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New Sony Vaio Z Now Available

Sony’s updated laptop packs a big punch in a really small frame.

Today, Sony officially unveiled the much anticipated update to its Vaio Z line of ultra-slim and ultra-powerful notebooks.

According to Sony, the new Vaio Z is the only notebook to include a full wattage CPU in a 0.66-inch, 2.5-pound chassis. However, these specs only apply to the laptop’s main body.

Other powerful components are housed in the included Power Media Dock. Inside the dock, one can find an AMD Radeon HD 6650M and an optical drive (with an optional Blu-Ray option.) Also found on the dock are several ports including USB 3.0 and HDMI.

The ultraportable can be configured with Intel’s 2nd generation Core i5-2410M (2.3 – 2.9 GHz), -2540M (2.6 – 3.3 GHz), or the Core i7-2620M (2.7 – 3.4 GHz). A 128 GB solids state drive comes standard with options up to a 512 GB SSD.

The LED backlit display on the Vaio Z was already the highest resolution screen on a 13.1 inch laptop at 1600 x 900 pixels, and now there is even an option for a full HD 1920 x 1080 display.

Even with all this power, Sony claims up to 8 hours of battery life. An optional extended battery can extend that to 16 hours according to Sony, but it will also increase the weight and thickness of the laptop.

With many powerful options, the new Vaio Z doesn’t come cheap. The base configurable model starts at $1969.99, and Sony’s “Signature Collection” series is available for pre-order for $2999.99 or $4699.99 depending on the specifications.


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Adam Sperling, 2011-07-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)