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Laptop News: Sony Shows Off the 3-pound 13.1-inch VAIO Z Notebook Series
      #30813 - 07/15/08 01:42 PM

Sony today unveiled several series of notebooks including FW series, SR series, Z series and BZ series. Here is more info on the Sony VAIO Z series notebook that weights 3.3 pounds with 13.1 XBRITE-DuraView widescreen.

Sony today took the wraps off a new line of sleek, powerful, lightweight PCs? the VAIO Z Series notebooks.

Weighing just over 3 pounds, the VAIO Z model incorporates a vivid 13.1-inch widescreen display with Sony's own XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology for scratch-resistant durability and 100 percent color saturation.

Select models feature a high-resolution 1600 X 900 widescreen display, providing a 40 percent wider workspace than a standard display within the same ?footprint? ? so the view increases while the notebook?s size does not. This makes it easier to view multiple documents or lengthy spreadsheets on a single screen.

A seamless sheet of brushed aluminum adorns the keyboard panel elegantly framing its individual keys. The spacing between the keys is precisely engineered to create a comfortable typing experience while helping to prevent mistakes.

The unit is housed in a durable carbon-fiber casing to help endure the knocks, bumps and accidents common to frequent travel. It also incorporates G-Sensor Shock Protection technology to counteract sudden movements helping to prevent damage and data loss.

It is powered by new Intel Centrino 2 technology, the chipset designed for sizzling performance, unbelievable system responsiveness, and energy efficiency.

Road warriors will love its built-in 802.11n wireless LAN capabilities making it faster and easier to connect to compatible wireless networks with greater performance and range than ever before. For blazing-fast wireless access beyond networks and hotspots, the unit features optional built-in wireless Sprint? Mobile Broadband, the nation?s largest wireless broadband network.

The Z model has an optional Blu-ray Disc (BD) optical drive for enjoying, creating and storing high-definition content. Enjoy BD movies in stunning clarity while on the road or utilize the HDMI output during meetings and make presentations come to life in full 1080 HD resolution. Compatible HDTV and HDMI cable required, sold separately.

It also includes a switch-on-the-fly hybrid graphics system, allowing you to set graphics performance instantly for striking presentations that ?pop? or extend battery life? all without having to reboot.

The PC 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.

Equipped with a trial version of the My Memory Center service, the PC lets you easily transfer valuable data from your old computer to your new one via a password-protected online account. The unit comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Business operating system. A Windows XP Pro downgrade is also available for select models.

It is equipped with plenty of slots, ports and jacks, including a Memory Stick media/SD card slot, three USB ports, i.LINK IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack and a PC Card (type-II) slot making it easy to transfer files from external devices.

The PC is also available in a dual channel 128 GB solid state drive (SSD) model. Faster and more durable, the SSD unit provides a rapid boot-up and quicker access to applications than is typical of standard hard drives.

All models are Energy Star 4.0 compliant, hold an EPEAT Silver ranking and incorporates eco-conscious features such as a mercury-free LED backlit LCD. Sony will even recycle your old PC (

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 at They will also be sold at Sony Style stores and select retailers around the country starting in August.

Sample Specs:

VGN-Z520N/B Specifications

Computer Type: Notebook
Type of Use: Ultra-portable
Action Buttons: S1, S2, WLAN/Bluetooth on/off, Performace Select
Pointing Device: Electro-Static touch pad
Security: Biometric Fingerprint Sensor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) TCG Ver.1.2 compliant

Keyboard: QWERTY, 82 keys with 2.5mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch
Camera: Built-in 1.3 megapixel MOTION EYE camera and microphone

Type: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400
Speed: 2.26GHz
Front Side Bus Speed: 1066MHz
L2 Cache: 3MB
Technology: Intel Centrino 2 processor technology

Installed: 3GB PC3-8500 (2GBx1 + 1GBx1)
Maximum: 4GB
Speed: 1066MHz

Hard Drive
Capacity: 250GB
Speed: 5400rpm
Interface: Serial ATA
Impact Protection: G-Sensor Shock Protection - Hard
Disk Drive Protection

Optical Drive #1
DVD+R DL Write: 4x max
DVD+R Write: 8x max
DVD+RW Write: 8x max
DVD-R Write: 8x max
DVD-RW Write: 6x max
CD-R Write: 24x max
CD-RW Write: 16x max
CD Read: 24x max
DVD Read: 8x max
DVD-RAM Write: 5x max
DVD-R DL Write: 4x max
DVD-RAM Read: 5x max

Expansion Slots
Multimedia Card Reader: One Memory Stick Duo
media slot with MagicGate functionality
One ExpressCard /34 slot
One Secure Digital (SD memory card) media slot

Sound System: Intel High Definition Audio

Screen Size: 13.1"
Resolution: 1366 x 768
XBRITE-DuraView Technology: Yes
Back Light Technology: LED

Processor: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS GPU with Total
Available Graphics Memory of 1370MB (max.) and Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with Intel Clear Video Technology with Total
Available Graphics Memory: 1300MB (max.)
Video RAM: 128MB of dedicated video RAM
Technology: Hybrid Graphics System
Chipset: Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset
Interface: HDMI and VGA out w/ Smart Display Sensor

Inputs and Outputs
Ethernet Port: 1
HDMI Connection Output(s): 1
Headphone Jack: 1
Modem Jack: 1
Microphone Input: 1
Port Replicator Connector(s): 1 (Bottom)
USB Port(s): 2 (2.0 compliant)
VGA Output(s): 1
DC-In: 1
i.LINK Connection: 1 (4pin) i.LINK? connector (IEEE 1394)

Ethernet Protocol: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
Ethernet Speed: Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
Modem Type: Integrated V.92/V.90 Modem (RJ-11)
Wireless LAN: Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN(802.11a/b/g/n)
Wireless WAN: Sprint Mobile Broadband Service
Bluetooth Technology: Integrated Stereo A2DP
Bluetooth Technology

Battery Type: Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS12)
Estimated Battery Life: 3.0 to 6.0 hours Standard Capacity Battery; 4.5 to 9.0 hours Large Capacity Battery
Power Requirements: 100W + 10%

Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista
Business with SP1/XP downgrade
Internet Services: AOL 90-Day Risk Free Trial - New Users Only
Anti-Virus and Recovery Software: Microsoft Windows Live OneCare Trial Version
Supplied Software: Microsoft Works SE 9.0 w/ 60-Day
Trial Version of Microsoft Office Small Business 2007
The VAIO Software Experience: VAIO Startup Assistant
Click to Disc Editor - Import, Edit, Burn
VAIO Movie Story - Simple Movie Creation
VAIO MusicBox - Music by Mood
VAIO Media plus - Multimedia Streaming Software

Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty: 1 year limited warranty . See actual warranty for details.
Telephone Support: 1 year toll-free technical telephone assistance, available 24/7
Online and Email Support: Support available from

Environmental Information
EPEAT: Meets Silver EPEAT Rating
RoHS: Compliant
For more information:

Regulation and Standard Compliance
Energy Star Compliant: 4.0

Weight: 3.31 lbs (with standard battery)
Measurements: 12.4"(W) x 1.0-1.3"(H) x 8.3"(D)

Supplied Accessories
Standard Lithium-ion battery (VGP-BPS12)
AC Adapter (VGP-AC19V26)
Power Cable
Optional Accessories
Stick AC Adapter (VGP-AC19V21)


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