Fans of VAIO laptops could recall the flagship Z collection being recognized for its spectacular portability, till it quietly disappeared in 2017. The excellent news is that the Sony spinoff is now bringing this line out of retirement, because of a breakthrough in carbon fiber manufacturing. The new VAIO Z is allegedly the world’s first laptop to sport a “3D molded full carbon fiber body,” as in every carbon fiber piece is contoured round all sides on the lid, the palm relaxation and the bottom meeting. Previously, VAIO might solely use flat carbon fiber sheets, so it needed to depend on metallic or plastic components to carry these collectively.
Using this new manufacturing method co-developed with carbon fiber specialist, Toray, the outcome is a stronger structure — one that may apparently survive a 127cm or 4.1ft drop (a little past the MIL-STD-810H requirement) — whereas protecting the laptop’s weight to a little underneath 2.3lbs or 1.04kg. Not dangerous, contemplating the VAIO Z packs a 14-inch 4K anti-glare LCD, alongside with a backlit keyboard that includes an improved 1.5mm key pitch stroke.
But when it comes to sockets, you solely get one USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port on either side, a full-size HDMI port, a headphone jack and a safety lock slot. A far cry from VAIO’s earlier SX collection.
To ease your thoughts, VAIO has added a bodily privateness shutter to the 2-megapixel webcam, although you may wish to maintain it open for Windows Hello on the spot sign-in, in fact. On a associated be aware, the VAIO Z gives a keyboard shortcut (Fn + Tab keys) for muting each stereo microphones at an on the spot.
Battery life is one other most important promoting level right here. The company claims that the VAIO Z can final for as much as 10 hours (the Japanese spec sheet even lists 17 hours, based mostly on native take a look at requirements), but it is powered by an Intel Core i7-11375H high-performance processor full with Iris Xe graphics. This is a a lot welcomed change in comparison with the low-voltage CPUs on older fashions.
Interestingly, the US market is solely getting the Signature Edition VAIO Z, which begins from $3,579 (16GB LPDDR4 RAM and 512GB “4th Generation” PCIe SSD) and maxes out at $4,179 (32GB RAM and 2TB SSD). Despite VAIO’s try and pitch the Z up in opposition to Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro in its keynote, it is clear that this laptop is not for everybody. But by all means, when you occur to be searching for an excuse to splash out whereas caught at dwelling, VAIO is now taking pre-orders. Otherwise, there are clearly lots different extra reasonably priced choices.