July 13, 2011 3:49 pm

Sony’s new VAIO Z redefines luxury computing

Last year I wrote about Sony’s amazing VAIO Z. It was the PC I used for several months as my main work laptop and the one that was in my bag when my son was born last June. I defined the Z as “luxury computing”; it was fast, light, beautifully designed and sported features that no other laptop on the market had. To this day I rank it as one of the best PC’s I’ve ever used.

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Now Sony is redefining luxury with the new version of the VAIO Z, which goes on pre-sale starting today. It’s a .66” thin, 2.5lb light premium PC made from a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, and it’s loaded with incredibly high-end specs – some of which you won’t find even on 15” or 17” premium PCs.

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The most striking difference between the VAIO Z is the Power Media Dock. It’s a docking station unlike any before it; snap in your Z and get access to an optical drive, 3 USB ports, one of which is 3.0, and an AMD Radeon HD 6650M GPU. That means that when it’s in the dock, the Sony VAIO Z supports up to 4 HD displays (including the built in LCD). Pretty impressive stuff, especially when you consider the unique approach Sony’s taking here.

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Inside the actual PC is a second-generation Core i5 or i7 processor, optional dual SSDs, and a choice of either an HD+ 1600 x 900 or full HD 1920 x 1080 display. That’s right – a full 1080p display in a 13” laptop that weighs less than 3lbs!

My Z is on its way to me and you can expect a full review as soon as it gets here. You can pre-order yours today from SonyStyle.com, starting around $2000.