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Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews of Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the keyboard and portability are on the whole positive. The design and screen also get good feedback. The touchpad and sound get critical views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Views about the portability and design are overall positive. The durability and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the usability and price.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VPCZ11X9EB 13.1 inch notebook (Core i5-520M 2.4GHz, 4Gb, 128Gb (Dual SSD), DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM, BT, Webcam, Win 7 Pro 64 bit)Sony VAIO VPCZ11X9EB 13.1 inch notebook (Core i5-520M 2.4GHz, 4Gb, 128Gb (Dual SSD), DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM, BT, Webcam, Win 7 Pro 64 bit)

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People really like the keyboard.


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Vaio VPC Z11 Series Keyboard Protector Skin Cover US Layout BlackSony Vaio VPC Z11 Series Keyboard Protector Skin Cover US Layout Black

May, 2018

Expert review by : Klaus Hinum (

Review Sony Vaio VPCZ11X9E/B Notebook


Mighty Midget. A fast Core i5, gaming-suitable graphic card, DVD

Excellent display; Performance / case size; Keyboard; Applied materials; Integrated DVD drive

Fan's noise characteristics are a bit unpleasant; Loud under load; Underclocked GT330M (GT325M level); Very delicate display lid; Optimus not implemented

Actually only the Alienware M11x with stronger graphics, lower price, but without an internal DVD drive and with a weaker CULV CPU.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : ComputerShopper (

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This laptop's killer performance in a lightweight package will attract power users, but the high price and bland styling leave us wanting more.

Excellent performance, Dynamic hybrid graphics, Light weight, Built-in optical drive, Backlit keyboard, 192GB of storage in dual SSDs

Bland design, Pricey, Weak, tinny audio, No multimedia control keys

Apr, 2010


Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (

Sony VAIO Z Series (VPC-Z11Z9E/B) - 13.1in Laptop


Sony throws the kitchen sink at this ultra-fast, ultra-portable laptop with power saving graphics switching.

In many ways the Sony VAIO Z Series is one-of-a-kind. As fast as many desktops, but no heavier than many netbooks, it's a testament to what can be achieved thanks to modern hardware and engineering. It's a niche product, of that there's no doubt, but...

May, 2010

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Sony VAIO VPCZ11Z9E/B review


Cramming a Core i7 processor into an ultraportable results in a staggeringly fast yet lightweight laptop.

That 13.1in display finally gets a Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution, and it offers eye-popping brightness and glorious colours. The only drawback is that you’ll need to take full advantage of Windows 7’s text-scaling abilities to avoid...

Feb, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Weight, boot up time (solid state disk), performance.

It has a fan fault where it starts to spin at very high revs which sometimes ends in the system crashing. The on board graphics driver sometimes crashes but usually recovers following a few moments of blank screen.

Oct, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11Z9E


weight & size

I faced twice with screen problem and it still remaining and since the value of laptop is around 2500 Euro such problem in around 2 years is not acceptable and will for sure make impact in my future choice. If these problems were not existing or...

Oct, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11Z9E


The battery life is awful .

May, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Lightweight, good if you travel a lot

Only lasted about six months before I had problems with it constantly overheating. Not good value for money.

Mar, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Brilliant reflection free HD display, ultra compact, lightweight, excellent performance, fast solid state drive, silent (except for CD drive). This notebook is not only aesthetically beautiful but a marvel of design. A treasured possession. Am using...

The size and positions of two keys on the keyboard have given problems. The Caps Lock key is too large and easy to press by mistake resulting in longs strings of upper case text being inadvertently typed. An audible alert on pressing would avoid this....

Aug, 2011

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Does everything I need. Screen image quality is excellent. Fast. Good keyboard. Works with all peripherals I've used, such as various data projectors, with no fuss (unlike some laptops from another leading make).

Pre-loaded with MSOffice 2007 30day trial version, and Mcaffee, and other rubbish. I didn't want these as I was intending to load MS-Office 2010, and Eset NOD32. I then found that it is almost impossible to clean out these pre-installed items -...

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v3 / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:5400
Battery life (max):5 / 7.5
Battery performance:5400


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


Color of product:Black
Product type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.1
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:HD+
LED backlight: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:4.7
AC adapter output voltage:19.5


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics


Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard key pitch:0.752
Keyboard key stroke:0.0787
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard number of keys:82
Keyboard Special Features:Dynamic Hybrid Graphic, VAIO, Assist
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


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

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24 / 25
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v3 / HDA
Battery Type:VGP-BPS20/B
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):12.4 x 8.27 x 0.937
Display:LED / TFT
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / Wi-Fi

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
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:4.7
AC adapter output voltage:19.5


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM57 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM57 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I5-520M / i5-540M / I7-620M
Processor boost frequency:2.93 / 3.07 / 3.33
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:I5-520M / i5-540M / I7-620M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1288 / BGA956
Processor threads:4
Processor upgrade:Intel Turbo Boost
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
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 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: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
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: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:43544 / 43560 / 47341
Processor code:SLBPE
Processor package size:rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional
Trial software:Microsoft Office Ready, McAfee


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC / MS Duo, SD / MS PRO-HG, SD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:128 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):0.937
Height (rear):1.29
Weight:3.11 / 3.13 / 3.15