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!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kuriko Miyake

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

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.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

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?