Sony releases new versatile V3 series.

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Finally an amazingly cool bit of digital convergence that doesn’t make me cynical about technological innovation. And from Sony no less. Sony has announced the new VAIO v3 line. Not only will it be a PC, but a TV and sound system as well. First the basic specs: the v3 series comes in two fun (but doubtless expensive) flavours: the VGC-V3S, which comes with a 3.4GHz HT Pentium 4 chip, 20-inch WXGA screen and integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking; and the VGC-V3M which has a 3.2GHz HT Pentium 4 chip, and a 17-inch screen, but doesn’t feature wireless networking.

The v3 monitors are set to impress as well. While they may not be the size of a large TV screen, they do feature an impressive 1280 x 768-pixel widescreen resolution and are Sony’s trademark X-black LCDs, giving really sharp picture quality. Both models come with a 250GB hard drive as well as 512MB of PC3200 SDRAM. On the TV side of things, both models come with remotes and support digital recording off your telly. Both also feature DVD recorders capable of writing in both DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. Like their T2 laptops, the v3 comes with the Adobe starter pack, featuring Adobe Photoshop elements 2.0, a special edition of Adobe Premiere 6.0 as well as Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition. The desktops will also come with microsoft works. We’ll give you word on price as soon as it comes to us.

Chris Cornwell

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