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Sony brings new VAIO Z to US at twice MacBook Air's price

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Wed July 13, 2011

Sony VAIO Z 2011 ships to US

Sony on Wednesday afternoon rolled out the new VAIO Z to the US. The 0.66-inch thick, 2.5-pound, Thunderbolt-equipped ultralight is ported over largely intact from its European debut with a few additions for the switch over. Americans have the option of 3G data from multiple carriers, including AT&T and Sprint, as well as a unique two-tone design with a bright blue on the inside and conservative black on the outside.

Symantec VIP comes preloaded on the system and establishes a hardware-linked, constantly changing number that can prevent a fraudulent attempt to get into a banking site or other page.

The system's distinctive point remains its unique Power Media Dock, which links up through a proprietary approach to Thunderbolt and gives the 13.1-inch notebook much more power than its size would allow. It carries both the optical drive as well as Ethernet, added HDMI and USB expansion, and even a dedicated Radeon HD 6650M graphics chipset. Normal battery life lasts up to eight hours but can be doubled through a sheet battery that latches on to the bottom of the VAIO.

Pricing for the system puts it well out of direct contention with the MacBook Air at a minimum $2,000 for a system with a Core i5, a 1600x900 display, a Power Media Dock, and an unspecified amount of storage. Faster systems will have the full potential with up to a Core i7, a 1080p display, Blu-ray, and dual-SSD storage RAID striped together to get very fast load times. Sony hints that it may be trying to deliberately steer out of direct competition by claiming the thinnest and lightest "standard-voltage PC," putting it in a performance class above the low-voltage Air even if it dictates a higher price and lower sales.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Absolutely ... Bluetiful

    And at that price point, how could it not be a big hit? I mean, who'll want those "cheap" MacBook Airs now?

    (Note to Sony: expensive, hard on the eyes c*** isn't a strategy.)

  1. thnikkaman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Honestly, Sony...

    It looks okay for a PC, but I would've went with Navy Blue instead of what I'm guessing is Royal Blue. Also, there was no need to fragment Thunderbolt by making a proprietary version of it.

    (I had initially hoped Apple would piggyback it on USB like this rather than MiniDP, but that didn't happen because of the USB people saying it would violate their standards or something...)

  1. jink

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dock for MacBook Air

    "Pricing for the system puts it well out of direct contention with the MacBook Air..."

    Where is the dock for the MacBook Air? It smells of purposeful misleading bias to compare pricing this apple-to-apples with a Macbook Air. I expect higher standards from Electronista.

  1. facebook_Timothy

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    Joined: Jul 2011



    Sony must be taking pricing tips from Netflix. Double the price for the same crappy service. Doh!

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Decent Niche Product

    Based on the specs it's a decent niche product; high-performance relatively light laptop coupled with better performance when at a desk. I would seriously consider buying a product like this if I used Windows systems, and I know others might as well.

    Funny, though, that articles would now be noting that products don't directly compete with Apple hardware because they're so much more expensive. Rather a bit of a turnaround from ages past.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks Gorgeous!

    Take one of those over an CrapBookAir anyday.

    Ohhhhh. There's the "F" word again..... Frag-mun-tay-shun. It sure is a popular word here on electronista/macnn!

    Sony's use of Thunderbolt has much more potential than Apple's.
    Yeah don't use Sony's proprietary Thunderbolt connector. Use Apple's. LOL!


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What malware?

    I have not seen any on my phone and my Android sporting friends have never seen any.

    I suppose this is a serious global issue with Android by the sounds of the few isolated cases sensationalized on this two-bit site.

    Go fuckyourhat.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ ASathin8R

    Oh, and if you depend on this amateur site to provide you with all your tech world knowledge.... I hate to tell you but....YOU'REFUCKED.

    Funny how anti-Apple articles never see the light of day on this site like the reports of the Apple servers being hacked due to OS insecurities...

    Go fuckyourhat.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    if this site sucks so much

    why do you come around, loser? Me and my 380 shares of AAPL are laughing at you.

  1. Sandman619

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some thoughts, no bashing

    Another example that Apple's computer products are NOT overpriced. Apple products are competitively priced in the market. True, Apple doesn't offer sales, that's a retail gimmick using inflated M S R P figures. True, Apple doesn't offer low priced crappy netbooks, if they did, then they'd be Dell. Instead Apple provides best-in class products, with best-in class customer service for warranty & out of warranty products. Just search online for highest customer service scores. Their tablets & phones are also competitively priced & they just work

    As for Android malware, just search online for Andriod malware. Unlike Apple, which can pull malware in their software approval process, Google allows all apps to be posted I'm their market & only respond after Receiving complaints from Android users. This year @ 40 apps have been pulled from Google's Android Marketplace as suspected malware. No iPhone apps have hit the App Store. Though a handful of apps for jailbroken iPhones have been discovered. So it's either buy through Apple's app store or buy a good malware/antivirus app & be cautious when downloading Android apps. Really, Google should put a more serious emphasis on avoiding the occurance of malware

    Cheers !

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