New Sony VAIO® Notebook PCs Keep Students Ahead of the Curve

All-In-One Notebooks Have the Muscle to Power Through Educational Applications and Off-Time Entertainment At an Affordable Price

PRNewswire
SAN DIEGO
Aug 28, 2002

With many colleges and universities requiring freshmen to own a PC, Sony is offering parents two new affordable options for all-in-one notebook computing: VAIO PC models PCG-NVR23 and PCG-FXA63.

The VAIO NVR23 and FXA63 notebook PCs are powered by the AMD Athlon™ XP 1800+ and Athlon XP 1600+ processors, running at 1.67 GHz and 1.4 GHz respectively, providing more than ample performance to effectively run educational applications. They also make the most of the limited space in student housing by offering an effective alternative to the tower, display and speakers of a desktop PC. Students will appreciate the VAIO NVR23 notebook PC's high-end nVidia® graphics chip that enhances the gaming experience once the schoolwork is finished.

"For students, it's all about making the most out of what you have," said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager of VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics. "Of course a PC should be able to do email, spreadsheets and word processing but with VAIO notebooks students get so much more. Whether they want to jazz up a report with pictures or video, watch DVDs, play hardcore graphics-intensive games or listen to music, VAIO notebooks pack it all into a portable package."

Boom Box, DVD Player and Performance PC in One Compact Package

The VAIO NVR23 notebook PC offers a hot-swappable multi-purpose bay that accepts an included rumbling subwoofer to punctuate music or enhance a DVD movie played on the on-board CD-RW/DVD combo drive. The bay also accepts the included 10-key touch pad that provides an ergonomic full-size feel to the keyboard and an included standard 3.5-inch floppy drive. The notebook features a 15-inch XGA LCD display, 30GB hard drive and 256MB of RAM.

Affordable Performance, All-in-One Versatility

The latest addition to Sony's popular FXA series, the VAIO FXA63 notebook, provides affordable yet powerful performance on a high quality, 14-inch screen, a full 256MB of RAM, a 20GB hard drive, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, an integrated CD-RW/DVD combo drive and dual battery capability.

Value-Packed Software and Connectivity Options

In addition to the usual productivity applications, the NVR23 and FXA63 notebooks also come equipped with the latest Sony software, including DVgate™, MovieShaker™ and SonicStage™ applications, that allows users to design and create personalized music CDs, manage and manipulate digital photos, and edit digital video on-the-fly to share with family and friends. Standard on each notebook is Everquest®, Sony's popular multiplayer online game, allowing students to blow off steam between classes.

The NVR23 and FXA63 notebooks also offer extensive connectivity options, including USB ports and an i.LINK® (IEEE1394) port for the high-bandwidth transfer of digital content. The Memory Stick® media slot on the NVR23 PC gives the students the ability to connect to today's universe of Memory Stick products, including camcorders, digital still cameras, handhelds, printers, voice recorders and more.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony VAIO NVR23 and FXA63 notebooks will both be available in stores and through http://www.sonystyle.com/ in September, just in time for the fall semester. The VAIO NVR23 notebook will be priced at about $1,500 and the FXA model will be about $1,400.

                              Key Specifications

                            VAIO PCG-NVR23
   CPU                      AMD Athlon™ XP 1800+ running at 1.67 GHz
   LCD Display              15.0-inch XGA TFT display
   Operating System         Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
   Dimensions               Height - 1.7 inches in front, 2.1 inches in rear
                            Width - 13.3 inches
                            Depth - 10.9 inches
                            8.2 pounds with battery and weight saver
                            8.6 pounds with battery and floppy drive
   Included Modular Devices Floppy drive
                            10-Key Touch Pad
                            Subwoofer
                            Weight Saver
   Among Included
   Software Applications    Corel WordPerfect Office
                            Quicken® 2002 New User Edition
                             (existing users may be required to upgrade)
                            RealNetworks® RealPlayer®
                            Sony DVgate™
                            Sony MovieShaker™
                            InterVideo WinDVD™ 2000
                            Sony Pico Player™
                            Sony SonicStage™
                            Screenblast™ ACID™
                            Screenblast™ Sound Forge
                            Sony DigitalPrint
                            Sony Smart Capture
                            Everquest® (fee required)
                            America Online® (subscription required)
                            Trend Micro PC-Cillin® 90 Day Trial Version
                            VAIO Support Agent
   Interfaces               i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) S400 interface supports
                             high-speed digital video, audio, and data
                             transfer capabilities among compatible
                             Sony products
                            Memory Stick® media slot
                            Jog Dial™ control
                            External volume control
                            3 USB port
                            RJ-11 modem jack
                            RJ-45 Ethernet
                            VGA output
   Standard RAM             256 MB DDR SDRAM, expandable to 512 MB
   Hard Disk                30.0 GB hard drive
   Battery                  Lithium-ion battery
                            Up to 2.5 hours
   Digital Video            4X AGP enabled ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™
                             7500 graphics chip with 32 MB DDR SDRAM
   Digital Audio            Windows® sound system compatible
                            Multi-purpose bay supports subwoofer
                            Built-in stereo speakers; monaural mini-jack
                             microphone

   Modem                    Integrated V.90 modem
   Optional Accessories     Additional standard battery (PCGA-BP2NX)
                            USB Mouse (PCGA-UMS1/A)
                            Carrying case (PCGA-CCGX)
                            Notebook backpack (PCGA-CCP1)
                            Neoprene notebook & AC adapter cases (PCGA-CCN1)
                            Additional AC adapter (PCGA-AC19V3)
                            External speakers (PCGA-SP1)
                            802.11b wireless LAN Pro access point
                             (PCWA-A200)
                            802.11b wireless LAN Bridge access point
                             (PCWA-A220)
                            802.11b wireless LAN PC card
                             (PCWA-C100 or -C150S)
                            802.11a wireless LAN access point (PCWA-A500)
                            802.11a wireless LAN PC card (PCWA-C500)
   Availability             September
   Estimated Selling Price  About $1,500
   Notes                    GHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed;
                             other factors may affect application
                             performance.  CPU speed may be reduced
                             under certain operating conditions.
                            GB means one billion bytes when referring to
                             hard drive capacity.
                            Accessible capacity may vary.


                              Key Specifications

                            VAIO PCG-FXA63
   CPU                      AMD Athlon™ XP 1600+ running at 1.4 GHz
   LCD Display              14.0-inch XGA TFT display
   Operating System         Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
   Dimensions               Height - 1.4 - 1.85 inches
                            Width - 12.8 inches
                            Depth - 10.5 inches
                            6.2 pounds with battery
                            6.7 pounds with battery and optical drive
   Among Included
   Software Applications    Corel WordPerfect Office
                            Quicken® 2002 New User Edition
                             (existing users may require a fee to
                              upgrade)
                            RealNetworks® Real Entertainment® Suite
                            Sony DVgate™
                            Sony MovieShaker™
                            InterVideo WinDVD™ 2000
                            Sony Pico Player™
                            Sony SonicStage™
                            Screenblast™ ACID™
                            Screenblast™ Sound Forge®
                            Sony PictureGear™
                            Sony DigitalPrint
                            Sony Smart Capture
                            Everquest® (fee required)
                            America Online® (subscription required)
                            Trend Micro PC-Cillin® 90 Day Trial Version
                            VAIO Support Agent
   Interfaces               i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) S400 interface supports
                             high-speed digital video, audio, and data
                             transfer capabilities among compatible Sony
                             products
                            2 USB ports
                            RJ-11 modem jack
                            RJ-45 Ethernet
                            VGA output
   Standard RAM             256 MB SDRAM, expandable to 512 MB
   Hard Disk                20.0 GB hard drive
   Battery                  Lithium-ion battery
                            Up to 2.5 hours per battery, dual battery
                             capacity
   Digital Video            ATIRAGE™ MOBILITY RADEON™ graphics chip
                             with 8 MB SDRAM
   Digital Audio            Windows® sound system compatible
                            Built-in stereo speakers; monaural mini-jack
                             microphone
   Modem                    Integrated V.90 modem
   Optional Accessories     Port replicator (PCGA-PRFX1)
                            Second battery (PCGA-BP71A)
                            USB Mouse (PCGA-UMS1/A)
                            Carrying case (PCGA-CCF)
                            Notebook backpack (PCGA-CCP1)
                            Neoprene notebook & AC adapter cases (PCGA-CCN1)
                            Additional AC adapter (PCGA-AC19V1)
                            External speakers (PCGA-SP1)
                            802.11b wireless LAN Pro access point
                             (PCWA-A200)
                            802.11b wireless LAN Bridge access point
                             (PCWA-A220)
                            802.11b wireless LAN PC card
                             (PCWA-C100 or -C150S)
                            802.11a wireless LAN access point (PCWA-A500)
                            802.11a wireless LAN PC card (PCWA-C500)
   Availability             Mid-September
   Estimated Selling Price  About $1,400
   Notes                    GHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed;
                             other factors may affect application
                             performance.  CPU speed may be reduced
                             under certain operating conditions.
                            GB means one billion bytes when referring to
                             hard drive capacity.
                            Accessible capacity may vary.

For further information, please contact: Valerie Motis of Sony Electronics Inc., +1-858-942-8016, valerie.motis@am.sony.com; or Eric Montgomery of Burson-Marsteller, +1-858-646-3078, eric_montgomery@sdg.bm.com, for Sony Electronics Inc.

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SOURCE: Sony Electronics Inc.

CONTACT: Valerie Motis of Sony Electronics Inc., +1-858-942-8016,
valerie.motis@am.sony.com; or Eric Montgomery of Burson-Marsteller,
+1-858-646-3078, eric_montgomery@sdg.bm.com, for Sony Electronics Inc.

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