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alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and performance. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the touchpad and sound.

portability, design, screen, performance, battery

value for money, reliability, sound, touchpad

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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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!


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Sony Vaio Z


Intel's new ultrabook specification is thought to be cutting edge, but before the wave of hype and imitators, there were PC laptops that strove to be as thin and light as possible without any prodding. One of those laptops was the product we're...

Incredibly thin and light ; Powerful ; High-resolution display ; Good battery life ; External dock enhances functionality

Chassis feels flimsy in spots ; Display and audio quality is sub-par ; External dock is a pain to pack ; Expensive

If you need power in the smallest laptop possible, Sony's Vaio Z offers an acceptable compromise.

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Sony Vaio Z


Sony has a reputation for building excellent high-end laptops (and even the company's less expensive models usually have a snazzy feel), but the Vaio Z is truly the top of the Vaio line, starting at $2,000 for a thin 13-inch with decent specs and a...

The revamped Sony Vaio Z adds an inventive docking station with Blu-ray and discrete graphics. Even without it, this is a sleek, powerful, high-end laptop.

The Vaio Z starts expensive and goes up from there. Between the various power connections and AC adapters, you may end up with a confusing mess of wires, and the shallow keyboard isn't great for long-form typing.

Sony's high-end Z series laptop lives up to its luxury reputation, with a slim, lightweight body, plenty of processing power, and a highly specialized GPU dock.


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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

Editor's Choice!

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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...

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Sony Vaio Z


Sony has revamped its Vaio Z notebook, bumping up the specs and making it more affordable. But it still suffers from some weird design quirks, and even with a lowered price tag, it doesn't do enough to truly outshine its competitors in today's...

Sharp and gorgeous matte display that has little to no glare problems. Top-of-the-line specs and upgradeable features. Good battery life, up to around 6.5 hours

Strange and impractical trackpad. Klutzy keyboard. Carbon fiber elements give it a cheap, plasticky vibe. Expensive

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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

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Sony Vaio Z


Sony Vaio Z User Review

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"Dont make the mistake of buying a VAIO"


Better go for a Toshiba ( have been using peacefully for the past 7 years) or a HP high end model. Sony Vaio is not worth its price

It is sleek, lightweight & has a diamond finish that add to initial attraction. In spite of the price being high we buy it bcos it carries a SONY tag with it.

The sound quality of the speakers is horrible.Audio driver crashes every now & then.System crashes without any notice & shows a DOS blue screen without a hint.This is not expected from a brand new VAIO with the conventionally hiked SONY price tag.

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"very good - better than something like a macbook pro."


If you choose a macbook pro or air over this, you just havent looked at the specs or seen one in real life. take it from someone who has one. it costs a lot, but thats how much it costs to have a 3+ GHZ quad core processor,1080p display, hdmi, vga, sd,...

Weight (2.57 lbs) beats every 13incher in existence, display does too (1920x1080), good battery, unbelievable if you get the sheet battery, keyboard is fantastic, more ports than other 13 inchers, and the media dock is very useful. ssd is great.

expensive, but not for what youre getting, a little wide, sharp corners, but at least the whole thing isnt sharp like a macbook..., only one of the 2 usb ports is usb 3...

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: Yes
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 25:16
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WSXGA / WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino 2 / Centrino Duo
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino 2 / Centrino Duo
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):9300MGS


Chipset Brand:Intel
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor:Core 2 Duo
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:P8400 / P8600 / T9500