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Sony launches quick-boot Vaio notebook

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Sony has expanded it Vaio laptop line with an eco-focused “Quick Web Access” model.

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The range only consists of one machine so far: the 15in VGN-NW11Z. But that hasn’t stopped Sony from talking up the machine’s dedicated web button, which supposedly provides quick access to the “bespoke super-fast internet browser” that’s able to load without a full Vista boot-up.

Another shortcut button will also instantly turn the machine’s 1366 x 768 resolution screen off, which Sony said helps to conserve the notebook’s battery life in situations where the VGN-NW11Z’s computing power is required but a display isn’t, like when listening to music.

Recycled plastics have been used in some parts of the notebook’s body, while Sony claimed that the machine’s packaging volume has been reduced by 25 per cent. The packaging is also made of 98 per cent recycled materials, Sony said.

Powered by a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the VGN-NW11Z’s fitted a 4GB memory and a 500GB hard drive. An AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics chip is also fixed into the machine.

A Blu-ray Disc combo drive comes as standard. But if the machine’s screen isn’t big enough for you, then movies can be played on the notebook and viewed on your TV thanks to the notebook’s HDMI port.

Wireless web access comes courtesy of 802.11n Wi-Fi and the integrated webcam will be handy for holding video chats with far-away friends.

Bluetooth is on-board for wireless data transfers, but the VGN-NW11Z is also fitted with three USB ports and memory card slots compatible with SD cards and Memory Sticks. There's an ExpressCard bay too.

Sony’s VGN-NW11Z will be available later this month for £850 ($1375/€986). ®

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