Sony VAIO AW11S/B media laptop £999.99 before Quidco - Core2Duo P8400 2.26GHz, 4GB RAM, 400GB HDD, Blu-ray Rewriter, 9600GT, 18.4" 1920 x1080 screen, Vista Home Premium. £999.99 @ Argos - HotUKDeals
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This is a full featured desktop replacement/media laptop with a 18.4" screen, Blu-ray rewriter (BD-RE), 9600M GT with 256MB DDR3 dedicated memory. So not to be dismissed because of the price as you are paying for a high specification Sony styled/quality unit.

The Blu-ray drive has ability to write Blu-ray disks, check Sony site specification link in second post for supported media. Or look at this Wikipedia link for explanation of Blu-ray recordable formats:

From what I can tell this is a higher tier older model, and it looks like Argos have reduced the price to shift it.

Price at Argos is listed as valid until 15th September. Assuming it retailed higher than this at Argos, prior to this discount. Identical model not available at Amazon or Play, and similar spec VAIO AW range cost more.

This AW11S model has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 that uses two lamps instead of LED as back light.

Information concerning VAIO range and Windows 7 upgrade.

Can use Quidco or TopCashBack to cancel out extra cost of having it home delivered, and reduce overall price below that listed in title.

Easier to read tabled specification link in next post.
Operating System
Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1

Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology
Mobile Intel® PM45 Express Chipset

Cover colour - Black

CPU Section
Microprocessor Full Name - Intel® Core2 Duo Processor P8400 with Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Microprocessor Manufacturer - Intel®
Microprocessor Speed (GHz) - 2.26
L2 Cache (KB) - 3072 Advanced Smart Cache
Frontside Bus (MHz) - 1066
Number of Cores - 2

Memory Speed (MHz) - 800
Memory Type - DDR2 SDRAM (2x2048MB)
Max. Memory (MB) - 4096
Max Memory Comment - In the case of 4GB, a portion of the system memory over 3GB might not be available to the operating system
Memory Size (MB) - 4096
Drives Hard Drive Type - Serial ATA
Hard Drive Capacity (GB) - 400
Hard Drive Speed (rpm) - 4200
Optical Drive Type - Blu-ray Disc Drive: BD-R/-RE/-ROM/ DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM Drive (reader/writer)
Optical Drive Fitting - Built-in

Drives Speed
Write - CD-R x24, CD-RW x16, DVD-R DL x4, DVD-R x8, DVD-RW x6, DVD+R DL x4, DVD+R x8, DVD+RW x8 , DVD-RAM x5, BD-Rx4, BD-RE x2, BD-R DL x2, BD-RE DL x2

Read - CD-ROM x24, CD-R x24, CD-RW x24, DVD x8, DVD-R DL x6, DVD-R x8, DVD-RW x6, DVD+R DL x6, DVD+R x8, DVD+RW x6, DVD-RAM x5, BD-ROM x4, BD-Rx4, BD-RE x2, BD-RE DL x2, BD-R DL x2

Display Type - X-black LCD with double lamp technology
Diagonal Size (in) - 18.4
Resolution Format - 1920 x 1080
Resolution Type - WXGA++

Graphic Card Full Name - NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT GPU
Producer - NVIDIA®
Graphics Memory - Total available graphics memory of Approx. 1510MB* with dedicated GDDR3 Video Memory of 256MB
Comments - * Total Available Graphics Memory refers to the Windows Vista® classification of graphics memory, which varies depending on the operating condition, version of device driver and system memory size.

4 Pin i.LINK (IEEE1394), 400 Mbps - 1
DC in - 1
Memory Stick Slot - 1
Memory Stick Slot Type - Memory Stick standard, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, high speed data transfer and MagicGate compatible
Microphone Jack - 1
RJ-11 Direct Port (Modem) - 1
RJ-45 Direct Port (Network) - 1
TV out - 1
TV out Type(s) - HDMI
USB Speed - High/Full/Low
USB Port (quantity) - 3
USB Version - 2.0
USB Connector Type - A
VGA Connector for Monitor - 1
SD Card Slot - 1
CF Card Slot - 1
Audio out - 2
Audio out Type(s) - Headphone/Speakers Jack and optical S/PDIF
Express Card Slot - 1
Express Card Slot Type - 34mm

Built-in Modem - V.92/V.90
IR Receiver - 0
Integrated Wireless LAN - YES
Wireless LAN Range (m) max. - 100
Integrated Bluetooth (Version) - 2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Range (m) - 10
Wireless LAN Type - 802.11a/b/g/Draft n
Wireless LAN Max. Date Rate (Mbps) - 300 (RX)/ 150 (TX)
Ethernet network - 10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX/1000 BASE-T

Intel® High Definition Audio compatible - YES
3D Surround - Dolby Home Theatre®
Built-in Stereo Speakers - YES
Built-in Subwoofer - YES
Windows® Sound System Compatible - YES
Sound Reality - YES

Built-in Camera
Built-in 'Motion Eye' Digital Camera - YES
Frames per Second max. - 30
Image Sensor (Mega Pixels) - 1.3
Motion Picture Function - YES
Motion Pictures max. Resolution (pixels) - 1280x1024 (SXGA)

Keyboard Section
Touch Pad - 1
Numeric Keypad - 1

Special Buttons - Power button,Wireless LAN switch, Touch sensor buttons (S1 & S2), Mute, Volume Control, AV Mode, Play/Pause, Stop buttons, ODD eject button
Security Features - Finger Print Recognition
Auto Resolution - Plug and Display
Kensigton Lock - YES
Built-in Microphone - YES

Audio - VAIO Music Box, Windows Media Player 11, SonicStage Mastering Studio 2.5
Video & TV - VAIO Content Importer / Exporter, WinDVD BD 8 for VAIO, DivX Player & Converter, VAIO Movie Story
Photo - Google Picasa, VAIO Movie Story, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6
CD-DVD Burning - Easy Media Creator 10, Click to Disc/Editor
Office Application - Adobe® Reader® 8.1, Microsoft® Office Trial 2007 (60 days Try & Buy)
Security & Other - McAfee® Internet Security Suite (with 60 days free virus updates), VAIO Recovery Utility 2.6 - HDD recovery (hidden partition), Google software package

Supplied Accessories
AC Adaptor - YES
Battery - YES
Power Cord - YES
Dimensions Depth Main Unit (mm) - 288.9
Height Main Unit (min max in mm) - 36.9 - 39.7
Width Main Unit (mm) - 437.2
Weight with Supplied Battery and Supplied Drive (kg) - 3.8

Battery Type - Lithium-Ion battery (VGP-BPS13/B)
Battery Life (min) - 130
Battery Charging Time (min) - 210
Battery Life Disclaimer - Actual battery life will vary depending on your specific hardware and software configurations. Benchmark: MobileMark 2007

Months - 12
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X-black LCD Screen

The super sharp clarity of X-black screen technology is a VAIO exclusive feature unrivalled by any other manufacturer. The secret ingredient is the anti-reflection coating - ensuring an absolute smooth surface where rays of light aren’t broken or diffused. Whether watching movies or gaming, X-black provides the best screen experience in all lighting conditions, with 100% colour fidelity, high brightness, enhanced contrast and a wide viewing angle.

HD Experience

This very large 18.4" widescreen display provides the best possible High Definition (HD) experience, with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a true 16:9 aspect ratio. Enjoy movies, games, photo slideshows and the Internet like never before with intense realism and detail.

Blu-ray Disc™ Drive

Delivering an exceptional High Definition experience, Blu-ray Disc™ is set to become the new global standard for High Definition image and sound quality. The newly released VAIO AR, TP, L and FW Series feature the new Blu-ray standard. You will still be able to use all major formats. One Blu-ray Disc™ can hold the equivalent of 10 DVDs or 70 CDs.

Built-in MotionEye™ Camera

Easy-to-use, with integrated auto focus and auto brightness, the built-in camera is perfect for video calls. Being able to see your friends and family when you’re online is so much better than just reading their emails.

Windows Vista® Home Premium

Windows Vista® Home Premium is the preferred edition of Windows Vista® for home desktop and mobile PCs. It delivers more productivity and entertainment at home and on the go – making it easy to enjoy digital photos, music, TV, games and movies, while providing a whole new level of security and reliability.

VAIO Movie Story

VAIO Movie Story is a High Definition home movie editor for creating a home movie in seconds. The software will export in most formats to view on PC, TV, YouTube or PSP.

VAIO Music Box

Easily manage your music the way you want to with VAIO Music Box music player software. Listen to songs according to your mood without having to hand pick every track. Search for songs quickly with Chorus Playback, and transfer music to your favourite MP3 player.

VAIO Media Plus

Easily share your digital content such as your photos, music and videos, without worrying about compatibility. Sony is a member of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). DLNA Certified™ products meet strict internationally recognised standards that mean you can be sure that your laptop can communicate with your other home entertainment products.

VAIO Click to Disc

Create your own discs quickly with your photos and videos, ready to show to your friends and family. Keep it simple using the one-click automatic mode or use the edit mode to customise your DVD.
Good price. It's a whole other argument whether it's worth it or not.

As this has been voted extremely cold, is there a better/identical speced unit available for less?

I'm genuinely interested as I was considering getting this, but wanted to wait and see if anyone found a cheaper alternative with the same features. Or if anyone knew of new Argos voucher codes.
It is a good price for a sony, but most people would guess that spending 1k on a laptop is madness when you can get one for a lot less, however some people don't realise the massive difference specifications can make is the use ability of a laptop.

However I would suggest the Dell Studio XPS 16" (Screen isn't as big but still full hd) its £999 without the blueray add an extra £99 for the blueray and then minus 5% for the voucher bring it down to £1045, if your happy to use quidco you can get another 5% cashback which will bring it a touch under £1000

link here :
True, unless you plan to use the features you might as well pay less for a smaller sized screen.

I don't know anything a Blu-ray writers, but the Dell option you suggested is a reader only. Price jumps to an extra £260 for Blu-ray writer.

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