Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B Specifications:

  • Display: 13.1″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Pixel Format: 1600 x 900
  • GPU: 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300M
  • CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB
  • RAM: Up to 4GB DDR2 800MHz
  • HDD: 250GB
  • Optical: Multiformat DL DVD+/-RW
  • Connectivity: WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 56K Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 (2), HDMI, FireWire, VGA, ExpressCard/34
  • External Storage: MS (Duo, Pro Duo), SD
  • Dimensions: 31.4 x 21 x 2.45 – 3.3cm (12.36 x 8.27 x 0.96 – 1.29″)
  • Weight: 1.49kg (3.28lbs)

Sony VAIO VGN-Z11WN/B

Updated 2008.07.15 2:18PM PST: The Sony VAIO Z series notebook PCs are here. And they are quite impressive. The 13.1″ notebook PC sports a 1600×900 pixel format, as previously mentioned. But that’s not all. The LCD has a color gamut of 100% NTSC and is scratch resistant. And there is a Blu-ray option. Nice.

Sony VAIO Z

Notebook ReviewGizmodo: Sony’s VGN-Z11WN/B brings serious competition to Apple’s MacBook Air, VOODOO’s Envy 133, and Lenovo’s X300. Since I am a display guy, take a look at the LCD: it is 13.1″, slightly smaller than the 13.3″ in the other three, but the pixel format is quite a bit more at 1600 x 900. Compare 1600 x 900 to the 1280 x 800 on the MBA and Envy. The X300 has a bit more than that with 1440 x 900.

Granted, the 1600 x 900 is a brand new pixel format as most all LCDs go 16:9. Like the others, the 13.1″ 16:9 LCD panel has a LED backlight for power savings, durability and thinness. NVIDIA’s GeForce 9300M with 256MB should have no problems powering the LCD even an external one connected via HDMI or VGA. The VGN-Z11WN/B comes with a potent 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. The GPU and CPU combo spanks the other three. Hands down.

The external design of the VGN-Z11WN/B looks quite nice. It isn’t as thin as the MBA, flashy as the Envy 133 or tank-like as the X300, but it doesn’t disappoint in the looks department one bit.

Here is the complete press release:

NEW SONY PC DELIVERS HIGH PERFORMANCE IN ULTRA-PORTABLE PACKAGE

SAN DIEGO, July 15, 2008 Sony today took the wraps off a new line of sleek, powerful, lightweight PCs– the VAIO® Z Series notebooks.

Weighing just over 3 pounds, the VAIO Z model incorporates a vivid 13.1-inch widescreen display with Sony’s own XBRITE-DuraView™ LCD technology for scratch-resistant durability and 100 percent color saturation.

Select models feature a high-resolution 1600 X 900 widescreen display, providing a 40 percent wider workspace than a standard display within the same “footprint” — so the view increases while the notebook’s size does not. This makes it easier to view multiple documents or lengthy spreadsheets on a single screen.

A seamless sheet of brushed aluminum adorns the keyboard panel elegantly framing its individual keys. The spacing between the keys is precisely engineered to create a comfortable typing experience while helping to prevent mistakes.

“Today’s mobile professional demands not only portability from a notebook but that it meets their productivity needs as well,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics. “This new model is an amazing engineering feat packing the full functionality of a larger PC into an ultra-light form factor.”

The unit is housed in a durable carbon-fiber casing to help endure the knocks, bumps and accidents common to frequent travel. It also incorporates G-Sensorâ„¢ Shock Protection technology to counteract sudden movements helping to prevent damage and data loss.

It is powered by new Intel® Centrino® 2 technology, the chipset designed for sizzling performance, unbelievable system responsiveness, and energy efficiency.

Road warriors will love its built-in 802.11n wireless LAN capabilities making it faster and easier to connect to compatible wireless networks with greater performance and range than ever before. For blazing-fast wireless access beyond networks and hotspots, the unit features optional built-in wireless Sprint® Mobile Broadband, the nation’s largest wireless broadband network.

The Z model has an optional Blu-ray Disc (BD) optical drive for enjoying, creating and storing high-definition content. Enjoy BD movies in stunning clarity while on the road or utilize the HDMI output during meetings and make presentations come to life in full 1080 HD resolution. Compatible HDTV and HDMI cable required, sold separately.

It also includes a switch-on-the-fly hybrid graphics system, allowing you to set graphics performance instantly for striking presentations that “pop” or extend battery life— all without having to reboot.

The PC employs a biometric fingerprint sensor, a Trusted Platform Module compliant chip and proprietary hard disk drive password protection software to help protect data from unauthorized access.

Equipped with a trial version of the My Memory Center™ service, the PC lets you easily transfer valuable data from your old computer to your new one via a password-protected online account. The unit comes pre-installed with Windows Vista® Business operating system. A Windows® XP Pro downgrade is also available for select models.

It is equipped with plenty of slots, ports and jacks, including a Memory Stick® media/SD card slot, three USB ports, i.LINK® IEEE-1394 port, microphone and headphone jack and a PC Card (type-II) slot making it easy to transfer files from external devices.

The PC is also available in a dual channel 128 GB solid state drive (SSD) model. Faster and more durable, the SSD unit provides a rapid boot-up and quicker access to applications than is typical of standard hard drives.

All models are Energy Star® 4.0 compliant, hold an EPEAT Silver ranking and incorporates eco-conscious features such as a mercury-free LED backlit LCD. Sony will even recycle your old PC (www.sony.com/recycle).

The standard VAIO Z notebook will start at about $1,800 while the SSD model will go for around $2,300. Both models will be available online at www.sony.com/pr/z. They will also be sold at Sony Style® stores and select retailers around the country starting in August.

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