>Sony also announced a full size VAIO A series notebook PC. The VAIO VGN-A190 features a 17-inch WUXGA (1920×1200) display with Sony’s XBRITE technology. This is the ultimate mobile entertainment system.
Users can create and watch DVD movies with the built-in DVD+/-RW drive, as well as live or recorded TV with the aid of Sony’s own Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder and what is likely the most powerful TV tuner ever offered with a notebook. The Sony-engineered tuner is part of an AV entertainment dock that comes standard with this model.
The AV entertainment dock also includes a variety of analog and digital AV ports and Sony’s S-Master digital amplifier, which preserves music quality from the PC through delivery to the specially tuned stereo speakers for true sound fidelity.
To ensure that the quality of video playback is optimized for almost any environment, A series notebooks employ an ambient light sensor. ErgoBrite technology, originally developed for Sony’s stand-alone IT displays, automatically adjusts screen brightness to accommodate various lighting conditions. No more worrying about struggling with configurations when plugging your PC into an external display device as Sony’s Smart Display Sensor automatically adjusts to a compatible screen resolution and aspect ratio when using an external monitor or projector.
Intel Centrino mobile technology provides the processing muscle for this PC, while allowing the unit to run quite, cool and efficient. The mobile processor also contributes to the computer’s thin profile, making it the lightest notebook of its kind.
In addition to hardware breakthroughs, the A series also sport newly enhanced Sony exclusive software. Among these are Click to DVD and SonicStage Mastering Studio applications for effortless DVD burning and professional quality re-mastering of analog music to digital formats. VAIO Media, Sony’s entertainment networking software has also been updated to support a wider variety of digital content formats for video and music.
VAIO A series notebooks will be available at retail and online at www.sonystyle.com in a variety of configurations. In addition to the VGN-A190 model that will sell for about $2,800, the VGN-A160 model with a 15.4-inch wide format display will be available for $2,300 including the AV dock. For business users, the VGN-A130 model will be sold through business-to-business channels and online at sonystyle.com. It has a 15-inch 4×3 aspect display and will be available with an optional business dock.