Feeds

Sony pitches Blu-ray deskops, laptops

Countering Toshiba

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Sony has brought its Blu-ray Disc equipped all-in-one desktop PC, the Vaio LT, to the UK, part of a promotional programme for the next-gen optical disc format that will see more laptops fitted with BD drives too.

Sony Vaio LT
Sony's Vaio LT: iMac inspired?

Unveiled in the US last month, the LT packs in an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR 2 memory and 320GB of hard disk storage. The built-in screen is a 22in, 1680 x 1050 panel fed by an Nvidia GeForce 8400M GT with 256MB of dedicated video memory. That's expandable to 1GB using Nvidia's TurboCache technology, which grabs part of the PC's main memory bank.

The LT has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board, along with two hybrid digital/analogue TV tuners and, of course, a slot-load Blu-ray Disc drive.

Sony Vaio FZ20
Sony's Vaio FZ20: Blu-ray on the move

The Vaio FZ20 line of 15.4in laptops sport BD support too. Again, it's powered by a Core 2 Duo and 2GB of DDR 2. The hard drive's 300GB, the graphics chip an Nvidia 8600M GT, again with 256MB of video memory and TurboCache support. Wi-Fi this time is of the 802.11n variety.

Sony Vaio AR50
Sony's Vaio AR50: mobile media centre

The FZ20 hasn't got a TV tuner, but the 17in AR50 has. Its other specs match those of the FX20, except for a faster processor - 2.4GHz to the other's 2.2GHz CPU - and a 500GB hard drive.

Sony's launch could help it in its fight with Toshiba. Its rival has pledged to begin building HD DVD drives into all Satellite-branded laptops from Q4 onwards.

The LT is priced from £1999. The AR50 series comprises a trio of models priced from £899-1999, though the cheapest machine last a Blu-ray drive. Sony didn't say how much members of the FZ20 line will cost.

They're all expected to go on sale early in October.

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
Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?
How keen will buyers be when exposed to the real price?
Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper
Monsters need to earn a living too
Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none
Forgive the double negative but seriously, no one wants this mobe
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
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
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
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.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
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.