Sony unveils entry-level Vaio NR line of laptops

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Even though notebooks prices have steadily decreased over the past few years, Sony isn't exactly known for low-priced notebook computers. The company may be looking to change that, however, with today’s introduction of what it calls the "lowest-priced notebook the company has ever introduced."

Sony today announced the new Vaio NR line of entry-level notebooks starting at $750. Even though these are the company’s low-end computers, they still feature slim, stylish designs and are available in three colors: wenge, silk, and granite.

The NR series line of four notebooks each feature a 15.4-inch widescreen display, 1GB of DDR2 memory, an Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics accelerator, a dual-layer DVD burner, and come pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. The NR110 and NR120 are available with a 1.46GHz Pentium Dual Core processor, while the NR140 uses a 1.6GHz Pentium Dual Core processor and the NR160 uses a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo processor. Storage wise, the NR140 comes with a 120GB HDD while the rest of the lineup includes a 160GB HDD.

The new Sony VAIO NR notebooks are scheduled for release next month, but have already received a surprisingly good review at Laptop Magazine. For roughly $800, this seems like a pretty decent buy for “design-conscious consumers”.

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