Sony has launched its latest line of 17-inch and 15-inch laptops, which are based around Intel's latest generation of Core 2 Duo processors.

The VAIO AR60 series, which Sony says was the first ever notebook to boast an integrated Blu-ray Disc drive, now has an Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 processor at its heart (model VGN-AR61ZU). It also features a full 4GB of RAM, the nVidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip with 512MB of RAM, a 17-inch X-black screen with a 1,920-x-1,200 resolution and two lamps. For fun outside of work, the laptop has a DVB-T digital tuner and an HDMI output for connecting TVs.

The FZ30-Series now combines 4GB SDRAM and an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 processor. Lightweight but very strong magnesium alloy construction means it looks like a standard footprint A4 notebook, but opens up to reveal an ‘oversize’ 15.4-inch WXGA screen.

The screen combines the latest generation of X-black LCD enhancement with double lamp technology and capable of what Sony calls "90 per cent colour fidelity". This laptop also features a Blu-ray Disc drive and an HDMI output.