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Sony Vaio VGN-Z Series

Sony Vaio VGN-Z21VN/XProcessor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, Intel Core 2 Duo P8800, Intel Core 2 Duo P9500, Intel Core 2 Duo P9600, Intel Core 2 Duo P9700
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G, NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 13.3 inch
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1300, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 2000, 2100, 2400, 2500, 2650, 3000, 4000 euro
Average Score: 85.08% - good
Average of 37 scores (from 46 reviews)
price: 57%, performance: 80%, features: 81%, display: 78%
mobility: 80%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 64%, emissions: 45%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11VN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11VNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z11VN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 2500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-Z11VN (Model)

Average Score: 86.25% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

70% Sony Vaio Z11 13in laptop
Source: Reg Hardware English

We like the Vaio Z11's performance, portability and connectivity, but we were disappointed with the battery life - especially because its dual-GPU set-up is supposed to improve it. If battery life doesn't matter to you, you have deep pockets and you want a full-gamut RGB screen, there's a lot of to appreciate here. But more mainstream users can find better value machines out there.


70%, Leistung gut, Mobilität mäßig, Preis mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80% mobility: 60%
Tuschkästen
Source: c't - 23/09 German
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: performance: 60% features: 40% display: 80% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 70%
90% Scharf, schnell, schick und sicher
Source: PC Professionell German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80%
Rauschender Alleskönner
Source: c't - 20/08 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 10/01/2008
Rating: performance: 60% features: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 40%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z11VN
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/25/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 50% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 40%
95% Sony Vaio VGN-Z11VN
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 95%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z530N

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z530NNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z530N
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-Z530N/B 13.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop
Source: Comp Reviews English
Sony's VAIO VGN-Z530N/B is the least expensive model in their Z series ultraportables, but that still comes with a high price tag. For this price, you get a system that has a high level of performance with dedicated graphics and excellent battery life. Be aware though that the system does not have an XP downgrade feature even though Sony advertises such a feature.
4 von 5, Leistung sehr gut, Preis schlecht, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 90% mobility: 80%
80% Sony VAIO Z Series (VGN-Z530N)
Source: Laptop Mag English
Light, speedy, and long-lasting—not to mention secure and good-looking—are the attributes we look for in ultraportables, and the VAIO Z series has them all. We’d like to see a faster boot time (or maybe the addition of Splashtop for quicker access to the Web) and slightly bigger touchpad buttons. Overall, though, we would be glad to use this notebook on a daily basis. If you can do without an optical drive, the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 is even faster and feels sturdier. But if you want a DVD drive for installing software, burning video, or watching movies, this is the machine to get.
4 von 5, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11WN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11WNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z11WN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 2100 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-Z11WN (Model)

Average Score: 84.1% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 11 reviews)

 

100% Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B
Source: The Insider English
Compact ultra-portable laptops tend to throw up as many compromises as solutions but the VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B is simply an amazing laptop. The keyboard can feel cramped at times but the individually mounted keys, which punch their way through the body of the chassis, have a fantastic typing action. When on the move you can switch between dedicated and integrated graphics, with the difference being an extra three hours in battery life. It has everything the average traveller needs, including a DVD rewriter built into its compact frame. Sony has set a new benchmark in ultra-slim laptops and one it may find difficult to beat itself.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 80% performance: 100% features: 80% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 80%
84% Sony Vaio VGN-Z11WN/B review
Source: CNet English
The Sony Vaio VGN-Z11WN/B is beautifully designed and reassuringly robust. It marries a decently sized 13.1-inch screen with good portability, and has the advantage of integrated 3G/HSDPA support. There are some downsides, though, including a meagre two USB ports. It's also packed with pre-installed software, such as Skype and Google Earth, much of which is eminently removable. Despite these niggles, however, this is a superb ultra-portable laptop. If you can afford it, you won't be disappointed.
84, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 84% mobility: 80%
Sony - Vaio VGN-Z11WN/B review
Source: IT Reviews English
The screen of this notebook is superb and the overall design standards and capabilities are high. If you can afford it, the Vaio Z is an outstanding machine.
Display sehr gut, Preis sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: price: 90% display: 90%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B 13.1in Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
As a portable notebook for the power user we can think of little better than the Sony VAIO Series Z. It delivers prodigious processing power and very good battery life in a machine that's exceedingly portable and very useable thanks to its sumptuous high resolution display and wonderfully tactile keyboard. Like most VAIO machines it is pricey, but if you're a demanding user then the price is well worth it.
(von 10): 9, Ausstattung 9, Leistung 8, Preis 8
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B is a stunning notebook for anyone who needs performance and battery life from their portable. Sure, you're paying for these features but there currently isn't another notebook on the market that can touch for the VAIO for portability.
9 von 10, Mobilität gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/31/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 40% mobility: 80%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B 13.1in Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
As a portable notebook for the power user we can think of little better than the Sony VAIO Series Z. It delivers prodigious processing power and very good battery life in a machine that's exceedingly portable and very useable thanks to its sumptuous high resolution display and wonderfully tactile keyboard. Like most VAIO machines it is pricey, but if you're a demanding user then the price is well worth it.
(von 10): 9, Preis 8, Leistung 8, Ausstattung 9
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90%
90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B review
Source: Techradar English
The Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B is an excellent laptop, and the all-day battery life is truly surprising for such a powerful machine. If you can afford the high price tag, it's one of the best laptops around.
4.5 von 5, Verarbeitung sehr gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung gut, Display sehr gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
67% Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B
Source: PC Pro English
A couple of months back we took a tentative first look at Sony's forthcoming range of business ultraportables, the Z-series, in PC Pro's blogs. Now, finally, we can stop gazing adoringly at the press photos, as Sony has sent us the first VGN-Z11WN/B in the UK. Sony's Z-series is an ultraportable to aspire to, but it's not without its faults
4 von 6
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 67%
47% Test: Sony VGN-Z11WN
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 47% price: 4% performance: 86% features: 69% mobility: 78% ergonomy: 30%
83% Sony Vaio VGN-Z11WN
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, , Short, Date: 10/24/2008
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% features: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% emissions: 40%
100% Sony Vaio VGN-Z11WN
Source: PC Magazin - 11/08 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 10/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 80% mobility: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 3000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-Z17GN (Model)

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

Sony VAIO VGN - Z17GN/B, it's pure class
Source: PC Authority English
It’s testament to its fine design that despite these faults, the Z-Series is an alluring prospect for the frequent and deep-pocketed traveller. But the VGN-Z17GN/B’s battery life lags behind that of the Lenovo ThinkPad X300, and the lack of Blu-ray and SSD options will disappoint those looking for the ultimate do-it-all luxury ultraportable.
Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/02/2009
Rating: mobility: 50%
90% Sony VAIO Z Series - VGNZ17GN Explored
Source: Hardware Zone English
From its arrival to our labs to the time where we had to pack it up for return, the Sony VAIO VGN-Z17GN has definitely lived up to our expectations. Its sleek design and attractive looks helped cement our opinion of this drool-worthy notebook, though we would like to point out that it's not 100% perfect (close though). From its cylindrical spine to the isolated keyboard design to the carbon fiber casing, the VGN-Z17GN is well, one heck of a notebook. We're still none too happy about the flimsy feeling screen, but with care, accidents can be avoided. Performance too is another good thing the VGN-Z17GN has in its favor. Our benchmarks showed the unit getting pretty decent scores with a slight oddity with regard to the Quake 4 benchmark.
4.5 von 5, Display schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% display: 40%
Milyen jó a VAIO?
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2009
Rating: price: 30% performance: 90% display: 60% workmanship: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11MN/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11MN/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z11MN/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1600 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-Z11MN/B (Model)

Average Score: 95% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

95% Next-Generation-Notebooks
Source: PC Games Hardware - 11/08 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 95% price: 40% performance: 80% mobility: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z21MN/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z21MN/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z21MN/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 84.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

83% Sony Vaio VGN-Z21MN/B
Source: PC Pro English
It wasn't long ago that we looked at Sony's gorgeous, if pricey, VGN-Z11WN/B ultraportable, but now we've sneaked an exclusive first glance at its forthcoming replacement. The VGN-Z21MN/B is, to all intents and purposes, the big brother of Sony's 11.1in VGN-TT11WN/B. The 314 x 210 x 33mm dimensions conceal a generous 13.1in display and belie a headline grabbing weight of just 1.43kg.  Sony's 13.1in Z-series redefines the ultraportable template, and justifies every single penny of its sizable price tag.
5 von 6, Preis sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 90%
86% Kleine Geräte, große Wirkung
Source: Connect - 2/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 03/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 81% features: 75% mobility: 94%
Sony Vaio Z (Z21) recensione
Source: Notebook Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2009
Rating: performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11XN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z11XNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z11XN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 2400 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-Z11XN (Model)

Average Score: 100% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

100% Sony Vaio VGN-Z11XN
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 100%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z590

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z590Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z590
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section
 Vaio VGN-Z590 (Model)

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z590
Source: PC Mag English
No other ultraportable line captures the essence of thinking outside the box like Sony's. It was the first to introduce a sub-4-pound ultraportable with an optical drive and discrete graphics. Its keyboard, first seen on the VAIO VGN-X505ZP, was mimicked on Apple's MacBook, and the VAIO VGN-SZ170P was switching between two different graphics solutions long before anyone had heard of switchable graphics. Sony squeezes an amazing amount of cutting-edge technology into the Sony VAIO VGN-Z590, a 3.2-pound ultraportable.
4.5 von 5, Leistung gut, Mobilität sehr gut, Display gut, Leistung sehr gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z21ZN/X

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z21ZN/XNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z21ZN/X
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 4000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 85.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN/X notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
There’s no doubt the Sony VAIO Z-series is expensive; too expensive for the regular consumer, and for most those extra tenths in performance, features, mobility will be impossible to justify. The fact remains, however, that it’s also one of the best laptops we’ve ever seen. It offers a perfect blend of performance and mobility, proving everything a laptop should be. It allows you to take it with you everywhere you go, without making compromises over your regular desktop PC. It’s everything a laptop should be.
90
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
Sony VAIO VGN-Z21ZN
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/11/2009
Rating: price: 50% performance: 90% features: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
80% High-Speed-Notebook
Source: Chip.de - 2/09 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90%
87% Sony Vaio VGN-Z21ZN/X
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 53% performance: 100% features: 99% display: 96% mobility: 76% ergonomy: 75% emissions: 40%

 

Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X

Specifications

Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/XNotebook: Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 86.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

90% Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X review
Source: Techradar English
  Sony VAIO Z31 is powerful, portable and usable – this may be the best ultraportable you can buy. Sony's VAIO Z-series offers some of the most complete ultraportable laptops currently available. Its latest model, the VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X, is a powerful machine that also boasts a wealth of impressive features. The Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X is one of the best laptops we've seen for a while. Combining power, portability and usability completely and effortlessly, we have no qualms in recommending it as the best ultraportable currently available.
90
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
83% Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X
Source: PC Pro English
The Sony VAIO Z-series is one of the smallest laptops we've ever seen, but it still tries to cram in everything you'd expect on a full-size notebook. Its 1.47kg weight is far less than most notebooks, and it's light enough to barely be noticeable when slung in a bag. The 33mm thickness is another reason why the Z-series is ideal for frequent travellers, as long as you've got a well-padded bag for added protection. An ultraportable without compromise: plenty of power, great battery life and superb design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%

 

Sony VAIO VGN-Z31MN/B

Specifications

Sony VAIO VGN-Z31MN/BNotebook: Sony VAIO VGN-Z31MN/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1700 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

 

Ohne Netzteil durch den Tag
Source: c't - 14/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: performance: 40% display: 90% mobility: 90% emissions: 30%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z41MD/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z41MD/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z41MD/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 71% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

71% Subnotebook Sony Vaio VGN-Z41MD/B im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 40% performance: 95% features: 97% mobility: 74% ergonomy: 30%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z31ZN

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z31ZNNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z31ZN
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 2650 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio VGN-Z31ZN
Source: V3.co.uk English
Sony's ultraportable Vaio range has long been a popular choice for business users requiring a light yet powerful laptop. The VGN-Z31ZN is the latest in Sony's line-up and does not buck the trend in terms of performance or portability. With a two-toned grey chassis it is an instant eye-pleaser, while its miniscule dimensions (31.4cm wide x 32cm deep x 3.3cm thick) and weight of just 1.5kg make it the perfect travel companion. A highly portable laptop that performs well, but it is by no means cheap.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Review: Sony Vaio VGN-Z31ZN
Source: Computing English
Sony's ultraportable Vaio range has long been a popular choice for business users requiring a light yet powerful laptop. The VGN-Z31ZN is the latest in Sony's line-up and does not buck the trend in terms of performance or portability. A highly portable laptop that performs well, but it is by no means cheap.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9700
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

80% Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG/B review
Source: Electricpig English
The top notch Sony Vaio Z series is trying to make its way as the go-to laptop for busy business bods and media junkies. But can this slimline Vaio win us over and convince us to ditch our 13-inch MacBook Pro? Read our Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG/B review and we’ll reveal all. The closest a PC laptop gets to matching a MacBook Pro.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Sony VAIO VGN-Z51WG/B
Source: PC Pro English
The Sony VAIO VGN-Z51WG/B is the latest update to a range that's currently under threat in the catwalk stakes from Dell's gorgeous Adamo. But anyone familiar with the Z-series will be glad to hear that, physically, Sony hasn't changed a thing. It mightn't boast the wow factor it once had, what with the seemingly never-ending slew of slimline competitors, but it's still impressive to behold. Light yet powerful, gorgeous yet practical, it's the best all-round ultraportable Sony has produced.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 83% performance: 100% features: 100%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WGNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9700
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 83% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

83% Sony VGN-Z51WG review
Source: It Pro English
In today's cut-price age is there a place for a full-on no-compromise high cost ultra portable? We weigh up the Sony Vaio VGN-Z51WG in this review. The Sony VGN-Z51WG is a very fine machine, offering a well built chassis, and great looks, while the excellent performance is married to great battery life. The inevitable high price is its only significant down side.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z790

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z790Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z790
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8800
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

90% Review: Sony Vaio VGN-Z790, VGN-Z750
Source: Geekmontage English
This Sony Vaio VGN-Z790 is a powerhouse. It is one of the fastest laptops that I have ever seen for its size. There are many 13” laptops such as the Dell XPS13, but it is not nearly as light as this product. All in all we are extremely pleased. This laptop definitely lived up to its name, as the executive laptop. We would have liked a better video card as this card is a little out of date now.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z890

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z890Notebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z890
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8800
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: Sony homepage
 Sony notebook section

Average Score: 84% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

84% Review: Sony Vaio VGN-Z890, VGN-Z820
Source: Geekmontage English
Overall we were very pleased the Sony Vaio VGN-Z890. It is one of the fastest mobile laptops for its weight-class and size. We were extremely pleased with the keyboard and design. This laptop was very similar to its predecessor, and we had to dock points for that. Due to the fact that this laptop is still an excellent choice for executive, and travelers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 84%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z56GG

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z56GGNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z56GG
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9700
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Links: Sony homepage
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Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Sony VAIO VGN-Z56GG/B, the best ultraportable Sony has produced to date
Source: PC Authority English
The VGN-Z56GG/B outstrips the best of the netbook and ultraportable worlds for longevity, but can also switch gears and assume desktop duties with its reserves of power. With Intel's mobile Core i7 looming large, it might not be long before an even more flexible successor arrives. But right now, if your budget can stretch to it, the Z Series remains as good a laptop as we've had the pleasure of using.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/04/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z51MRG/B

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z51MRG/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z51MRG/B
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1800 euro
Links: Sony homepage
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Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Обзор ноутбука Sony VGN-Z51MRG/B
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 50% display: 49% mobility: 61% emissions: 52%

 

Sony Vaio VGN-Z21VN/X

Specifications

Sony Vaio VGN-Z21VN/XNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z21VN/X
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 2500 euro
Links: Sony homepage
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 Vaio VGN-Z21VN/X (Model)

 

Sony Vaio Z11 VGN-Z21VN/X and TT11VN/X:
Source: Bright Hub English
As with most cases, we can not conclude our comparison with "go for this". If you are working with Office documents, Internet, if you do not place heavy demands on multimedia tasks such as video editing and finally if portability is your utmost priority, then go for the T11 VN/X. If performance is your top priority, then go for the Z21 VN/X.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/11/2012

 

Comment

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.

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS: Compared to the 9300M G, the GS has only 8 unified shaders but a higher clock rate. Therefore, the performance should be similar according to Nvidia. Supports 
Hybrid-SLI (GeForceBoost and HybridPower) with Nvidia 9100M G and PureVideo HD (VP3).

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G: Enhanced 8400M GS chip, which is manufactured in 65nm and shows slightly better performance due to a few minor optimizations.

» 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.

P9500:

The P9500 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and basically a Core 2 Duo T9400 with only 25 Watt TDP.

P8600:

Fast but still not overpriced dual core CPU. For most games and multimedia applications sufficient and due to the 25W TDP even for smaller notebooks useable.

P8400:

Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).

P9600:

The P9600 is a middle class dual-core CPU of the Core 2 Duo line and similar to the T9550 (except for the lower TDP of 25 vs 35W). The performance of the P9600 should be sufficient for most applications and games of 2009.

P8700:

Mid-range dual core processor with 3 MB level 3 cache and a TDP of 25 Watt.

P9700: Very fast dual core CPU and due to the 28 Watt TDP also power efficient. Compared to other P-models, the P9700 offers the full 6MB level 2 cache.

P8800: Mid-range dual core processor with 3 MB level 3 cache and a TDP of 25 Watt.


13.1: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

13.3: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.5 kg:

This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

1.5 kg:


85.08%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

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

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

» Sony Vaio VGN-Z21VN/X
Core 2 Duo P9500
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z51MRG/B
Core 2 Duo P8700
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z890
Core 2 Duo P8800
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z790
Core 2 Duo P8800
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z31ZN
Core 2 Duo P9600
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z41MD/B
Core 2 Duo P8700
» Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X
Core 2 Duo P9600
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z21ZN/X
Core 2 Duo P9500
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z590
Core 2 Duo P9500
» Sony Vaio VGN Z11MN/B
Core 2 Duo P8400
» Sony Vaio VGN-Z17GN
Core 2 Duo P9500

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony Vaio VGN-Z598U
Core 2 Duo P9500, 2 kg

Notebooks with the same GPU

» Hi-Grade Notino D8000
Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 2.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-AW21M/H
Core 2 Duo P8600, 18.4", 3.6 kg
» Asus F70SL
Core 2 Duo T6400, 17.3", 3.9 kg
» Asus UV6
Core 2 Duo P8600, 12.1", 1.9 kg
» MSI Megabook PX600
Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 3 kg
» Novatech X60MV
Core 2 Duo T6400, 17.0", 2.9 kg
» Samsung E172 Aura T5800
Core 2 Duo T5800, 17.0", 3.2 kg
» HP Pavilion dv3550eg
Core 2 Duo P7350, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» Asus F70SL
Core 2 Duo T5900, 17.3", 3.847 kg
» Asus N80VC
Core 2 Duo T5800, 14.1", 2.6 kg
» Asus X83VB
Core 2 Duo T5800, 14.1", 2.6 kg
» Asus N10J
Atom N270, 10.2", 1.8 kg
» Sony VAIO VGN-CS11S/Q
Core 2 Duo P8400, 14.1", 2.6 kg

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