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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. Opinions about the size and screen are on the whole positive. The design and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed reviews about the durability. The sound and price get negative comments.

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 : 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

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 : 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

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 : 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 : 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

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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 : 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

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD


Battery life (max):4 / 5.4
Battery recharge time:3.75


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Video capturing speed:15 / 30


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13 / 13.1
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
HD type:HD+


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125 / 0.25 / 256
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.37 / 1.5 / 1500


Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Cabling technology:
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet

Optical Drive

CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:16 / 24
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:6 / 8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Battery Type:VGP-BPS12
Compliance industry standards:802.11a/b/g/n
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Modem Type:V.92/V.90
TV in port:No / Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/Draft n / 802.11a/b/g/Draft n, HSDPA 7.2Mbps

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GM45 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):8.5 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:P8400 / P8600
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.26 / 2.4
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:P8400 / P8600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series
Processor socket:Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35568 / 35569
Processor code:SL3BU / SL3BV
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Bundled software:Windows Media Player 11\nWinDVD 8,0 f/ VAIO\nAdobe Photoshop Elements 6, Google Picasa\nEasy Media Creator 9\nAdobe Reader 8.1, Adobe Standard 8\nVAIO Recovery Utility\nProtector Suite QL 5 / Windows Media Player 11\nWinDVD 8.0 f/ VAIO\nAdobe Photoshop Elements 6, Google Picasa\nEasy Media Creator 9\nAdobe Reader 8.1, Adobe Standard 8\nVAIO Recovery Utility - HDD recovery
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Business
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite\nMicrosoft Office Ready 2007 / Microsoft Office Ready 2007\nMcAfee Internet Security Suite


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS PRO / MS Duo, MS Pro, MS Pro Duo, SD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:200 / 250 / 320

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8 / 8.27
Height (front):0.965 / 1
Height (rear):1 / 1.3
Weight:3.31 / 4
Width:12 / 12.4