AAPL Stock: 111.6 ( -0.52 )

Printed from

Briefly: Sony VAIO Z review

updated 12:05 pm EST, Sun November 7, 2010

We test Sony's VAIO Z ultraportable

The Sony VAIO Z is designed to blur the distinction between regular ultraportables and full-size notebooks. At least in theory, it should be as fast as even some desktop replacements but still svelte enough to fit in tight spaces. The design induces sticker shock at $1,800, but we'll learn in our VAIO Z review whether that gets the best of both worlds and draw some comparisons with the new MacBook Air.

by MacNN Staff



  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks powerfull...

    Just looking for the hardware, it looks very powerful, well engineered and design, indeed! What a great screen resolution! However the price could be to high for my taste, unless they correctly convert the dollar price to Euro, unlike Apple do it for Europe.

    Factions apart, I think this Sony Vaio is a great alternative for Apple MacBooks Series. But I am curious to see the next MacBook and MacBook Pro series.

    Now been a little ironic, the week point of this Vaio is to run Windows and not OSX :-) The alternative is to install Linux for notebooks on dual boot.

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's a PC

    That looks strangely familiar. Where have I seen that design before, let me think. Oh yea! That's where I saw it! On my Macbook Pro! Jiminey Cricket!

    If it was priced one grand lower, that would seem more realistic, but come on. It costs more than an MBP and can only run windows! And where's the multitouch?

  1. shiggie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it *is* powerful!

    I've got one of these and I love it.

    A few things over the MBP:
    1. Amazing display. I have the upgraded display at 1920x1080 on the 13.1". Love it.
    2. BluRay
    3. Linux. (with compiz, I like the interface better than OS X, though, that's my taste. LaunchBar would be nice, as would QuickSilver, although that actually shouldn't be hard to implement.)

    Drawback - the graphics switching wasn't that easy to get going, and it's not hot switchable. And, yeah, I do really miss MultiTouch. There are some similar gestures that make it easy to switch between, but it's not as nice.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented