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Review : Sony VAIO Z Series (VPCZ21TGX/X)

Besides getting a new look this year, the Sony VAIO Z Series was a partner who stays at home that comes with the laptop. An external base, which Sony calls the Power Dock Media, home of some components, enabling a laptop this inclination. The notebook is equipped with Intel's integrated graphics, but still significant is going to hit, thanks to its dual-core standard voltage Intel Core i7. 

With its 2011 redesign of its ultraportable VAIO Z series Sony has a place in the table more fine-laptops-to-earth. Most belong to the head of it as a matter of fact: Only two thirds of an inch thick, the Z series is unique between two men: 0.64 inches thick the Samsung Series 9 and 0.68 inches -thick MacBook Air from Apple. More impressively, it weighs only 2.5 pounds. 

As noted, weighs only 2. 5 pounds, which is lighter than the MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9 and other exceptionally light systems, such as the Toshiba Portégé R835-P56X (3.2 pounds), the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 (3.7 pounds), and even Lenovo ThinkPad X220, 12.5 inches (2.9 pounds). 

Despite its slim and lightweight chassis, the Z feels strong. Sometimes when we open the laptop, took it on the back edge of the keyboard cover. The front edge of the laptop has an angle, showing a bit of a wedge issue. 

A notable omission from the Z series is the pair of hinged back from the previous models of Sony Z series The keyboard has a lot of backlight, Chiclet-style keys. The keys are large and separated by generosity, but because of the extreme thinness of the laptop, the vertical, when you press the depth is very low. The keyboard lacks a set of shortcut keys dedicated streaming media, all you will find, above the keyboard, is a set of programmable buttons on Sony family, called Support, Web and VAIO. Help you need for VAIO Care for troubleshooting, diagnosis and recovery, the button opens the web browser of choice, and the VAIO button opens a window where you can access photos, videos and music files. 

The touch pad mate, under the keyboard is small, measuring 2.9 inches wide by 1.6 inches high. The mouse click buttons, are integrated into the bottom of the touch screen. Unlike the rest of the surface of the touch pad, with no texture to help your thumb or identify them. 

The real highlight of this machine, however, is the screen, in particular, is so great on a laptop so light. The screen measures 13.1 inches diagonally, but in our test model, it did so in 1920 native x1, 080. You can get a low resolution version of the screen if the finesse is bothering you, other Z Series models have a resolution of 1600 x 900. The high-resolution LCD screen on our test model has a cost of $ 150 if you are customizing the laptop through the Sony Web site. 
A high definition live webcam above the screen. On the right side you will find a USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a HDMI port, a headphone jack and power connector. Two flash memory card-readers sitting in the front edge. 

The Z-series model we saw is a machine fixed configuration for sale in stores. They had two cores Intel Core i7-2620M processor, 4 GB of memory, Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. (The graphics circuit chip is part of the Core i7.) Like any high-end ultraportable worth its weight, the notebook has solid state disk (SSD), here's a 256 GB one. Unlike the MacBook Air and Series 9, that the use of ultra low voltage processors, our test model Z-series shows a standard voltage CPU, and faster at it. 

If you need more graphics muscle or an optical drive when you have the machine back on your desktop, based on Power Media comes into play. It connects to the laptop through the Light of Intel technology and gives you access to the base of AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics processor with 1GB of dedicated video memory. Connect the dock and a laptop with a two-prong connector that plugs into your notebook's USB port and power connector 3.0. The base also comes with its own power adapter. 

The slot-loading optical drive on the dock comes in several varieties, in fact, Sony offers three power options media dock, each distinguished by the type of unit. We have had the option of center, with a Blu-ray. If you customize a Z-series model in the Sony site, you can save $ 100 by opting for a DVD recorder, or spend $ 100 extra for a Blu-ray, if necessary, store large amounts of data or video discs. We're a little puzzled why Sony does not offer the laptop without the dock. 
The spring lineup features the same port that the laptop: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, and Ethernet. It can handle some of the tasks of the game, but as a motive of degree, not desktop-caliber graphics processor, the Radeon HD 6650M inside will not plow through the latest titles with all the eye candy enabled. 

With its voltage level Core i7-2620M processor, the Z series delivers performance in a different class than the MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9, which use low voltage processors. In fact, one of the fastest ultraportables we've tested, and we meet all our performance tests without the media power base, in addition to the 3D tests. The system boots up quickly, thanks in large part to the SSD, it took about 21 seconds to get to the desktop Windows 7 Professional. 

In PCMark Vantage, our primary measure of overall system performance, the Series Z topped the 10,093 of its predecessor with a score of 12,095. The next closest score in this class of laptop that was the 8889 Samsung 9 Series achieved. Z Series easily duplicated and surpassed about all laptops in its class. 

We were also impressed with the Z score of 11. 431 in Cinebench 10, a performance analysis CPU intensive that taxes on all available processors. The Samsung Series 9 hit about half the score in 6663, while the category average was about half of the Z series score "in 6161. 
This fast pace continued with our Windows Media Encoder test, which convert a standard 3 minutes and 15 seconds of video clip to DVD-quality. Graphics performance was also quite amazing, especially with the base attached. In 3DMark06, a synthetic benchmark DirectX 9 games, the Z series in 5227 scored 1,024 x 768 resolution without the media power base. Ultraportable notebooks we've seen only to be beat variations Alienware M11x gaming-centric. 
Unfortunately, the AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card was not able to put together a very impressive speed in our primary test game, Just Cause 2. With the base of Media Power connected and running to the test of 1,366 x 768, the Z series met an average of only 18.3 frames per second (fps). As with most laptops, you will be able to play some older games if you keep the resolution and graphics settings modest. Do not expect to play modern games require a native resolution of the screen with eye candy manipulated, even with the base for the addition of its graphic force. 

The Z series does not stand out from the crowd in our test battery Tour, consisting of the transmission shown in Hulu via Wi-Fi. 
To be fair, our battery drain test is more demanding than using a typical laptop. Furthermore, if as a model for the Z series in the Sony Web site, you can add an extra battery $ 150, which Sony says that doubles the battery life to 14 hours. 

Sony laptop supports a one-year warranty that includes 24 / 7 free telephone support, a phone number and service support priorities in place. 
Export of graphics and the optical drive to the base of Media Power is a smart idea as the concept we can add graphics and a disc burner when needed, when extreme portability, no, it would have been even more useful if the hosted desktop based graphics power level and came as an option instead of being automatically included with the laptop. As it stands, the Sony VAIO Z Series VPCZ216GX / B is an engineering marvel, which in turn heads at the same time offering high productivity performance. 

Key Specs
Processor: 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M
Memory: 4GB RAM
Storage: 256GB solid-state drive
Optical Drive: Combo Blu-ray/DVD±RW (in dock)
Screen: 13.1 inches (1,920x1,080 native resolution)
Graphics: Integrated Intel HD 3000; AMD Radeon HD 6650M (1GB, in dock)
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Dimensions (HWD): 0.66x13x8.3 inches
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

Source : Sony
             Sony Store

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