Sony Vaio Z 2011 Review

Sony surprised everyone when they rolled out Vaio Z this year as they brought myriad changes in their flagship model such as removal of optical drive from its casing, thinner design, removal of discrete graphics and so on. It still promises to take everyone’s breath away by its super awesome design and extra ordinary battery life despite some serious power under the hood.

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Sony Vaio Z 2011 has a different design and chassis than its processors. It is much more sleeker and streamlined than before. It weighs mere 1.15 kilograms which makes it the lightest Vaio Z ever. In the hand, it feels extraordinary light. Magnesium alloy has been used on the top and bottom of chassis and boy, it does feels excellent. Hinge construction is rock solid too. It lifts up the rear of the body giving you an optimum position to type on it.

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Right now only black models are available but Sony will be offering other colors like carbon black, gold and blue as well. Turning to its back, you will find that there is nothing you can upgrade. Vaio Z 2011 uses a lithium ION battery that sits flashed to the surface.

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The unit that was tested came with Core i7-2620M processor that runs at 2.70GHz clock speed but it is also possible to get one with Core i5 2410 2.3GHz, Core i5-2540M 2.6GHz, Core i5-2520M 2.50GHz and Core i3-2310M 2.10GHz (also being used in Packard Bell TS13) CPU. The test unit came with 128GB solid state drive configured in RAID0 configuration and you can also get it in 256GB / 512GB capacities. Thanks to the blazing fast SSD, the start time is mere 13 seconds.

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The display retains the 13.1 inch size and resolution (1600 x 900) but it is possible to get one with 1920 x 1080. The screen is excellent – 96 percent Adobe RGB. Keyboard is chiclet type and has a 19mm key pitch. Typing on it is great and backlight levels are also adjustable. However, I would surely mention that it does takes sometime to get used to as the depth of the keys is little small than other chiclet keyboards (like the one on Macbook Pro).

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Read its Power Media Dock Review. Battery Life – It is equipped with a 11.1V, 4000mAh battery that can run it for 11 hours continuously. If you want more juice, Sony does offers an extended battery that can increase those runtimes at the expense of thickness and weight. Extended battery can be used in conjunction with the standard battery and allow you to get 17.5 hours of battery life. Even then the total weight is mere 1.64 kilo grams. [via pcwatch – Japanese]

Verdict – Vaio Z is clearly the best laptop the market today and it is hard to deny that. The processor and GPU (when connected to power dock) are powerful enough to handle even most modern games with ease.

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