Sony VAIO Z Series 2012
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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)|
|Model name||VAIO Z Series 2012||CPU type||Intel Core 3rd Generation (2012)|
|CPU speed||2300 Mhz|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4000|
||13.1" 1600 X 900||Touch Technology
|Weight||1166gm / 41.1 oz.|
|Size (w/h/d mm)||330/210/17 mm|
|Size (w/h/d inches)||13/8.3/0.7|
|Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)|
|Matt (Non Glossy) Screen|
|Intel Wireless Display|
|Optional Specs and Accessories (can vary)|
|3G voice/data modem|
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|There are 2 CPU options: 3rd gen IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i5-3210M (2.50GHz / 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost) 3rd gen IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i7-3612QM quad-core (2.10GHz / 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost)|
Alternatives to the Sony VAIO Z Series 2012
|Alternatives to the Sony VAIO Z Series 2012|
|Acer Aspire S3, 13.3", 1350gm|
The Acer S3 was always the honest, budget option in the market. Now updated with Windows 8 (from Oct 26th 2012) it still offers good value for money. CPU starts with Core i3 Sandy Bridge, the older generation, and other specs remain unchanged. [Oct 2012]
|HP Envy 4, 14.0", 1750gm|
The HP Envy 4t is available in Intel and AMD configurations and known as a 'sleekbook,' not an Ultrabook. There are discreet graphics GPU options and the CPU range includes both 2nd-gen and 3rd-gen CPU options. No SSD available at present [June 3rd 2012]
|Inhon Blade 13 Carbon, 13.3", 870gm|
Taiwanese company Inhon has introduced the Blade 13 Carbon Ultrabook with dimensions that make it the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook available, taking the throne from the NEC LaVie Z. Coming in at 1.9lbs (870g) and 10.7mm thin the Blade 13 Carbon beats the NEC by 5g and 2mm while still packing specs comparable to any current Ultrabook. Options include Core i5 or i7 CPU, 13″ 1080p screen, 128 or 256GB SSD and 4GB RAM. Pricing is quoted at $1,350 with a lower priced option with a 1600Ã—900 screen and fiberglass body with still impressive dimensions of 2.6lbs (1,195g) and 12.6mm for about $1000.
|Toshiba Kirabook, 13.3", 1206gm|
The Toshiba Kirabook is a premium Ultrabook built on Intel's Ivy-Bridge platform. It's most compelling feature is that sweet 2560 x 1440 pixels display. With HDMI out and 3 USB 3.0 ports as well as an SDXC card reader it comes with some decend ports. It comes in three flavors: i5, i5-touchscreen, i7-touchscreen. With Bluetooth 4.0, Intel WiDi support and WiFi b/g/n it offers great performance. The only thing we're missing at that premium price is an ethernet option. The housing is made of aluminum alloy which makes it stiff and light at the same time.
|Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook (730u3e), 13.3", 1460gm|
The Samsung Series 7 Ultra runs Windows 8 and optionally comes with a multitouch display capable of 10-point touch. The 13.3-inch display is full HD (1920Ã—1080) and has a brightness of 350 nits. Samsung says that the display has a viewing angle of 178 degrees. The non-touchscreen model weighs 1.46kg and is 17.5mm thick. The touchscreen model is a bit beefier at 1.65kg and 18.9mm.
|Samsung NP350, 12.5", 1352gm|
A very well rounded Ultrabook alternative. This hard-disk based laptop is available with Core i3 and Core i5 (mobile, not ultra-low voltage CPUs) and offers very similar battery life and performance figures to a standard ultrabook. The boot and program start times are slower than an Ultrabook though. Not available in all regions and pricing varies. In some areas the Core i3 version can be a real bargain.
|Dell XPS 13, 13.3", 1400gm|
Available as an updated Ivy Bridge build now the XPS 13 is a quality bit of kit. Unfortunately it only has a 720P HD screen rather than 1600x900 or FullHD so that might put some people off. We'd love to see an update of this with a 1600x900 touchscreen.
|Acer Aspire One 756, 11.6", 1380gm|
The Acer Aspire One 756 is a 11.6" Notebook with a dual-core Celeron 877 clocked at 1.4GHz. This device competes with netbooks but has much more processing power. At a little price point it is quite compelling for everyday work on the go.
|Tarox Modula Ultrabook, 14.1", 1500gm|
The Tarox Modula Ultrabook is an Ivy-Bridge based Ultrabook which comes in various models. Basically there is a Core-i3 and a Core-i5 version with either 120GB or 250GB SSD. The Display comes at a rather average 1366x768 pixels at a 14" screen. We would have loved to see some more pixels in there, but arguably at that budget pricepoint we may overlook this here. To put all in a nutshell: a good middlerange ultrabook at a budget price!
|Toshiba Portege Z830, 13.3", 1120gm|
The Toshiba Satellite/Portege Z830/Z835 is turning out to be one of the best specified 13" Ultrabooks so far. It has a leading 1.1KG weight, aluminium casing and a great range of ports and features. The features match its business-like looks. Wi-Di is included for those looking at wireless 1080p to TVs. The price is competitive. Watch out for: Noisy fan in quiet environments, slightly 'squishy' keyboard. Z835 is the US-only Core i3 model.
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