The Vaio Z series was already the cream in Sony’s sea of half-and-half rigs with prices to match, but this update goes a long way to validating the $2,000 price tag and that’s just for the base model. Sony announces world’s lightest 13-inch standard voltage PC and VAIO Z series laptop packs a heavyweight performance punch into featherweight design, which arrives in the US, goes up for pre-order starting at $2,000…………..
Sony‘s new flagship VAIO Z Series ultra-portable laptop packs high performance features, wireless hotspot functionality and quick boot with dual solid state drives – all into a sleek 0.66-inch, 2.5-pound aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. “This new Z laptop builds on the attitude that an ultra-portable can also pack high performance into a slim profile,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. “The Z Series is ideal for performance demanding road warriors who need excellent battery life.” The Z Series incorporates a bold, new concept – the Power Media Dock system. This performance factory docking station delivers the power of an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB VRAM, slot loading optical drive, three USB ports (1 x 3.0 and 2 x 2.0), HDMI and VGA ports. When paired with the supplied dock, the Z Series transforms into the ultimate workstation and can even support up to four full HD displays (including the system LCD). Thanks to its engineering design elements, the new Z Series laptop is lighter than its predecessor by half a pound without the Power Media Dock. The core is comprised of a carbon fiber matrix, the same material used to build Formula 1 race cars to add flexibility and durability without adding extra weight. A seamless piece of solid aluminum forms the keyboard and palm rest deck for an elegant look and feel. The Z Series is available in three color options: carbon black, carbon indigo and premium carbon black.
The Z Series laptop is fully flat, abandoning protruding ports, unnecessary seams and bulky batteries for a slim profile that delivers up to 8 hours of battery life. Users looking for even more flexibility can purchase an optional large-capacity sheet battery that attaches flush to the bottom of the computer and extends the battery life to up to 16 hours. The thin profile doesn’t mean the VAIO Z Series makes any compromises in performance. Second generation standard voltage Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost with clock speeds of up to 3.40 GHz power the new Z Series, while dual-channel solid state drives with RAID technology (select models) ensure quick boots, fast application launches, and ample durable storage. Security is also enhanced with Symantec VIP. This service creates a hardware-based number computed between the PC itself and participating web sites that require heightened security like online banking. Access to these sites is only granted when these numbers match, and the number changes every 30 seconds, helping keep private information safe.
Select models feature mobility solutions including integrated Mobile Broadband, which offers a secure connection through carriers such as AT&T and Sprint. Additionally, the Z Series features Sony‘s exclusive Share My Connection technology, which turns the laptop into a mobile hotspot for up to five PCs or Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smart phones, cameras or media players. Sony brought its prowess in developing HD televisions to the Z Series’ LED backlit displays, available in1920x1080 and 1600×900 resolution levels. The display’s 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for viewing Blu-ray Disc movies (select models) with the accompanying Power Media Dock system. The display also features anti-glare coating and deep, rich colors for more true-to-life images, and less light reflection. With new built-in Intel Wireless Display Technology, the Z Series can send movies, videos and photos stored on its drives or home network to a television in full 1080p HD and 5.1 surround sound (TV adapter required and sold separately). The VAIO Z Series comes equipped with the latest select Windows 7 operating systems. The laptops will retail for about $2,000 and will be available for presale at www.sony.com/pr/zseries today.