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Vaio introduces refreshed SX14 notebook and a premium version of the Vaio Z

By Kenny Yeo - on 17 Nov 2021, 10:37am

Vaio introduces refreshed SX14 notebook and a premium version of the Vaio Z

The new Vaio SX14 (Image source: Vaio)

Vaio is announcing two new premium ultraportable notebooks in Singapore. The first is the updated SX14 and the second is a premium version of the already pretty premium Vaio Z.


Vaio SX14

The Vaio SX14 in white. (Image source: Vaio)

We begin with the SX14, which has an all-new design that closely resembles the Vaio Z. It weighs just 1.08kg thanks to carbon fibre components like the front cover.

The 14-inch touchscreen display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and Full-HD resolution. It has an improved hinge mechanism that allows users to fold the screen completely flat.

The backlit keyboard has been improved too, with key travel distance pumped up from 1.2mm to 1.5mm. The caps are also slightly dished to help guide your fingers.

What users will likely appreciate most is the variety of ports. There are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, a full-sized HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Inside, you get a choice of Intel's new Tiger Lake processors, up to 32GB of memory, and up to 2TB of fast SSD storage. Graphics processing is handled by the integrated Intel Iris Xe GPU. Battery life is a claimed 15.5 hours.

The Vaio SX14 is available in Fine Black and Bright Silver right now, with Fine White joining the lineup later this year. There's also an Urban Bronze option that may be available later. 

Two configurations are currently available and they are:

Vaio SX14 configurations
Processor Intel Core i5-1155G7 Intel Core i7-1195G7
Memory 16GB 16GB
Storage 512GB 1TB
Price S$2,999 S$3,299

In addition to these four standard colours, there's also a special "All Black Edition" that, you guessed it, is all-black. It has a special matte black finish and black-on-black keycaps. 

Finally, there's a "Kachi-Iro" special edition. Kachi-iro refers to a specific shade of dark indigo blue that's known as the "winning colour" in Japanese culture.

You can order the Vaio SX14 here.


Vaio Z Kachi-iro Special Edition

The Kachi-iro Special Edition Vaio Z (Image source: Vaio)

Amazingly, there's now an even more premium version of the Vaio Z. I did not think that was possible given that the "standard" Vaio Z starts at over S$5,000. But here we are.

As I mentioned earlier, kachi-iro is a deep, dark indigo that's considered a lucky colour in Japan. And this special version of the Vaio Z infuses the colour into the notebook's carbon fibre's body. Vaio says the finish has a glossy lustre that resembles Japanese lacquerware. 

Note the unique kachi-iro finish. (Image source: Vaio)

Elsewhere, nothing has changed. This premium version of the Vaio Z has a 14-inch 4K display and it's powered by Intel's H-series Tiger Lake processor and can be equipped with up to 32GB of memory and up to 2TB of storage. Graphics is Intel's integrated Intel Iris Xe GPU.

It has two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a single full-size HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.

The most amazing thing, however, has to be its price. It's a whopping S$7,299. That's a lot even if it has a Core i7 processor, with 32GB of memory and a 2TB SSD.

You can order the Vaio Z Kachi-iro Special Edition here.

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