NEW YORK –
Sony closed out its summer laptop rollout
last week with the introduction of the Vaio Z series.
The Z series is Sony’s flagship ultra-portable laptop.
The device is 0.66 inches thick and weighs 2.5
pounds, about 8 ounces lighter than its predecessor
due to the new aluminum carbon-fiber chassis.
It bcamee available for presale on July 13 only
through the Sony Style online store for about $2,000
Shipment is expected in mid-August.
The Z models will come with what Sony has dubbed,
a Power Media Dock. This is a docking station with a
built-in AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with
1GB of video RAM, a slot-loading optical drive (including
an optional Blu-ray player), three USB ports
along with HDMI and VGA ports. When docked, the
laptop can support up to three extra HD displays.
The Z models have eight hours of battery life; however,
this can be doubled with the use of an optional sheetbattery
that attaches flush to the computer’s bottom.
The Z series use standard voltage Intel Core i5 and
i7 processors with Turbo Boost and dual-channel solid-
Select models have integrated mobile broadband
through AT&T and Sprint, and the laptops can act as
a mobile hotspot for up to five PCs or Wi-Fi-enabled