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Sony VAIO Z: Same Look, Brand New Internals

By Aloysius Low - 5 Mar 2010
Launch SRP: S$4499

Quad Speed Ahoy!

Quad Speed Ahoy!


Sony's VAIO Z series have in the past impressed us with its sleek design and outstanding performance, so when a new updated machine was sent to us for review, we definitely weren't going to pass up on the chance. Especially since this time around, this particular model, the VAIO Z VPCZ117GG/X comes packed with Intel's latest Core i7 processor, while going crazy with not just one SSD, but four SSD drives linked in a RAID 0 configuration for truly out-of-the-world data transfer speeds.

Furthermore, the hybrid graphics functions have been improved upon to provide for an automatic solution for the notebook's switchable graphics; more details on that on the following pages. Lastly, you'll note that much of the design remains similar to the first VAIO Z notebook we took a close look back in 2008 (though there are some design tweaks). So, will the VAIO Z take top spot again with an Editor's Choice award like its predecessor? Let's find out, shall we?


Clad in hybrid carbon and aluminum is the familiar looking Sony VAIO Z, though this is completely new internally.
On the front are your card readers, WiFi switch and audio jacks.

The right side keep it simple with a USB port, optical drive and VGA output.

The left features a little more in the port department with a LAN jack, 2 USB ports, HDMI port and an ExpressCard/34 slot.

  • Design 9.5
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9.5
  • Value 8
  • Mobility 9
The Good
Light and Portable
Powerful Performance
The Bad