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Sony VAIO Z Series VPC-Z390X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and battery. The design and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts about the usability and build quality.

portability, performance, design, battery, sound

value for money, build quality, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony VAIO Z Series VPC-Z390X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony VAIO Z series VPC-Z390X

 

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.

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Sony VAIO Z Series VPC-Z390X

 

This high-end 13-inch Sony VAIO Z Series ultrathin laptop has a tough sell simply because of its price, but it does have a very lightweight design, good graphics performance and extra long battery life. Performance is very good and the included docking...

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"Sony Vaio left button defect"

 

Left mouse button is crap and I have read and heard other complaints about the same defect. Sony put out garbage but, will gladly charge you to fix what is already sold broken.

It is your typical laptop. Nothing special

Purchased, Sony Vaio,2011. Got home, left mouse button did not work. Took it back for replacement. Few months later, left mouse button seldom worked. less than year, no mouse button at all. NEVER buy Sony computers, they make TVs not computers

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"Top Notch Everything in a "workhorse" laptop"

 

Still my next laptop to buy for sure, I have a VGN-TZ with 64GB SSD for 4 years now and it performs like it is new, and I am a power user.

Extremely lightweight series

Such small scale package challenges to build sturdy parts, on my VGN-TZ the fan grill and trackpad buttons broke off after years of use. There is no chance for that in the Z.

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"DOA. Left mouse button doesn't work."

 

Left mouse button doesn't work right out of the box. For $2000 I expect perfection, not a DOA product. What is happening to Sony? Maybe this is why everyone is buying Apple.

Light, fast. Or at least it would be if I could use it.

Left mouse button doesn't work right out of the box. For $2000 I expect perfection, not a DOA product. What is happening to Sony?

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"Listen to the Reviews!! VAIOs are wast of Money"

 

My laptop was broken from day 1 and they kept asking me to bring it for service. They don't accept any return evenif they agree that their product is broken. They just say everything can be fixed. So let's fix it. Dell accepts full refund without any...

Nothing really

High chance of breaking down

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"Bad service"

 

Screen broke in 2 months. Come back from service took 2 week. Cover a lot of scratch. Now waiting for 2 months and still no part to replace the cover. Send the same review to Sony and they don't even post it...lol

Light weight

$$$$$ and no service

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"If money is no object, this is the laptop for you"

 

If money is no object for you, then you won't be disappointed picking this one up.

-Arguably the best looking laptop on the market

-Very expensive

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"Awesome computer, the absolutely best that I ever had."

 

If you are able to afford it is a must purchase, I love my computer and did a lot of research before buying my Sony Z and I will never regret it. All I can say is "THIS IS A SUPERB COMPUTER" and I highly recommend it.

Great desing, light weight, superb quality, super fast, Great graphics and sound.

It is expensive.

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"Don't waste your cash."

 

The SSD's are utter trash. The first ones (I paid $$$ for 2) died while on a beach house vacation hours before a storm was about to hit. Replaced under warranty. The SSD's died last month and it cost me $550 for a single SSD ($1100+ for both!). It is...

Sleek and fast (when working)

The SSD's are failure prone. And cost a FORTUNE to replace when out of warranty.

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