Sony has given its stylish Vaio laptops a complete makeover, with an increasing emphasis on lighter models that are suited to watching DVDs.
The new laptops feature dual-format DVD drives and the company's wide screen X-Black technology for clearer displays, as well as supporting Bluetooth and 802.11b/g connectivity.
Topping the looks department is the sleek T1-Series, available in Burgundy and Midnight Blue, which Sony describes as "inspired by the luxury look and feel of fine leather goods".
The 10.6in screen also features Sony's X-Black screen technology and boasts a 1,280 x 768 WideXGA resolution which, Sony claims, is best for watching DVDs.
With a low voltage 1.1GHz Pentium-M processor, the models have a claimed battery life of up to six hours and weigh in from 1.38kg.
"People aspire to buy beautiful things," said Jan Koyama, head of sales and marketing for Information Technology Europe at Sony, in a statement.
"With the T1, Sony is offering the full package. You get all the technological advantages, and you get grown-up aesthetics too."
Professionals can opt for the compact portability and power of the B1-Series, which packs a 1.7Ghz Pentium-M chip, high-resolution graphics, 19.05mm-sized keys plus a removable hard disk into a 2.3kg case complete with 14in screen.
The unit also adjusts to optimise screen resolution automatically when connected to projectors for presentations.
Alternatively, the S2-Series has a 13.3in wide screen WideXGA display, 1.62GHz or 2GHz Pentium-M processors and ATI graphics. It is only 1.9kg in weight with a claimed battery life of three hours and 40 minutes.
Targeted more at consumers, Sony has also unveiled new A- and K-series models.
Pricing details for all the new laptops will be available later this week.
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