Sony Z Specifications
Display: 13.1″ Wide TFT XBRITE LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900
GPU: 850 – 1500MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS, 128 – 256MB Intel GMA 4500MHD
CPU: 2.26 (P8400) – 2.53GHz (P9500) Intel Core 2 Duo, 1066MHz FSB, 3 – 6MB L2 Cache
Chipset: Intel Centrino 2 (Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset)
RAM: Up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage: 128GB (64GB x 2) SSD, 320GB HDD with G-Sensor Shock Protection, MS Pro/SD Media Slot
Optical: DVD-RW or Blu-ray RW
Connectivity: ExpressCard/34, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), WWAN (Sprint), Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP, HDMI, VGA
Battery: 6 hours (Standard Capacity), 9 hours (Large Capacity)
Power Consumption: 100W+10%
Availability: Mid-August 2008
Price: Starting at $1799.99
Sony‘s new Z series notebook PCs are impressive on many fronts. The design is pure Sony with nice straight lines using ultra-modern materials. For instance, the keyboard panel is all aluminum, a first in the industry according to Sony. Sony also kept good designs from the past as the cylindrical hinge that houses the battery as well as, like the name, acts as a hinge. The power indicator is at the edge of the hinge as well. The case is polished giving the Z a sleek professional look. More analysis and pictures after the jump.
The display is a new 16:9 aspect ratio 13.1″ TFT LCD with a LED backlight. The LED backlight allows for thinner designs, lower power consumption and increased durability. The 1600 x 900 pushes the envelope in terms of pixel format. The fonts will most likely be quite small right out of the box, but when it comes to watching HD content, the aspect ratio is right at 16:9. The problem is that most HD content is formatted either at 1280 x 720 or 1920 x 1080. The 1600 x 900 pixel format will require scaling HD content to fit it. Scaling always deteriorates the quality, but hopefully Sony has figured out to display HD content on the Z without bringing down the quality too much.
Another cool feature is the ability to add two 64GB SSDs for a total of 128GB. This option is very expensive, but for those who need ultimate durability and performance this option is a must. I can only imagine how fast it would be in RAID 0. Of course for increased reliability the two should be configurable as RAID 1.
Although not as slim as Apple‘s MacBook Air, the Z has a complete list of ports and connectivity options so you will not need to lug around a set of cables as you would with the MBA. The starting price of $1799.99 is not cheap, but for what you get, it is a solid value.
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