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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-Z11. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the size and screen. The design and portability are also appreciated, but reviews are divided on the durability. Some have doubts about the sound and price.

performance, portability, design, screen, size

price, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VGN-Z11 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (

Sony Vaio Z Review


The Vaio Z Series has been re-introduced by Sony at CES 2010 to spearhead its laptop line-up. It is supposed [...]

ons. Of course, the price is high, but if you look at relative value metrics, this laptop provides a very good value, per dollar, or per pound. Will it work for you? Let us know!

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Sony VAIO Z review:


Still the highest-end of Sony's Vaio laptops (after all, nothing comes after Z in the alphabet), the Z-series is a rare animal these days. It's a PC that starts close to $2,000 and goes up from there.

An upscale 13-inch laptop to give even the MacBook Air a run for its money, Sony's Vaio Z is fast, slim, and light, and includes a docking station with an optical drive and discrete graphics.

Even though this updated version of the Vaio Z is less expensive than the previous model we reviewed, it's still a premium-priced laptop. We'd almost rather skip the GPU dock and hit a more ultrabook-style price.

With slim 13-inch SSD laptops now well under $1,000, Sony's expensive, high-end Z series laptop is a tough sell, although the long-life slice battery and unique GPU/optical dock help make its case.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Christopher Null (

Review: Sony Vaio Z


Sony's new ultra-thin laptop wins on specs. But man does not live on specs alone, and the Vaio Z does have its share of problems.

Awesome display: Great resolution and brightness, and very vivid colors. Truly impressive performance. Unrivaled combination of musclebound power with feather weight. Fair battery life (4.5 hours)

Very loud fan under load. Invasive Vaio software suite bundle is simply unnecessary. Cost equivalent to feeding thousands of starving children for a month

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Kevin O'Brien (

Sony VAIO Z Review


The VAIO Z is Sony's 13.1-inch ultra-portable powerhouse. Features like Core i5 and i7 processors, RAID0 hard drive arrays and 1080P displays never end up describing a 13-inch notebook, but with Sony it does. In this review we take a look at a modestly...

Excellent build quality ; Great Design ; Most features packed into a 13-inch notebook

Pricey ; Very, VERY pricey in some configurations

Jul, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (



An ultraportable with serious speed, the featherweight VAIO Z combines Core i5 power and dual SSDs with an elegant design.

Some day Apple or someone else may be able to match the VAIO Z in terms of speed or portability, but at the moment this ultraportable stands alone as the fastest 13-inch notebook on earth. Is it worth ’,099? Definitely, although we think Sony should...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Kelcey Lehrich (

Review: Sony VAIO Z


Sony makes both a very fast and very lightweight ultraportable.

Extremely fast storage ; Fast processor and graphics for the size ; Optical drive in a 3lbs. design ; High-res, good quality display ; Comfortable, backlit keyboard ; Chrome and Evernote preinstalled

Expensive ; Fragile-feeling screen ; Trackpad too close to the edge ; Some fluff trialware

Hardware and designNot every Sony notebook exudes a sense of quality, but the Z is very well designed. The laptop weighs in at just over three pounds and is about the thickness you’d expect for a 13-inch notebook. Connectivity is straightforwar

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Stephen Patrick (

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook


The fact that Sony hasn't given in to market forces and released its own netbook is proof that it's core focus remains in fully featured, but ultraportable, notebooks. The latest such model is the Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B, which weighs in at a highly...

Great design, amazing battery life

Average performance

The Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B is a stunning notebook for anyone who needs performance and battery life from their portable. Sure, you're paying for these features but there currently isn't another notebook on the market that can touch for the VAIO for...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Philip Barker (

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B review


With performance and a staggering battery life, the Z11 has set the bar high

Stunning build quality ; 9 hour battery life ; Powerful performance ; Great screen

High price ; Only two USBs

A dazzling laptop of the highest quality. If you can afford it, buy it

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (

Sony VAIO Z review


At the best part of two grand, Sony's thin Vaio Z needs more than size on its side

The price may look painful, but for the beautiful screen and unique dock it's almost – almost – worth it.

Sep, 2011


Expert review by: Andy Vandervell (

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B 13.1in Notebook


We take a look at Sony's portable all-rounder, the VAIO Z Series.

As a portable notebook for the power user we can think of little better than the Sony VAIO Series Z. It delivers prodigious processing power and very good battery life in a machine that's exceedingly portable and very useable thanks to its sumptuous...

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


HD type:HD+


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125 / 0.25
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.37 / 1.5

Optical Drive

DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Processor cache level:L2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Processor ARK ID:35568 / 35569
Processor package size:35