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Sony unveils its new line of VAIO laptops: SSD, HDMI, Blu-ray, more

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Move over MacBook Pro, there's a new sheriff in town. Fresh out of the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony's VAIO VGN-AR790U Premium 17" monstrosity packs a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 "Penryn" processor coupled with a 1920x1200 widescreen XBRITE-HiColor LCD, 4GB of RAM, two 200GB hard drives, GeForce Go 8600M GT 512MB video card, and Blu-ray optical drive. Thanks to its HDMI output, it can also double as your media center, easily hooking up to any HDMI-equipped HDTV. It's available for pre-orders now at SonyStyle.com for $3,299.99 with free shipping. (It's scheduled to ship on January 29.) But that's not all Sony unleashed at CES.

Looking for something a little more portable? Made of carbon fiber, the new Sony VAIO TZ298N/XC Premium combines a 250GB hard drive with a 64GB Solid State Disk drive for a total weight of 2.7 pounds (that's less than a pound heavier than Asus' Eee PC). At $3,699.99, this 11.1" notebook is designed for low power consumption with its battery-saving Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 1.33GHz processor under its hood. It aso has a built-in Wireless Wide Area Network radio (WWAN), so you have the option of connecting to Sprint's Mobile Broadband EVDO service whenever a hot-spot isn't available. It's scheduled to ship March 4.

With its eyes set on Apple's MacBook, there's the Sony VAIO VGN-SZ791N/X. This notebook is the middle man of the pack with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1280x800 XBRITE LCD with LED backlight, 4GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, and a dual-layer optical drive. Like its siblings, it also comes with 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, and a flash card reader, but goes for $2,699.99. It's scheduled to ship January 29.

And finally there's the Sony VAIO VGN-FZ485U/B. This system packs an Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1GHz dual-core processor maxed out with 4GB of RAM. It also features a 15.4" 1280x800 XBRITE-HiColor LCD and 300GB hard drive. Sitting above the LCD is a 1.3-megapixel camera. Like the VGN-AR790U, this model also packs an HDMI output (with an option to upgrade to a Blu-ray drive), but comes in slightly less at $2,199.99. It's scheduled to ship February 12.

Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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