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Sony VAIO VPCZ21V9E/B

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Sony VAIO VPCZ21V9E/B. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the usability and design. The screen and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the image quality and reliability. There are mixed opinions on the energy efficiency and durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO VPCZ21V9E/B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E/B Subnotebook

 

Perfect shortcomings. It almost sounds like a fairy tale when it comes to what Sony has created with the new Z models: An extremely thin 13.1 inch subnotebook weighing a mere 1.2 kilograms, that provides as much performance as a large notebook, and...

Bright display with high contrast, Backlit keyboard, Suitable for outdoor use, High application performance, Very fast mass storage, Quiet operation without load, 3G module integrated, Blu-ray available, Good battery life, Even without the external...

Deformation of case possible, Unusual touchpad, Average viewing angles, Loud fan during high CPU load, Graphics performance only when powered, Old OpenGL drivers for integrated GPU, Inappropriate performance for gaming use, Fixed soldered RAM modules,...

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: adrian (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E

 

All the above

2 keys have stuck and I need to get it mended. Less than a year old and very annoying. Not covered under warranty.

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: Mike (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E

 

Works well and performs as you would hope. Had it for about 18 months and it has, and continues, to serve me well.

Upgrade to Windows 8 and it continues to work well - even quicker and smother but the Radeon graphics on the DVD drive no longer function, not a problem really but still annoying. Needs a hybrid driver and Sony don't seem to be producing one

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: adrian (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E

 

All the above

2 keys have stuck and I need to get it mended. Less than a year old and very annoying. Not covered under warranty

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: Wuqiang (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21V9E

 

It is stylish and light. I suppose that its performance is good.

It never worked.

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: ANSAR (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E

 

excellent design, lightweight, SSD provides super fast boot time.

Would have been better if the high performance grafix card was inbuilt into the laptop rather than having to connect the dock

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: Mike (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E

 

Works well and performs as you would hope. Had it for about 18 months and it has, and continues, to serve me well

Upgrade to Windows 8 and it continues to work well - even quicker and smother but the Radeon graphics on the DVD drive no longer function, not a problem really but still annoying. Needs a hybrid driver and Sony don't seem to be producing one

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: ANSAR (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E

 

excellent design, lightweight, SSD provides super fast boot time

Would have been better if the high performance grafix card was inbuilt into the laptop rather than having to connect the dock

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: erdem (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21V9E

 

Its a good leptop , well made , extremely fast and easy !

The price is rather high.

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Malcolm (reevoo.com)

Sony Vaio VPC-Z21V9E

 

Fast, light, well made a delight to own

Battery life not quite up to what I was expecting

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):7
Battery recharge time:2.5
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front camera:Y

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.1
Display Resolution:1600 x 900
HD type:HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:N
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: Yes

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM67 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23 / 27
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
L2 cache:4
L3 cache:4
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-2410M / i7-2620M
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.7
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2410M / i7-2620M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52224 / 52231
Processor code:SR041
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.27
Height:0.657
Weight:2.6
Width:13