Sony Vaio VPCZ114GX/S


Sony Vaio VPCZ114GX/SNotebook: Sony Vaio VPCZ114GX/S (Vaio VPC-Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.5kg
Price: 1700 euro
Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 85%, features: 90%, display: - % mobility: 80%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPCZ114GX/S

75% Sony VAIO Z Series VPCZ114GX/S
Source: Computer Shopper English
Most ultraportables make you trade speed for portability. Not the Sony VAIO Z Series VPCZ114GX/S. Weighing a hair over three pounds, this 13.1-inch notebook is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor that helped it deliver the best test results among ultraportables we’ve seen to date. This laptop's killer performance in a lightweight package will attract power users, but the high price and bland styling leave us wanting more.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 75%
80% Sony VAIO Z
Source: Laptop Mag English
Some day Apple or someone else may be able to match the VAIO Z in terms of speed or portability, but at the moment this ultraportable stands alone as the fastest 13-inch notebook on earth. Is it worth $2,099? Definitely, although we think Sony should throw in the larger battery and a longer warranty for this price. As it stands, you’ll be getting a sleek and sturdy design, two SSDs, and a turbo-charged Core i5 processor that makes quick work of any task.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Sony VAIO Z Series (VPCZ114GX/S) review
Source: Engadget English
The Sony VAIO Z is a wonder of a laptop to carry around and use -- as it should be for its $2,000 price tag. But is there still a market for a burn-a-hole-in-your-wallet ultraportable when ULV laptops, like the ASUS UL80Vt and Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13, cost half as much and run for longer on a charge? The answer lies in your needs -- if you're looking for a system to do basic computing with a long battery life an $800 ULV will do the trick. However, if you need a single machine that packs triple the performance and can accomplish every task you throw at it while still fitting into a carry-on, the Z series is a winner. Sure, you can buy five netbooks for its price, or spend far less on a bulkier laptop with similar specs, but our guess is that those willing to pony up for Sony's mastery of style and substance will find the Z to be well worth it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/11/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Sony Vaio VPCZ1
Source: PC Magazin - 7/10 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: price: 50% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%


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.

1.5 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

77.5%: 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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» Sony Vaio VPC-Z13B7E
Core i5 460M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z13Z9E
Core i7 640M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z137GX
Core i5 460M
» Sony VAIO VPC-Z1390X
Core i5 460M
» Sony Vaio VPCZ13M9E/B
Core i5 460M
» Sony Vaio VPC-Z13Z9E/X
Core i7 640M
» Sony VAIO VPC-Z12C7E/B
Core i7 620M
Core i7 620M
» Sony Vaio VPCZ116GG/B
Core i5 430M
» Sony Vaio VPCZ117
Core i7 620M
» Sony Vaio VPCZ11Z9E/B
Core i7 620M
» Sony Vaio VPCZ11Z9E
Core i7 620M

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» Samsung RF510-S01US
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» Toshiba Satellite A660-1EG
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» Samsung RF710-E7P-C5460
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» Samsung P580-JS00UK
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» Novatech Novabook Family
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» 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, 2010-02-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)