Sony Vaio Z Series VPC-Z390X Review

Checking out all there is to know about the new Sony Vaio Z Series.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

Prediction: Laptops are soon going to go the way of the cassette tapes, phone with chords and the Quagga (an extinct subspecies of the Burchell's Zebra). Even this year’s MacWorld extravaganza solely focused on iPads and iPhones – without even a hint of laptop to be found in the entire exhibition hall. Laptops are going the way of the Dodo bird – the flightless creature that disappeared from the planet back in 1681.

While we’re still in transition in the evolutionary ladder, Sony offers the Vaio Z Series: a super light-weight laptop that weighs in around the size of an iPad. This solid-and-sturdy,slim, light, and handsome-looking, upscale 13-inch piece of equipment has been brought to this planet to give the MacAir a run for its money. The Vaio Z is part of the current wave of ultrabooks – thin with the current Core i5 processors, and SSD hard drives. What you got to be amazed about is the speed. The difference, though, to other ultrabooks is the price: the starting range in this genre is roughly $799. The Vaio Z starts at $1,649 and can go past $3,000. 

On cool feature is the docking station unit; which comes with the

AMD Radeon discrete video chipset, Blu-Ray reader / DVD-burner drive and has a Gigabit Ethernet connector and two USB ports. The system connects to the Vaio Z Series ultrabook with a single cable plugged into the right side of the unit. The Vaio Z Series audio has something to be desired. You don’t get the power sound, like you do from a unit like the HP Envy powered by Dr. Dre’s Beats audio. If you’re a gamer- you might want to consider using headphones with the Vaio Z Series.

One factor – that is no fault of the Vaio Z Series, the platform runs on a Window’s based operating system. As a hardened Mac user – I can’t tell you how annoyed I get with the whole “right click/left click” system. Is it designed that way just to annoy people like me? The Vaio Z Series isn’t as bad as other Window-based laptop, but this Mac-user still found manuaverability clunky and tedius, with strange windows randomly popping up – but that’s more of a Window’s issue.

 

THE VAIO Z SERIES SKINNY

-Battery Life………6.5 Hours

-Graphic Control……….HD Graphics 3000

-Graphics Memory Capacity…….1 GB

– Display Screen Type……… Active Matrix TFT Color LCD

– Backlight Technology………….LED

– Keyboard Backlight……………….Yes

– Memory Technology…………. DDR3 SDRAM

 

 Processor Speed

 2.80 GHz

 

 Processor Type

 Core i7

 

 Processor Model

 i7-2640M

 

 Processor Core

 Dual-core (2 Core)

 

 Processor Manufacturer

 Intel

 

 Operating System

 Genuine Windows 7 Professional with SP1

 

 Operating System Architecture

 64-bit

 

 Standard Warranty

 1 Year Limited

 

 

 Weight (Approximate)

 2.57 lb

 

 Color

 Black

 

 Height

 0.7"

 

 Width

 13.0"

 

 Depth

 8.3"

 

 Optical Drive Type

 DVD-Writer

 

 Optical Media Supported

 DVD±R/±RW

 

 Solid State Drive Capacity

 256 GB

 

 Cache

 4 MB

 

 Processor Speed

 2.80 GHz

 

 Processor Type

 Core i7

 

 Processor Model

 i7-2640M

 

 Processor Core

 Dual-core (2 Core)

 

 Processor Manufacturer

 Intel

 

 Operating System

 Genuine Windows 7 Professional with SP1

 

 Operating System Architecture

 64-bit

 

 Standard Warranty

 1 Year Limited