Sony readies AR series notebook with Blu-Ray

Sony is getting ready to make the AR series notebooks available for pre-order.  The media center notebook with the 17 inch screen and integrated Blu-Ray drive is probably the unheralded part of the viral teaser campaign with the UX ultra-portable that has tech sites buzzing.  The AR has a TV tuner coupled with a 200 GB hard drive for grabbing all that fine video.  This notebook won’t be cheap with an expected price of $3,600 but hey, it’s a Sony.  Full specs after the jump.


(via Notebook Review)


Sony AR specs:

  • Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo Processor T2500
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • Integrated Wireless LAN: Intel PRO/ Wireless 3915ABG
  • Bluetooth
  • 17.8" WUXGA display (1920×1200) with XBRITE High Color Technology
  • Hard Drive: 200GB (100GB x 2) in RAID 0, (5400rpm) Serial ATA
  • Memory: 1GB PC2-4200 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (512MB x 2) (maximum 2GB)
  • Graphics: NVIDA GeForce Go 7600GT 256MB
  • TV Tuner built-in, NTSC capable
  • Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Disc/DVD+R Double Layer/DVD RW drive
  • Integrated MOTION-EYE Camera with built-in microphone
  • Audio: Sony Sound Reality Audio Enhancer sound system
  • Ports
    • 1 x 4pin i.LINK (IEEE 1394) interface
    • 3 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x HDMI output
    • 1 x VGA output
    • 1 x Port Replicator connector
    • 1 x S-Video input
    • 1 x S-Video output
    • 1 x AV input
    • 1 x RF Connection input
    • 1 x Ethernet port
    • 1 x Modem jack
    • 1 x S/PDIF output
  • PC Card Slots
  • One PCMCIA – Type II/Type I card slot with CardBus support
  • One ExpressCard / 54 Slot
  • Media card reader that supports optional Memory Stick, Memory Stick DUO media with MagicGate functionality and Secure Digital Media
  • Pointing Device: Electro-Static touch pad
  • Keyboard: QWERTY, 86 keys with 2.5mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch
  • Estimated Battery Life: 1.5-2.0 hours
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs. with standard battery12 (weight is approximate and may vary)
  • Dimensions: 16.4"(W) X 1.32"(H) X 11.8"(D)
  • Color: Black
  • Supplied Accessories: Lithium-ion Battery (VGPBPS2C), AC Adapter, Power Cord Remote Control/IR Receiver, RF Cable, HDMI Cable, HDMI to DVI-D Adapter, House of Flying Daggers Blu-Ray Disc Movie