Sony launches 0.4in thick notebook
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Just when you thought the notebook had become the ultimate in desktop PC portability was the Sony this week unveiled the Vaio PCV-P101, a slimline and remarkably Apple-like portable desktop computer.
It does, however, have a real-time MPEG 2 encoder, making it ideal for TiVO-style personal video recording. Though why Sony figures a 40GB hard drive is sufficient for such a role and storing OS, apps and data is anyone's guess.The whole shebang weighs 7.5kg (16.5lb) without the battery, so it's no lightweight. The machine is carried by a metal bar which encircles the computer as both handle and stand. With the keyboard folded up, the device measures 47.6 x 38.9 x 18.4cm (19 x 15.5 x 7.4in).
The PCV-101 goes on sale in Japan on 22 November for a whopping ¥180,000 ($1664).
Sony also unveiled a superslim notebook based on Intel's Centrino platform. And when we say 'superslim', we mean it. The Vaio PXG-X505 is less than half an inch thick - 0.4in (1cm). At the back it's 0.8in (2.1cm). It weighs 825g (1.8lb).The slim shell packs in a 1GHz Pentium M; i855GM chipset (which also provides graphics acceleration); 512MB of DDR SDRAM, 64MB of which is used for video memory; 20GB hard drive; and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi card. Naturally enough, there's no built-in optical drive, though a variety of types are available as accessories.
The screen is a 1024 x 768 10.4in TFT.Interestingly, while the PXG-X505's internals are modern, it's design is something of a throwback. Like laptops of yore, the Sony's keyboard is mounted at the front of the base rather than the rear. In place of the usual touchpad, the machine uses an IBM-style microjoystick. Two X505 models - the P and the SP, the latter only available direct from Sony - go on sale in Japan on 6 December for ¥299,800 ($2772) and ¥349,800 ($3235), respectively. ®
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