There’s no word on exact specs of these new Sony VAIO beasts but both laptops do come with Blue-ray disc drives, 802.11n wireless, and a nice option to downgrade to Windows XP.
Now, these are the budget-versions of Sony VAIO’s business laptops but they still pack heavy-duty features such as the Blue-ray disc, which we love to watch movies on.
Excerpt from Press Release on the Sony VAIO NS:
The VAIO NS notebook features an optional Blu-ray Disc-ROM drive that is ideal for viewing HD content. It also has the added convenience of DVD and CD read/write functionalities. The PC is equipped with a 15.4-inch (measured diagonally) widescreen display, and Sony's own XBRITE-ECO(TM) LCD technology for sharp details and vivid colors. The NS model easily accesses your music, movies and the Internet. Its integrated A/V mode features a dedicated menu, putting entertainment within easy reach by letting you select up to nine programs, such as a favorite web site, from one location. Packing an Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor, significant RAM and ample storage, the NS notebook is equipped with the tools required for everyday computing. Available in three colors -- nightfall blue, silk white and granite silver -- the VAIO NS notebook will start at around $650, while the Blu-ray Disc model will go for about $1,000.
Excerpt from Press Release on the Sony VAIO CS:
The VAIO CS notebook is available in four glossy colors -- sangria, cosmopolitan, dove and black. A standard black matte finish is also available. The unit is equipped with a 14.1-inch widescreen display and XBRITE-ECO(TM) LCD technology for sharp images. Matched with an optional Blu-ray Disc-ROM drive, the CS model is ideal for watching HD entertainment on-the-go. Its instant A/V mode lets you kick off your entertainment with ease. Go straight to watching a movie, playing music, or viewing photos with the touch of a button. A built-in A/V slide control also lets you control all functions (play, pause, rewind, fast-forward, stop, eject, etc.) all with one-touch ease. The PC has a uniquely configured keyboard, designed with spacing between the keys, for a comfortable typing experience. A specialized keyboard font adds a fun touch. The unit also has a 12-tone music analyzer that translates your music into a colorful LED light show that plays out beneath the palm rest of the PC. It is backed by optional Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 processor technology with plenty of power for high-speed performance and an energy-efficient design for remote computing. The CS model will start at about $920, while the BD model will go for around $1,070.