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Sony Vaio Z i5/i7 Official Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Sony Owners' Lounge Forum' started by SurferJon, Feb 6, 2010.

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  1. SurferJon

    SurferJon Notebook Evangelist

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    Helpful Links

    Sony Z frequently asked questions

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=477806

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    Someone in the Z discussion thread suggested we start this now since we'll all have our hands on the new Z in a bit, so here we are! I've been waiting since last August for this new Z so I'm excited to start it!

    Currently, the Z is offered with either an i5 or i7 processor, is in silver or black carbon fiber, and comes with a SSD. Now when you look back at this thread in a year, you'll be laughing at how much more powerful / customizable the Z is. :p

    You can order the basic CTO here: http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs...Id=10151&langId=-1&LBomId=8198552921666065650
     
  2. roweraay

    roweraay Notebook Deity

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    I agree that within a few months, the Z-series will come out with a refresh with even more higher-end componentry. Just the nature of how tech products work.
     
  3. Solinx

    Solinx Notebook Consultant

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    Dutch folks will be pleased to know they can get a cheaper built with a HDD instead of SSD. Although perhaps the Z series is the wrong series to look at if you're looking for cheap. :p There are of course other benefits to the HDD, like being able to upgrade to a better SSD in the future.

    The downside is that it won't be put in the same position as the SSD would have been, but rather on the place where normally the DVD or Blu-ray drive would be. Strangely enough the optical drive doesn't fit in the place of the SSD, so that means you'll have to do without.

    On a sidenote, I don't see any mention of the keyboard being backlit. Not with any of the color options, nor anywhere else.

    Link to Dutch site:
    https://www.sonystyle.nl/SonyStyle/VAIO-notebooks/Z-Serie-13-1/
     
  4. Sunfox

    Sunfox Notebook Deity

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    ATTENTION CANADIAN Z SHOPPERS!

    Z12 Series CTO pricing guide:

    Code:
                                     Canada        USA
    Base Price                     $2019.50   $1919.99
    
    i5-450M                       -$  60.00        N/A
    i5-520M                       -$  30.00        N/A
    i5-540M                        $   0.00   $   0.00
    i7-620M                       +$  60.00  +$ 150.00
    
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit  $   0.00   $   0.00
    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit +$  50.00  +$  50.00
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit     +$ 100.00  +$ 150.00
    
    Black                          $   0.00   $   0.00
    Silver                         $   0.00   $   0.00
    Premium Carbon                +$  30.00  +$  50.00
    Metal Shield                  +$  60.00  +$ 100.00
    Metal Mosaic                  +$  60.00        N/A
    
    2gb DDR3 1066MHz              -$  60.00        N/A
    4gb DDR3 1066MHz               $   0.00   $   0.00
    6gb DDR3 1066MHz              +$  60.00  +$ 150.00
    8gb DDR3 1066MHz              +$ 130.00  +$ 300.00
    
    128gb SSD (64gb x 2)           $   0.00   $   0.00
    256gb SSD (128gb x 2)*        +$ 350.00  +$ 300.00
    512gb SSD (128gb x 4)         +$ 950.00  +$1300.00
    
    DVD+-RW Drive                  $   0.00   $   0.00
    Blu-ray Disc Burner           +$ 545.00  +$ 500.00
    
    13.1" 1600x900 LED             $   0.00   $   0.00
    13.1" 1920x1080 LED           +$ 100.00  +$ 100.00 
    
    Standard Battery               $   0.00   $   0.00
    Large Battery                 +$  50.00  +$ 100.00
    
    Mobile Broadband                    N/A  +$ 100.00
    
    Fully Configured**             $3964.50   $4019.99
    * SSD configurations are shown with LOGICAL drives, or the total number of hard drives that the system will see. For the 256gb SSD option, International versions of the Z use 64gb x 4 LOGICAL drives, which is a quad RAID comprised of two PHYSICAL 128gb "dual" drives. However, North American models differ in that they use 256gb x 1 PHYSICAL "dual" drive, which results in dual RAID with 128gb x 2 LOGICAL drives. This has been confirmed by multiple forum members who have received the 256gb option. So, the only way to get quad RAID in North America is with the 512gb option.

    ** Not including WWAN or large battery.


    For history's sake, here's what the Z11 lineup looked like:

    Canadian prebuilt models:

    VPC-Z112GDS ($1999.99)
    i5-520M, 4gb, 128gb SSD, DVDRW, 1600x900, W7 Pro 64-bit, Bilingual Backlit Keyboard, Silver

    Code:
                                     Canada        USA
    Base Price                     $2024.99   $1899.00
    
    i5-540M                        $   0.00   $   0.00
    i7-620M                       +$  54.00  +$ 150.00
    
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit  $   0.00   $   0.00
    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit +$  54.00  +$  50.00
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit     +$ 162.00  +$ 150.00
    
    Silver                         $   0.00   $   0.00
    Premium Carbon                +$  54.00  +$  50.00
    
    2gb DDR3 1066MHz              -$  21.60        N/A
    3gb DDR3 1066MHz              -$  10.80        N/A
    4gb DDR3 1066MHz               $   0.00   $   0.00
    6gb DDR3 1066MHz              +$ 162.00  +$ 150.00
    8gb DDR3 1066MHz              +$ 378.00  +$ 300.00
    
    128gb SSD (64gb x 2)           $   0.00   $   0.00
    192gb SSD (64gb x 3)          +$ 175.00  +$ 200.00
    256gb SSD (128gb x 2)*        +$ 351.00  +$ 400.00
    384gb SSD (128gb x 3)         +$ 702.00  +$ 600.00
    512gb SSD (128gb x 4)         +$1215.00  +$1000.00
    
    DVD+-RW Drive                  $   0.00   $   0.00
    Blu-ray Disc Burner           +$ 432.00  +$ 500.00
    
    13.1" 1600x900 LED             $   0.00   $   0.00
    13.1" 1920x1080 LED                 N/A        N/A
    
    Standard Battery               $   0.00   $   0.00
    Large Battery                 +$ 108.00  +$ 100.00
    
    Mobile Broadband                    N/A  +$ 100.00
    
    Fully Configured**             $4319.00   $4049.99
     
  5. roweraay

    roweraay Notebook Deity

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    For me, a hard-disk option, which takes away the optical drive is not an option at all, since I definitely need the optical drive.

    However, I believe there was a version of the new Z-series displayed in the Chinese market or so (as per one of the posted links), where the SSD could be replaced with an HDD, without touching the optical drive at all. Don't know if someone can check it out, since if that is true, then there is definitely hope for people who want the larger capacities and cheaper costs from having a hard-drive.
     
  6. Sunfox

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    All of the HDD-versions I've seen posted of the new Z lack an optical drive.
     
  7. darklich

    darklich Notebook Consultant

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    When will the new Z models be in the Sony Style stores? Will they wait to display the model until it's in stock?
     
  8. Solinx

    Solinx Notebook Consultant

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    Same here.
     
  9. speeed

    speeed Notebook Geek

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    It is already, just search Z11 in the search bar. (US site)

    How much of you are waiting for the 1080 resolution screen to come to CTO or are you guys satisfied with the 900 pixel one? I ask because I'm looking for a laptop with a high res screen because I don't like the resolution on the macbooks or most of the laptops that I can see at best buy. This will be my first laptop so I don't have anything else to gauge with.
     
  10. roweraay

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    I am waiting for the 1080P resolution. Ever since it was announced as available, I have no more interest in going with the 1600x900 screen.

    I believe this 1080P resolution option is available in both the EU and Asia. Why would they deny this to the US, other than in that over-priced $4500:eek: )Signature series model ?
     
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    I haven't even been able to try out a 1600x900 screen though, why don't you like it? Is there any sites dedicated or a place where there is comparison pictures of the different screen real estates?
     
  12. darklich

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    I mean in a actual store, not the website. No way would I pay $4500 for 1920x1080. I wonder how long it will take for them to offer it as an option.
     
  13. roweraay

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    Oh, there is no question of not liking the 1600x900 screen. Taken in isolation, that is a brilliant screen too. But since the 1920x1080 screen is available, that is what I plan to go for, even if it takes a little while to get here.
     
  14. roweraay

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    Sony has adopted some strange things with their CTO models.

    When it comes to the F-series, they have denied the premium Matte Full-HD 100% Adobe RGB coverage screen to the US-CTO model - something that is freely available in both Europe and Asia. And they call this their multi-media powerhouse. :rolleyes: The only screen options the US CTO model gets is their regular Full-HD glossy screen or the lower-res non-HD screen, which is not something that floats my boat or something that would be considered as desirable by graphics professionals.

    When it comes to the Z-series, they provide a ton of things as options for the US CTO customers, but then goes and sneakily skips the Full-HD screen from the options list. Of course the European and Asian markets can merrily pick the Full-HD screen option. :(
     
  15. Solinx

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    Actually, glossy is generally preferred for multi-media (watching movies and such).

    It's strange they don't offer the Matte option though.
     
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    from looking on the sonystyle.com site in order to get the 1080p screen you would have to pay $4500 for the signature series...there is no option to add in the screen as an option wow thats expensive..

    anyone know if running a 1080p resolution on a 13 inch screen would be very difficult to read anything on the screen...??? is the regular 1600 x 900 just as good to view hd content on??
     
  17. Sunfox

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    I really suggest reading the other new Z thread, as the resolution has been discussed a fair bit.
     
  18. roweraay

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    Well, by "multi-media" in the F-series, I am referring to things like photo editing and video editing than watching movies. The 100% Adobe RGB Color gamut availability is a big plus for such serious work. The Quad-core CPUs available in the F-series is also a big plus here.

    They offer 2 Full-HD screens in Europe for the F-series. One of them is what is referred to in the EU market as the "premium" screen and has the matte full-HD screen with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut coverage. This is what is unavailable in the US.

    And the second version in the EU is the non-premium, which is the US glossy full-HD screen (the only full-HD screen option for the F-series in the US).
     
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    oh good news... it does have backlit keyboard !!! woo hoo

    Specs for the asian model...
    http://www.sonystyle.com.hk/ss/product/vaio/vpcz117gg.jsp

    it says...
    約 19 毫米鍵盤按鍵/ 2毫米按鍵距離•82 按鍵•智能式游標控制板
    •背光鍵盤

    translated to:- Approx. 19 mm key pitch/2 mm keystroke, 82keys, Intelligent Touchpad, Backlit Keyboard
     
  20. Solinx

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    It does too in the US, there's just no mention of it in the Netherlands. It wouldn't be the first time something didn't get mentioned, so it could well be they do have backlit keyboards.
     
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