Sony VAIO Z Series 2012

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Overview

Sonys VAIO Z Series brings in a new blazing fast Ultrabook with an external GPU combined with an BD Drive. It brings the most advanced technology out there in one device at a heavy price point of $2749.99 at its maxed out configuration. The Base configuration will cost something around 2000$

Specifications for the Sony VAIO Z Series 2012

Specifications (base version)
Manufacturer Sony
Model name VAIO Z Series 2012
CPU type Intel Core 3rd Generation (2012)
CPU speed 2300 Mhz
Graphics Intel HD 4000
OS Microsoft Windows 7
Display Size
13.1" 1600 X 900
Touch Technology
No Touchscreen
RAM 8192 MB
SSD 128 GB
Weight 1166g / 41.1 oz.
Size (w/h/d mm) 330/210/17.0 mm
Size (w/h/d inches) 13/8.3/0.7

Physical Interfaces
DC-in
Ethernet 10/100/1000
HDMI
USB 2.0
USB 3.0 (x1)
VGA
Docking connector
Fingerprint Reader

Wireless Interfaces
802.11 a/b/g/n
BT 2.1
3G option

Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
AC Adaptor
Backlit Keyboard
Matt (Non Glossy) Screen
Microphone
Multitouch Touchpad
Stereo speakers
WebCam
Wireless Display (WiDi, Miracast or similar)

Optional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
Extended battery
3G voice/data modem
GPS

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Product Notes
There are 2 CPU options: 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5-3210M (2.50GHz / 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost) 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7-3612QM quad-core (2.10GHz / 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost)


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Dell XPS 13, 13.3", 1400gm
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Toshiba Portege Z930, 13.3", 1120gm
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Acer Aspire S5, 13.3", 1200gm
The S5 is an advanced Ultrabook design from Acer that forms their high-end offering for Q2 and Q3 2012. The Acer S3 continuess to be the 'value' Ultrabook. Full SSD, a Thunderbolt port, very thin design and hidden 'magic flip' port bay are key features.
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NEC LaVie Z, 13.3", 875gm
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