Sony Vaio Z Series i7, 128gb SSD, 4 Gb Ram, Full HD Screen £978.76 @ Sony UK
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Sony Vaio Z Series i7, 128gb SSD, 4 Gb Ram, Full HD Screen £978.76 @ Sony UK

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Found 28th Mar 2012
****Hold on you can vote hot now guys, its £910.57 from the education store****

Keep checking for deals on sony.co.uk and just noticed this has dropped. Price is 974.00 + £4.75 delivery, yes i can add but sony cant. Guess its to do with the rounding up of the vat. As far as im aware this is sonys answer to a macbook, not comparing just mentioning it. Amazon has same spec but with i5 processor for £1219.99. So this seems cheap if your interested in this, its not for me though. I know people say about having 5 year warranty on stuff under the eu etc but i was slightly surprised to see sony offer 2 years warranty on this. Can add a backlight keyboard for £15 and save £40 if a 1600x900 screen is enough for you.

Processor: Intel®Core(TM)i7-2640M,2.80GHz
Operating system: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Solid State Drive: 128 GB SATA Gen3 Flash SSD
Memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3-SDRAM
Display: 33.2 cm LCD, 1920x1080 Premium
Security features: Security features (Fingerprint reader)
Microsoft® Office 2010: Office 2010 Starter + Acrobat
Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Wireless LAN: Wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® 3.0

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Original Poster

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Thats a mighty pretty laptop and higher end sonys are always well built, but not usually so cheap, especially with i7 quad and an SSD, and even a 1920x1080 screen, this is bargain basement price.

The current model is not selling anywhere near as well as the previous Z due to having to buy a seperate add on to get dedicated graphics and BD drive.

Still a hot price for a Vaio Z, bare in mind IvyBridge is round the corner. The SA and Z have never been as cheap for current models as they are now.

renderman

Thats a mighty pretty laptop and higher end sonys are always well built, … Thats a mighty pretty laptop and higher end sonys are always well built, but not usually so cheap, especially with i7 quad and an SSD, and even a 1920x1080 screen, this is bargain basement price.



It's only dual core i7

Might be worth mentioning that the i7 only gets i5 related benchmarks (i7 2640M = 4060, i5 2540M = 3664) usually expect benchmarks in the 6 or 7000 mark for i7's.
It's an alright deal, Sony are always more pricey than other brands but I think that warrants it as they're normally brilliant laptops that last forever and get great customer service.

Probably worth mentioning that it 'Usually ships in 2 to 3 weeks.'

Would like to know the read/write speeds of the SSD but can't find the info anywhere.

Adidas Addict

It's only dual core i7



Correct!

Almost £1000, but only dual core and no dedicated graphics. This is just like apple, where you're paying for the brand.

wish I could agree on the above comment on Sony laptops seeming to last forever,but I've had two die on me,my laptop of 3 and half years only the other week

hev123

Almost £1000, but only dual core and no dedicated graphics. This is just … Almost £1000, but only dual core and no dedicated graphics. This is just like apple, where you're paying for the brand.



I think you're paying for lack of weight. When these first come out no one apart from Apple had an ultrabook now everyone does.

The one thing going for this model is the screen resolution if you can cope and want a very high resolution lightweight machine this is about your only option.

wait for ivy bridge! period

Original Poster

Oh wow the cpu is pretty bad, the i7's in a normal dell score a smidge under 8000 but i guess this is the price you pay for the form factor. The only info i found on the ssd is this

Faster and more efficient

Store data and access files faster with the latest SSD RAID Flash drive. The light and robust drive transfers data around 6.2 times faster than a standard HDD and features low power consumption to preserve battery life.

My aplogies didn't notice the lack of the "Q" in the CPU spec. Not so hot then

my last 2 sonys was allways on the bench so no more sony for me, if im spending this sort of dough it has to have a fruit on the front and the trackpad looks dire once you have used a MBA trackpad theres no going back imo

Nevertheless, it still has SSD and a stonking screen, so it's not so bad.

Not hot AT ALL for me. Average specs for a laptop of this price, you could configure better for less with Dell, or I as I plan to do with HP US and get it when next I go to the US. If you are gonna buy a max laptop, it might be a good idea to wait for Intels next processors.

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hev123

Almost £1000, but only dual core and no dedicated graphics. This is just … Almost £1000, but only dual core and no dedicated graphics. This is just like apple, where you're paying for the brand.



Well thers a huge market for macbooks, this is probably £300 cheaper than a comparable macbook air, has a better screen (pixel wise anyway), is lighter. So i see this as a good deal, even tho i wouldnt pay the premium for the slimness

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alababaju

Not hot AT ALL for me. Average specs for a laptop of this price, you … Not hot AT ALL for me. Average specs for a laptop of this price, you could configure better for less with Dell, or I as I plan to do with HP US and get it when next I go to the US. If you are gonna buy a max laptop, it might be a good idea to wait for Intels next processors.



I dont like to defend deals but your so wrong, you cant get a dell equivalent for cheaper, unless you meen a normal xps which rediculous, not the same thing. Their equivalent is the ultrabook, closet spec is a worse screen, worse cpu, abit heavier but a bigger ssd for nearly £1300

Adidas Addict

The current model is not selling anywhere near as well as the previous Z … The current model is not selling anywhere near as well as the previous Z due to having to buy a seperate add on to get dedicated graphics and BD drive.



This is a good point and means the new machine isn't really a Z series, aside from the cost it's just a fiddle having extra parts to attach. One of the reasons I liked the older Z series (I have the Z5 from the deal here with the 2x128GB SSDs and BD-RW drive which is probably still the best deal I've had on here) and particularly the much older 11.1in TX machines was that they have a decent amount of parts onboard including the optical drive, VGA port and LAN port which many machines seem to omit these days. Which is all a shame as I'd love that 13.1in 1920x1080 screen (over the 1600x900 the Z5 used), shame it's just a dual core i7 although can't expect much in a small chassis even with Ivybridge seemingly.

John

Edited by: "Johnmcl7" 28th Mar 2012

13.1in with 1920x1080, god i feel old, new eyes please

Banned

hot

How many laptops this size have a 1920 screen though? Probably hot (not sure..)

6% quidco

I have set up these for multiple users with the add on hardware for graphics and drive. They both perform brilliantly. The users are engineers using multiple types of CAD design software and would also have to present these designs accross the world , all without missing a beat. What you are paying for the the weight, combined with battery life and mobile processing power.

These are business laptops and have a price tag to match

Edit: sorry forgot to mention Sony laptops normally have issues displaying on more than one external monitors. My users have on dual screens in work using the external addon and present using the hdmi or vga visiting a client

Edit: Price wise i bought the laptop and add on at £1550 ex vat 8 months ago and are now on at £1350 inc vat on sonys site , meaning a aprox £500 saving in real terms therefore hot for me

Edited by: "rmmachine" 29th Mar 2012

People moaning about the processor not performing well. It runs quick. These tests are often biased. Many applications will benefit from having the faster clock speed from the i7 dual core as to a slower clock quad core.

For almost a grand I would expect a dedicated graphics card

My daughter had a Sony Z about 4 years ago. It looks lovely and it is light but the NVidia dedicated graphics chip overheated after about 15 months. They wanted £250 to fix it with no guarantee that it wouldn't overheat again.

As far as I can see the laptop had a design flaw. The air intake was underneath the laptop with an outlet at the back of the machine. Sit it on a bed or even your lap as most teens will do and it overheats. The single air outlet is at the back and gets easily filled up with fluff. It's a grill which conveniently catches all the fluff from underneath!

Once we realised it was overheating we got a tray with built in cooling fans to put it on. Even that wasn't good enough. If I cleaned it out every 3-4 months by taking the cover off underneath and removing the cooling setup and cleaning the grill then it would run fine for a while longer without overheating.

If they haven't fixed the design then I certainly wouldn't recommend buying one.
Edited by: "Spod" 30th Mar 2012

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Sony? So cold

I got an i7 quad, ok no SSD, 6 gig memory and onboard for £400... yep, I got that asus deal a while back. You're paying for the name on this Sony. It would have to be £600 to get hot... so cold from me.

empyphil

For almost a grand I would expect a dedicated graphics card


On a 13", 16mm thick, 1.2 kilo, 7 hour battery life laptop? It isnt designed for gaming at all, not its intended purpose.

Anyhow vaio design and quality is the best windows machine you will get without going mac.
Edited by: "smellyonion" 30th Mar 2012

Skymonkey

I got an i7 quad, ok no SSD, 6 gig memory and onboard for £400... yep, I … I got an i7 quad, ok no SSD, 6 gig memory and onboard for £400... yep, I got that asus deal a while back. You're paying for the name on this Sony. It would have to be £600 to get hot... so cold from me.


And how big is it, what resolution is the screen, what are the dimensions, what is it made out of? Thekey aspect of this machine is mobility.

GPU is pooor - for that money can get a dell monster with better components

hev123

Almost £1000, but only dual core and no dedicated graphics. This is just … Almost £1000, but only dual core and no dedicated graphics. This is just like apple, where you're paying for the brand.


And Sony aren't what they were....I'd never buy Sony again. Their CS is awful in my experience..

darrengee

wait for ivy bridge! period



Time of the month?

darrengee

wait for ivy bridge! period



Buy a Macbook! period

darrengee

wait for ivy bridge! period



+1

If you really need to buy a high or mid end laptop now, wait. The current generation of laptops will be sold off cheaper in the coming months and better models will replace these.

I'm waiting for a Macbook Pro with USB 3....

how come with such low heat this deal is on the 'HOT' page ??

tintin2k2

how come with such low heat this deal is on the 'HOT' page ??



It was hot once, but got left out too long

tintin2k2

how come with such low heat this deal is on the 'HOT' page ??



Cos once upon a time it was a hot deal

Nice if I could afford it I would have one .Why cus it looks nice and slim and its a good brand name so why not .

Yes people buy brands don't they especially Cars and electrical goods 90% of people on here know nothing about either but it doesn't stop them thinking they do.
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