Sony has launched it calls 'a new class of portable' -- a laptop with an 18-4-inch screen that can compete with pro-level desktop monitors. The company says that the Vaio AW-Series offers screen technologies never seen on a notebook, from the massive 18.4-inch diagonal and Full HD resolution to its 3LED backlighting system.
The screen is designed to appeal to photographers and owners of HD camcorders, according to Sony, but should find favor with illustrators, artists and other creative professional. 3LED backlighting is a technical breakthrough found on high-end Bravia LCD TVs. It uses the pure red, green and blue light emitted by LEDs to generate a super-wide color gamut capable of correctly reproducing the full Adobe RGB color space. The 18.4-inch screen has a resolution of 1920-x-1080 pixels
The AW-Series ships with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as well as Adobe Photoshop Elements, providing users with some of the very best photo-editing software tools available. Sony original software including Image Data Converter, Picture Motion Browser and a setting plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to further enhance the appeal to serious photographers.
The huge Full HD display offers true 16:9 widescreen, with Dolby Home Theatre audio signal processing and 2.1 channel speakers complete the mini-cinema effect, with enhanced bass from the integrated sub-woofer as well as immersive surround sound.
From a technical standpoint, the VAIO AW-Series has an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor, 3D graphics courtesy of nVidia's 512MB GeForce 9600M GT chip and a very special combination of disk technologies. In a world first, 128GB of Solid State Disk (SSD) Flash memory works together in a RAID array with the 500GB SATA drive to boost performance when working with large files, which are stored on the SSD for extremely fast access.