World’s first Blu-ray Disc enabled notebook computer Sony has launched the world’s first Blu-ray Disc enabled notebook computer – the VAIO AR. The VAIO AR comes in two different configurations – Premium and Standard. The AR Premium version plays Blu-ray Disc high-definition content, so you can enjoy movies in full 1080p HD resolution. The notebook has a17-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) widescreen display and uses Sony’s XBRITE Hi-Color LCD technology.
In addition to supporting HD playback, the VAIO AR notebook presents several multimedia features with the capability to record high-definition camcorder content to Blu-ray Discs in a native 1080 resolution.
VAIO also has the latest Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology for processor-heavy multi-tasking and high-definition video editing, Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2005, a built-in standard-definition NTSC, TV tuner and onboard TV controls, so you can watch and record live television.
The AR Premium has an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics card featuring 256MB dedicated video memory, which is perfect for handling high-definition content, television broadcast and DVD playback and bringing gamers closer to the action. The AR series furthermore carries a camera and a microphone, allowing users to chat online with friends and family.
The AR Standard model will start at about $1,800, while the AR Premium Blu-ray Disc enabled model will go for about $3,500.