Sony Vaio Z Series, laptop to go with, are pleasantly worth their costs. The same holds true for the Sony Vaio Z Series models. These laptops actually breathe out sophistication and can surely attract the attention of onlookers, if you pull them out for work in public. It’s a great laptop designed for people on the go, especially the ones, who have a lot of air travel.
Build & Design
Dimensions of Sony Vaio Z are quite small with height of about 1.3 inches at the hinge and at 3.3 lbs, we can remark that it’s quite light. Its build is sturdy and a carbon-fibre casing protects the LCD panel and chassis against turbulent shocks. Taken as a whole, the look of this wedge-shaped laptop is good.
The display of Sony Vaio Z appears quite insubstantial at initial view, since it uses LED backlighting. However, for a screen with LED backlighting, this XBrite-DuraView screen can be considered quite crisp. LCD has 16:9 aspect ratio whereby at the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, the black strips on top and below the video screen gets minimized. Viewing angles is as great as 169 degrees!
Keyboard and touchpad
The 82 keys keyboard of Sony Vaio Z trails the typical Vaio design, with fairly big spaces amid its buttons. The typing comfort cannot be called extraordinary. The keyboard is also lacking in multimedia keys. The control keys is reduced to F2 to F7 and other control functions have to be accessed by pressing Fn key and the number key of respective function for example, for F1 you have to press (FN+ 1). To suffice for the shortcomings of the keyboard two user-defined keys are available.
The notebook has a Electro-Static touch pad. The problem they suffer from is that they aren’t depressed or elevated from the surface same level of the palm rest and are exactly the same in colour. Hence the touchpad is tricky to discriminate. The Z Series laptop is furnished with biometric sensor to recognize fingerprints, located between the two mouse buttons.
Performance and Benchmarks
Sony Vaio Z sports a feature that allows the user to switch between “Stamina” and “Speed”, which means either improved Speed in computing or an improved power usage. This feature lets the users adjust the graphics without having to reboot.
Sony Vaio Z is provided with all the connectivity options like Ethernet and phone line connectors, built-in modem, Wi-Fi Link, Bluetooth etc. The performance of all of which is satisfactory. The notebook has satisfactory performance of all the in-built software and other application soft wares. However, its speed is somewhat slow. You would wish that boot time was faster. Resuming from Hibernate also takes a longer time than most of the notebooks of this genre. The hard drive speed is also quite slow and it may take quite sometime to transfer large data from one part of hard disk to another.
We can be sure that not many VAIO Z owners will play games when they are on the go. This notebook comes with switchable Speed and Stamina modes, and delivers more battery life when needed. On internet surfing through Wi-Fi the six-cell battery, Sony Vaio Z will last for about 5 hours in its Stamina mode and for another hour if witched into Speed mode.
Processor: Core2Duo, 2.26 GHz (P8400) – 2.53 GHz (P9500) processor from Intel
OS: Genuine MS Windows Vista Premium
Memory: Up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
Display: 13.1″, 1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900 Resolution, LED Backlight
Hard drive: upto 320 GB
Battery: 6-cell lithium
Weight: 3.42 lbs
Dimensions: 12.4″X 1.3″ x 8.3″
Pros: Excellent battery life Good display, it’s good to see black bars on videos gone!, light weight makes it ultra-portable. Perfect for on the go people.
Cons: Relatively slow, Keyboard is lacking in many ways.
MSRP: $1499.99(base price)