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The Sony VAIO Z (mid 2012) shares the same design as its predecessor and still has a proprietary Light Peak port that connects it to that unique external GPU / optical drive combo from last year. The difference now is that you won't have to purchase the Power Media Dock to get the VAIO Z, which means that the starting price is now much lower. Of course, the big change to the VAIO Z is that it now has Ivy Bridge processors

Description

The Acer Aspire S7 series are touch-enabled Windows 8 ultraportable notebooks with a slim, unibody construction comprised of aluminum with a glass-covered lid. It features a 13.3-inch, 1080p display, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, USB 3.0, and a 128GB or 256GB SSD.

The Dell XPS 12 is a convertible Windows 8 tablet with edge-to-edge glass covering a 1080p 12.5-inch IPS display. It features an Intel i5 or i7 processor, a built in 128 or 256 SSD and USB 3.0.

The Envy Spectre XT TouchSmart is an updated Envy Spectre XT with a touchscreen display designed for use with Windows 8. It features a 15.6-inch LED backlit display, an Intel i5 or i7 processor, Thunderbolt USB 3.0 and HDMI.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,599.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: October 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: December 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.00

Also Known As...

  • Alias: S7-391-6810, S7-391-9886
  • Alias: XPS Duo 12, XPS 12 Ultrabook
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 13 inches
  • Depth: 8.27 inches
  • Thickness: 0.66 inches
  • Weight: 2.57 pounds
  • Color: Black, Gold

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.73 inches
  • Depth: 8.79 inches
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 2.86 pounds
  • Color: White, Black
  • Laptop type: Convertible tablet
  • Width: 12.48 inches
  • Depth: 8.46 inches
  • Thickness: 0.59 inches
  • Weight: 3.35 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Weight: 4.77 pounds
  • Color: Black/SIlver
  • Operating system: Windows 7

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.1 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 12.5 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.6 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3210M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Cores: 2
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3612QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.1 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Brdige
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: Intel HD 4000
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 512 MB
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: Intel HD 4000
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, Memory Stick Duo

Storage

  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Optical drive type: External
  • Compatible media: DVD Super Multi, BD Combo, Blu-ray burner

Optical Drive

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Speakers: 1
  • Audio brand: Waves MaxxAudio
  • Speakers: 2
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Biometric scanner: Yes

Sensors

  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • Docking connector: Yes

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Optional
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Carrier options: Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T
  • 3G: Optional
  • LTE: Optional

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Trusted platform module: Yes

Security

  • Size: 4000 mAh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr

Battery

  • Size: 4680 mAh, 4 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 47 Wh, 6 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
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