updated 04:50 pm EDT, Fri September 1, 2006
Sony SZ Core 2 Duo
Some computer manufacturers were quick to announce immediate upgrades to the Core 2 Duo processor in their laptop models, such as Dell and Toshiba. Others, however, have taken a more conservative approach and announced new systems closer to immediate availability. An example is Sony, which introduced the VAIO SZ3 laptop in Japan on Friday. Similar in most respects to the SZ2 version still on sale in the US, the 13.3-inch SZ3 receives increased performance through the Core 2 Duo in higher-end models. Memory and hard drive space are still relatively basic at 512MB and 80GB for the base configuration, but models can be configured with as much as 2GB of RAM and 160GB of storage. A mid-range model with a 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM, a 100GB hard drive, DVD writer, and a 3.1-megapixel camera will sell in Japan for the equivalent of $2047 US. American pricing is expected to be significantly less when announced in the near future.