Sony has announced the launch today of its new FS-Series notebooks. Stand-out features include a dual-layer dual-format DVD burner, and a widescreen display sporting the latest Sony X-Black LCD technology. The new range also sees the debut of the new ‘Sonama’ Intel Centrino 2 chipset.
The styling is certainly up to Sony’s high standards, with a slim profile and construction from a magnesium alloy delivering a weight of 2.8Kg, which isn’t bad going considering the 15.4in screen. Sony says that the latest X-Bright screen benefits from employing two specially designed lamps rather than the usual one.
The graphic oomph is provided by an nVidia GeForce 6200 GO, boosted by TurboCache technology. TurboCache uses PCI Express to render frames directly to system memory. This means that less dedicated video memory is required, yet nVidia claims that overall performance is actually superior to some conventional dedicated VRAM designs.
Meanwhile the new Centrino chipset is based on the Intel 915 with full support for PCI Express and 802.11g Wi-Fi. Buyers can also expect to find the FS-Series pre-loaded with the usual glut of applications such as VAIO Zone media interface, the Adobe Companion Pack for VAIO, and Microsoft Works.