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Sony VAIO AR290G NotebookVGN-AR290G Review

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Immerse yourself in the entertainment world with the powerful VAIO® VGN-AR250G notebook computer. Record live TV, watch movies and play games in vivid color at home or on the road.
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2 GHz)1
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2

Product Description

The luxuriously designed VAIO® AR Digital Studio™ notebook PC offers the ultimate in entertainment performance. Featuring a beautiful 17" WXGA (1440×900) widescreen display5 and Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005, you can watch and record TV in addition to viewing photos and movies. The Super-fast ATA hard drives, DDR2 memory, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7400 graphics deliver a robust computing performance and blazing game play. Easily connect to your HDTV and home theater via the built-in HDMI™ output. The VAIO® AR Notebook is a “Windows Vista™ Premium Ready” PC.

Specifications

Model:
VGN-AR250G
 
Processor
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2GHz1 , 4MB L2 Cache)

Operating System
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2

Front Side Bus Speed
667MHz

Chipset
Intel® 945PM

Integrated Wireless LAN
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3915ABG Network Connection (802.11a/b/g)4

LCD
17” WXGA5 (1440×900) with XBRITE HiColor™ technology

Hard Drive
200GB4 4200rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive

Memory
2GB PC2-4200 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (1GB x 2)

Graphics
NVDIA® GeForce® Go 7600 supporting up to 128MB Video RAM

Graphics Interface
VGA out w/ Smart Display Sensor, HDMI™ out and S-Video out

Optical Drive
DVD+-R Double Layer/DVD±RW Drive2
DVD+R DL Write: 4x max.
DVD+R Write: 8x max.
DVD+RW Write: 8x max.
DVD-R Write: 8x max.
DVD-RW Write: 6x max.
CD-R Write: 24x max.
CD-RW Write: 16x max.
DVD±RW: Yes
CD Read: 24x max.
DVD Read: 8x max.
DVD-RAM Write: 5x max.
DVD-R DL Write: 4x max.
DVD-RAM Read: 5x max.

Modem
Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem with (RJ-11)

Ethernet
Fast Ethernet 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX (RJ-45)

Audio
Sound System – Sony® Sound Reality™ – Audio Enhancer

Audio Interface
Microphone jack, Headphone jack

Multimedia Card Reader
Supports optional Memory Stick® and Memory Stick DUO™ media with MagicGate® functionality and Secure Digital Media (SD)
One PCMCIA – Type II/Type I card slot with CardBus support
One ExpressCard™ /54 Slot

Other Interfaces
i.LINK® connector(IEEE 1394)35 (1 4pin), 3 USB 2.0 ports, port replicator connector

Pointing Device
Electro-Static touch pad

Keyboard
QWERTY, 86 keys with 2.5mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch

Action Buttons
S1, S2, AV Mode, Volume, Mute, Eject, Play/Pause/Stop, Wireless LAN On/Off, TV Record, FF, Rewind, Channel + and -

Power Requirements
150W+10%

Battery
Standard Battery (VGP-BPS2C)

Estimated Battery Life
Standard Battery: 1.5-2.5 hours13

Bluetooth® Technology
Integrated Bluetooth® Technology14

Communication
Built-in camera and microphone

Color
Black

Supplied Accessories
Standard Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS2C)
AC Adapter (VGP-AC19V15)
Remote Control/IR Receiver
Power Cord
RF Cable

Optional Accessories
Multi-Function Docking Station (VGP-PRFE1)
Bluetooth® Wireless Mouse (VGP-BMS30)
Universal Carrying Case (VGP-AMB1)
DVD R DL/DVD±RW Drive Bay (VGP-DRWBX1)
CD-RW Drive Bay Unit (VGP-CRWBX1)
80GB HDD Drive Bay Unit (VGP-HDBX08A)

Weight
8.4lbs. (weight is approximate and may vary)

Measurements
16.4"(W) x 1.32"(H) x 11.8"(D)

SOFTWARE
 
Sony Original Software
Click to DVD® – DVD Creation
SonicStage Mastering Studio™ – Audio Mastering and Remastering
SonicStage® – Digital Music
DVgate™ Plus – Digital Video
VAIO Media™ – Network File Sharing
Image Converter – PSP™ Transfer
60-Minute Trial Version of Wheel of Fortune®
60-Minute Trial Version of Jeopardy®
60-Minute Trial Version of DaVinci Code and Bewitched games

Supplied Software
Microsoft® Works 8.5
60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office Trial
60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 2006
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 4.0
Adobe® Premiere Elements 2.0
InterVideo® WinDVD®
Roxio® DigitalMedia SE
Intuit Quicken® 2005 New User Edition (Previous Quicken users may require additional upgrade)
DISCover My Games

Anti-Virus and Recovery Software
Norton® Internet Security 60-Day Subscription – Norton AntiVirus®, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton Antispam® and Norton Parental Control
TrendMicro™ Anti-Spyware 30-Day Trial
Iolo® System Mechanic 30-Day Trial
VAIO® Recovery Wizard
VAIO® Update
VAIO® Support Central
VAIO® Security Center

Internet Services
AOL Online™ 180-Day Trial – New Users Only

 

 

 

 

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