Sony today took the wraps off a new line of richly-designed, high-performance ultra-portable notebooks. The VAIO TZ model incorporates the power of a larger PC into a small, portable form factor. Luxuriously sleek, it weighs just 2.65 pounds and measures less than 1-inch thin.

The notebook is available in a classic black, premium carbon, champagne gold, and hand-painted Bordeaux. The unit has a carbon-fiber casing that contributes to its light weight, extra-slim figure and durability.

The model incorporates a 11.1-inch widescreen display (diagonal) with Sony’s original XBRITE-HiColor LCD technology.

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Designed for ease-of-use, the keyboard’s keys are raised slightly above an attractive piano-black bezel layer producing a user-friendly touch. An extra support layer has been added to increase the stability of the keys, giving them an unwavering motion for quieter typing.

The notebook packs the latest Intel Core 2 Duo ultra-low processor and four to 7.5 hours of standard battery life on a single charge. The unit’s built-in 802.11n wireless LAN capabilities.

The new notebook features integrated Bluetooth technology for wireless communication with compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices. Sony’s SmartWi technology has also been added for a seamless experience navigating between wireless WAN, wireless LAN and Bluetooth technologies.

An optional MOTION EYE camera with a microphone built into the razor-thin LCD panel lets you video conference with colleagues, families and friends.

For security, an integrated biometrics fingerprint sensor has been added so you can access password protected content with the touch of a finger. The PC comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows Vista Business operating system.

The TZ unit also comes loaded with LocationFree software. This allows you to “place-shift” live television broadcasts, access a personal video recorder or DVD player, and view that content on your notebook via the Internet with broadband connectivity. A new VAIO-branded LF-V30 base station, with enhanced functionality, is required and will be sold separately starting in September.

The notebook is equipped with Instant Mode so you can go straight to watching a movie, playing music or viewing photos at the touch of a button — without having to boot-up the operating system.

The included Click to DVD(R) software and DVD+/-R Double Layer/DVD+/-RW drive can be used to create customized DVDs, dynamic presentations and manage multimedia files.

A flash-based model will also be available. This unit will provide a rapid boot-up and quicker access to applications, while reducing the risk of hard drive damage — an ideal feature for travelers in situations where sudden movements are common.

The standard VAIO TZ notebook will start at about $2,200, while the flash-based model will go for around $3,000. They will also be sold at Sony Style stores, military exchange bases and select retailers around the country beginning in August.

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