Reviews and Problems with Sony Vaio Z-series (VPC-Z21xxxx)
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Sony Vaio Z Review
9 February 2012
Excerpt: Intel’s new ultrabook specification is thought to be cutting edge, but before the wave of hype and imitators, there were PC laptops that strove to be as thin and light as possible without any prodding. One of those laptops was the product we’re reviewing today — the new Sony Vaio Z.
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: It really is the Sony Way. Take a product that’s been around for a while, soup it up, throw in every possible feature imaginable, and make it smaller and lighter than everyone else’s machine. Then double the price.
Pros: Awesome display: Great resolution and brightness, and very vivid colors. Truly impressive performance. Unrivaled combination of musclebound power with feather weight. Fair battery life (4.5 hours).
Cons: Very loud fan under load. Invasive Vaio software suite bundle is simply unnecessary. Cost equivalent to feeding thousands of starving children for a month.
Excerpt: The world of computing has changed drastically over the recent years, the evolution of technology making computers increasingly portable, smaller and more lightweight. This led to the appearance of a whole new segment of users, called “digital nomads” or “road warriors”, who tend to spend a lot of...
Pros: Probably the most impressive feature of the Vaio Z-Series notebook is the fact that it delivers quite a lot of computing power, while maintaining a very slender form factor. The LED-backlit display requires less power than a normal one and provides crisp and very clear images, even in HD. Further...
Cons: Despite of all the good things mentioned above, the Vaio Z-Series also has a few shortcomings, the most important being related to its gaming capabilities. Of course, demanding extensive gaming features from a device of this type is not exactly fair, and should one stress it way too much, it migh...
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.
Pros: Incredible power in a 2.5 lb. notebook, great 1080p display.
Cons: Expensive, dedicated graphics requires external Portable Media Dock.
Summary: It goes without saying that $2,749 is a lot to pay for a laptop. And for this configuration you're looking at $2,899 if you opt for the sheet battery, which we highly recommend. For that kind of money, you could get a Samsung Series 9 with a Core i7 processor and still have enough left over to buy...
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.
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?