Sony Vaio Z 13.1 inch ultraportable unveiled

Adam Smith
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Sony has revealed the new Sony Vaio Z series of slimline laptops designed for business users with an optional power dock.

The Vaio Z is an ultraportable weighing just less than 1.2kg and it’s 1.6cm thick, with a carbon fibre design meaning the laptop looks good as well as containing a good deal of grunt under the bonnet.

Specs include a 13.1 inch 1600 x 900 anti-reflective display (although this can be upped to a full HD version), and a full-fat Intel Core i7 processor running the show, along with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of memory.

Of course, as an ultraportable what it lacks is an optical drive and also a discrete graphics card, but that’s where the optional Power Media Dock comes in.

This is an expansion module which the Vaio Z can be hooked up to, providing Radeon HD graphics to handle more graphically intensive tasks, and the ability to drive up to four displays (three plus the notebook itself).

The dock also bristles with a number of ports, with extra USB ports, an HDMI port, and there’s also an optical drive on board (optionally Blu-ray if you really want to push the boat out).

A quick boot mode is promised, which loads up Windows 7 Professional a claimed 50% quicker than a normal notebook, plus the rated battery life is impressive with seven hours of juice.

The Vaio Z certainly sounds like a tasty bit of kit, and will be available come the end of July. Of course, the downside is likely to be the price, and if you want the works including the Power Media Dock, doubtless that’s going to set you back a pretty pound or a thousand plus.

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