Sony’s New VAIO Z Series Is The Lightest 13-inch High Performance Notebook

The “world’s lightest 13-inch standard voltage PC” have just hit the shelves boasting an ultra-slim design made of aluminum and carbon fiber chassis while packing high performance specs that features Intel’s second generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Ultimately, Sony’s VAIO Z ultraportable notebook is thinner and lighter than the Macbook Air, just weighing only 2.5 pounds and the thickness is almost negligible at 0.66-inch. The questions is how this notebook is considered a full-powered computer?

The secret is the Power Media Dock that delivers the power of an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB VRAM, a slot loading optical drive, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, and VGA ports. So mostly this dock holds most of the wait that should be packed on the main body of the VAIO Z. A little tricky design on its claim right?

Besides from the Power Media Dock, the VAIO Z is listed to cater 8 hours of battery life and added another 8 hours with an optional large-capacity sheet battery that attaches flush on the bottom. It was also fitted with “Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors that can be turbo boosted to 3.4GHz and has dual-channel SSD drives with RAID tehcnology. It also sports Intel’s Light Peak port, also known on Apple products as the Thunderbolt port, that promises up to 10Gbps of blazing fast bi-directional data transfer speeds.”

It is available now for pre-orders at Sony’s website and retails starting at around $2000.

Press Release

SONY ANNOUNCES WORLD’S LIGHTEST 13-INCH STANDARD VOLTAGE PC

VAIO Z Series Laptop Packs a Heavyweight Performance Punch into Featherweight Design

Sony’s new flagship VAIO® Z Series ultra-portable laptop packs high performance features, wireless hotspot functionality and quick boot with dual solid state drives – all into a sleek 0.66-inch, 2.5-pound aluminum and carbon fiber chassis.

“This new Z laptop builds on the attitude that an ultra-portable can also pack high performance into a slim profile,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. “The Z Series is ideal for performance demanding road warriors who need excellent battery life.”

Z Series plus Power Media Dock™: the Perfect Pair

The Z Series incorporates a bold, new concept – the Power Media Dock™ system. This “performance factory” docking station delivers the power of an AMD Radeon™ HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB VRAM, slot loading optical drive, three USB ports (1 x 3.0 and 2 x 2.0), HDMI® and VGA ports. When paired with the supplied dock, the Z Series transforms into the ultimate workstation and can even support up to four full HD displays (including the system LCD).

High Performance; Low Footprint

Thanks to its engineering design elements, the new Z Series laptop is lighter than its predecessor by half a pound without the Power Media Dock.. The core is comprised of a carbon fiber matrix – the same material used to build Formula 1 race cars – to add flexibility and durability without adding extra weight. A seamless piece of solid aluminum forms the keyboard and palm rest deck for an elegant look and feel. The Z Series is available in three color options: carbon black, carbon indigo, and premium carbon black.

The Z Series laptop is fully flat, abandoning protruding ports, unnecessary seams and bulky batteries for a slim profile that delivers up to 8 hours of battery life. Users looking for even more flexibility can purchase an optional large-capacity sheet battery that attaches flush to the bottom of the computer and extends the battery life to up to 16 hours. The thin profile doesn’t mean the VAIO Z Series makes any compromises in performance. Second generation standard voltage Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost with clock speeds of up to 3.40 GHz power the new Z Series, while dual-channel solid state drives with RAID technology (select models) ensure quick boots, fast application launches, and ample durable storage.

Security is also enhanced with Symantec VIP. This service creates a hardware-based number computed between the PC itself and participating web sites that require heightened security like online banking. Access to these sites is only granted when these numbers match, and the number changes every 30 seconds, helping keep private information safe.

Select models feature mobility solutions including integrated Mobile Broadband, which offers a secure connection through carriers such as AT&T and Sprint. Additionally, the Z Series features Sony’s exclusive Share My Connection™ technology, which turns the laptop into a mobile hotspot for up to five PCs or Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smart phones, cameras or media players.

Multimedia Monster

Sony brought its prowess in developing HD televisions to the Z Series’ LED backlit displays, available in1920x1080 and 1600×900 resolution levels. The display’s 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for viewing Blu-ray Disc™ movies (select models) with the accompanying Power Media Dock™ system. The display also features anti-glare coating and deep, rich colors for more true-to-life images, and less light reflection.
With new built-in Intel Wireless Display Technology, the Z Series can send movies, videos and photos stored on its drives or home network to a television in full 1080p HD and 5.1 surround sound (TV adapter required and sold separately).

Three capacitive touch buttons provide quick access to software. Users can launch directly into Sony’s own Media Gallery™ software by pushing the designated VAIO button on the keyboard and create high-quality home movies. The ASSIST links directly to VAIO Care™ software to help maintain and troubleshoot any issues, and WEB accesses to the internet without a full boot up into Windows®.

The VAIO Z Series comes equipped with the latest select Windows® 7 operating systems. The laptops will retail for about $2,000 and will be available at www.sony.com/pr/zseries today.

Check out Sony’s VAIO Z on Amazon.com.

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