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 July 30, 2001
The New Two-Spindle VAIO GR Notebook PC Series

 Sony Electronics is taking the audiovisual convergence features VAIO users love and placing them in a powerful and practical tool designed specifically for the business professional with the introduction of the VAIO GR170K and GR150K notebook PCs - its first two-spindle notebooks created especially for the corporate market.

"VAIO has a reputation as a stylish consumer entertainment device," said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager for VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics. "With powerhouse multimedia capabilities, the GR notebook PC series offers the power and audiovisual capabilities business professionals need to push the envelope in creativity and productivity."

GR170K: The True Business Partner

The highlight of this new notebook PC line is the GR170K unit, which houses a mobile Intel(r) Pentium(r) III processor 1GHz-M supporting Enhanced Intel(r) SpeedStep(tm) technology.

As one of the first PC manufacturers incorporating this new processor in a notebook PC, Sony VAIO GR users will experience seamless application transition and significantly higher performance for enhanced productivity. Both the GR170K and the GR150K weigh 5.6 pounds with the weight saver and only 6.3 pounds with the removable CD-RW/DVD combo drive.

Designed to be highly functional, yet thin and light, the new GR170K model has a 14.1-inch SXGA+ TFT display for 87 percent higher pixel count than a regular XGA TFT screen. This impressive screen provides brilliant playback for business presentations and DVD viewing. It also sports a modular design that allows users to run two batteries, an easily removable hard drive and an optional port replicator for full office peripheral connectivity.

The GR summer lineup offers one additional configuration, the GR150K. It features a mobile Intel(r) Pentium(r) III processor 866MHz-M and a 14.1-inch XGA TFT screen.

Along with the GR series' great features, Sony will offer a three-year limited warranty on both notebook PC models, providing security and convenience for the business user.

Powerhouse Multimedia Capabilities For The Road Warrior

All VAIO notebooks PCs, including the GR series, come equipped with an i.LINK(r) (IEEE 1394) digital interface, allowing for digital video and data exchange between VAIO notebook PCs and Sony Digital Handycam(r) camcorders, Sony Cyber-shot(r) digital still cameras and other compatible devices.

Also included in the new VAIO GR PC line's software mix are: Sony's original MovieShaker(tm) software, a simple application for producing digital movies; Sony's PictureGear(tm) software, designed to help manage digital content; and Dvgate(tm) software, which captures full motion digital video and still photography.

The GR series also house a CD-RW/DVD combination drive and a MagicGate(tm) Memory Stick(r) media slot for quick, high capacity storage of music, video, digital images and convenient sharing of files among colleagues. They also feature Sony's JogDial(tm) control for easy application selection. The quick and simple integration of all these products allows users who work on the road and in the car to create and share photos, videos and information immediately.

In addition to the GR170K and the GR150K, the GR series can be custom configured on our web site at The GR170K and GR150K ship with a Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 Professional operating system for about US$2,999 and US$2,599, respectively. Both systems arrive on store shelves this month.