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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Sony VAIO VGN-Z17GNB. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and design. The performance and screen are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the price. Comments about the usability and battery are mixed.

portability, screen, performance, design, keyboard


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VGN-Z17GNB is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Aloysius Low (



The elegant Sony VAIO Z is a 13.1-inch wonder machine from Sony that's bound to knock your socks off with both its looks and price.

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Sony VAIO VGN-Z17GN/B notebook


Sony's VAIO VGN-Z17GN/B is a stylish 13.1in laptop with a lean body and plenty of speed.

1600x900 screen resolution, only 1.5kg, dual graphics system, excellent touchpad, looks good

Needs longer battery life, no ExpressCard/54 slot, screen is creaky, gets noticeably warm when NVIDIA graphics card is used, expensive

The Sony VAIO VGN-Z71GN/B has both style and substance. It looks good and it has a speedy CPU and plenty of RAM. It's also very light and comfortable to use, as long as you don't have the NVIDIA graphics enabled.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Craig Simms (

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GNB


Sony's new ultraportable has switchable graphics and a high resolution 13.1-inch screen.

Excellent screen colour and vibrancy ; Keyboard is excellent to type on ; Stamina/Speed modes let you choose between performance or battery power

No eSATA ; Can't use full complement of RAM due to 32-bit OS ; Poorer than usual speakers

Sony's Vaio VGN-Z17GNB is sure to be the envy of many co-workers, straddling the line between consumer and business comfortably.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Sasha Muller (

Sony VAIO VGN - Z17GN/B, it's pure class


Sony's Z-Series is an ultraportable to aspire to, even if there are a couple of areas where it could improve.

The laptop’s twin graphics chips are also worthy of note. For light gaming the Sony has a discrete Nvidia 9300M GS chipset. But, when battery life is more crucial than graphical grunt, flick the switch above the keyboard’s left edge from “Speed” to...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Sandra Vogel (



Beautifully designed and reassuringly robust, the 1.5kg VAIO Z11 marries a decent-sized 13.1-inch screen with good portability. It's not flawless, but if you can afford it, you won't be disappointed.

Superb wide-screen display, Light and very well built, Excellent performance, Good battery life, Webcam, Fingerprint scanner

Not enough USB ports, Overloaded with preinstalled software

It's not flawless, but if you can afford it, you won't be disappointed.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: timbo (

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GNB


I bought the laptop because I wanted something to show to clients and because it was marketed as being pretty tough. The screen has now broken three times. The last time it broke I told Sony I wanted my money back and, not only didn't they give me my...

Looks pretty; good performance

Super-fragile; abysmal customer service

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: donthaveone (

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GNB


i dnt know what these peple are talking about i picked mine up for $1700 Aus, just shop around

Nice and light, good battery life, easy to use keyboard and mode features, non sticky finish and touch pad well sized ; A well finished pleaseant to work laptop

Speakers are not that great, there definitely not for music or gaming I just spent $80 and got some good speakers when I%u2019m at home they are however perfectly adequate for work and while running round etc

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Hyper (

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GNB


Hype. Get an asus.



Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: Sam (

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GNB


Currently the most advanced laptop available - configured fully - for those who can afford the price.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: Boost-Juice (

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GNB


Its a really nice laptop. I bought it 3 weeks ago. I found it light (which was a great change from the MACBOOK Pro I had (end 07 2.4ghz mnodel))

It expels the heat out the left side of the computer and therefore really is a laptop ; It has a pretty good res (although the screen is small!) ; Its nice to look at ; Very light

CPU/GFX card combo is crap ; 3700 ; Free case does not work - FACT!! (even the little feet they give you dont line up) ; Specs seem great till you try and run something other than explorer ; Battery consumption pattern is weird, especially for a sony...

Dec, 2008