Sony Vaio VPC-Z217GG
SpecificationsNotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-Z217GG (Vaio VPC-Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2620M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 4000 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-Z217GG
Source: Hardware Zone
The Sony Vaio Z is a very strange beast indeed. Its marketing slogan is “no compromises”, yet at almost every turn, we see a compromise made. That’s not to say the machine itself is no good, rather we see them as compromises made to make the Sony Vaio Z better in other ways instead. If you’d keep your eyes peeled, you’d realize that there is no machine out in the market that is as small, as sexy or as powerful as the Sony Vaio Z.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 95% mobility: 90%
Source: Good Gear Guide
The 13.1in Sony VAIO Z Series is one of the most expensive ultraportable laptops on the market. While the Sony Z Series definitely has a 'wow' factor, it's a 'wow' factor that is mostly a reaction to: "so how much does it cost?". But hey, if you can afford it, then you'll end up with a 1.15kg, super-slim laptop that also features high-end processing performance and very fast drive speeds.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Intel HD Graphics 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
2620M: Very fast Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
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.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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