Sony Updates VAIO AR Laptops with Blu-ray and CableCARD

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Sony's AR series of VAIO notebooks with their Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 and T7500 processors are already in our catbird seat but now the company's goosed its 17-inch versions, giving them the ability to do a lot more both on the road and in the home theater. How does a Blu-ray drive on board sound to you? How about CableCARD?


If you're a Blu-ray aficionado, your model would be the AR630E for $1700. If you want to hook it up to your cable service, get the AR660U with CableCARD inside for $2400, and if you have a hankering for both Blu-ray and cable TV watching, $3300 takes the AR690U with both inside. Desktop replacement? These laptops are getting powerful enough to be an everything replacement. [Sony]

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@flyboy: Macs already read them, and with an external hookup, can burn them too. It's probably not a good idea for many manufacturers to start pushing these formats amidst a format war, but at least provide support for them externally.