Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E


Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9ENotebook: Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E (Vaio VPC-Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2620M
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 6650M 1024 MB
Display: 13.1 inch, , 1600x900 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.15kg
Price: 2400 euro
Average Score: 84.67% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 89%, features: 85%, display: 90% mobility: 85%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 75%

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E

86% Review Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E/B Subnotebook | Notebookcheck
Perfect shortcomings. It almost sounds like a fairy tale when it comes to what Sony has created with the new Z models: An extremely thin 13.1 inch subnotebook weighing a mere 1.2 kilograms, that provides as much performance as a large notebook, and furthermore shines with an A1 display, good battery life, and low heat and noise emissions. How this is possible? Via Power Dock and Intel Light Peak.
Sony Vaio Z2 – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English
Sony has launched the new Vaio Z2 notebook, a 13.1-inch ultrabook with a breath-takingly sharp 1080p display and a second battery pack which can double mains-free runtime. The Sony Vaio Z2 is a mighty powerful take on the ultraportable format, and while it has very few if any weak points, its high price reflects it’s premium status.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/20/2012
Sony Vaio Z2: Everything is Peripheral
Source: AnandTech English
The Sony VAIO Z2 is a series of fantastic ideas undone by a few bad ones. On paper and with the price tag out of the equation, there are very few ultraportables on the market more compelling than what Sony hopes to offer the end consumer. A beautiful carbon fiber chassis, stellar quality 1080p screen, powerful Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, excellent battery life with or without the sheet battery.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/13/2012
80% Sony VAIO Z Series
Source: Techreview Source English
We were disappointed that Sony loads up this computer with lots of bloatware and trialware. Some of the most predominant software includes trials to Norton Internet Security and Microsoft Office 2010. Sony also installs software like PowerDVD and Skype. These programs bog down performance pretty noticeably, especially since many of them run at startup, so you'll want to spend some time uninstalling the unnecessary ones.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/17/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

89% Sony Vaio Z im Test: Luxus-Exot mit Grafik-Dock
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 93% features: 100% display: 87% mobility: 75% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80%
80% Sony Vaio Z21: leichter 13-Zöller mit Lightpeak-Grafik
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 70%
86% Test Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E/B Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2011
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 89% display: 88% mobility: 89% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 86% emissions: 77%
87% Sony VAIO VPC-Z21Q9E/B
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2011
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 70%


AMD Radeon HD 6650M: Successor of the Mobility Radeon HD 5650 with more cores, UVD3 processor and Eyefinity+. Due to the same codename, the 6650M should be a HD 6750M with slow DDR3 memory.

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.

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.

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.

1.15 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 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

84.67%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony Vaio VPC-Z23N9E/B
Core i7 2640M, 1.19 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z214GX/B
Core i7 2620M, 1.5 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Lenovo G770-M533DGE
Core i5 2410M, 17.3", 3 kg
» Acer Aspire 7750G-2434G1TMN
Core i5 2430M, 17.3", 3 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote LS44-HR-070FR
Core i5 2410M, 17.3", 3 kg
» Asus A53TA-XN1
A-Series A6-3400M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Asus K73TA-TY024
A-Series A6-3400M, 17.3", 3.1 kg
» Acer Aspire 7750G-2414G50Mnss
Core i5 2410M, 17.3", 3 kg
» Asus K53TA-SX078V
A-Series A6-3400M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Lenovo G770
Core i7 2620M, 17.3", 3 kg
» HP Pavilion dv7-6000el
Phenom II X4 P960, 17.3", 3.4 kg
» Acer Aspire 7750G-6957
Core i7 2630QM, 17.3", 3.3 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z21TGX/X
Core i7 2620M, 13.3", 1.2 kg
» HP Pavilon dv6-6030ec
Turion II P560, 15.6", 2.9 kg
» Asus N53DA
Phenom II X4 P960, 15.6", 2.7 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6-6005sg
Phenom II X4 P960, 15.6", 2.9 kg
» Acer Aspire 5552-N834G50Mnks
Phenom II X3 N830, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Acer Aspire 7552G-6436
Phenom II X4 N950, 17.3", 2.9 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote LS11HR-005NL
Core i7 2630QM, 17.3", 3.1 kg
» Acer eMachines G640G-N974G50Mnks
Phenom II X4 N970, 17.3", 3 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote LS11-HR-050GE
Core i5 2410M, 17.3", 3.3 kg
» Acer Aspire 5552G-N954G32Mnrr
Phenom II X4 N950, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Acer Aspire 5552G-N854G50Mikk
Phenom II X3 N830, 15.6", 2.5 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-09-15 (Update: 2012-05-26)