Sony VAIO BZ Specifications
Display: 15.4″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Chipset: Centrino 2
RAM: Up to 4GB RAM
HDD: 320GB (Shock Protected)
Storage: Multicard Reader
Connectivity: USB (3), FireWire
Other: Magnesium Alloy Case, FreshStart (no crapware), Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Silver, Spill Resistant Keyboard
Price: Starts at around $1000
Sony‘s new VAIO BZ buxiness-class notebook PCs look very classy for the intended market segment. The design isn’t as rugged-looking as those from Lenovo. And thankfully, the BZ notebook PCs aren’t completely surrounded by glare materials. I think a lot of regular customers who are sick and tired of notebook PCs that reflect everything might get interested in a normal non-glare notebook.
The keyboard is spill resistant for all those times when we’re trying to gulf down lunch while in front of the computer. And just in case you drop your BZ notebook while taking it out of the computer bag for a security check, don’t worry, the HDD should be okay since it is shock protected.
The 15.4″ LCD is a standard size but with a LED backlight, which is better for the environment (no mercury). The LED backlight also makes the enclosure thinner and saves a bit of energy. The price of just $1000 sounds very tempting.
The entire press release regarding the VAIO BZ notebook PCs:
NEW SONY PROFESSIONAL NOTEBOOK LINE MEANS BUSINESS
VAIO BZ Series PCs Offers Durability, Mobility and Performance
SAN DIEGO, July 15, 2008 âŽ¯ Sony today announced a new line of professional PCsâ€” the VAIOÂ® BZ Series notebooks. Built for business, these lightweight PCs incorporate the compatibility and productivity features required by IT professionals and business customers.
The BZ notebook boasts a spacious 15.4-inch widescreen display and full-size keyboard while weighing less than six pounds. An optional anti-glare screen featuring Sonyâ€™s patented XBRITE-ECOâ„¢ LCD technology provides a crystal-clear picture.
The PC is housed in a durable magnesium alloy casing to endure the knocks, bumps and accidents common to frequent travel. It also incorporates G-Sensorâ„¢ Shock Protection technology to counteract sudden movements helping to prevent damage and data loss.
A spill-resistant keyboard panel has been added to help protect the internal components of the computer against accidental spills.
The BZ notebook is powered by new IntelÂ® CentrinoÂ® 2 technology, the chipset designed for sizzling performance, unbelievable system responsiveness, and energy efficiency.
Select models come with IntelÂ® vPro technology enabling IT managers to fix PC-related problems remotelyâ€” without ever leaving their workstationâ€” saving precious time and reducing support-related costs.
The PC also features a stripped-down software load so that the notebook can be imaged faster greatly reducing set up time for the IT professional.
â€œ Whether running heavy applications back at the office or closing a deal on the road todayâ€™s professional need their PC to performâ€” wherever, whenever,â€ said Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics. â€œThis notebook delivers the robust performance they require.â€
With the BZ notebookâ€™s integrated 802.11n LAN technology wirelessly check e-mail and surf the web with greater range and reliability than ever before when connected to a compatible hotspot.
The PC employs a biometric fingerprint sensor, a Trusted Platform Module compliant chip and proprietary hard disk drive password protection software to help protect data from unauthorized access.
It comes pre-installed with Windows VistaÂ® Business operating system. A WindowsÂ® XP Pro downgrade is also included for easy integration into existing platforms.
The PC is equipped with plenty of slots, ports and jacks, including a Memory StickÂ® media/SD card slot, three USB ports, i.LINKÂ® IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack and a PC Card (type-II) slot making it easy to transfer files from external devices.
Sony offers VAIO Careâ„¢ (www.sony.com/vaiocare) a total lifecycle management program that supports a businessâ€™s needs throughout the life of the product. Components of the program include extended service and accidental damage protection options, 24/7 customer support and a dedicated phone line for business customers.
The BZ models are Energy Star 4.0 EPEAT Silvercompliant andincorporate ecoconscious features such as a mercury-free LED backlit LCD minimize the risk of mercury seeping into vulnerable eco-systems at the end of its lifecycle.
Sony will also recycle your old PC, donate it for you or allow you to trade it in, for fair market value, towards the purchase of a new PC (www.sony.com/business).
The VAIO Professional BZ Series notebook line will be available, later this month, starting at about $1,000, through value-added resellers and direct market resellers. More information about the BZ Series is available online at www.sony.com/pr/bz.
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