Sony equip $1000 notebooks with Blu-ray drives
The two notebooks are primarily differentiated by their form factors: the NS gets a standard 15.4-inch screen while the CS gets a more compact 14.1-inch screen. Both have been tailored for high-def viewing with Xbrite-Eco LCDs, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and 4GB RAM in the Blu-ray configurations. They also get dedicated A/V modes to cut down on the number of steps needed to get a movie playing or control playback.
Like the NR series that preceded both the NS and CS, Sony will market the new notebooks as fashionable budget machines. The NS will come in nightfall blue, silk white, and granite silver, while the CS will come in four glossy shades: sangria, cosmopolitan, dove and black.
The NS series will start at $650 and rise to $1,000 in its cheapest Blu-ray form, while the CS will start at $920 and leap to $1,070 with the player. Both will debut in retail stores and online this fall.