Reviews and Problems with Sony Vaio Z-series (VPC-Z21xxxx)
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Sony Vaio Z Review
9 February 2012
Conclusion: Judged by its technical achievements, the Sony Vaio Z is easily a 10/10 laptop. Sony has managed to pack a number of high-quality components into a very small space, achieving things that most ultrabooks shown at CES could only hope for. Better still, the Z isn’t particularly hot or noisy, nor is the battery life disappointing. And with the dock connected, this tiny laptop can play games as well as much large machines. Yes, it’s expensive. But what did you expect?
Pros: Incredibly thin and light, Powerful, High-resolution display, Good battery life, External dock enhances functionality
Cons: Chassis feels flimsy in spots, Display and audio quality is sub-par, External dock is a pain to pack, Expensive
Excerpt: Here's the thing: Sony's VAIO Z series of ultraportables doesn't get to be a part of the X300 / Envy 133 / MacBook Air / X360 club. We like it, it's a great laptop, but it's just too chubby to count as a cake cutter. So that said, there's really little point in comparing this thing to that sort of computer -- we'll just have to judge it on its own merits.
Pros: Great design, Tons of power for the size, Blu-ray built in
Cons: Super expensive, Too big to be a real ultraportable, Some bad software out of the box
Conclusion: This brings our love story to an end. If you crave an ultraportable that's as capable as much larger laptops, it's hard to beat the Sony Vaio Z 2012 model. It's stunning, weighs only 2.5 lbs. and has a small footprint. There's really nothing like it, and it's a continued testament to Sony's engineering capabilities. The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 comes closest but it weighs 3.4 lbs. and is significantly thicker and less attractive.
Pros: Incredible power in a 2.5 lb. notebook, great 1080p display.
Cons: Expensive, dedicated graphics requires external Portable Media Dock.
Summary: The Vaio Z is an exceptional 13″ laptop. It is the only 3lbs system that provides an overall “Desktop Experience”, especially when it comes to running popular applications like Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, Excel), Firefox and Windows 7. With a very fast SSD storage, it loads applications as fast (or faster) than my Desktop PC equipped with a 10k rpm Velociraptor drive and a Core i7 3.2Ghz CPU.
Summary: Some day Apple or someone else may be able to match the VAIO Z in terms of speed or portability, but at the moment this ultraportable stands alone as the fastest 13-inch notebook on earth. Is it worth $2,099? Definitely, although we think Sony should throw in the larger battery and a longer warranty for this price. As it stands, you’ll be getting a sleek and sturdy design, two SSDs, and a turbo-charged Core i5 processor that makes quick work of any task.