Reviews and Problems with Sony Vaio Z-series (VPC-Z21xxxx)
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Review: Sony Vaio Z
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: 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. The Z is a legend among laptops. It’s always been among the thinnest laptops available, and at just under .7 inches thick, the current model is no exception.
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. 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...
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: 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 an iPad and a 4G smartphone.