Now that's what you call service – no sooner had we got back from Sony's VAIO launch this morning than one its new FW Series laptops arrived on our desk.
While the other three ranges it announced today are aimed at power-talking businessmen, the FW Series is all about entertainment. Granted, the FW11M model we received wasn't quite the one we were hoping for – the FW11ZU has a Blu-ray reader and writer rather than a DVD drive – but it still looks an impressive multimedia laptop.
It's a bit of a paving slab in the hand, weighing over 3kg and sporting a 16.4in, 1600x900 screen. Still, open it up and you'll find a nicely proportioned keyad that's comfortable to type on and, above that, a set of DVD playback keys. A nice touch is the 'AV mode' button, which brings up a menu at the top of the screen (see pic below) for quick access to Media Centre, photos, music and DVDs.
We had high hopes for the big speakers that sit above the keyboard and they were impressive when we chucked in a DVD, if not as loud as we were expecting. The screen was also sharp and colourful, but struggled a little in bright rooms due to its high reflectivity.
The FW11M comes with a 2.26Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, 3GB RAM and a 250GB hard disk, and will cost a reasonable £800 when it's launched soon. We'll have a full review and video soon.