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Sony debuts VAIO Z Series with 16:9 LCD, Blu-ray

updated 11:35 pm EDT, Mon July 14, 2008

Ultra-thin Sony VAIO Z

Sony on Monday evening unveiled its new Centrino 2-powered line of ultra-portable VAIO Z Series notebooks, with options for Blu-ray, a flash-memory SSD drive, Sprint broadband, and more. Weighing just over 3 pounds, the VAIO Z model offers speeds up to 2.53GHz, incorporates the first ever 13.1-inch widescreen 16:9 display with Sony's XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology for what its claims is "scratch-resistant durability and 100 percent color saturation." All models feature a better-spaced MacBook-line keyboard layout, while the high-end models feature 1600 X 900 resolution for up to 40 percent wider workspace than a standard display (in the same "footprint").

The new notebooks also feature brushed aluminum and a durable carbon-fiber casing as well as G-Sensor Shock Protection technology to counteract sudden movements helping to prevent damage and data loss. The new notebook features the new platform's new 802.11n wireless networking and optional built-in wireless Sprint Mobile Broadband for even greater mobile connectivity.

Sony is also offering an optional Blu-ray Disc (BD) optical drive, HDMI output (with full 1080 HD resolution), and a switch-on-the-fly hybrid graphics system, allowing users to set graphics performance for performance or battery -- without having to reboot the system.

For security, Sony's VAIO Z line employs a biometric fingerprint sensor, a Trusted Platform Module compliant chip and proprietary hard disk drive password protection software to help protect data from unauthorized access.

Like all Sony notebooks, it is equipped a Memory Stick media/SD card slot as well as three USB ports, an i.LINK ("FireWire") IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack and a PC Card (type-II) slot.

The new notebook is also available with an optional dual-channel 128GB solid state drive (SSD) faster startup times and quicker access to applications (versus regular drives). Sony says that while the unit comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Business operating system, a Windows XP Pro downgrade is also available for select models.

The standard VAIO Z notebook will start at about $1,800 while the SSD model will go for around $2,300. Both models will be available online and will also be sold at Sony Style stores and select retailers around the country starting in August.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bauhaus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    learn some history...

    "better-spaced MacBook-line keyboard"

    Genius, the Sony's have had that type of keyboard years before there was a MacBook. Apple co-opt Sony's keyboard, not the other way around.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This article was listed on the front page of MacNN. I'm at a loss for how this is a Mac article. Please, stop the ridiculous cross-posting.

  1. cblackmo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MacBOok-line keyboard

    bauhaus - the article is referring to the keyboard's spacing and layout mimicking the MacBook; not the cutout design of the keys.

    Sony's for a long time have had a cramped-looking keyboard layout

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I fail to see what this article has to do with a mac

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder why the track pad in most of these windows based laptops are placed so far to the left. Is it because they are for right handers with extra long lower arms? Is this an assumption they make that all laptop users are right handers?

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