Sony Vaio VGN-Z530N


Sony Vaio VGN-Z530NNotebook: Sony Vaio VGN-Z530N (Vaio VGN-Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1500 euro
Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: 40%, performance: 90%, features: - %, display: 80% mobility: 80%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-Z530N

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%


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).

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


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.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

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.» 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.

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

80%: 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.


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Devices 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
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

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

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

Devices 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
Core 2 Duo P8400, 14.1", 2.6 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-09-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)