Intro and Specification
Since its conception the raison d'être of the Sony Vaio Z series has been to squeeze as much performance as possible out of a 13.1" laptop. This year's spring refresh is no exception, but it brings a number of exciting new technologies to the table. New for this season is dual or quad SSD drives in RAID 0, a 1920x1080 Adobe 96% RGB Full HD screen, a backlit keyboard and Core i5/i7 processors - plus a weight reduction of around 100 grams; down to 1.4 kilos (around 3 lbs). Sony has decided to release different models in different parts of the world so there are currently at least 15 different models out there - with combinations of either a 1600x900 or 1920x1080 resolution screen, some with two, three or four SSD drives in RAID 0 as well as some simpler models with conventional hard drives. On top of this in many countries you can customise your model to make it just the way you want.
In some countries you can only get ready-built 1600x900 display versions, in others only ready-built 1920x1080 models. Only some European countries are lucky enough to have the choice of both options. This is down to supply and demand; Sony will only want to risk bringing in stocks of multiple models into markets where it can be sure they will sell. Since the model's recent launch, sales have been strong. This, combined with the current shortage of mobile Clarkdale chips means the Z series is fairly hard to get hold of.
This review is for the European Core i7-620m Full HD version - called the Z11Z9E/B. This is the only released model in many European countries, including Sweden where this review model is from.
- Core i7-620m (dual core)
- 6GB DDR3 (PC3-8500) RAM
- 256GB SSD hard drive (4x64GB in RAID0)
- Nvidia GT330m (1GB GDDR3 memory)
- DVD/RW Drive
- Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
- 13.1" 1920x1080 (Full HD) LED backlight panel with 96% ADOBE RGB colours
- Carbon fibre casing
- Fingerprint sensor
- Wireless LAN card with 802.11 a/b/g/n support
- WWAN module built in
There is no USB3.0 input - which would have been a nice addition. Otherwise I'm pretty happy with what's included in this tiny package.
Pricing in Europe for this model is around 2000 Euros ex VAT (that equals £1750 or $2700). Nonetheless it seems to be selling like crazy as most models are out of stock - in most parts of the world. What credit crunch ? =)