Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E


Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9ENotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E (Vaio VPC-Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2410M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 2300 euro
Average Score: 77.33% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 52%, performance: 80%, features: 80%, display: 92% mobility: 70%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E

80% Sony Vaio Z Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Judged by its technical achievements, the Sony Vaio Z is easily a 10/10 laptop. Sony has managed to pack a number of high-quality components into a very small space, achieving things that most ultrabooks shown at CES could only hope for. Better still, the Z isn’t particularly hot or noisy, nor is the battery life disappointing.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Sony VAIO Z (2011) review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Sony's carbon-fibre VAIO Z is the lightest, most powerful and most versatile ultraportable available. With highlights like an optional Full HD screen and up to a 512GB SSD, and with its optional dock offering dedicated graphics and Blu-ray playback, its rivals don't even come close – especially since battery life is also good. As a package, it has no competitors, though for many users the Z won't justify its extra cost over either its S-series cousin or other rivals like the MacBook Air. However, while it's not without its faults, if you can afford it this is a stunning machine.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/30/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 100% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 90%
67% Sony Vaio Z (2011) VPCZ21M9E review
Source: It Pro English
It is possible to get a Vaio Z for £1,195 ex VAT by removing features such as the Power Media Dock, the 3G modem and opting for Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Professional. Even so, design issues such as the keyboard, concerns about sturdiness and the heat means it’s still a plaything for status-conscious C-level executives rather than an ultraportable workhorse for wide or even limited deployment. There's nothing quite like it at the moment, but more practical alternatives include the Apple MacBook Air, the Toshiba Portégé R830 or Sony’s own Vaio SB1V9E.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 67%
83% Sony VAIO Z Series (2011) review
Source: PC Pro English
Gram for gram, however, there’s simply nothing that can match the all-round performance of the Sony VAIO Z series. Yes, the ergonomics have suffered a little, and yes it’s brutally expensive, but as a notebook that takes the concept of a full-sized, high-powered ultraportable and pushes to its outer extremities, it’s untouchable; a laptop everyone should aspire to own.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 50% performance: 83% features: 83% ergonomy: 83%

Foreign Reviews

77% Leichtes Notebook für unterwegs und daheim
Source: - 5/12 German
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 04/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 84% features: 83% display: 98% mobility: 65% ergonomy: 74%
77% Test: Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E/B (Notebook)
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 45% performance: 84% features: 83% display: 98% mobility: 65% ergonomy: 74%
Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E/B
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/23/2011
Rating: performance: 60% features: 50% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
Source: c't - 20/11 German
light, compact, good performance, expensive
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 10/01/2011
SONY VAIO Z の実機レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/25/2011


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.

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


Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The CPU is clocked at 2.3 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.6-2.9 GHz) and the GPU at 650 (1200 MHz Turbo).

» 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

77.33%: 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 VPC-Z390X
Core i5 2450M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z21DGX/B
Core i7 2620M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z21A9E/B
Core i7 2620M
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Core i7 2620M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z216GX/B
Core i7 2620M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z217GG
Core i7 2620M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z21V9E/B
Core i7 2620M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z21V9R/B
Core i7 2620M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Z9R
Core i7 2620M

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» Toshiba Satellite L40-AI0110
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» Asus X550CA-DB31
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» Samsung 350V5C-A01RS
Core i3 3110M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Asus UX21E-KX020V
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» Acer Iconia W700P-2365
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» Dell Latitude 3330
Core i3 2375M, 13.3", 1.77 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-471P
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» Asus X55C-DS31
Core i3 2370M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-551G-8454
Core i3 2370M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Acer Aspire E1-571-6659
Core i3 2328M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» HP 2000-2202TU
Core i3 2328M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-171-6675
Core i3 2377M, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Asus VivoBook Q200
Core i3 2365M, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Asus VivoBook X202E-CT006H
Pentium 987, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S300-59359324
Celeron 887, 13.3", 1.8 kg
» Toshiba Satellite C855-1QE
Core i3 2328M, 15.6", 2.3 kg
» Asus X501A-XX402H
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-07-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)