At 16.4″ x 11.8″ x 1.32″ and 8.4-pounds, the VGN-AR190G manages to house a 17-inch WXGA+ widescreen display, pefect for watching your favorite movies. It features an Intel Core Duo T2500 (2.0GHz) processor, 1GB of memory, 200GB SATA HDD, Blu-ray drive, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600GT graphics, and a built-in webcam. External interfaces include three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, 4-in-1 memory card reader, and an HDMI port. Available for preorder here.
If your hedging between this Blu-Ray system and the HD-DVD-enabled Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV650, the Sony gets points for its lighter, sleeker design (8.4 pounds versus 10.1 pounds), better graphics scores, and, of course, the fact that the VAIO’s Blu-ray drive can write as well as read discs