Summary: Vaio-Z@Low-Budget. At 1400 Euros, speaking of low cost sounds like heresy. But for a Vaio in the Z series this is an affordable price. How big the difference is to the 3300 Euro deluxe version, is shown by our test.
Pros: Good performance, Stable base unit without DVD drive, 3D performance at will, Very bright display, sRGB color space & good contrast, Wide horizontal viewing angles, (Almost) matte display, Light case, Keys with good feedback, ExpressCard slot & FireWire, Efficient power consumption (idle), Good battery life, Low heat emission, First class colors and brightness, that shows where the yardstick should be set. The light case is pretty and also stable.
Cons: Loud under a high load, 7200 rpm HDD consistently audible, No automatic GPU disabling, High pitched speakers, Only two USB 2.0 ports, Somehow we liked the quiet SSD better than the humming HDD.