Sony VAIO VGN-FZ280E /B / 15.4-inch Notebook review

Sony VAIO VGN-FZ280E /B / 15.4-inch Notebook review
Sony launches VAIO VGN-FZ280E /B with a dazzling display. The VAIO VGNFZ280E / B notebook is a thin and light Blu-ray Disc notebook featuring 15.4-inch widescreen LCD with XBRITE-ECO technology. With a built-in camera and microphone for video messaging and Blu-ray Disc optical drive for massive storage capacity, this PC, lightning-fast super-strong packed with exciting entertainment features.

Thin-and-Light Notebook with Blu-ray Disc Technology

The VGNFZ280EB notebook features Blu-ray Disc technology and a brushed aluminum panel that adorns its entertainment controls, making this spectacular PC the world's first thin and light Blu-ray Disc-enabled notebook. Now you can watch Blu-ray Disc movies in stunning HD clarity and record content to a single 25-50GB Blu-ray Disc media while you're on the go. The VGNFZ280EB notebook packs big power and even bigger entertainment into a small, portable package. This unique 5.75 pound PC combines all the benefits of a 15.4-inch widescreen display with the dimensions or "footprint" of a much smaller notebook. The VAIO FZ is designed to maximize LCD space with advanced space-saving engineering techniques implemented throughout the chassis, including a reconfigured battery and motherboard design. The result is a brilliant, 15.4-inch widescreen display in the body of a portable, thin and light notebook.

Watch and Record Blu-ray Disc

The VGNFZ280EB features Blu-ray Disc technology and an HDMI output. With the VAIO FZ premium notebook, you can watch Blu-ray Disc movies in stunning HD clarity and record content to a single 25-50GB Blu-ray Disc media while you're on the go. Until you experience movies and concerts on Blu-ray Disc media, you won't know just how good high-definition can be. With pristine full 1080 HD resolution and stunning clarity, Blu-ray Disc is an impressive new way to enjoy your entertainment. Blu-ray Disc also enjoys the most extensive industry support as it is backed by more than 85 percent of consumer electronics companies, seven of the biggest movie studios, the world's two largest music labels, plus PLAYSTATION 3 and leading game companies. Blu-ray Disc technology lets you store content in a format that provides up to five times the capacity of standard DVDs. With an integrated Blu-ray Disc optical drive, you can create or record 25-50GB of home movies, music and digital photos to a single Blu-ray Disc media. An HDMI output delivers video and audio to external sources via a single cable, providing the optimal digital connection to your compatible HDTV so you can enjoy HD entertainment on the big screen without a myriad of extra cables and wires.

Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Technology

Introducing the next great advancement in wireless technology, Wireless-N. With built-in Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology, the VAIO FZ notebook lets you wirelessly surf the web and e-mail with greater performance, range and reliability than ever before. Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology offers a massive boost in speed and considerably more range than existing 802.11a/b/g networks. Connect to hot spots with ease and experience the incredible difference of Wireless-N. You can even wirelessly stream video throughout your home or office with blazing-fast speed. Next-Gen Wireless-N technology is backward compatible with existing 802.11a/b/g networks, so there is no need for any additional hardware or cables, it's all built in.

Designed for Efficiency

From the energy-saving featuers of XBRITE ECO technology to the innovative techniques used to integrate a 15.4-inch widescreen display into a thin and light chassis, the VAIO FZ is all about efficiency. With from 2 up to 4 hours of standard battery life, the power-saving features of Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology with Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology, you'll stay powered up longer and wirelessly connected with greater range and speed than ever before. The chassis of the VGNFZ280EB is encased in durable and super-lightweight magnesium allow. This thin-walled, rugged magnesium casing reduces the weight of the notebook while serving as a slender, durable shell.

Core 2 Duo Processor and Vista Home Premium

Get the ultimate mobile experience with unparalleled processing speeds, longer battery life and enhanced wireless connectivity. The VGNFZ280EB features Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, Intel's latest and best notebook technology to date. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and an 800 MHz Front Side Bus, this fourth generation state-of-the-art technology provides screaming-fast performance and the mobility, power and flexibility you need for high-speed, wireless computing on the go. With Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, you've got the dual-core performance to enjoy a rich multimedia entertainment experience. The VGNFZ280EB comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium, a breakthrough operating system that brings your computing world into sharper focus while delivering the productivity, entertainment and security you need. See the difference with a spectacular new look, instant search, built-in Windows Media Center and automated security features. Create beautiful family albums and home videos, listen to your favorite music, and connect with friends and family. Windows Vista Home Premium makes it easier and more enjoyable to do just about anything on your PC.

Entertainment Dream

An A/V fan's dream PC, the VGNFZ280EB includes a full set of dedicated multimedia controls just above the keyboard. A round A/V interface jumps out of the clean design of the VAIO FZ, adding a unique and practical touch to its sophisticated appearance. These intuitive music and video controls are user-friendly, so you can easily control your CDs, DVDs, pictures and home movies with the push of a button. Sony puts professional-quality tools for creating your own DVDs at your fingertips. With Click to DVD software and the advanced DVD+/-R DL, +/-RW, -RAM drive, presenting your digital video content in a professional-looking package, including interactive menus and customized themes, is quick and easy. Create or record up to 8.5GB of home video, movies, music, or digital photos (or up to 4 hours of MPEG-2 video) on one Double Layer DVD disc.

Messaging and Media Management

Keeping in touch has never been easier or more fun. The VAIO FZ notebook features an integrated camera and microphone for video messaging with family, friends and coworkers. Enjoy this feature with free video messaging services and stay connected to loved ones and colleagues with user-friendly chat and video mail functions. The MOTION EYE camera is discreetly located above the LCD screen to allow easy angle adjustment and natural eye movement while video chatting. The Windows Vista operating sytem provides the tools you need to conveniently manage and enjoy your music, movie and photo collections. Windows Vista makes content management a breeze and is a smart way to enjoy your digital entertainment on demand.

Exceptional Audio Performance and Advanced Graphics

The VGNFZ280EB brings exceptional audio performance to your desktop. With Sony's original Sound Reality technology, the VAIO FZ offers professional-quality, high-resolution surround-sound supporting Direct Stream Digital technology. With this advanced technology, your music, games and movies will come alive with deep, rich, full sound. Available on the VGNFZ280EB, an NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M graphics card lets you power through today's graphic intensive games with advanced 3D graphic engines at HD resolution. After a day of gaming, kick back and watch HD videos on your notebook featuring the advanced NVIDIA PureVideo technology, high-definition video playback and superb picture clarity on notebook PCs.

Powerful Connections

The VAIO FZ premium notebook features an HDMI output, allowing you to view your audio, video or data content on your TV through a single cable. It also offers the added benefit of capturing and editing your 1080 HD camcorder without downgrading quality in the process. In addition to PC card support, the VAIO FZ notebook supports ExpressCard, an emerging standard in smaller, faster PC card solutions with the throughput to port data at incredible speeds, making it ideal for transferring video and large files. In addition, the ExpressCard standard promises to deliver low-profile, lightweight modular expansion. Easily transfer files to and from external devices to your notebook. The VGNFZ280EB notebook supports all versions of Memory Stick Media, Sony's high-capacity removable flash memory. Memory Stick media is ideal for use with your compatible digital camera, camcorder, cell phone and personal audio player. An S-video output lets you connect your VAIO VGNFZ280EB to compatible TVs, video game consoles, cameras, projectors and more.

Included With Purchase

Standard Lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, power cord.Sony VAIO VGN-FZ280E /B / 15.4-inch Notebook review Comparison Specifications
  • 15.4-Inch WXGA LCD Display with XBRITE-ECO Technology, 1280 x 800 Pixels
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7250 (2 GHz)
  • 250 GB Serial ATA Hard Drive, 4200 rpm Speed
  • 2GB (1GB x 2) PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory, 667MHz Speed (4 GB Maximum Capacity)
  • Blu-ray Disc Optical Drive (Playback and Recording), DVD/CD Burner
  • Memory Stick Media Slot, Secure Digital (SD) Slot
  • Wireless LAN: Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • HDMI Connection, 3 USB Ports, S-Video Output, i.LINK Connection (IEEE 1394)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT GPU Graphics Processor, 1023MB Total Available Graphics Memory
  • Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Operating System

Additional Specifications

  • VGA Output, Headphone Jack, Microphone Input
  • Sound System: Sony Sound Reality Audio Enhancer
  • One ExpressCard/34 Slot
  • 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet Speed, Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) Ethernet Protocol
  • Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem (RJ-11)
  • Built-In 1.3 Megapixel MOTION EYE Camera and Microphone
  • Action Buttons: S (Programmable), Volume, AV Mode, Play/Pause, FF, Rewind and Stop
  • Pointing Device: Electro-Static Touch Pad
  • Lightweight and Durable Magnesium Chassis
  • Standard Lithium-Ion Battery (VGP-BPS2B), Estimated Battery Life of 2.5 to 5.5 Hours
Sony VAIO VGN-FZ280E /B / 15.4-inch Notebook review Manufacturer Specifications
  • Front Side Bus Speed: 800MHz
  • L2 Cache: 2MB Advanced Smart Cache
  • Keyboard: QWERTY, 82 Keys with 2mm Stroke and 19.05mm Pitch
  • Sony Original Software: Click to DVD (DVD Creation), LocationFree Player Software
  • Internet Services: AOL 90-Day Risk Free Trial (New Users Only)
  • Norton 360 All-In-One Security 60-Day Trial
  • Microsoft Works SE 9.0 wit 60-Da Trial Version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007

Dimensional Specifications

  • Dimensions: 14" W x 0.98"-1.4" H x 10.02" D
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs.

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