Sony Vaio Z Incoming!
The new top-of-the-line Vaio Z comes out next month. It will eat lower netbooks alive.
Strikingly designed, the new netbook has everything going for it, in all departments. On the design front, the Vaio Z is razor-thin, and the flat black surfaces are akin to those of a stealth fighter.
Move on to the specifications, and this laptop, er, netbook packs a surprisingly powerful punch. A 13.1-inch screen with a 1600×900 resolution stares resolutely back at you, aware that the 2.7 GHz Core i7 processor underneath will be able to handle all the computation you could possibly throw its way. Add to that a 256 GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, and there’s enough room to store all you could possibly want in your portable.
Oh, and speaking of portability, did I mention that the Z is about 0.66 of an inch thick and weighs 2.6 pounds (1.18 kg)? Or that it has a carbon-fiber composite structure to make sure that the small frame is sturdy enough? Or that it has a whopping seven-hour battery life that can be extended to 14 hours with an optional secondary sheet battery?
And that’s not all. The Vaio Z can add some more firepower to its arsenal through what is being called the Power Media Dock. This ‘dock’ contains a discrete AMD Radeon 6650M GPU with 1GB DDR3 VRAM that takes over graphics duties from the integrated Intel Integrated Graphics HD 3000 while connected. This GPU can support upto three additional external displays with a maximum resolution of 1920×1200 through VGA and HDMI outputs.
In addition, the Power Media Dock also has room for an optical drive, that can be specified to be either a Blu-Ray disc or SuperMulti combo drive.
The huge input/output requirements of the Power Media Dock are met by the optical ‘Light Peak’ system through Sony’s proprietary optical cable. When the cable isn’t plugged in, the port doubles as a USB 3.0/2.0 port.
As far as prices go, the Vaio never was cheap. Same goes for the Z. Expect prices to start from $2000, going upwards with the Power Media Dock.