While the Vaio Z has a retro 1980s look, its extras have much appeal. Take, for instance, the anti-reflective coating on its 13.1-inch, 1600×900 resolution screen. It also comes with a second-generation Intel Core i7 processor and ultra-high speed, third-generation Solid State Drive. Its Quick Boot feature loaded up Windows 7 Professional in less than 15 seconds, compared to over 30 by other machines.
Dock For Multiple Display Usage
This laptop comes with a trademarked Power Media Dock that connects by using an optical cable. Tapping on high-speed data transfer technology called “Light Peak”, the dock can manage up to four displays (including the notebook screen) through a combination of HDMI and its own video output ports. This capability will be useful for design, finance and science professionals, who need to work across several screens at the same time. But travelling with the dock is another story: It’s heavy, so lug it only when necessary.
Tough But Light
The Vaio Z’s lightness can be attributed to its tough carbon-fibre body. It has none of the “plasticky” and flimsy feel of some laptops. Battery life comes in at around six hours. If you need extra juice to power the laptop when travelling, add the optional “sheet battery”. With this, you can extend battery life up to 14 hours. There’s no worry about adding heft, though – the “sheet battery” is just 680g.