Sony VAIO Z (Late 2011)

Sony updated its 2011 VAIO Z ultraportable with an option for Intel's newly-released Core i5 and i7 processors. Other than the inclusion of a gold color and processor change, this high-performance ultraportable remains the same as its predecessor. It still utilizes a unique external Power Media Dock which, when connected via a proprietary Light Peak USB port, gives the computer access to a discrete AMD GPU (a Radeon HD 6650M) and an optional Blu-ray drive.

  • Status: Available
  • Price at launch: $1,949.99

What You Need To Know

  • In the United States this late 2011 VAIO Z was originally offered solely as a pre-configured model in a gold color, and customization options were offered at a later date
  • Sony's carbon indigo color (purple) is not offered on this refreshed model
  • RAM is soldered directly onto the motherboard and is not user replaceable
  • The Light Peak port that is used to connect the power media dock is similar to the Thunderbolt port used on Apple's machines, though they are incompatible
  • Power Media dock has the following ports: USB 3.0, gigabit ethernet, HDMI, VGA, and two USB 2.0 ports

Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness 0.66 inches
Weight 2.57 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 13.1 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Optical drive type External
Carrier options Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...
Alias VPCZ22UGX/N, VPC-Z22, VPCZ22, VPCZ2290X CTO
Hardware
Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 13 inches
Depth 8.27 inches
Thickness 0.66 inches
Weight 2.57 pounds
Color Gold / Brown, Black
Software
Operating system Windows 7
Display (base)
Screen size (diagonal) 13.1 inches
Display surface Matte
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1600 px
Resolution (Y) 900 px
Display (max)
Size (diagonal) 13.1 inches
Backlit LED
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px
Keyboard
Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No
Mouse
Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Processor (base)
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2435M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.4 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3 GHz
Processor (max)
Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2640M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.8 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.5 GHz
GPU (base)
Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Memory
Base RAM size 4 GB
Max. config RAM size 8 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1333 MHz
Storage
Options RAID 0 (SSD)
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
Optical Drive
Optical drive type External
Compatible media DVD Super Multi, BD Combo, Blu-ray burner
Audio
Speakers 2
Audio brand Dolby Home Theater v4
Sensors
Ambient light Yes
Biometric scanner Yes
Port options
USB 1
USB 3.0 1
Ethernet 1
Ethernet type 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
HDMI 1
3.5mm headphone 1
Docking connector Yes
Connectivity
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
CDMA Optional
GSM Optional
Security
Trusted platform module Yes
Battery
Size 4000 mAh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 6 hr
Bundled Accessories
Bundled Accessories Power Media Dock, Noise-cancelling earbuds
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