Sony Vaio Z Flip
Secondary Camera: 1 MPix
Average of 8 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio Z Flip
Back in style... for a price. The Vaio convertible has returned to North America with a starting price tag much higher than other Ultrabooks currently in the market. What does the Flip have under the hood to justify its nearly two-fold MSRP?
Source: G Style Magazine
The Vaio Z is a super portable, clean, impeccably designed, powerful laptop/tablet hybrid. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the Vaio Z. It’s one of the best laptops I’ve used. I personally always appreciated the Vaio brand, now even more so that they’re their own company. Bottom line however, the Vaio Z is a bit too expensive. This is my biggest problem.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2017
Source: Unlocked Newegg
If you’re looking for high-end content creation or video editing, this is not the 2-in-1 for you. But if looks are your thing, and you want a durable Windows 10 laptop that can double as a tablet, the VAIO Z Flip is at the head of the game.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/02/2017
Quite honestly, there's something charming about goods made in Japan. Maybe it's because I'm a huge camera fan (some of the highest-grade camera equipment continues to be assembled in Japan), but knowing that the expert craftspeople of Azumino put the Vaio Z Flip together makes it feel like a singular laptop. It's not cheap, but it's fast, elegant, and well-equipped.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 84%
Source: PC Mag
If you're a graphics professional, the VAIO Z Flip delivers class-leading performance, a long-lasting battery pack, and a convertible screen mechanism that helps you interact with your art up close and personal, in a tactile manner. But at almost $2,000, it just costs too much for most general users, even well-heeled ones. At $500 less, the Lenovo Yoga holds remains our Editors' Choice for high-end convertible-hybrid laptops because it has a higher-resolution screen, the same amount of system memory and storage, comparable multimedia benchmark numbers, and only slightly less battery life (almost 11 hours).
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
The VAIO Z flip model gets most things right. It has a great build, stunning display, and decent battery life. Its pen is also a pleasure to use, and it pulls off the hinged display design well, which sets it apart in a market awash in detachables and Yoga clones. These are all more important features than any of its drawbacks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
The VAIO Z Flip is a strong offering in the premium convertible-notebook market. It has impeccable quality throughout. We liked its unique display-flipping mechanism, which covers the keyboard in tablet mode. This eliminates the complaint we have about conventional 360-degree folding convertibles, which leave their keyboards exposed in tablet mode.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Digital Trends
We have to hand it to Vaio. The Z Flip rises from the ashes of the former Sony offshoot like a phoenix, with a blazing fast CPU, best in class SSD performance, and a screen well suited for work or play. But the question remains — are users willing to pay a premium for those benefits?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
The Vaio Z Flip is definitely a head-turning 2-in-1, with its gorgeous, flipping display and sleek design, and the fast performance and long battery life help justify the steep price tag. The pen also works well, even though there's nowhere to put it when it's not in use. However, we found the keyboard uncomfortable, and the issues we had with touchpads on two different review units leave us concerned about the experience users will have.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
It's hard not to lust for the Vaio Z flip model--it's everything the Sony Vaio Flip could have been if money were no object. The materials are top notch, the display is lovely looking, the pen is included in the box and it works very well for both notes and art. The machine is modern and gorgeous looking. Performance is above that of competing Ultrabooks thanks to the 28 watt Intel Skylake Core i7 and Iris graphics.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: The Sony Vaio Z Flip is a convertible laptop packed with high performance hardware including up to an Intel Core i7-6567U processor (4 MB Cache, up to 3.60 GHz), an Intel Iris Graphics 550, 16 GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz RAM and a 512 GB PCIe SSD. As for display, it features a 13.3" WQHD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The convertible measures at 32.41 (W) x 1.5 - 1.68 (H) x 21.54 (D) cm (2.76 x 0.59-0.66 x 8.48 inch) and weighs at 1.34 kg (2.96 lbs).
The laptop is ready to use upon purchase since Windows 10 Professional 64 bit is pre-installed. Thanks to a backlight, the keyboard is comfortable to type on in low light environments. In addition, the convertible laptop features WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless connectivity. There is a 8 MP CMOS Sensor HD camera on the rear side and a 1 MP CMOS Sensor HD web camera on the front side. The connectivity includes two SuperSpeed USB (3.0) ports (one of them with charge functionality, an HDMI port and a headphones/microphone combo jack.
Intel Iris Graphics 550: Integrated GPU (GT3e) with 48 EUs and dedicated eDRAM memory found on some Skylake CPU models (28 W series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these 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.
6567U: Skylake-based dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated Iris Graphics 550 GPU with eDRAM memory and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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.
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.
76%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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