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£700 Sony Vaio AR71M 17-inch Bluray 4GB Laptop

The VAIO AR Series marks another industry milestone for VAIO in terms of both design and capabilities. Sony shoved in a dual core processor (A T8100 running at 2.1GHz), 4GB memory, 300GB hard disk drive a Geforce 8400M video card, a 17-inch monitor, a Blu-ray drive and Windows Vista Home Premium.

Thanks to the innovative use of strong but lightweight materials in its construction and attention to ergonomics in its design, the AR Series is easy to use at home or at the office and light enough for working anywhere in-between.

All of which means that whatever your demands, and however you choose to use it, the AR Series can open the doors to a host of new creative, commercial and recreational possibilities.

For the user on the move who wants desktop performance wherever their work may take them, the AR Series combines everything you would expect in a notebook with two items that you wouldn't - a High Definition optimised 17" ultra widescreen display, and the latest Intel dual-core processor.

It means that as well as offering wireless connectivity and portability, you also have the power, screen size and resolution to get the most from professional software.

A larger viewing area makes it easier to use floating palettes or open documents side-by-side, while the boost to performance also makes it simple to work with audio and video editing applications that require both high resolution displays and high speed processing.

Plus as the screen benefits from Sony's next generation X-Black technology, definition is always sharper and brighter with almost no glare, so it is more comfortable to use for longer periods and less tiring on the eyes.

The Sony Vaio AR71M laptop originally (opens in new tab) costs £749.99 but by entering the VHDSHFDYCX promotional code, you can bring it down to £699.99.

Other specs include a card reader, wireless 802.11n connectivity, Gigabit connectivity and a webcam.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.