Sony Vaio Z laptop debuts with external dock

Sony Vaio Z laptop debuts with external dock

Summary: Sony has launched its Vaio Z Series ultra-slim laptop, a top-of-the-line device that comes with a separate Light Peak-equipped external dock to bump up graphics and provide other performance boosts

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Sony Vaio Z Series side

    Under the bonnet, the laptop itself runs Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, alongside Sony's quick-boot option for speedy web browsing. Onboard graphics are the standard provided by the Sandy Bridge chip, but can be augmented by Sony's external Power Media Dock add-on.

    It comes with HDMI out, a VGA port, a USB 3.0 port, a biometric sensor for locking and logging into the laptop, and a 1.3-megapixel HD webcam for videoconferencing.

    For connectivity, the Z Series has Wi-Fi, but can be configured for 3G.

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  • Sony Vaio Z Series Power Media Dock

    The dock measures 148 by 16.65 by 220mm and weighs in at around 0.7kg.

    Pricing for the basic Z Series starts from just under £1,500; increasing the specs can add significantly to the overall price. For example, choosing the Core i7-2620M adds £180, opting for 8GB RAM costs an extra £110, and increasing the storage to a 512GB SSD adds £1,150.

    The Media Power Dock is also an additional extra, the version with a Blu-ray reader adds £450 more. The total of this, with all other options left as standard, would be £3,323.

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  • Vaio Y Series side

    Sony also launched a Vaio Y Series laptop, which replaces the now-discontinued W Series.

    The laptop runs Windows 7 Home Premium and carries a 11.6-inch (1,366 by 768-pixel) display. It is powered by a 1.6GHz AMD E-350 dual-core processor and has 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics and a 320GB hard drive. There is a 0.3 megapixel webcam for video chatting and an HDMI output. Its battery life is around 6.5 hours.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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