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First Look: New Sony R505 Notebooks

Monday Feb 25th 2002 by SmallBusinessComputing Staff

Sony's newest SuperSlim notebooks offer bundled docking stations and integrated wireless features.

Sony Electronics introduced today two additions to its SuperSlim Pro line of VAIO R505 notebook computers. Featuring 1 GHz and higher processors, the new R505DS and R505DL ultralight models offer integrated IEEE 802.11b wireless capabilities.

The new thin profile R505 PCs weigh less than four and a half pounds and feature Mobile Intel Pentium III processors. The R505DS model comes with the Mobile Intel Pentium III processor 1.13 GHz-M, 256 MB SDRAM, and a 40 GB hard drive while the R505DL features the Mobile Intel Pentium III processor 1.00 GHz-M, 256 GB of SDRAM, and a 30 GB hard drive.

Both include a SlimDock docking station with a floppy disk drive and a CD-RW/DVD combo drive for users who want to watch DVD movies, listen to music CDs or burn CDs on the road without adding a lot of weight or plug-in peripherals. Mirroring the ports built into each R505 unit, the SlimDock also features two USB ports, a serial port, printer port, a 10Base-T/100Base-TX integrated Ethernet port and VGA-out for direct hook-up to projectors or monitors.

The R505DS model will be available for about $2,300 next month. Consumers can have the option of purchasing R505DS models with either Windows 2000 Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Pro preloaded. The R505DL model will sell for approximately $1,700 and will be available next month.

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