Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31Z

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31ZNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31Z (Vaio VGN-FZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T8300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS 256 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x1024 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 1799 euro
Average Score: 75.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 68%, features: 75%, display: 89% mobility: 51%, workmanship: 79%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 65%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31Z

70% Sony VAIO VGN-FZ31Z 15.4in Blu-ray Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Despite initially impressing with smart design and good features, the FZ31Z is let down by poor battery life and appalling integrated speakers. It's still a good machine in many respects, but other 15.4 inchers offer a better balance for less money, while larger notebooks can boast stronger multimedia credentials.
(von 10): 7, Ausstattung 8, Leistung 7, Mobilität schlecht, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 40%
67% Sony VAIO VGN-FZ31Z
Source: PC Pro English
With the memory of HD DVD rapidly fading into obscurity, consumers can now buy into Blu-ray with new confidence. And fresh from the format's recent victory, Sony has also gone about refreshing its entire range of laptops with Intel's latest Penryn 45nm processors. A Blu-ray writer and Penryn processor simply can't mask the disappointing battery life and high price.
4 von 6, Mobilität schlecht, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 40% mobility: 40%

Foreign Reviews

85% Test Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31Z Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2008
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 84% display: 87% mobility: 74% workmanship: 87% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 89%
80% Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31Z
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 50% features: 70% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 40%

Comment

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS is the DirectX 10 capable successor of the GeForce Go 7600 / 7700 for laptops and technically a higher clocked 8400M GT. The performance is slightly above the 7600 / 7700 and, therefore, it can represent DirectX9 games fluently. For DirectX 10 effects, the power of the card is not sufficient.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


T8300: The Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 was at the time of announcement a fast dual-core CPU for laptops with 3 MB level 2 cache.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.8 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

Sony reviews


75.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31S
Core 2 Duo T8100
» Packard Bell Easynote MB88
Core 2 Duo T5500
» Sony VAIO VGN-FZ21S
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Medion MD96520/MIM 2260
Core 2 Duo T5450
» Sony Vaio VGN-FZ21Z
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi2428
Core 2 Duo T7700
» Medion MD96480
Core 2 Duo T5250
» Asus F3S
Core 2 Duo T7500
» Acer Aspire 5520G
Turion 64 X2 TL-64
» Samsung X65 Pro T7500 Begum
Core 2 Duo T7300
» Asus F3SV
Core 2 Duo T7500
» LG R500-UPRAG
Core 2 Duo T7300

Devices with the same GPU

» Belinea c.book 1700
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 17.0", 4 kg
» HP Pavilion dv9830us
Core 2 Duo T5550, 17.1", 3.5 kg
» Packard Bell Easynote SB89
Core 2 Duo T8100, 17.1", 3.5 kg
» Dell Vostro 1710
Core 2 Duo T8100, 17.1", 3.26 kg
» HP Pavilion dv9790ea
Core 2 Duo T9300, 17.1", 3.6 kg
» Medion MD96595
Core 2 Duo T7250, 17.1", 3.5 kg
» Medion MD96420
Core 2 Duo T5250, 17.1", 3.3 kg
» HP Pavilion dv9694eg
Core 2 Duo T7500, 17.1", 3.6 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xa2528
Turion 64 X2 TL-60, 17.1", 4 kg
» Medion MD96625
Core 2 Duo T5450, 17.1", 3.2 kg
» LG P300
Core 2 Duo T8300, 13.3", 1.7 kg
» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi1
Core 2 Duo T7250, 17.1", 4.6 kg
» HP Pavilion dv9750us
Core 2 Duo T7250, 17.1", 3.6 kg
» HP Pavilion dv9595ea
Core 2 Duo T7500, 17.1", 3.6 kg
» Medion MIM2280 / MD96443
Core 2 Duo T7300, 17.1", 3.2 kg
» Acer Aspire 7520G
Turion 64 X2 TL-64, 17.1", 3.7 kg
» Asus V2S
Core 2 Duo T7300, 14.1", 2.45 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-05- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)