New Sony Vaio Z speculation/news thread

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  1. TSE

    TSE Notebook Deity

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    We have a thread for the Sony SA/SB Series, so I think it's right to have a thread for one of the greatest laptops out there's future. :D

    The NEW 2011 Z21 IS OUT!

    It has been released in Europe and some Asian markets while North America is supposed to get it later this month.

    What it has:

    -Options of dual-core Core i5 or Core i7 Processors

    -8 Hour battery without the Slice, 16 Hour battery with it

    -Starting weight of 2.5 lbs

    -Options of black, blue, gold, or Premium Carbon Fiber

    -1600x900 Resolution screen, 1080p optional

    -Backlit keyboard (slight greenish tint)

    -Aluminum chasis

    -Power Media Dock - connects through Light Peak, can drive up to 4 monitors, Includes an optional blu ray drive with AMD Radeon 6650HD Graphics

    What we don't know:

    -Is the Power Media Dock optional? It is turning out to be in some markets, it is, and others, it isn't.

    -What is the actual battery life in real world use? According to one review, it is 8 hours, 47 minutes which is actually MORE than what Sony advertised.

    -Overall build quality

    Detailed pictures:

    http://kunkoku.livedoor.biz/archives/51943546.html

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/40771/sony-vaio-z-series-hands-on

    Review:

    http://www.itpro.co.uk/634780/sony-vaio-z-2011-vpcz21m9e-review
     
  2. emev

    emev Notebook Evangelist

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    Good idea to have this thread.

    Two more things:
    - It's expected sometime early summer
    - Will be very different from current Z

    And big thanks to Beaups for sharing all this information/hints with us.
     
  3. xxGenericSNxx

    xxGenericSNxx Z1 Fanboy

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    I think it may have been deduced that this model will retain an optical drive due to Sony's tie ins with Blu-Ray technology and how they would not abandon that on their flagship computer.
     
  4. eddieaus

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    i hope blu-ray drive isn't built-in on the new Z, that would be an instant fail. Optical drive on laptop is NOT the future.
     
  5. baronng

    baronng Notebook Geek

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    Memory Stick slot is still on the current Z.......
    I don't think BR Drive will be gone in the near future....

    I hope the new version of 13" macbook pro will come with SSD RAID, IPS Full HD Screen, no optical drive, longer battery life with sandy bridge, thinner/lighter chasis and the aluminium unibody that does not wear off......
    this is going to be the truely ultimate notebook .....
     
  6. eddieaus

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    recent rumor has it, new macbook pro will use amorphous alloy as the unibody material. it helps macbook pro drop 20% off its weight. Apple will be the first and only company offers amorphous alloy casing on a laptop.
     
  7. fuchstronaut

    fuchstronaut Notebook Consultant

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    If they wont drop that stupid uber-glossy display, they can do whatever they want... it'll still be a sucky lifestyle notebook and nothing more ;)
     
  8. xxGenericSNxx

    xxGenericSNxx Z1 Fanboy

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    One thing that bothers me about the current Macbook "Pro" 13" (and maybe 15" but I've only seen this problem on the smaller ones) is that the screen touches the keyboard when closed and since the screen is plastic, the keyboard scratches it almost on the whole surface area. It's very ugly.
     
  9. emev

    emev Notebook Evangelist

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    Let's go back to the Z (I see more than enough Macbooks each day, don't want to see them even in the new Z thread :) ):

    I would like it if it has ODD. I use it very rarely, but sometimes I need one.

    And besides, one of the most unique things about the Z is that it's a desktop replacement in a small, light-weight package. It has almost everything inside (good CPU, lots of RAM, ODD, dedicated GPU, relatively large SSD/HDD, etc.). A Z without ODD and dedicated GPU wouldn't be so appealing to me.
     
  10. fuchstronaut

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    On the other hand you can realise a better cooling system or a longer battery life but simply dropping the odd which is not needed often.

    I'd like to drop the ODD in favor of 2hrs more battery life and less noise.
    Since I think GPU's don't need much space and since you can always switch to Intel's GPU solution, you wouldn't win much by dropping the dedicated GPU.
    They really should bring nVidia stock driver support, so you can use that Chip for CUDA.
     
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