Sony beats Apple w/ new DVD-RW NB.

Discussion in 'Hardware Rumors' started by peter2002, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. peter2002 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    Sony is actually announcing three desktop replacement notebooks with built-in DVD-RW drives. The 8.4-pound GRX690 (approximately $2,800) incorporates a 16.1-inch UXGA LCD, 512MB of RAM, and a 60GB hard drive. The 8.4-pound GRX670 (approximately $2,500) has the same amount of RAM and the same screen size as the GRX690, but comes with a 40GB hard drive. Notebooks in the NZ200 Series are made-to-order units that have 15-inch XSGA screens, weigh roughly 8.6 pounds and start at $1,500. All run the 2-GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M except the customizable systems, which are available in speeds ranging from 1.7 GHz to 2 GHz.

    Sony also used the hardware announcement as an opportunity to showcase its new one-click DVD-creation software, Click to DVD.

    Internal removable DVD-RW / CD-RW drive:

    (CD-ROM read 24x max; CD-RW read 12x max; CD-R write 16x max; CD-RW write 10x max; DVD-ROM read 8x max; DVD-R/RW read 4x max; DVD-R/RW write 1x max)


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  2. medea macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
  3. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002

    actually, they released a european version a month ago.

    9/08 discussion

    8.5 lbs? Ouch!
  4. dricci macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2001
    Anyway, I'd like to see this "Click to DVD" software... It can't be as elegant as iDVD since it's running under Windows, which is just a big mess at the core. But anyway, isn't it about time Apple releases iDVD 3?
  5. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    No, it's about time that they release iMovie 3. But that's beside the point. The point is, that Apple missed a chance to make another 'first.' I have a question though, is the sony a superdrive? I mean does it burn cds also. Sorry I don't have time right now to read the article.

  6. oldMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2001
    iDVD 3 w/ announcement of new Powerbooks?

    Since Apple often bundles drive support with their iApps (most notably, iTunes), maybe they're waiting to announce iDVD 3 and PowerBooks with CD-RW drives together.

    Or... maybe that Sony is a bit thicker than the 1 inch PowerBook and CD-RW drives that fit a larger enclosure are more available.
  7. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Exactly what I was thinking...
  8. TMay macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV

    Sony belongs to both the DVD consortium which publishes the DVD-RW standard and the DVD+RW standards body. Nice to see that they are using somebody elses notebook DVD-RW drive. They seem to be covering both bases.
  9. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    Re: ..ironic..

    They also will release a combo DVD-/+RW drive in November that will burn DVD-Rs at 4x, DVD-RWs at 2x (I think) and DVD+R/RWs at 2.4x.
  10. Haberdasher macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Have you seen the ad for their DVD editor?

    While I wretched at thought of using the editor itself, I did laugh when I looked at the ad itself-a kid makes a DVD for a family reunion, and when he makes it the father crys a lot and hugs his son, who basically just gets really embarrased. But when they show it at the reunion, the dad gets even more teary eyed, but the son won't give him a hug in front of everyone, so the dad has to randomly hug and cry with a lot of other family members.

    Funny. :D
  11. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    Yea I laughed a few times too, good ad. I wish Apple would get off the high and mighty clean and elegant simplicity ads and make real ones like this one. The iDVD spot was the best thev'e done.
  12. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    I don't know... the "Rip. Mix. Burn." ads, especially the long one, were pretty good.
  13. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    And me..... Progress.... :p :p :p
  14. TheFink macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2002
    At almost 9 pounds, not only will it toast your balls, it will crush them as well.
  15. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Re: Sony beats Apple w/ new DVD-RW notebook.

    Sony Corp. announced today that they had given birth to a 8.6 pound 16.1" 'baby'. A spokesman for Sony said that new arrival had a street value of almost $3000......
  16. djniche macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2002
    with this realease of thie sony with dvdr - we can expect to see the tibook with one soon. It would have been nice to have it first on the apple side but o well.

    I wouldnt mind seeing a new desing on the new tibooks also.
  17. Falleron macrumors 68000


    Nov 22, 2001
    Dont they also need to be plugged into the power to be able to use the DVD Writer? Thats what I heard.

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