Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E
Average of 6 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPC-Z21M9E
Source: Digital Trends
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%
Source: Trusted Reviews
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%
Source: It Pro
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%
Source: PC Pro
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%
Source: Chip.de - 5/12
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 04/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 84% features: 83% display: 98% mobility: 65% ergonomy: 74%
Source: Chip.de 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%
Source: Notebookjournal 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
light, compact, good performance, expensive
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 10/01/2011
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/25/2011
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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.
From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.
77.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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