Sony's press conference earlier today revealed details of the company's Blu-ray strategy and introduced a new laptop in the Vaio NW series. We talked to Sony about the new system a few weeks ago, and here are some details on this Blu-ray equipped 15.5-inch notebook.
The basic NW180J/S is $880 (for $80 less you can skip the Blu-ray drive, but what's the point?), and includes a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 400GB 5400rpm hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics card. The 16:9 display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768, which isn't ideal for Blu-ray, but is typical for widescreen 15-inch screens.
Sony calls the system, "gracefully thin," and at 1.2-inches thick, it's fairly slim for a mainstream laptop. The chassis has a textured, wavy finish, and comes in three colors, walnut brown, birch white, and rattan silver (or, as we'd call them, brown, white, and silver). The Vaio NW is EnergyStar 5.0 compliant, and Sony claims the packaging is made of 98 percent recycled content. We're also pleased to see a power-saving "display off" button, to easily turn off the screen when it's not needed.
The Vaio NW will be available by the end of June.