Reviews and Problems with Sony Vaio Z-series (VPC-Z21xxxx)
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Even After Price Drop, Sony Vaio Z Is Still a Big-Ticket Notebook
20 August 2012
Excerpt: When the Vaio Z was first released in 2011 , it became clear that Sony was capable of besting Apple in the premium notebook realm, at least when it came to pure performance and exotic builds. The sub-three-pound notebook — a mix of carbon fiber, aluminum, and magnesium alloy — was one of the lightest and fastest machines available upon its arrival. It was also one of the most expensive, around $2,500 once you optioned it up.
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. Such is the state of Sony’s entry into the suddenly white-hot ultrabook space, a market experiencing a full-scale pile-on as a half dozen competitors all attempt to outdo the nearly three-year-old Apple MacBook Air .
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 time out of the office, while still being connected at all times to the Internet and carrying out their work-related tasks.
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. Furthermore, the portable computing system delivers extensive connectivity options, packs a Blu-ray drive and enough hardware to help users carry out their normal (mostly office-rela...
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 might reach some pretty unpleasant temperature levels. Another serious minus is the placement of the Ethernet and modem connectors, which, despite being well-protected by their pl...
Summary: With slim 13-inch SSD laptops now well under $1,000, Sony's expensive, high-end Z series laptop is a tough sell, although the long-life slice battery and unique GPU/optical dock help make its case.
Cons: Even though this updated version of the Vaio Z is less expensive than the previous model we reviewed, it's still a premium-priced laptop. We'd almost rather skip the GPU dock and hit a more ultrabook-style price.
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.