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Sony VAIO Z with Power Media Dock

Sony VAIO Z and its "sheet battery"

Back end of VAIO Z Power Media Dock
Sony's VAIO Z uses Intel "Light Peak" technology to pair with an external GPU

Apple may turn a few heads with its ultra-thin, and ultra-light MacBook Air notebooks (which are available in 11" and 13" varieties), but Sony is going for the throat with its latest VAIO Z notebook. Sony, as usual, is packing in about as much technology as it can muster into a slim and sleek package. 

While Apple can only manage to cram dusty old Core 2 Duo processors into its current MacBook Air (granted, a refresh is on the way), Sony is going full-tilt with an Intel Core i7-2620M processor running at 2.7GHz -- Turbo Boost ups the ante to 3.4GHz if you need some extra performance for more demanding applications. Also included are 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 256GB SSD, a 13.3" display (1600x900), and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU.

The VAIO Z uses a sheet battery design that was introduced with the VAIO S Series. The lithium-polymer design provides up to 7 hours of battery life -- a second sheet battery can be added to boost battery life to a more impressive 14 hours. 

In its base configuration, the VAIO Z weighs in at a respectable 2.65 pounds.

Where things start getting interesting, however, is with the VAIO Z's Power Media Dock. The Power Media Dock features an integrated AMD Radeon HD 6650M GPU with 1GB of DDR3 memory, an HDMI port, VGA-out, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, GbE, and a DVD SuperMulti Drive (VGP-PRZ20C) or Blu-ray Drive with SuperMulti (VGP-PRZ20A). The Power Media Dock connects to the VAIO Z using Intel's Light Peak technology

The Power Media Dock adds 1.51 pounds to the overall package.

Sony will begin shipping the VAIO Z and its accompanying Power Media Dock in Europe next month. However, there's currently no indication of when the pair will make the trip to North America or how much it will cost when it arrives.



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By EJ257 on 6/28/2011 10:21:49 AM , Rating: 2
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Now that seems to me as the 1st great thing about this LightPeak thing because as of right now, all docking stations are proprietary and way to expensive. If laptop start to support lightpeak for docking stations, all normal/current docking stations could be made by anyone brand and bought separately and of course, at a much lower price!!


I wish that were the case, but I don't see manufacturers going that route for two reasons:

1. They would loose a lucrative revenue stream since they currently have a monopoly on docking stations. (overpriced and all)

2. At the same time this will create a whole lot more compatibility issues. They would have to test each and every one of these 3rd party accessories they plan on supporting to make sure they work with their laptops. Now you could offload some of that to the accessory manufacturers. At the end of the day when someone plugs it in and it doesn't work they'll say HP/Lenovo/Dell..etc sucks, they don't follow standards, my docking station won't work. Negative PR for all involved, bad for business in general. Whereas now they have control over all the hardware - and taking a line from Apple - it just works.


By Qapa on 6/30/2011 8:30:42 AM , Rating: 2
You are right that it may take some time, but someone will start it, then market will demand and then more brands offer until all of them offer it.

The poorest example of this is the dual sim phones, it took ages, but now even nokia already has some models (most sold only in india and other such countries).

Well, at least some people have hope ;)


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