VAIO Z http://www.stuff.tv/sony/vaio-z/all en-GB Sony VAIO Z http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-vaio-z/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At the best part of two grand, Sony&#039;s thin Vaio Z needs more than size on its side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="700" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-press-shot-2.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="700" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-press-shot-1_0.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="700" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-press-shot-4.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="700" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-press-shot-5.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z_2_1.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Thin and light with a gorgeous screen</strong></p> <p>More powerful than a MacBook Air</p> <p>Die-hard seven-hour <strong>battery</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,950.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Vaio Z&#039;s powerful processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Vaio Z offers a choice of three CPUs, all of which are quicker than anything an Air can offer. The middle option used for this review, for example, has a humble Intel Core i5, but it runs almost a full gigahertz faster than the best of its rivals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-660290210001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="660290210001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-vaio-z_2.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vaio Z battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even more impressive is the fact that battery life isn't sacrificed for this extra performance. The Vaio Z will keep going for the best part of seven hours on a single charge, and stays close to that duration looping video too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="610" height="381" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony%2520vaio%2520z.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-vaio-z_1_1.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Vaio Z screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It won't take you seven hours to figure out where the extra money is going, though. In fact, it's obvious as soon as you turn the machine on. The 1600x900 resolution screen is superb for fine detail and rich colours whether your editing videos, photographs or playing a game. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-vaio-z_1.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-vaio-z_3.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vaio Z – the dock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Did we say say game? Yes, because that's where the rest of the cash has gone. You can buy a Vaio Z from just £1400 or so – but you don't get its best feature for that price: the desktop dock.</p> <p>This thin, rectangular slab looks like an external Blu-ray writer, and on one level that's exactly what it is. If you're using the Vaio Z at your desk, it simply plugs into the USB 3.0 port and adds an extra USB hub, VGA out and optical disc drive to your laptop. But more than that, it also includes an external graphics card to bolster the 3D abilities of the on-board video chip.</p> <p>Sony can't be congratulated enough for this achievement. It turns the ultralight Vaio Z into a bona fide games machine, capable of playing Crysis and <a href="/review/deus-ex-human-revolution">Deus Ex: Human Revolution</a> in high detail at the screen's native resolution. The fact that it works over USB 3.0 rather than a specialist, high bandwidth port like Thunderbolt is almost unbelievable. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-vaio-z_3_1.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite this, the Vaio Z doesn't get a whole-hearted recommendation. As impressive as the dock is, there are plenty of laptops with Nvidia's Optimus graphics which are less clever, but a third of the price.</p> <p>What's more, the build quality of the Vaio Z doesn't feel like you're getting two grand's worth of cutting-edge design either. The all-plastic body is flimsy compared even to Acer's S3, never mind a Macbook; there's a more give in the shell than we ever like to see on a laptop.</p> <p><a href="/review/acer-aspire-s3" target="_self">Read the Acer Aspire S3 review here</a></p> <p>Don't write the Z series off as just a proof of concept for external graphics, though. If you can stomach the cost it's a potent enough thin-and-light in its own right that the dock is almost a bonus extra. Just don't forget to look at some of the up-and-coming Ultrabooks before you buy it too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The price may look painful, but for the beautiful screen and unique dock it's almost – almost – worth it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sony-vaio-z </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-vaio-z/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-vaio-z/review#comments Laptops Sony VAIO Z Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:04:00 +0000 Esat Dedezade 417946 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Vaio Z 2011 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-vaio-z-2011-hands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s MacBook Air rival shows up with a monolithic Thunderbolt dock in tow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="621" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-2011-main_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="331" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-and-dock_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="410" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-dock2_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="751" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-dock1_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="113" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-dock3_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="179" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-closed_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-keyboard_0.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3147.jpg?1364401676" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuff had a tinker with the latest Sony Vaio Z series laptop yesterday, the 13in VPCZ21V9E. It's all solid-state, so that means no hard disk and no optical drive (at least in the laptop iteslf). Like Apple's MacBook Air, this allows it to spring into action much more quickly than your average laptop, and with a mobile Sandy Bridge Core i7 processor for a brain, waiting time is reduced further still.</p> <p><strong>Power Media Dock</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/hands-on/sony-vaio-z-2011-hands-on </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-vaio-z-2011-hands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-vaio-z-2011-hands/news#comments Sony VAIO Z Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:23:20 +0000 Tony Horgan 417072 at http://www.stuff.tv Icon – Sony Vaio Z 2011 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/icon-%E2%80%93-sony-vaio-z-2011/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thunderbolt tech comes to Sony&#039;s laptop range as it busts out a new slimline hottie, the Vaio Z </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="954" height="539" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-icon-1_0.jpg?1364401803" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="350" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-2_0_0.jpg?1364401803" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="350" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-vaio-z-3_0.jpg?1364401803" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3308.jpg?1364401803" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Laptops aren't sexy</strong></p> <p>This one is. And look, it's already dimmed the lights. I think it's trying to tell you something.</p> <p><strong>Don't be disgusting</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/computers-and-consoles/icon/icon-%E2%80%93-sony-vaio-z-2011 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/icon-%E2%80%93-sony-vaio-z-2011/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/icon-%E2%80%93-sony-vaio-z-2011/news#comments Sony VAIO Z Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:34:43 +0000 Luke Edwards 416813 at http://www.stuff.tv