Sony VAIO FE and SZ Notebooks at CES 2006 (pics, specs)

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Sony introduced two new VAIO notebooks at the CES 2006 show – the new VAIO FE Series 15.4″ notebook, a high performance mobile media center PC and the new VAIO SZ Series 13.3″ widescreen notebook which features advanced security features, powerful performance and a sleek design.

Sony VAIO FE notebooks will be widely available next month for about $1,650 and the Sony VAIO SZ series notebooks will be widely available this spring with standard models starting at $1,999 and SZ Premium models starting at $2,299.

Press release excerpts can be found below. Additional details and hi-res images can be found at:

Sony VAIO FE Dual Core Notebook

The VAIO FE is Sony’s new 15.4-inch screen notebook that can be configured with the new Intel Core Duo (dual core) processor.  Below are some pictures of the new VAIO FE that was on display at the CES show in Las Vegas.

Sony VAIO FE notebook (view larger image)

Sony VAIO FE keyboard and touchpad (view larger image)

VAIO FE Notebook at the CES 2006 (view larger image)

VAIO FE left side view (view larger image)

The VAIO FE has a 15.4-inch widescreen display with XBRITE HiColor LCD technology to ensure that multimedia playback is rich and vibrant. Sony’s advanced display technology delivers extraordinary color purity and saturation, even in bright daylight. Sound Reality technology, Sony’s advanced audio integration, adds the aural component to a superb movie-viewing experience. Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 offers intelligent and seamless control of entertainment content from a single, easy-to-use interface.

Below is a spec sheet for the VAIO FE notebook:

VAIO FE (VGN-FE550G config) spec sheet (view larger)

The VAIO FE notebook will be available at starting on January 17th.

Sony VAIO SZ Dual Core Notebook

In its quest to put more power into a small package, Sony is raising the bar once again with its new VAIO SZ series notebooks. Using the latest mobile technology from Intel , the diminutive SZ notebook and even thinner SZ Premium model deliver feature-rich computing at top speed with remarkably low power consumption, helping savvy travelers work faster and play longer.  Below are some pictures of the VAIO SZ as seen on display at the CES 2006 show in Las Vegas.

Sony VAIO SZ Notebook at CES 2006 (view larger image)

VAIO SZ Front view (view larger image)

VAIO SZ left side view (view larger image)

Sony VAIO SZ keyboard and touchpad (view larger image)

Sony will offer an SZ Premium series that will pack the punch of the SZ model into a slimmer carbon fiber-clad casing. At a mere 0.9 inches slim, and under four pounds light, the Premium series is a welcome but barely noticeable addition to any bag. For additional mobility, select SZ Premium notebooks include integrated wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) technology, allowing you to surf the Internet and check e-mail virtually anywhere there’s a cellular signal. Sony’s exclusive SmartWi technology lets you seamlessly toggle between LAN, Bluetooth and WWAN service provided through Cingular’s national EDGE data network.

Both the SZ and SZ Premium models feature a Hybrid Graphics System that extends battery life by letting you toggle between an internal graphics chip to conserve power, or external graphics chip for superb performance. The graphics card will be the nVidia 740 and the processor will be the Intel Core Duo 2400 (1.86GHz dual core).  he SZ Premium model’s razor-thin LCD panel with white LED LCD backlight can bring battery life up to around seven hours.

The SZ standard models (SZ120, SZ110 and SZ140) and the SZ premium models (SZ150, SZ160, SZ170 and SZ180) will be available January 17th from



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