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

When this machine was built for us, it was configured with the latest ‘Gen 3’ Flash SSD setting – offering 128GB of storage at the fastest speeds. A 256GB configuration adds another £410 to the price, and 512GB a wallet sapping £1,150. Ouch.


Wow. A sequential read score of over 1GB/s! not bad for a superportable machine. If you want to see just how right Sony have got this, head over to our last review of the Asus G74SX system which uses two 750GB mechanical drives. We are talking around x8.5 times the read drive performance from this svelte Sony superportable system.

In real world terms the Sony Z Series is lightning quick to use, booting up in around 20 seconds, and eating through data without so much as a pause. For instance Adobe Photoshop CS5 64 bit loads in around 3 seconds on this laptop.

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The ATTO Disk Benchmark verifies the sequential findings with CrystalDiskMark, showing around 1GB/s read and around 290 MB/s sequential write. Amazing results, and the highest we have seen from any laptop system since we opened Kitguru.

Finally, we added the Physical Disk Test from SiSoft Sandra, which scored the drive at around a whopping 957.14MB/s.

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