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Sony Z Series Review (i7, Bluray, 1080p, Raid SSD, AMD HD6650, dual battery)

Rating: 9.0.

Sony have been creating laptop computers now for as long as I can remember and their flagship range, the Z Series has been attracting the attention of aficionados for many years. Today we are looking at a fully specified Z Series system with Core i7, full 1080p 13.1 inch screen, 8 GB of DDR3 memory, Bluray drive, backlit keyboard, Raid SSD and power media dock with AMD HD6650 discrete graphics. This is only for the demanding enthusiast who desires a superportable machine, without making compromises.

When it comes to actually buying a laptop, I tend to opt for a superportable computer as I hate traveling with a heavy 17 inch machine. My current machine of choice is the IBM ThinkPad X1, as it delivers a bulletproof chassis, with class leading keyboard and nippy Core i5 processor. I also admire the 11 inch Macbook Air, it has a better screen than the ThinkPad X1, but feels a lot slower, with weaker battery life.

The review product today is more than twice the price of either of these systems, but has a seriously hardcore list of specifications. The VGPPRZ20A/B.CEK BluRay Power Dock adds £459.00 to the overall price, which brings the total to £2,336.99 inc vat.

Super slim and sexy. The customised Sony Series Z on the left is twice the price of our 11 inch Macbook Air

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(custom build)

  • Processor Intel® CoreTM i7-2620M 2.70GHz
  • Operating system Windows® 7 Professional
  • Language and keyboard English (QWERTY)
  • Finishes Premium Carbon
  • Hard drive 128 GB SATA Gen3 Flash SSD
  • Memory 8 GB 1333MHz DDR3-SDRAM
  • Power Media Dock
  • Display 33.2 cm LCD, 1920×1080, webcam
  • Connectivity No Wireless WAN
  • Security features Security features
  • Battery Long-Life Battery
  • Keyboard Style Backlight keyboard
  • Microsoft® Office 2010 Office 2010 Starter
  • Antivirus software No protection
  • Adobe® Creation No Adobe® Creation
  • Adobe® Lightroom® No Adobe® Lightroom 3
  • Sony Creative software No Imagination Studio Suite 2
  • Wireless LAN Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 3000
  • AC Adapter 1 AC Adapter
  • Z Series Power Media Dock
  • Bluetooth® Bluetooth® 2.1

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7 comments

  1. well thats amazing, but the price is just madness. Wish I could afford to burn 2.5k on a laptop mind you 🙂

  2. its certainly state of the art, but I cant see many people paying that for a superportable. macbook air is much better priced

  3. Fran, get a grip, the macbook air is a toy compared to that machine. the apple computers are pretty naff, they look good.

    that sony is one of the best machines on the market right now