New Sony Vaio Line-Up

Sony has finally come clean and gone all official about its new VAIO Z, FW, SR and BZ laptops.

They share the VAIO design, Centrino 2 processors, configuration options and setup software to remove that nasty trial ware, and as you’d expect, a whole slew of Blu-ray between them.

My particular fave is the VAIO Z.

When you see that it manages to be toting a Blu-ray drive and HDMI into a lovely 1-inch thick, 3.4 pound, 13.1-inch 16:9 form. It even has room for a NVIDIA 9300M graphics card and a full size hard drive bay coupled with an option for dual SSD in a RAID configuration – you can see that it is a very clever lappy.

The 13.3-inch VAIO SR is Sony’s bid at the ultraportable “mainstream”.

Expect aggressive pricing, multiple colour options to go with its four pound weight for luggability but don’t expect Blu-ray.

The 16.4-inch VAIO FW is the big Daddy.

It has a 16:9 aspect ratio screen for playing back those Blu-ray movies.

Finally, the VAIO BZ is aimed at getting Sony right in that business laptop space.

There’s a 15.4-inch screen, magnesium alloy case, spill-resistant keyboard, vPRO and all that other la-di-dah security-related business stuff, though no HDMI or Blu-ray – it’s for working on Jenkins!!! 

The keyboards for the Z, FW and SR are all of the isolated, raised key variety, which might remind people of the MacBook keyboard, but is actually a design Sony has been toying with for a while now.

The BZ and FW start at $1,000, the SR at $1,400, the FW premium at $1,750, and the Z will hit at $1,800, with an SSD option for $2,300.

All should be available in the next month or so.