Sony VAIO Z (Mid 2011)

Verge Review

Ever since Sony introduced its VAIO Z back in 2008 it’s made one thing very clear: its premium thin and light notebook wasn’t going to be subject to a performance cap like so many others on the market. Nope, the VAIO Z has never been just any ultraportable, and it’s almost seemed as if the guys in Tokyo have been morally opposed to using anything but brand new technologies in the line — the premiere Z was one of the first laptops to be sold with an SSD and switchable graphics, and the...

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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 Sprint, AT&T
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours 27 minutes

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias VPCZ21AGX/B, VPCZ216GX/L, VPC-Z21, VPCZ21TGX/X, VPCZ21SHX/X, VPCZ21

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 13 inches
Depth 8.27 inches
Thickness 0.66 inches
Weight 2.57 pounds
Color Black, Black / Purple

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)

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 i5-2410M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.3 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.9 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2620M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.4 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 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

Benchmarks

PCMarkVantage 12079
3DMarkVantage (GPU) 4019
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 1984
3DMark06 (GPU) 7960
3DMark06 (IGP) 1253
Just Cause 2 25.96
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours 27 minutes
The Verge Battery Test (extended battery) 10 hours 34 minutes

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