated camera3 and microphone allow convenient video communications across a company network or the internet, while Bluetooth4 and high-speed wireless networking provide cable-free convenience in and out of the office. When you would rather keep things to yourself, the SZ offers ironclad data protection. First, there’s biometric gatekeeper security in the form of fingerprint recognition. Then, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware prevents hackers from accessing passwords and encryption keys. Finally, the hard disk itself can sense if the notebook is dropped, and parks the HDD head to prevent damage to data.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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