Sony VAIO SVZ1311Z9RX1 laptop review

For VAIO, hard times have come a long time ago, those responsible do not know which way to look. Or finally reduce the line and do everything, like Apple, in terms of assortment. Or continue what you started a long time ago and make the most technologically advanced solutions with Windows. Whether to release toys, folding laptops, monoblock tablets with a twenty-inch display and other nonsense. They tell me - but did you like the laptop-transformer? Yes, I liked it. He is good. Like a sonystyle toy. But you can't take these things seriously. Sony wanted to do something like a tablet with a keyboard, something unusual, but here there is always a double-edged sword. Consumers can take a thing with a bang, or they can bury it. In the case of new products, the latter is more likely to happen. For example, Apple can make transformers, and iMacs with a touch screen, and they can do a lot of things there. But instead, they recently introduced the MacBook Pro 13 with a Retina display. It used to be that VAIO laptops had the best displays. Now it's not. The Sony VAIO Z laptop considered today is the company's most advanced computer. Most likely, this is the end of the Z series. There are such rumors. Maybe it will be renamed. Maybe it will be devices with a different display diagonal. Perhaps, serious decisions will be replaced by toys, folding ones, transformers, shiny, shimmering in the sun. But this is certainly not the VAIO that its regular users know - those who loved the brand for its technology and lack of competition. Now there are more than enough competitors.Now VAIO laptops are not a competitor at all to most modern solutions, especially in the expensive segment. And it does not surprise me what metamorphoses are taking place in Russia. Here's one example for you. There was a network of salons VAIO. In all major shopping centers of the city one could get acquainted with laptops and buy accessories. Trained staff. New items are quickly on sale. And now the same network has changed its sign. Samsung showroom network. Why do you think? Because people, with all their love for VAIO, are in business. And if the product is dead, not for sale, then something needs to be done. So, you need to do what the audience is in demand. Everything is logical and simple. So don't be surprised if you go to a store you know and choose VAIO, and there will be another sign.

The laptop in question is an updated version of Sony VAIO Z, you can find an overview of the previous version on our website.

This is one of my favorite Sony series, both in terms of design and in terms of performance, solutions applied. There are flaws, where without them, but in general, for their money, an extremely pleasant thing. This version is top-end, it costs about 110,000 rubles, the SVZ1311V9R model with an i5 processor, a different display and without a docking station in the kit will cost half as much. Regarding the dock - if you are not going to play games, you do not need a drive and additional ports, then you can safely consider just such a modification. In which case, you can buy a docking station, you can find it at a price of about 20,000 rubles. In this review, I will repeat some points, since the changes in the Z13 relate to the filling of the laptop, the differences in assembly and other points are minimal.

Design, construction

What really captivates me personally about the Z series is the design, in my opinion, it is impeccable. The company's designers managed to catch the golden mean between a serious utilitarian thing and traditional Sony motifs, a thing both from the world of practical tools, and stylish, and even, I'm not afraid to say this word, fashionable. In our time, Apple products have long settled in the segment of expensive portable computers, and only Sony VAIO Z looks like a worthy alternative in terms of design.Other manufacturers are still in the process of experimenting with the form and content, I will also note Dell with a number of interesting models. Notebook dimensions 210 x 16.65 x 330 mm, weight 1.19 kg. I carried the laptop with me for a long time and stubbornly, took it on trips, of course, the weight makes me very happy, especially considering the technical characteristics of the device. Not only that, I really like that the laptop is thin and as compact as possible, no matter how you look at it. The case here is carbon fiber, as stated on the official website, but where exactly it is, I do not quite understand. There is a place for metal, the back of the cover is made of this material. When you recline it, the laptop rises above the table, the Sony VAIO X had a similar solution. The keyboard is in a small recess, I can not help but note that it is quite possible to do without any fascinating stickers to the right of the touchpad, these days it looks ridiculous. Traditionally for VAIO, the light indicators on the front end are very beautifully made, plus the power button is illuminated. On the left side there is an input for connecting a monitor, a "radiator" grill, a slot for a lock. On the right are two USB ports, one supports charging various devices even when the laptop is in sleep mode. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone input, Ethernet, HDMI, and an input for the power supply. On the front end there are slots for SD memory cards and MemoryStick, I don’t know why the latter is needed - it is unlikely that there are many users of this type of cards in our time.

As much as I love the design, there are a lot of controversial points here. An external docking station with a drive and a video card - okay, I'm ready to put up with it. But I don’t like that if you sit on the couch, this very docking station is pretty in the way. I've taken to playing CoD on a laptop, but the design does not allow you to enjoy it, you need to do it at the table. The cable is not so long, you can't cross your legs. Then, a very small touchpad, and there is so much empty space around. A well in the desert, such an association. The keyboard is all right with the size, but why are the buttons so toy, the move, like a telephone, is inconvenient to type? The lid naturally bends.

That is, in appearance everything is solid, great, cool. Fair materials and appearance. In fact, why did they pull out the drive and the video card if there was no room for another USB on the case? There is room for a larger touchpad, but this was not done. Was it worth sacrificing an all-in-one device that would have both a drive and a video card at the same time for the sake of reducing weight? After all, it is clear that the consumer of the device for at least 70,000 rubles (and the modification in question costs 119,000) is unlikely to wear a laptop for hours, rather, he carries it in a car. Yes, and how many hundreds of grams were saved, I would like to know.

That is, when design and functionality are tied together and, as they say, the threads do not sharpen, everything is clear and great. In the case of Sony VAIO Z, I personally enjoy the visual side, but when using it, all the shortcomings come out. But Sony VAIO SZ, the ancestor of the series, was harmony itself.

Of the original accessories, you can buy a VGP-CVZ3 cover, you can leave it on the case, or a VGP-CKZ3 folder, I personally would prefer a cover. She looks great.

In this version, the lid is lacquered, the metal strip on the back is black, fingerprints, of course, are very visible. Oddly enough, but the Sekunda tool and a miracle rag help to clean not only metal, but also such a surface. "Second" conquers all.

The speakers here are not too powerful, it’s enough to watch a movie, but for music it’s better to take headphones or transmit sound to speakers.

Screen

The display diagonal is 13.1 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, when viewing pages in a browser, you often want to zoom in, the letters are already very small. On the other hand, it's better this way than the other way. The screen is a bit yellowish, the brightness is very high, the viewing angles are good horizontally, worse vertically. Watching movies is very cool, but only the diagonal is small. It is pleasant to work, there is an anti-reflective coating, it seems that the display is matte. Interestingly, even with the minimum brightness, you can still work.

Above the display is a webcam with a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, it is quite convenient to use, the microphone allows you to chat via Skype without a headset.

Keyboard

When comparing MacBook Air 13 and Sony VAIO Z, I said that the Z keyboard is not the best, a month with this laptop confirms my belief.

Yeah, not the best. The buttons have a small travel, they are too elastic, it is very difficult to get used to it, especially after the keyboards of Apple laptops - in my opinion, they are almost perfect. If we consider Z as a journalist's tool, then I would give the keyboard a score of "two". If you need Z as a tool for Facebook, easy work with documents, games, then there will be no problems with the keyboard. There is a backlight, it is done very well, the letters are highlighted.

I must say, the keyboard is purely subjective, my friend from Z has completely different feelings, and he also types a lot. He just loves the design. So, when buying, it's better to try it yourself.

Touchpad

I decided to write separately about the touchpad on this laptop. It seems that the detail is not the most important, on the one hand. On the other hand, it’s good when you don’t need to attach a mouse to a laptop in order to conveniently control the cursor. Z is not doing very well with this, I have said it more than once. But once again I note - I do not like the touchpad here. First, it's small. Very small, and why didn't Sony bother to double it. There is a lot of free space around, see for yourself. Secondly, the buttons do not have such a long stroke, they are not separated, and although there are almost no erroneous presses, they are inconvenient to use because of their size. Thirdly, the biggest pain is the fingerprint scanner. Tell me, why do we need this burp of the past in a modern device? Does anyone really think that if Z is stolen, it will be difficult to deal with the scanner? Does anyone really think that this gives reliable protection? It's funny, but the person who set his fingerprint can often do without antivirus software, open some wild archives and otherwise harm the laptop. I did not invent this story, my friends from the service center told me. And the password was there, and the fingerprint, which was not there - oh yes, there was no banal computer literacy. And the case ended with pop-up banners from porn sites everywhere, reinstalling the system and other amenities. So, in Z, the scanner is also located inconveniently, between the touchpad buttons. Naturally, you will hurt him. Naturally, the setup program will run every time. Does it run? Yes. There are a lot of settings, you can run different programs with the help of fingerprints of different fingers, the main question is why do this.

In general, please note that you will need a mouse for Z, the touchpad here is from the last century, which is quite normal for Windows-based laptops. This is with any MacBook you can do without a manipulator, but it won’t work here. Or it will, but with difficulty.

It's good that they made notches on a small touchpad, and the sensitivity here is wonderful.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is seven hours, with a full charge of two and a half hours. The power supply is small, like the good old VAIO P. In fact, the laptop lives for a maximum of four hours with Wi-Fi turned on, I could not achieve more service time with all my desire. The backlight was not quite at the maximum, testing for the duration of the work was carried out not while watching movies, but at work, mainly writing articles plus a browser, FTP client, iTunes with internet radio running. I want to note that the laptop holds a charge quite well, not like the MacBook Air, but also different from the previous representatives of the Z series. But what I don’t like is the loss of charge while you are not using the laptop. For Apple models, this trouble was overcome a long time ago for a number of models, everything here is the same as in the last century.

An optional VGP-BPSC27 battery is available for the laptop, it looks like the bottom, the claimed life is about 14 hours. It costs about eight thousand rubles, the weight increases by about six hundred grams.

Performance

Major hardware changes, Intel Core i7-3612QM, 2.10GHz (up to 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 installed , in the graphics card docking station. The complete docking station is called Sony VAIO VGP-PRZ20A, it has an AMD Radeon HD 6650 graphics card, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port (required to connect to a laptop), a monitor connector, Ethernet, a power supply input, a Blu drive -ray. The memory in the laptop is 256 GB SSD, which is very good.

As for performance, the laptop quickly turns on and falls asleep, cheerfully opens even heavy video files, and to test with games, I bought CoD:MW3, took the mouse and tried to play. First, in the "single", then in the multiplayer. It turned out interesting, I report. I set the maximum resolution, the graphics settings are almost at the maximum. Oddly enough, the laptop reacted to all this quite normally, it was clear that the game does not twitch, the image is smooth and you can quite normally engage in the destruction of enemies and other amusements. There are no problems with loading time and nothing at all. No matter how strange it may seem, the Sony VAIO Z is quite suitable for the role of a gaming device, just keep in mind that you must connect the module, and connect a special power supply to it, it is larger and heavier than usual. And the module itself cannot be called small. In multiplayer, everything is also quite normal, only I slightly lowered the graphics settings without reducing the resolution, and it was possible to do without it, everything is all right with the speed anyway. I made a short video about the laptop and CoD, where you can evaluate the application yourself.

The main thing you need to know about the performance of the model in question is a laptop with a powerful processor, such a good SSD as much as 256 GB, and among laptops with such a diagonal of a display you will not find a competitor in terms of the combination of characteristics. Another question is who and why might need all this power.

The laptop does not heat up very much, even during the game, as they say, the knees do not burn.

In addition to CoD, I also played BF3 with the same success.

The operating system is Windows 7 Professional 64bit Service Pack 1, a number of branded programs, most deserve to go straight to the trash.

Communication

Swiss knife, Bluetooth, LTE, Wi-Fi, 3G and many other buzzwords. The laptop works with "our" LTE.

  • Wireless adapter for cellular networks supporting LTE, HSPA+, GSM, GPRS, EDGE
  • Type - Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7710
  • Maximum download speed 100 Mbps
  • Maximum upload speed 50 Mbps
  • LTE frequencies: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • UMTS/HSPA+ frequencies: 900/2100 MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM frequencies: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • The maximum wireless LAN data rate is 300 Mbps
  • Wireless LAN range 100m
  • Built-in Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Bluetooth range 10m
  • Wireless LAN protocol - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T

It's a fact, but the device is practically incapable of being left without a connection.

Conclusions

I can only repeat the conclusions from the previous generation Sony VAIO Z review, it is still one of the best representatives of Windows-based laptops. From design to performance, it's sweet, albeit bitter - the keyboard hasn't gotten any better, battery life isn't all that impressive since the MacBook Air, and the touchpad isn't made anymore. But if you need to always be in touch, then the Sony VAIO Z13 is just in this series. You can play on business trips, but then you will also have to carry a docking station. You can do almost everything and even upgrade to Windows 8 - but I believe many will prefer some kind of MacBook Air to a laptop for 119,000 rubles. Nothing that you have to insert into a USB modem for 4G - but it's cheaper by a factor of two and there are many advantages. Last year's comparison of Sony VAIO Z and MB Air is still relevant, you can use it when choosing.

Now it remains only to wait what will happen to VAIO next year. I really want to believe that the Z series will not end with the device reviewed today.

Sony VAIO SVZ1311Z9RX1 laptop review

For VAIO, hard times have come a long time ago, those responsible do not know which way to look. Or finally reduce the line and do everything, like Apple, in terms of assortment. Or continue what was started a long time ago and make the most technologically advanced solutions with Windows. Whether to release toys, folding laptops, monoblock tablets with a twenty-inch display and other nonsense. They tell me - but did you like the laptop-transformer? Yes, I liked it. He is good. Like a sonystyle toy. But you can't take these things seriously. Sony wanted to do something like a tablet with a keyboard, something unusual, but here there is always a double-edged sword. Consumers can take a thing with a bang, or they can bury it. In the case of new products, the latter is more likely to happen. For example, Apple can make both transformers and iMacs with a touch screen, and they can do a lot of things there. But instead, they recently introduced the MacBook Pro 13 with a Retina display. It used to be that VAIO laptops had the best displays. Now it's not. The Sony VAIO Z laptop considered today is the company's most advanced computer. Most likely, this is the end of the Z series. There are such rumors. Maybe it will be renamed. Maybe it will be devices with a different display diagonal. Perhaps, serious decisions will be replaced by toys, folding ones, transformers, shiny, shimmering in the sun. But this is certainly not the VAIO that its regular users know - those who loved the brand for its technology and lack of competition. Now there are more than enough competitors.Now VAIO laptops are not a competitor to most modern solutions, especially in the expensive segment. And it does not surprise me what metamorphoses are taking place in Russia. Here's one example for you. There was a network of salons VAIO. In all major shopping centers of the city one could get acquainted with laptops and buy accessories. Trained staff. New items are quickly showing up. And now the same network has changed its sign. Samsung showroom network. Why do you think? Because people, with all their love for VAIO, are in business. And if the product is dead, not for sale, then something needs to be done. So, it is necessary to do what is in demand by the audience. Everything is logical and simple. So don't be surprised if you go to a store you know and choose a VAIO and see a different sign.

The laptop in question is an updated version of Sony VAIO Z, you can find an overview of the previous version on our website.

This is one of my favorite Sony series, both in terms of design and in terms of performance, solutions applied. There are flaws, where without them, but in general, for their money, an extremely pleasant thing. This version is top-end, it costs about 110,000 rubles, the SVZ1311V9R model with an i5 processor, a different display and without a docking station in the kit will cost half as much. Regarding the dock - if you are not going to play games, you do not need a drive and additional ports, then you can safely consider just such a modification. In which case, you can buy a docking station, you can find it at a price of about 20,000 rubles. In this review, I will repeat some points, since the changes in the Z13 relate to the filling of the laptop, the differences in assembly and other points are minimal.

Design, construction

What really captivates me personally about the Z series is the design, in my opinion, it is impeccable. The company's designers managed to catch the golden mean between a serious utilitarian thing and traditional Sony motifs, a thing both from the world of practical tools, and stylish, and even, I'm not afraid to say this word, fashionable. In our time, Apple products have long settled in the segment of expensive portable computers, and only Sony VAIO Z looks like a worthy alternative in terms of design.Other manufacturers are still in the process of experimenting with the form and content, I will also note Dell with a number of interesting models. Notebook dimensions 210 x 16.65 x 330 mm, weight 1.19 kg. I carried the laptop with me for a long time and stubbornly, took it on trips, of course, the weight makes me very happy, especially considering the technical characteristics of the device. Not only that, I really like that the laptop is thin and as compact as possible, no matter how you look at it. The case here is carbon fiber, as stated on the official website, but where exactly it is, I do not quite understand. There is a place for metal, the back of the cover is made of this material. When you recline it, the laptop rises above the table, the Sony VAIO X had a similar solution. The keyboard is in a small recess, I can not help but note that it is quite possible to do without any fascinating stickers to the right of the touchpad, these days it looks ridiculous. Traditionally for VAIO, the light indicators on the front end are very beautifully made, plus the power button is illuminated. On the left side there is an input for connecting a monitor, a "radiator" grill, a slot for a lock. On the right are two USB ports, one supports charging various devices even when the laptop is in sleep mode. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone input, Ethernet, HDMI, and an input for the power supply. On the front end there are slots for SD memory cards and MemoryStick, I don’t know why the latter is needed - it is unlikely that there are many users of this type of cards in our time.

As much as I love the design, there are a lot of controversial points here. An external docking station with a drive and a video card - okay, I'm ready to put up with it. But I don’t like that if you sit on the couch, this very docking station is pretty in the way. I've taken to playing CoD on a laptop, but the design does not allow you to enjoy it, you need to do it at the table. The cable is not so long, you can't cross your legs. Then, a very small touchpad, and there is so much empty space around. A well in the desert, such an association. The keyboard is all right with the size, but why are the buttons so toy, the move, like a telephone, is inconvenient to type? The lid naturally bends.

That is, in appearance everything is solid, great, cool. Fair materials and appearance. In fact, why did they pull out the drive and the video card if there was no room for another USB on the case? There is room for a larger touchpad, but this was not done. Was it worth sacrificing an all-in-one device that would have both a drive and a video card at the same time for the sake of reducing weight? After all, it is clear that the consumer of the device for at least 70,000 rubles (and the modification in question costs 119,000) is unlikely to wear a laptop for hours, rather, he carries it in a car. Yes, and how many hundreds of grams were saved, I would like to know.

That is, when design and functionality are tied together and, as they say, the threads do not sharpen, everything is clear and great. In the case of Sony VAIO Z, I personally enjoy the visual side, but when using it, all the shortcomings come out. But Sony VAIO SZ, the ancestor of the series, was harmony itself.

Of the original accessories, you can buy a VGP-CVZ3 cover, you can leave it on the case, or a VGP-CKZ3 folder, I personally would prefer a cover. She looks great.

In this version, the lid is lacquered, the metal strip on the back is black, fingerprints, of course, are very visible. Oddly enough, but the Sekunda tool and a miracle rag help to clean not only metal, but also such a surface. "Second" conquers all.

The speakers here are not too powerful, it’s enough to watch a movie, but for music it’s better to take headphones or transmit sound to speakers.

Screen

The display diagonal is 13.1 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, when viewing pages in a browser, you often want to zoom in, the letters are already very small. On the other hand, it's better this way than the other way. The screen is a bit yellowish, the brightness is very high, the viewing angles are good horizontally, worse vertically. Watching movies is very cool, but only the diagonal is small. It is pleasant to work, there is an anti-reflective coating, it seems that the display is matte. Interestingly, even with the minimum brightness, you can still work.

Above the display is a webcam with a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, it is quite convenient to use, the microphone allows you to chat via Skype without a headset.

Keyboard

When comparing MacBook Air 13 and Sony VAIO Z, I said that the Z keyboard is not the best, a month with this laptop confirms my belief.

Yeah, not the best. The buttons have a small travel, they are too elastic, it is very difficult to get used to it, especially after the keyboards of Apple laptops - in my opinion, they are almost perfect. If we consider Z as a journalist's tool, then I would give the keyboard a score of "two". If you need Z as a tool for Facebook, easy work with documents, games, then there will be no problems with the keyboard. There is a backlight, it is done very well, the letters are highlighted.

I must say, the keyboard is purely subjective, my friend from Z has completely different feelings, and he also types a lot. He just loves the design. So, when buying, it's better to try it yourself.

Touchpad

I decided to write separately about the touchpad on this laptop. It seems that the detail is not the most important, on the one hand. On the other hand, it's good when you don't need to attach a mouse to your laptop in order to conveniently control the cursor. Z is not doing very well with this, I have said it more than once. But once again I note - I do not like the touchpad here. First, it's small. Very small, and why didn't Sony bother to double it. There is a lot of free space around, see for yourself. Secondly, the buttons do not have such a long stroke, they are not separated, and although there are almost no erroneous presses, they are inconvenient to use because of their size. Thirdly, the biggest pain is the fingerprint scanner. Tell me, why do we need this burp of the past in a modern device? Does anyone really think that if Z is stolen, it will be difficult to deal with the scanner? Does anyone think that this gives reliable protection? It's funny, but the person who set his fingerprint can often do without antivirus software, open some wild archives and otherwise harm the laptop. I did not invent this story, my friends from the service center told me. And the password was there, and the fingerprint, which was not there - oh yes, there was no banal computer literacy. And the case ended with pop-up banners from porn sites everywhere, reinstalling the system and other amenities. So, in Z, the scanner is also located inconveniently, between the touchpad buttons. Naturally, you will hurt him. Naturally, the setup program will run every time. Does it run? Yes. There are a lot of settings, you can run different programs with the help of fingerprints of different fingers, the main question is why do this.

In general, please note that you will need a mouse for Z, the touchpad here is from the last century, which is quite normal for Windows-based laptops. This is with any MacBook you can do without a manipulator, but it won’t work here. Or it will, but with difficulty.

It's good that they made notches on a small touchpad, and the sensitivity here is wonderful.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is seven hours, with a full charge of two and a half hours. The power supply is small, like the good old VAIO P. In fact, the laptop lives for a maximum of four hours with Wi-Fi turned on, I could not achieve more service time with all my desire. The backlight was not quite at the maximum, testing for the duration of the work was carried out not while watching movies, but at work, mainly writing articles plus a browser, FTP client, iTunes with internet radio running. I want to note that the laptop holds a charge quite well, not like the MacBook Air, but also different from the previous representatives of the Z series. But what I don’t like is the loss of charge while you are not using the laptop. For Apple models, this trouble was overcome a long time ago for a number of models, everything here is the same as in the last century.

An optional VGP-BPSC27 battery is available for the laptop, it looks like the bottom, the claimed life is about 14 hours. It costs about eight thousand rubles, the weight increases by about six hundred grams.

Performance

Major hardware changes, Intel Core i7-3612QM, 2.10GHz (up to 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 installed , in the graphics card docking station. The complete docking station is called Sony VAIO VGP-PRZ20A, it has an AMD Radeon HD 6650 graphics card, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port (required to connect to a laptop), a monitor connector, Ethernet, a power supply input, a Blu drive -ray. The memory in the laptop is 256 GB SSD, which is very good.

As for performance, the laptop quickly turns on and falls asleep, cheerfully opens even heavy video files, and to test with games, I bought CoD:MW3, took the mouse and tried to play. First, in the "single", then in the multiplayer. It turned out interesting, I report. I set the maximum resolution, the graphics settings are almost at the maximum. Oddly enough, the laptop reacted to all this quite normally, it was clear that the game does not twitch, the image is smooth and you can quite normally engage in the destruction of enemies and other amusements. There are no problems with loading time and nothing at all. No matter how strange it may seem, the Sony VAIO Z is quite suitable for the role of a gaming device, just keep in mind that you must connect the module, and connect a special power supply to it, it is larger and heavier than usual. And the module itself cannot be called small. In multiplayer, everything is also quite normal, only I slightly lowered the graphics settings without reducing the resolution, and it was possible to do without it, everything is all right with the speed anyway. I made a short video about a laptop and CoD, where you can evaluate the application yourself.

The main thing you need to know about the performance of the model in question is a laptop with a powerful processor, such a good SSD as much as 256 GB, and among laptops with such a diagonal of a display you will not find a competitor in terms of the combination of characteristics. Another question is who and why might need all this power.

The laptop does not heat up very much, even during the game, as they say, the knees do not burn.

In addition to CoD, I also played BF3 with the same success.

The operating system is Windows 7 Professional 64bit Service Pack 1, a number of branded programs, most deserve to go straight to the trash.

Communication

Swiss knife, Bluetooth, LTE, Wi-Fi, 3G and many other buzzwords. The laptop works with "our" LTE.

  • Wireless adapter for cellular networks supporting LTE, HSPA+, GSM, GPRS, EDGE protocols
  • Type - Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7710
  • Maximum download speed 100 Mbps
  • Maximum upload speed 50 Mbps
  • LTE frequencies: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • UMTS/HSPA+ frequencies: 900/2100 MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM frequencies: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • The maximum wireless LAN data rate is 300 Mbps
  • Wireless LAN range 100m
  • Built-in Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Bluetooth range 10m
  • Wireless LAN protocol - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T

It is a fact, but the device is practically incapable of being left without a connection.

Conclusions

I can only repeat the conclusions from the previous generation Sony VAIO Z review, it is still one of the best representatives of Windows-based laptops. From design to performance, it's sweet, albeit with bitter notes - the keyboard hasn't gotten any better, battery life isn't all that impressive since the MacBook Air, and the touchpad isn't made anymore. But if you need to always be in touch, then the Sony VAIO Z13 is just in this series. You can play on business trips, but then you will also have to carry a docking station. You can do almost everything and even upgrade to Windows 8 - but I believe many will prefer a MacBook Air to a laptop for 119,000 rubles. Nothing that you have to insert into a USB modem for 4G - but it's cheaper by a factor of two and there are many advantages. Last year's comparison of Sony VAIO Z and MB Air is still relevant, you can use it when choosing.

Now it remains only to wait what will happen to VAIO next year. I really want to believe that the Z series will not end with the device reviewed today.

Sony VAIO SVZ1311Z9RX1 laptop review

For VAIO, hard times have come a long time ago, those responsible do not know which way to look. Or finally reduce the line and do everything, like Apple, in terms of assortment. Or continue what you started a long time ago and make the most technologically advanced solutions with Windows. Whether to release toys, folding laptops, monoblock tablets with a twenty-inch display and other nonsense. They tell me - but did you like the laptop-transformer? Yes, I liked it. He is good. Like a sonystyle toy. But you can't take these things seriously. Sony wanted to do something like a tablet with a keyboard, something unusual, but here there is always a double-edged sword. Consumers can take a thing with a bang, or they can bury it. In the case of new products, the latter is more likely to happen. For example, Apple can make transformers, and iMacs with a touch screen, and they can do a lot of things there. But instead, they recently introduced the MacBook Pro 13 with a Retina display. It used to be that VAIO laptops had the best displays. Now it's not. The Sony VAIO Z laptop considered today is the company's most advanced computer. Most likely, this is the end of the Z series. There are such rumors. Maybe it will be renamed. Maybe it will be devices with a different display diagonal. Perhaps, serious decisions will be replaced by toys, folding ones, transformers, shiny, shimmering in the sun. But this is certainly not the VAIO that its regular users know - those who loved the brand for its technology and lack of competition. Now there are more than enough competitors.Now VAIO laptops are not a competitor to most modern solutions, especially in the expensive segment. And it does not surprise me what metamorphoses are taking place in Russia. Here's one example for you. There was a network of salons VAIO. In all major shopping centers of the city one could get acquainted with laptops and buy accessories. Trained staff. New items are quickly showing up. And now the same network has changed its sign. Samsung showroom network. Why do you think? Because people, with all their love for VAIO, are in business. And if the product is dead, not for sale, then something needs to be done. So, it is necessary to do what is in demand by the audience. Everything is logical and simple. So don't be surprised if you go to a store you know and choose a VAIO and see a different sign.

The laptop in question is an updated version of Sony VAIO Z, you can find an overview of the previous version on our website.

This is one of my favorite Sony series, both in terms of design and in terms of performance, solutions applied. There are flaws, where without them, but in general, for their money, an extremely pleasant thing. This version is top-end, it costs about 110,000 rubles, the SVZ1311V9R model with an i5 processor, a different display and without a docking station in the kit will cost half as much. Regarding the dock - if you are not going to play games, you do not need a drive and additional ports, then you can safely consider just such a modification. In which case, you can buy a docking station, you can find it at a price of about 20,000 rubles. In this review, I will repeat some points, since the changes in the Z13 relate to the filling of the laptop, the differences in assembly and other points are minimal.

Design, construction

What really captivates me personally about the Z series is the design, in my opinion, it is impeccable. The company's designers managed to catch the golden mean between a serious utilitarian thing and traditional Sony motifs, a thing both from the world of practical tools, and stylish, and even, I'm not afraid to say this word, fashionable. In our time, Apple products have long settled in the segment of expensive portable computers, and only Sony VAIO Z looks like a worthy alternative in terms of design.Other manufacturers are still in the process of experimenting with the form and content, I will also note Dell with a number of interesting models. Notebook dimensions 210 x 16.65 x 330 mm, weight 1.19 kg. I carried the laptop with me for a long time and stubbornly, took it on trips, of course, the weight makes me very happy, especially considering the technical characteristics of the device. Not only that, I really like that the laptop is thin and as compact as possible, no matter how you look at it. The case here is carbon fiber, as stated on the official website, but where exactly it is, I do not quite understand. There is a place for metal, the back of the cover is made of this material. When you recline it, the laptop rises above the table, the Sony VAIO X had a similar solution. The keyboard is in a small recess, I can not help but note that it is quite possible to do without any fascinating stickers to the right of the touchpad, these days it looks ridiculous. Traditionally for VAIO, the light indicators on the front end are very beautifully made, plus the power button is illuminated. On the left side there is an input for connecting a monitor, a "radiator" grill, a slot for a lock. On the right are two USB ports, one supports charging various devices even when the laptop is in sleep mode. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone input, Ethernet, HDMI, and an input for the power supply. On the front end there are slots for SD memory cards and MemoryStick, I don’t know why the latter is needed - it is unlikely that there are many users of this type of cards in our time.

As much as I love the design, there are a lot of controversial points here. An external docking station with a drive and a video card - okay, I'm ready to put up with it. But I don’t like that if you sit on the couch, this very docking station is pretty in the way. I've taken to playing CoD on a laptop, but the design does not allow you to enjoy it, you need to do it at the table. The cable is not so long, you can't cross your legs. Then, a very small touchpad, and there is so much empty space around. A well in the desert, such an association. The keyboard is all right with the size, but why are the buttons so toy, the move, like a telephone, is inconvenient to type? The lid naturally bends.

That is, in appearance everything is solid, great, cool. Fair materials and appearance. In fact, why did they pull out the drive and the video card if there was no room for another USB on the case? There is room for a larger touchpad, but this was not done. Was it worth sacrificing an all-in-one device that would have both a drive and a video card at the same time for the sake of reducing weight? After all, it is clear that the consumer of the device for at least 70,000 rubles (and the modification in question costs 119,000) is unlikely to wear a laptop for hours, rather, he carries it in a car. Yes, and how many hundreds of grams were saved, I would like to know.

That is, when design and functionality are tied together and, as they say, the threads do not sharpen, everything is clear and great. In the case of Sony VAIO Z, I personally enjoy the visual side, but when using it, all the shortcomings come out. But Sony VAIO SZ, the ancestor of the series, was harmony itself.

Of the original accessories, you can buy a VGP-CVZ3 cover, you can leave it on the case, or a VGP-CKZ3 folder, I personally would prefer a cover. She looks great.

In this version, the lid is lacquered, the metal strip on the back is black, fingerprints, of course, are very visible. Oddly enough, but the Sekunda tool and a miracle rag help to clean not only metal, but also such a surface. "Second" conquers all.

The speakers here are not too powerful, it’s enough to watch a movie, but for music it’s better to take headphones or transmit sound to speakers.

Screen

The display diagonal is 13.1 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, when viewing pages in a browser, you often want to zoom in, the letters are already very small. On the other hand, it's better this way than the other way. The screen is a bit yellowish, the brightness is very high, the viewing angles are good horizontally, worse vertically. Watching movies is very cool, but only the diagonal is small. It is pleasant to work, there is an anti-reflective coating, it seems that the display is matte. Interestingly, even with the minimum brightness, you can still work.

Above the display is a webcam with a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, it is quite convenient to use, the microphone allows you to chat via Skype without a headset.

Keyboard

When comparing MacBook Air 13 and Sony VAIO Z, I said that the Z keyboard is not the best, a month with this laptop confirms my belief.

Yeah, not the best. The buttons have a small travel, they are too elastic, it is very difficult to get used to it, especially after the keyboards of Apple laptops - in my opinion, they are almost perfect. If we consider Z as a journalist's tool, then I would give the keyboard a score of "two". If you need Z as a tool for Facebook, easy work with documents, games, then there will be no problems with the keyboard. There is a backlight, it is done very well, the letters are highlighted.

I must say, the keyboard is purely subjective, my friend from Z has completely different feelings, and he also types a lot. He just loves the design. So, when buying, it's better to try it yourself.

Touchpad

I decided to write separately about the touchpad on this laptop. It seems that the detail is not the most important, on the one hand. On the other hand, it's good when you don't need to attach a mouse to your laptop in order to conveniently control the cursor. Z is not doing very well with this, I have said it more than once. But once again I note - I do not like the touchpad here. First, it's small. Very small, and why didn't Sony bother to double it. There is a lot of free space around, see for yourself. Secondly, the buttons do not have such a long stroke, they are not separated, and although there are almost no erroneous presses, they are inconvenient to use because of their size. Thirdly, the biggest pain is the fingerprint scanner. Tell me, why do we need this burp of the past in a modern device? Does anyone really think that if Z is stolen, it will be difficult to deal with the scanner? Does anyone think that this gives reliable protection? It's funny, but the person who set his fingerprint can often do without antivirus software, open some wild archives and otherwise harm the laptop. I did not invent this story, my friends from the service center told me. And the password was there, and the fingerprint, which was not there - oh yes, there was no banal computer literacy. And the case ended with pop-up banners from porn sites everywhere, reinstalling the system and other amenities. So, in Z, the scanner is also located inconveniently, between the touchpad buttons. Naturally, you will hurt him. Naturally, the setup program will run every time. Does it run? Yes. There are a lot of settings, you can run different programs with the help of fingerprints of different fingers, the main question is why do this.

In general, please note that you will need a mouse for Z, the touchpad here is from the last century, which is quite normal for Windows-based laptops. This is with any MacBook you can do without a manipulator, but it won’t work here. Or it will, but with difficulty.

It's good that they made notches on a small touchpad, and the sensitivity here is wonderful.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is seven hours, with a full charge of two and a half hours. The power supply is small, like the good old VAIO P. In fact, the laptop lives for a maximum of four hours with Wi-Fi turned on, I could not achieve more service time with all my desire. The backlight was not quite at the maximum, testing for the duration of the work was carried out not while watching movies, but at work, mainly writing articles plus a browser, FTP client, iTunes with internet radio running. I want to note that the laptop holds a charge quite well, not like the MacBook Air, but also different from the previous representatives of the Z series. But what I don’t like is the loss of charge while you are not using the laptop. For Apple models, this trouble was overcome a long time ago for a number of models, everything here is the same as in the last century.

An optional VGP-BPSC27 battery is available for the laptop, it looks like the bottom, the claimed life is about 14 hours. It costs about eight thousand rubles, the weight increases by about six hundred grams.

Performance

Major hardware changes, Intel Core i7-3612QM, 2.10GHz (up to 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 installed , in the graphics card docking station. The complete docking station is called Sony VAIO VGP-PRZ20A, it has an AMD Radeon HD 6650 graphics card, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port (required to connect to a laptop), a monitor connector, Ethernet, a power supply input, a Blu drive -ray. The memory in the laptop is 256 GB SSD, which is very good.

As for performance, the laptop quickly turns on and falls asleep, cheerfully opens even heavy video files, and to test with games, I bought CoD:MW3, took the mouse and tried to play. First, in the "single", then in the multiplayer. It turned out interesting, I report. I set the maximum resolution, the graphics settings are almost at the maximum. Oddly enough, the laptop reacted to all this quite normally, it was clear that the game does not twitch, the image is smooth and you can quite normally engage in the destruction of enemies and other amusements. There are no problems with loading time and nothing at all. No matter how strange it may seem, the Sony VAIO Z is quite suitable for the role of a gaming device, just keep in mind that you must connect the module, and connect a special power supply to it, it is larger and heavier than usual. And the module itself cannot be called small. In multiplayer, everything is also quite normal, only I slightly lowered the graphics settings without reducing the resolution, and it was possible to do without it, everything is all right with the speed anyway. I made a short video about the laptop and CoD, where you can evaluate the application yourself.

The main thing you need to know about the performance of the model in question is a laptop with a powerful processor, such a good SSD as much as 256 GB, and among laptops with such a diagonal of a display you will not find a competitor in terms of the combination of characteristics. Another question is who and why might need all this power.

The laptop does not heat up very much, even during the game, as they say, the knees do not burn.

In addition to CoD, I also played BF3 with the same success.

The operating system is Windows 7 Professional 64bit Service Pack 1, a number of branded programs, most deserve to go straight to the trash.

Communication

Swiss knife, Bluetooth, LTE, Wi-Fi, 3G and many other buzzwords. The laptop works with "our" LTE.

  • Wireless adapter for cellular networks supporting LTE, HSPA+, GSM, GPRS, EDGE protocols
  • Type - Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7710
  • Maximum download speed 100 Mbps
  • Maximum upload speed 50 Mbps
  • LTE frequencies: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • UMTS/HSPA+ frequencies: 900/2100 MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM frequencies: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • The maximum wireless LAN data rate is 300 Mbps
  • Wireless LAN range 100m
  • Built-in Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Bluetooth range 10m
  • Wireless LAN protocol - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T

It's a fact, but the device is practically incapable of being left without a connection.

Conclusions

I can only repeat the conclusions from the previous generation Sony VAIO Z review, it is still one of the best representatives of Windows-based laptops. From design to performance, it's sweet, albeit bitter - the keyboard hasn't gotten any better, battery life isn't all that impressive since the MacBook Air, and the touchpad isn't made anymore. But if you need to always be in touch, then the Sony VAIO Z13 is just in this series. You can play on business trips, but then you will also have to carry a docking station. You can do almost everything and even upgrade to Windows 8 - but I believe many will prefer some kind of MacBook Air to a laptop for 119,000 rubles. Nothing that you have to insert into a USB modem for 4G - but it's cheaper by a factor of two and there are many advantages. Last year's comparison of Sony VAIO Z and MB Air is still relevant, you can use it when choosing.

Now it remains only to wait what will happen to VAIO next year. I really want to believe that the Z series will not end with the device reviewed today.

Sony VAIO SVZ1311Z9RX1 laptop review

For VAIO, hard times have come a long time ago, those responsible do not know which way to look. Or finally reduce the line and do everything, like Apple, in terms of assortment. Or continue what was started a long time ago and make the most technologically advanced solutions with Windows. Whether to release toys, folding laptops, monoblock tablets with a twenty-inch display and other nonsense. They tell me - but did you like the laptop-transformer? Yes, I liked it. He is good. Like a sonystyle toy. But you can't take these things seriously. Sony wanted to do something like a tablet with a keyboard, something unusual, but here there is always a double-edged sword. Consumers can take a thing with a bang, or they can bury it. In the case of new products, the latter is more likely to happen. For example, Apple can make both transformers and iMacs with a touch screen, and they can do a lot of things there. But instead, they recently introduced the MacBook Pro 13 with a Retina display. It used to be that VAIO laptops had the best displays. Now it's not. The Sony VAIO Z laptop considered today is the company's most advanced computer. Most likely, this is the end of the Z series. There are such rumors. Maybe it will be renamed. Maybe it will be devices with a different display diagonal. Perhaps, serious decisions will be replaced by toys, folding ones, transformers, shiny, shimmering in the sun. But this is certainly not the VAIO that its regular users know - those who loved the brand for its technology and lack of competition. Now there are more than enough competitors.Now VAIO laptops are not a competitor to most modern solutions, especially in the expensive segment. And it does not surprise me what metamorphoses are taking place in Russia. Here's one example for you. There was a network of salons VAIO. In all major shopping centers of the city one could get acquainted with laptops and buy accessories. Trained staff. New items are quickly showing up. And now the same network has changed its sign. Samsung showroom network. Why do you think? Because people, with all their love for VAIO, are in business. And if the product is dead, not for sale, then something needs to be done. So, it is necessary to do what is in demand by the audience. Everything is logical and simple. So don't be surprised if you go to a store you know and choose a VAIO and see a different sign.

The laptop in question is an updated version of Sony VAIO Z, you can find an overview of the previous version on our website.

This is one of my favorite Sony series, both in terms of design and in terms of performance, solutions applied. There are flaws, where without them, but in general, for their money, an extremely pleasant thing. This version is top-end, it costs about 110,000 rubles, the SVZ1311V9R model with an i5 processor, a different display and without a docking station in the kit will cost half as much. Regarding the dock - if you are not going to play games, you do not need a drive and additional ports, then you can safely consider just such a modification. In which case, you can buy a docking station, you can find it at a price of about 20,000 rubles. In this review, I will repeat some points, since the changes in the Z13 relate to the filling of the laptop, the differences in assembly and other points are minimal.

Design, construction

What really captivates me personally about the Z series is the design, in my opinion, it is impeccable. The company's designers managed to catch the golden mean between a serious utilitarian thing and traditional Sony motifs, a thing both from the world of practical tools, and stylish, and even, I'm not afraid to say this word, fashionable. In our time, Apple products have long settled in the segment of expensive portable computers, and only Sony VAIO Z looks like a worthy alternative in terms of design. Other manufacturers are still in the process of experimenting with the form and content, I will also note Dell with a number of interesting models. Notebook dimensions 210 x 16.65 x 330 mm, weight 1.19 kg.I carried the laptop with me for a long time and stubbornly, took it on trips, of course, the weight makes me very happy, especially considering the technical characteristics of the device. Not only that, I really like that the laptop is thin and as compact as possible, no matter how you look at it. The case here is carbon fiber, as stated on the official website, but where exactly it is, I do not quite understand. There is a place for metal, the back of the cover is made of this material. When you recline it, the laptop rises above the table, the Sony VAIO X had a similar solution. The keyboard is in a small recess, I can not help but note that it is quite possible to do without any fascinating stickers to the right of the touchpad, these days it looks ridiculous. Traditionally for VAIO, the light indicators on the front end are very beautifully made, plus the power button is illuminated. On the left side there is an input for connecting a monitor, a "radiator" grill, a slot for a lock. On the right are two USB ports, one supports charging various devices even when the laptop is in sleep mode. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone input, Ethernet, HDMI, and an input for the power supply. On the front end there are slots for SD memory cards and MemoryStick, I don’t know why the latter is needed - it is unlikely that there are many users of this type of cards in our time.

As much as I love the design, there are a lot of controversial points here. An external docking station with a drive and a video card - okay, I'm ready to put up with it. But I don’t like that if you sit on the couch, this very docking station is pretty in the way. I've taken to playing CoD on a laptop, but the design does not allow you to enjoy it, you need to do it at the table. The cable is not so long, you can't cross your legs. Then, a very small touchpad, and there is so much empty space around. A well in the desert, such an association. The keyboard is all right with the size, but why are the buttons so toy, the move, like a telephone, is inconvenient to type? The lid naturally bends.

That is, in appearance everything is solid, great, cool. Fair materials and appearance. In fact, why did they pull out the drive and the video card if there was no room for another USB on the case? There is room for a larger touchpad, but this was not done. Was it worth sacrificing an all-in-one device that would have both a drive and a video card at the same time for the sake of reducing weight? After all, it is clear that the consumer of the device for at least 70,000 rubles (and the modification in question costs 119,000) is unlikely to wear a laptop for hours, rather, he carries it in a car. Yes, and how many hundreds of grams were saved, I would like to know.

That is, when design and functionality are tied together and, as they say, the threads do not sharpen, everything is clear and great. In the case of Sony VAIO Z, I personally enjoy the visual side, but when using it, all the shortcomings come out. But Sony VAIO SZ, the ancestor of the series, was harmony itself.

Of the original accessories, you can buy a VGP-CVZ3 cover, you can leave it on the case, or a VGP-CKZ3 folder, I personally would prefer a cover. She looks great.

In this version, the lid is lacquered, the metal strip on the back is black, fingerprints, of course, are very visible. Oddly enough, but the Sekunda tool and a miracle rag help to clean not only metal, but also such a surface. "Second" conquers all.

The speakers here are not too powerful, it’s enough to watch a movie, but for music it’s better to take headphones or transmit sound to speakers.

Screen

The display diagonal is 13.1 inches, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, when viewing pages in a browser, you often want to zoom in, the letters are already very small. On the other hand, it's better this way than the other way. The screen is a bit yellowish, the brightness is very high, the viewing angles are good horizontally, worse vertically. Watching movies is very cool, but only the diagonal is small. It is pleasant to work, there is an anti-reflective coating, it seems that the display is matte. Interestingly, even with the minimum brightness, you can still work.

Above the display is a webcam with a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, it is quite convenient to use, the microphone allows you to chat via Skype without a headset.

Keyboard

When comparing MacBook Air 13 and Sony VAIO Z, I said that the Z keyboard is not the best, a month with this laptop confirms my belief.

Yeah, not the best. The buttons have a small travel, they are too elastic, it is very difficult to get used to it, especially after the keyboards of Apple laptops - in my opinion, they are almost perfect. If we consider Z as a journalist's tool, then I would give the keyboard a score of "two". If you need Z as a tool for Facebook, easy work with documents, games, then there will be no problems with the keyboard. There is a backlight, it is done very well, the letters are highlighted.

I must say, the keyboard is purely subjective, my friend from Z has completely different feelings, and he also types a lot. He just loves the design. So, when buying, it's better to try it yourself.

Touchpad

I decided to write separately about the touchpad on this laptop. It seems that the detail is not the most important, on the one hand. On the other hand, it’s good when you don’t need to attach a mouse to a laptop in order to conveniently control the cursor. Z is not doing very well with this, I have said it more than once. But once again I note - I do not like the touchpad here. First, it's small. Very small, and why didn't Sony bother to double it. There is a lot of free space around, see for yourself. Secondly, the buttons do not have such a long stroke, they are not separated, and although there are almost no erroneous presses, they are inconvenient to use because of their size. Thirdly, the biggest pain is the fingerprint scanner. Tell me, why do we need this burp of the past in a modern device? Does anyone really think that if Z is stolen, it will be difficult to deal with the scanner? Does anyone really think that this gives reliable protection? It's funny, but the person who set his fingerprint can often do without antivirus software, open some wild archives and otherwise harm the laptop. I did not invent this story, my friends from the service center told me. And the password was there, and the fingerprint, which was not there - oh yes, there was no banal computer literacy. And the case ended with pop-up banners from porn sites everywhere, reinstalling the system and other amenities. So, in Z, the scanner is also located inconveniently, between the touchpad buttons. Naturally, you will hurt him. Naturally, the setup program will run every time. Does it run? Yes. There are a lot of settings, you can run different programs with the help of fingerprints of different fingers, the main question is why do this.

In general, please note that you will need a mouse for Z, the touchpad here is from the last century, which is quite normal for Windows-based laptops. This is with any MacBook you can do without a manipulator, but it won’t work here. Or it will, but with difficulty.

It's good that they made notches on a small touchpad, and the sensitivity here is wonderful.

Opening hours

The claimed battery life is seven hours, with a full charge of two and a half hours. The power supply is small, like the good old VAIO P. In fact, the laptop lives for a maximum of four hours with Wi-Fi turned on, I could not achieve more service time with all my desire. The backlight was not quite at the maximum, testing for the duration of the work was carried out not while watching movies, but at work, mainly writing articles plus a browser, FTP client, iTunes with internet radio running. I want to note that the laptop holds a charge quite well, not like the MacBook Air, but also different from the previous representatives of the Z series. But what I don’t like is the loss of charge while you are not using the laptop. For Apple models, this trouble was overcome a long time ago for a number of models, everything here is the same as in the last century.

An optional VGP-BPSC27 battery is available for the laptop, it looks like the bottom, the claimed life is about 14 hours. It costs about eight thousand rubles, the weight increases by about six hundred grams.

Performance

Major hardware changes, Intel Core i7-3612QM, 2.10GHz (up to 3.10GHz with Turbo Boost), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000 installed , in the graphics card docking station. The complete docking station is called Sony VAIO VGP-PRZ20A, it has an AMD Radeon HD 6650 graphics card, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port (required to connect to a laptop), a monitor connector, Ethernet, a power supply input, a Blu drive -ray. The memory in the laptop is 256 GB SSD, which is very good.

As for performance, the laptop quickly turns on and falls asleep, cheerfully opens even heavy video files, and to test with games, I bought CoD:MW3, took the mouse and tried to play. First, in the "single", then in the multiplayer. It turned out interesting, I report. I set the maximum resolution, the graphics settings are almost at the maximum. Oddly enough, the laptop reacted to all this quite normally, it was clear that the game does not twitch, the image is smooth and you can quite normally engage in the destruction of enemies and other amusements. There are no problems with loading time and nothing at all.No matter how strange it may seem, the Sony VAIO Z is quite suitable for the role of a gaming device, just keep in mind that you must connect the module, and connect a special power supply to it, it is larger and heavier than usual. And the module itself cannot be called small. In multiplayer, everything is also quite normal, only I slightly lowered the graphics settings without reducing the resolution, and it was possible to do without it, everything is all right with the speed anyway. I made a short video about the laptop and CoD, where you can evaluate the application yourself.

The main thing you need to know about the performance of the model in question is a laptop with a powerful processor, such a good SSD as much as 256 GB, and among laptops with such a diagonal of a display you will not find a competitor in terms of the combination of characteristics. Another question is who and why might need all this power.

The laptop does not heat up very much, even during the game, as they say, the knees do not burn.

In addition to CoD, I also played BF3 with the same success.

The operating system is Windows 7 Professional 64bit Service Pack 1, a number of branded programs, most deserve to go straight to the trash.

Communication

Swiss knife, Bluetooth, LTE, Wi-Fi, 3G and many other buzzwords. The laptop works with "our" LTE.

  • Wireless adapter for cellular networks supporting LTE, HSPA+, GSM, GPRS, EDGE
  • Type - Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7710
  • Maximum download speed 100 Mbps
  • Maximum upload speed 50 Mbps
  • LTE frequencies: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • UMTS/HSPA+ frequencies: 900/2100 MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM frequencies: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • The maximum wireless LAN data rate is 300 Mbps
  • Wireless LAN range 100m
  • Built-in Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Bluetooth Range - 10m
  • Wireless LAN protocol - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
  • Wireless adapter for cellular networks supporting LTE, HSPA+, GSM, GPRS, EDGE protocols
  • Type - Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7710
  • Maximum download speed 100 Mbps
  • Maximum upload speed 50 Mbps
  • LTE frequencies: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • UMTS/HSPA+ frequencies: 900/2100 MHz
  • EDGE/GPRS/GSM frequencies: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • The maximum wireless LAN data rate is 300 Mbps
  • Wireless LAN range 100m
  • Built-in Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Bluetooth Range - 10m
  • Wireless LAN protocol - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
  • It's a fact, but the device is practically incapable of being left without a connection.

    Conclusions

    I can only repeat the conclusions from the previous generation Sony VAIO Z review, it is still one of the best representatives of Windows-based laptops. From design to performance, it's sweet, albeit bitter - the keyboard hasn't gotten any better, battery life isn't all that impressive since the MacBook Air, and the touchpad isn't made anymore. But if you need to always be in touch, then the Sony VAIO Z13 is just in this series. You can play on business trips, but then you will also have to carry a docking station. You can do almost everything and even upgrade to Windows 8 - but I believe many will prefer some kind of MacBook Air to a laptop for 119,000 rubles. Nothing that you have to insert into a USB modem for 4G - but it's cheaper by a factor of two and there are many advantages. Last year's comparison of Sony VAIO Z and MB Air is still relevant, you can use it when choosing.

    Now it remains only to wait what will happen to VAIO next year. I really want to believe that the Z series will not end with the device reviewed today.