Sony Vaio VPCZ11Z9E
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VPCZ11Z9E
Source: BCW - Business Computing World Archive.org version
The Sony VAIO Z is unquestionably the most powerful small laptop we have ever seen. Its dual graphics mode could help conserve power if you learn to use it correctly and thus prolong battery life, though we suspect most users will rarely be confident enough to travel without the mains adapter. Ergonomics are excellent, with a very well designed keyboard which we could work at full touch-typing speeds and a screen which we found to be sharp and crisp. Some people may find the higher resolution option a challenge, though.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/20/2010
Rating: performance: 95% display: 70% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 95%
Source: Computing Archive.org version
Sony's Vaio Z series is designed to challenge the notion that you can have performance or portability, but not both together. The Vaio Z series reviewed here (VPCZ11Z9E/B) has impressive performance but poor battery life, making it unsuitable for working while on the move. The high price tag also means that this model is unlikely to appeal to most buyers looking for a workhorse laptop, while enthusiasts will probably expect to see a Blu-ray drive at this price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: T3 Archive.org version
Sony’s latest Vaio laptop is for those who want uncompromising power and performance at any price. The Vaio Z Series is a laptop for those who take their business seriously, it’s easily the most powerful ultra portable laptop currently on the market. But that comes at a high price, which just loses it that elusive final star.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Pro Archive.org version
Improving on excellence is never a simple task, but that was the lofty goal facing Sony's engineers. The previous version of the VAIO Z Series combined classy, understated looks, supreme power and fine ergonomics with class-leading stamina, and it had the measure of every other ultraportable on the market. Cramming a Core i7 processor into an ultraportable results in a staggeringly fast yet lightweight laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 67% performance: 100% features: 100%
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.
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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.
In former time,s this weight was typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, often 15 inch laptops weigh as much.
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.
74.33%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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