Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E/B


Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E/BNotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E/B (Vaio VPC-Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 1024 MB
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.388kg
Price: 2000 euro
Average Score: 93.67% - very good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 98%, features: 100%, display: 91% mobility: 90%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 95%, emissions: 82%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E/B

Sony VAIO Z Review
Source: English
The Sony VAIO Z is one of the nicest 13-inch ultraportable notebooks currently on the market. Normally most systems in this category have some sort of flaw; slow CULV processor, limited screen resolution, limited storage options, or even a poor graphics card. None of this is the case with the VAIO Z, but it comes at a price. Right now the Z starts at $1,919 for a base configuration (128GB RAID0 SSD, i5 540M, 4GB RAM) and goes all the way up to $4,799 for a Signature Edition (512GB RAID0 SSD, i7 620M, 8GB RAM, 1080P panel). At close to $2,000 it is already double what you might expect to pay for a mobile gaming system. You get a lot of features for your money but it still comes down to what you want in your notebook. The VAIO Z has a slick design with a super thin screen, machined alloy keyboard tray with integrated Chiclet keyboard, and still has space to fit an optical drive. Build quality is a step above consumer notebooks and gets very close to business models. Sony doesn't hold anything back, so in a sense you do get perks with the pricetag. Overall the VAIO Z isn't for everyone, but it does fill a market; business executives who need to project an image to clients, college students with a large budget, and anyone else who wants a no-compromises notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/06/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 100% features: 100% ergonomy: 100%
100% Sony Vaio VPC Z11
Source: Digital Versus English
This is how Sony sums up the qualities of its new high end ultra, the Vaio VPCZ11! With the Z11, nothing is left to chance. In spite of its size and weight (just 1.43 Kg), the Sony Vaio VPC Z11 has some big guns it can wheel out! Its high-end configuration offers top flight performance without reducing battery life too much. If you're looking for an uncompromising ultra, this is your ideal machine... as long as you don't mind shelling out!
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 100%
Sony's VAIO Z11 is the perfect mix of high performance, light weight and portability
Source: PC Authority English
Improving on excellence is never a simple task, and it's even tougher with a laptop as good as Sony's Z Series: indeed, the VAIO Z51 already sits on our A-List as the ultraportable of choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/21/2010
Rating: price: 67% performance: 100% features: 100%

Foreign Reviews

89% Test Sony Vaio VPCZ11X9E/B Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 93% display: 91% mobility: 90% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 82%
92% Sony VAIO VPCZ11X9E, potente y con acabados de lujo
Source: PC Actual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 92% price: 75%


NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M: The Nvidia GeForce GT 330M is the successor of the GT 230M and technically just a slightly higher clocked GT 240M (but it should still maintain the power envelope of the GT 230M as the naming suggests).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

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


The Core i5-520M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.4-2.93 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.

» 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.

1.388 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 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

93.67%: Indeed, this rating is very goodl There do not exist many notebook models, which are rated better.

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

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony Vaio VPC-Z13B7E
Core i5 460M, 1.379 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z13Z9E
Core i7 640M, 1.447 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z137GX
Core i5 460M, 1.5 kg
» Sony VAIO VPC-Z1390X
Core i5 460M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ13M9E/B
Core i5 460M, 1.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z13Z9E/X
Core i7 640M, 1.449 kg
» Sony VAIO VPC-Z12C7E/B
Core i7 620M, 1.4 kg
Core i7 620M, 1.4 kg
Core i5 520M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ125GX
Core i5 520M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ12M9E/B
Core i5 520M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ12
Core i5 520M, 1.406 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ116GG/B
Core i5 430M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ117
Core i7 620M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ11Z9E/B
Core i7 620M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E/B
Core i5 520M, 1.388 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ114GX/S
Core i5 520M, 1.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ11Z9E
Core i7 620M, 1.4 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Samsung RF510-S01BG
Core i5 480M, 15.6", 3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite P500-1JD
Core i5 480M, 18.4", 4.4 kg
» Samsung RF510-S01US
Core i5 460M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite A660-1EG
Core i3 370M, 16.0", 2.6 kg
» Gateway ID49C05C
Core i5 430M, 14.0", 2.2 kg
» Samsung RF710-E7P-C5460
Core i5 460M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
» Samsung P580-JS00UK
Core i3 330M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Novatech Novabook Family
Core i5 520M, 17.3", 3.1 kg
» Medion Akoya P7615-MD97561
Core i5 450M, 17.1", 3.4 kg
» Samsung RF710-S05
Core i5 460M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
» Samsung R590-JS01CN
Core i5 520M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-05- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)