Sony has released its next-generation VAIO notebooks, with the new additions building on its current consumer, HD, entertainment, portable and SMB focused range.

For fans of high definition, the new VAIO AR series models now feature a 200GB hard disk drive, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM and Intel Core2 Duo T7400. This is in addition to the Blu-ray drive found in the top-end model in the series, which is priced at $5499. The lower-end has an RRP of $3699.

If you’re looking for a notebook to use for a combination of personal and work purposes, Sony has come up with some additions to the SZ series. The top-end model is now fitted with a 120GB hard disk drive and 1GB DR2 SDRAM, whilst the lower-end has an 80GB HDD and can be upgraded to 1GB DDR2 SDRAM. Both notebooks offer fingerprint security, HDD shock protection and TPM chip. They are priced from $2999. 
The latest in the ultra-portable TX series are two models which claim a battery life of up to 9.5 hours (in the lower-end model) and 10 hours in the top-end. They weigh only 1.25kg, Sony says, and are priced from $2999.
The new colourful VAIO C series offers a choice of five colours for the fashion conscious – Espresso Black, Seashell White, Blush Pink, Spring Green and Urban Grey. All models are bundled with a full entertainment software package. They are priced from $1499.

There is also the VAIO N series (N17G), targeted at the entry-level home user. It is priced at $1699. The SMB offering is the FE series, which features Intel Core2 Duo and a hard disk drive of 120GB in the top end model and 100GB in the lower end. They are priced from $2299.