Sony showcases new Vaio line-up

Sony Corp. will unveil new models of its Vaio desktop and notebook PCs at Sony Dream World 2002, an event this weekend that will showcase its latest products and strategies .

The Vaio products, since they first appeared in 1997, have been focused on networking PCs with other electronic devices, such as digital still cameras, audio players and video recorders, and they will continue to do so, according to Keiji Kimura, president of Sony's Mobile Network Company.

Among the new line-up for this third quarter, Sony will roll out the PCNA-MR1 RoomLink, a home server, which networks Vaio PCs with televisions in the home. TV programs and recorded still images, video and audio that are stored on Vaio PCs can be viewed on a TV screen.

The company plans to release the PCNA-MR1 on Nov. 2 at around ¥25,000 (US$208) in Japan.

If the house is equipped with a wireless LAN access point, RoomLink can also receive data via a 5GHz IEEE802.11a wireless LAN converter, the PCWA-DE50, which will be released on Oct. 26 at around ¥25,000 in Japan. It offers up to 54M bps (bits per second) data transfer.

Other products for the new Vaio line-up include the desktop HS and RZ series, Sony said. All of the new HS models will be equipped with an embedded video camera and a TV recording function, and all of the new RZ models will be equipped with a DVD-R/RW drive from Oct. 26 onwards.

This year's best-selling Vaio models, the desktop W series and the notebook U series, according to the company, will have new models, too.

The Vaio W range, which features an all-in-one compact design allowing the keyboard to be folded up to the display, will now include the PCV-W102 with a 15.3-inch wide LCD (liquid crystal display) and a remote control. It will be available on Sept. 28 at around ¥190,000.

The PCG-U3 is a new Vaio U model that changes the way the device is held. It allows the user to operate the notebook PC while holding it with both hands. A click button is located at the upper left side of the keyboard, so that the left hand can click, while the right hand can drag a cursor by using a dragging ball located at the upper right side.

The PCG-U3 is expected to be out on Oct. 26 at around ¥150,000.

Sony also unveiled two conceptual Vaio models, known for now as the Content Egg and the E.Q.

The former, a flat egg-shaped device, is a "personal server" that stores a user's important or favorite data. The company hopes this Content Egg will be able to send data to a notebook PC on the move, via the Internet, whenever and wherever the user requests it.

Vaio E.Q is a compact hexagon-shaped "sensing computer," which stores data such as still images and voice memos, gradually learns its user's thoughts, experiences and interests, and eventually starts providing the user with relevant advice. It can therefore remind users of interactions they have previously had with other people, the details of which the user may have forgotten.

Both Vaio Contents Egg and Vaio E.Q are at a research and development stage, and the company hopes to commercialize them in 2004, Sony said.

Sony Dream World 2002 runs from Saturday to Sunday at Pacifico Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kuriko Miyake

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?