Sony VAIO Z Series Overview

Sony VAIO Z Series VGN Z530N/B Z540EBB Z550N/B Z570N/B Z590UAB Sony has unveiled recently a new line of ultraportable PCs – the VAIO Z Series 13.1-inch notebooks for “busy executives”.

Weighing just over 3 pounds, the VAIO Z is based on Intel’s Centrino 2 “Montevina” mobile platform. The laptop includes the latest Intel Core 2 Duo 45-nanometer processor, and enables on-the-fly switching between the power-saving GMA 4500MHD graphics chip and the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 128MB/256MB for better performance. Other core components of the Sony VAIO Z include up to 4GB of new DDR3 memory, up to 320GB hard drive or up to 128GB (64GBx2) of solid state drive storage, and a DVD burner or Blu-Ray burner.

The 13.1″ display of the Z Series has LED backlight and a resolution of 1366-by-768 or 1600-by-900 pixels.

Regarding communications, there are the Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN (802.11a/b/g/n) wireless module, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, a 56K modem, optional mobile broadband by Sprint, and Bluetooth.

The laptop also features HDMI and VGA outputs, a web camera, fingerprint reader, the Trusted Platform Module 1.2, 2 USB ports, an ExpressCard slot, Firewire port, Memory Stick Duo card reader, and Secure Digital slot.

According to the product specifications, the Sony VAIO Z provides up to up to 6 hours of battery life with a standard capacity battery or up to 9 hours with a large capacity unit.

The components of the notebook are housed in a durable carbon-fiber casing. The Z also incorporates G-Sensor Shock Protection technology.

Sony’s new ultraportable runs Windows Vista operating system.

Available beginning in August, the standard VAIO Z notebook will start at about $1,800 while the SSD model will start at around $2,300. The laptops can be preordered now through Sony’s online store.

Sony VAIO Z Series* VGN-Z530N/B VGN-Z540EBB VGN-Z550N/B VGN-Z570N/B VGN-Z590UAB
CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo) P8600
Display Resolution 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1600 x 900
Memory (DDR3) 2GB 3GB 3GB 3GB 4GB
Storage (HDD or SSD) 250GB HDD 320GB HDD 250GB HDD  320GB HDD 128GB SSD
Optical Drive DVD Burner DVD Burner DVD Burner DVD Burner DVD Burner
Sprint Mobile Broadband Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Current Price (US$) 1999.99 2059.99 2099.99 2349.99 3999.99

*These are preconfigured models. Sony also offers the VGN-Z590 and VGN-Z540 Configure-to-Order VAIO Z.

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Danijel is a tech writer who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles, and tablet PCs.

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  1. I also have one with the PCG 6X1L model number on it. Is this the incorrect model number, because I need to order a battery for it?

  2. my brother in-law have a laptop sony vaio pcg-6×1 then i have encountered a problem..the problem is the monitor will be white screen. how can i repair thet.?

  3. I have bought a Sony Vaio Z 530 series laptop. Why is it that at the back of the unit the model number is shown as PCG 6X1L ?

  4. 3 lbs isn’t “ultraportable” by todays standards…. especially with all the netbooks available.

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