Sony VAIO Z ultraportable laptop sees U.S. release, takes on MacBook Air at $2000

By Abhinav Lal | Published on 15 Jul 2011
Sony VAIO Z ultraportable laptop sees U.S. release, takes on MacBook Air at $2000

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While the latest edition in Sony’s ultraportable laptop range, the VAIO Z series, was launched in Europe a few weeks ago, it is finally seeing a North American release. Though it is expected to arrive in India, there has been no official word on the matter - the VAIO Z series was conspicuously absent from Sony's recently revealed India VAIO gamplan. The ultrathin notebook, the 13-inch VAIO Z series measures in at 0.66-inch thick and weighs little over 1.1 kilograms.

Comparable to the MacBook Air in many ways, including price at $1,969.99, the VAIO Z is slightly heavier, though Sony can still call the VAIO Z the “world's lightest 13-inch standard voltage PC.”


Built upon an aluminium and carbon fibre chassis, the new VAIO Z is available in Sandy Bridge Core i5 or i7 variants with Intel HD 3000 graphics, the unit is expected is still expected to deliver up to 8 hours of battery life, though an option battery pack can deliver up to 16 hours. It comes with 256GB of SSD storage, up to 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, 3G/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, USB2.0/USB3.0/HDMI ports, an 1.3MP HD webcam. Customers will have the option of choosing a 1600x900 or even 1920x1080 display.

Very notably, the VAIO Z also comes with what Sony calls a ‘monolithic’ Power Media Dock, an expansion module connected via Thunderbolt. The dock comes with an AMD Radeon HD 6650M card with 1 GB DDR3 VRAM, the choice of Blu-ray or DVD SuperMulti optical drive, three USB ports, and a VGA output ports.

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