Sony Vaio VPCZ117
SpecificationsNotebook: Sony Vaio VPCZ117 (Vaio VPC-Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 620M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 3000 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPCZ117
Source: PC Pro
Extravagantly expensive, but Sony’s VAIO Z12 is a premium cut above your average ultraportable
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 67% performance: 100% features: 83%
Though expensive, you get an insanely fast yet incredibly portable notebook.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/26/2010
Rating: price: 60% performance: 100% features: 80%
The combination of powerful hardware, light-weight design, excellent performance and super-cool looks, is something that one cannot expect from ultra-portable laptops. But, the Sony Vaio Z is here to break that notion. It is not only stylish, something that typical of Sony Vaio laptops, but is also as powerful as a desktop PC. This laptop is special in all aspects. As a matter of fact its core hardware will blow you away.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 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).
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.
The Core i7-620M is the fastest Dual-Core CPU for laptops (at the time of introduction in Q1 2010). The 620M clocks betwenn 2.66 and 3.33 GHz due to the Turbo Mode and because of Hyperthreading, 4 threads are executed simultaneously. In the package, Intel also included a second die with an integrated GPU (GMA HD) and a memory controller. Therefore, the TDP of 35 Watt of the whole package is still quite good.» 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.
81.5%: 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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