Notebooks may be getting smaller and more powerful as mobile technology advances with each passing day, but it does not change the fact that as far as mobile professionals are concerned, their machines of choice have to feature the best of both worlds in order for their mobile needs to be effectively served. And leave it to Sony to deliver what is probably the best example of such a notebook that is reportedly capable of doing so with its announcement of the new VAIO Z notebook, which was made at a media event held at The Luxe Art Museum today. VR-Zone brings you the coverage…
A thin-and-light notebook that weighs no more than 1.2 kilograms, measures no higher than 17mm and boasts enough power to "assure crisp and smooth results from 3D CAD to gaming" sounds a lot like the kind of notebook every OEM wants to promise its consumers but usually fall short of delivering, right? Well, the good news is that such a notebook is no longer the stuff of dreams and fantasy, for Sony has, in its typical "make.believe" philosophy, managed to turn fantasy into reality, and it comes in the form of its new VAIO Z Series notebook, which the Japanese electronics giant has proudly proclaimed as a device which "blends ultra-desirable styling and premium carbon fibre without compromising on specifications and innovative product feature".
Specs-wise, the new Sony VAIO Z Series notebook is definitely no slouch: according to Sony, the base unit is powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge platform and sports a Core i7-2620M processor that is clocked at 2.7GHz (3.4GHz under TurboBoost), along with 8GB of memory. In addition, we were informed in today's media event that the VAIO Z notebook features a 13.3-inch screen which is capable of full HD resolutions (1920 x 1080) and is capable of displaying "96% of the Adobe RGB color gamut".
Of course, to get everything down into such a slim package, Sony had customized the VAIO Z's notebook with some non-standard hardware. For one, the fans used in the notebook are smaller than the ones found in the competition, but the most significant change has got to be the use of Sony's very own customized RAM modules; this means that users will not be able to perform their own memory upgrades with aftermarket components.
In addition, Sony also announced in today's media event that the new VAIO Z Series notebook features an "ultra-high speed third generation SSD RAID" which allows for significantly faster operation than the previous-gen VAIO Z Series notebook. And to demonstrate the prowess of its new RAID implementation in the updated VAIO Z Series notebooks, we were treated to a short video in which the new VAIO Z notebook was capable of booting into Windows 7 in less than 14 seconds, a feat which its predecessor was incapable of matching.