Feeds

Sony to ship dual-GPU, dual-core Vaio mid-March

Plus carbon fibre chassis, Trusted Platform biometric security

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Sony has announced its Vaio SZ notebook range in the UK, boasting the laptop's carbon-fibre chassis, biometric security and the ability to flip between two graphics engines to boost either 3D performance or battery life.

The SZ series take in Intel's Core Duo dual-core processor line, and ships with 512MB or 1GB of 533MHz DDR 2 SDRAM. All models feature a 13.3in, 1280 x 800 widescreen LCD. The graphics come courtesy of an Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 using up to 128MB of system memory for its frame buffer, but users can switch to the Intel 945GM chipset's graphics engine to conserve power.

The six notebooks contain 80, 100 or 120GB of hard disk storage - all with motion sensors to park the drive heads if the laptops are dropped - and a dual-layer DVD±RW optical drive. They've got an integrated fingerprint scanner linked to the machines' Trusted Platform Module security engine. There's also an integrated webcam above the screen.

As Centrino-branded computers, the Vaio SZs have 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi on board. They've got Bluetooth too, and for wired connections 10/100Mbps Ethernet, a 56Kbps modem, Firewire 400 and USB 2.0. There's a Memory Stick, SD and xD card-compatible slot, and a bay for Express Cards.

The whole package weighs around 1.7kg, and measures 31.5 x 23.4 x 2.2-3.3cm. Sony claimed the battery can yield up to six hours' usage time.

Prices range from £1299 to £2049, and all six notebooks are expected to ship mid-March. ®

sony vaio sz notebook

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.