Sony VAIO Z (Mid 2011)

The mid 2011 version of Sony's high-performance ultraportable VAIO Z series represents a complete redesign of the ultraportable. It now 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
  • Availability date: 07/2011
  • Price at launch: $1,999.99

What You Need To Know

  • 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

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 2010...

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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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