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Sony VAIO VPC-Z216GX/L 13.1-Inch Laptop (Blue)

by Sony
8 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i7 2620M Processor 2.7GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB Hard Drive
  • 13.1-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
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Product Description

Color: Blue

Product Description

Sony Vaio VPCZ216GX/L I7-2620M 2.70G 4GB 256GB BD-ROM 13.1IN W7P 64BIT

Born from a legacy of engineering innovation, the all new Sony VAIO Z Series introduces the next evolution in ultra-portable laptops by featuring second-generation Intel Core processors and a fully powered media dock with AMD graphics and more. The VAIO Z Series combines all the elements of design, performance, and mobility into a thin and lightweight 13.1 inch profile--making it the most powerful ultra mobile VAIO PC yet.

Sony VAIO Z with Power Media Dock
The VAIO Z and Power Media Dock (see larger image).

Simple yet bold, the all new Z Series features a new fully flat design concept that abandons traditional bulky batteries, unnecessary seams and protruding ports. A seamless piece of brushed aluminum milled to precise specifications creates the core of the Z Series chassis to offer firm structural integrity. The aluminum core is then encased in a high grade carbon fiber matrix--the same material used to build Formula 1 race cars--to add flexibility and durability without adding extra weight.

It's powered by a second-generation Intel Core i7 dual-core processor ("Sandy Bridge"), which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the latest Core i7 increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing. And you'll enjoy a rich set of new features for a stunning and seamless visual PC experience with no additional hardware.

Additionally, this VAIO Z laptop includes award-winning Intel Wireless Display functionality, which enables you to enjoying great image clarity and sound on your HDTV without plugging in any cables.

The Sony VAIO Z in blue (see larger image).


Full-sized keyboard (see larger image).

Leveraging the latest innovations in lithium polymer technology, the Z Series battery supplies up to 8 hours of on-the-go power. And with an all-new optional large capacity sheet battery, which attaches directly to the included standard capacity battery and works in tandem with it, you can get up to 16 hours of unplugged productivity.

This Sony VAIO Z laptop (model Z216GX/L) in black comes with a 256 GB solid state drive (SSD), which delivers quicker boot-ups, faster application launches and overall enhanced performance. And since solid state drive technology has no moving parts, you get a more durable storage solution less prone to physical damage. It also features 4 GB of installed RAM, Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics processor, HDMI output for connecting to compatible HDTVs or monitors, built-in speakers with Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement, and the included external Power Media Dock with a slot-loading Blu-ray Disc drive for viewing movies in crystal-clear HD resolution.

This Sony VAIO Z comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version). You'll also experience new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010.

Key Features

The Perfect Pair--VAIO Z and Power Media Dock

Building on the idea that an ultra-portable laptop shouldn't have to compromise performance for a small form factor, the Z Series incorporates a bold new concept--the Power Media Dock.

Utilizing the latest I/O architecture, the Power Media Dock is a performance factory delivering the horsepower your day demands through one unique and familiar port. Featuring a powerful AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1 GB of video memory (VRAM), you'll experience premium visual quality and intense HD performance without placing huge demands on the CPU. In addition to a slot-loading SuperMulti CD/DVD drive, the Power Media Dock includes a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output, and more.

Paired together, the Z Series transforms into the ultimate workstation and can even support up to 4 Full HD displays. When it's time to hit the road, simply detach the dock and go.

Brilliant LED-Backlit Display

Developed by the same people you trust to engineer amazing flat-panel HDTVs, the VAIO Z Series laptop features exceptional picture quality. The 13.1-inch (1600 x 900) widescreen display includes an LED backlight that helps ensure a bright display while conserving battery power. Plus, with an anti-glare coating and 100 percent color saturation, you'll enjoy a wider spectrum of color for more true-to-life images with less light reflection.

VAIO Z backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard.
Convenient Backlit Keyboard

Designed for ease of use, the Z Series laptop features precisely engineered keys to create a comfortable and intuitive typing experience. And to make it even easier to find the right keys--whether typing day or night, in the dark or light--an LED backlight creates a pleasant glow, framing the individual keys and illuminating the lettering.

Intel Wireless Display Capable

With integrated Intel Wireless Display technology, you'll be able to cut down on the cluttered mass of wires surrounding your work station and stop crowding around your laptop screen to enjoy vivid pictures, video and other content. You'll enjoy great image clarity and sound without sacrificing quality and without wires. Simply connect an optional adapter to your TV, follow a few simple steps, and you're off and running. Set it up once, and sharing your screen is as easy as pushing a button.

Stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network or the Internet straight to your HDTV--easily and wirelessly. You don't need to scramble for special cabling, or litter your living room, to connect your laptop to a home entertainment center and reap all the benefits.


    Intel Core i7
  • 13.1-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with native HD 720p resolution (1600 x 900).
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-2620M "Sandy Bridge" dual-core processor for smart performance with a speed boost (3.46 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 4 MB L3 cache). Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload--providing more performance when you need it the most. And Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology enables each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the performance you need for smart multitasking. It also comes equipped with Intel Quick Sync Video, which provides accelerated encoding, decoding, and transcoding features (for converting video for portable players or online sharing).
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) (RAID 0 x 2 storage technology)
  • 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 delivers built-in performance for casual and mainstream gaming with no extra graphics hardware needed.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capability provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers).
  • Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity enables you to communicate and synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers, mice, and cell phones as well as enjoy wireless stereo music streaming (thanks to its embedded A2DP profile).
  • Integrated HD webcam


    Dolby Home Theater
  • Built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater (v4) audio processing
  • Internal lithium polymer battery provides up to 8 hours of power when screen is set to default brightness (7 hours at maximum brightness)
  • Weight: 2.57 pounds
  • Dimensions: 13 x 8.27 x 0.66 inches (WxDxH)
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty with toll-free phone support onsite/in-home service
  • Energy Star 5.0
  • EPEAT Gold
  • ROHS compliant

VAIO Z Connectivity

  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI high-definition audio/video output allows a single cable to transmit uncompressed high-definition video to your compatible digital TV or external monitor.
  • Analog VGA video output
  • Memory Stick Duo slot
  • Secure Digital (SD) slot
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Headphone output
  • Port replicator connector

Power Media Dock Specs & Connectivity

  • Dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics processor with 1 GB of video memory. Blu-ray Disc
  • Slot-loading Blu-ray Disc drive with the read-only Blu-ray drive; also includes an integrated multi-format DVD±R/RW drive capable of reading/writing of CD-R/RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, and DVD-RAM.
  • Multi-format DVD drive supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, and DVD-RAM.
  • HDMI audio/video output
  • Analog VGA video output
  • 1 USB 3.0 ports for ultra-fast data transfer with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals). Download a 25 GB HD movie in just 70 seconds.
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)

What's in the Box

Sony VAIO Z laptop (model Z216GX/L); internal lithium polymer battery (4000 mAh); AC adapter; power cord; Power Media Dock with stand and AC adapter/power cord; digital noise cancelling earbuds; cleaning cloth

Included Software
Microsoft Office Starter with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel; VAIO Care; Media Gallery; PMB - VAIO Edition; Adobe Acrobat® Standard 9.0; Norton Internet Security 2011 (30-day trial offer)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Windows 7
Peek behind open windows to get a quick look at your desktop (see larger image).

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

Simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, and makes new things possible.

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek, and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Creating a home network has never been easier. You can even share files and printers with all the PCs with Windows 7 on the network.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want*.


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Product Information

Color: Blue
Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
Screen Size13.1 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor2.7 GHz Core i7 2620M
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive0 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 3000
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionAMD Radeon HD 6650 1GB
Graphics Card Ram Size1 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand NameSony
SeriesZ series
Item model numberVPCZ216GX/L
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Dimensions L x W x H9.26 x 13.43 x 1.43 inches
Color Blue
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size256
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Optical Drive TypeBlu-Ray DVD Combo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #49,802 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJune 19, 2011
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel TX on October 24, 2011
Color: Black
I was getting tired of having a desktop and a notebook and wanted something powerful and light. Even though many options are available nowadays, none come close to Z2 in performing all jobs well.

At the office I have the dock, USB hub, and 3 monitors (2 connected to the dock and for the 3rd one I need to connect a HDMI cable). All I need to do is to connect 2 cables and I am set.

Fast: The machine is fast to boot and to resume (my previous Dell Lattitude was a nightmare), handles all my programs as fast as my quadcore desktop (including video and photoshop). Disclaimer: I do not play games. The noise cancelling headphones are great (light and it works).
Light: My arthrits thank me daily.
Battery: I got the slice battery, but I have not needed yet. I am getting at least 5-6 hours from the main battery.
Backlight: is much less intrusive than Dell.
Display: reflections are very well controlled.
Attention: it calls much less attention than other thin & lights (it does not "look" as thin or light)

Noise: I was afraid of the reviews stating that the fan makes the sound of an airplane taking off. It is true, but in my use it never happened with my usual work, including watching/streaming movies. It did happen once while I was making/burning a movie using an USB 3.0 BluRay burner (not the dock). The dock fan/drive is somewhat noticeable.
Speakers: Useless. My Ipad have better speakers. I carry a mini usb soundbar.
Graphics: I have not been able to convince the laptop to recognize my touchscreens as separate units yet (if I touch the 2nd or the 3rd monitor, it thinks I touched the first monitor).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mikonou on October 18, 2011
Color: Black
The Sony Vaio Z2 is easily the best laptop I have ever owned and purchased. I have owned various laptops in the past 12 years (Dell, Asus, Alienware, Samsung, Apple, toshiba, NEC, Sony TX), and the Vaio Z2 blows everything away. Having a good grasp of current hardware and an enthusiast in building custom computers (Liquid cooling to subzero cooling included), I was looking for a laptop that would fit what I was looking for. Giving up last year, I ended up buying and trying the asus bamboo which I felt was at best a mediocre machine.

However, when I first saw the Vaio Z2 in ads in Hong Kong, the design immediately caught my attention. I quickly researched the specs when I got back to my hotel room and found it to be the exact laptop I was looking for - Light and slim, powerful, adaptable, strong battery (14hours with the sheet battery), tough design, USB3. I quickly purchased one in Singapore and have not looked back since. I simply loved the laptop.

There are however cons as well. The Keyboard keys are very responsive but feels low (this is unavoidable from a design perspective). The trackpad and mouse was at first originally horrible, however with the latest vaio update, it is now responsive and easier to use. The exorbitant price is painful. I believe for the price we should have received the sheet battery, bluray burner, more SSD space, and windows ultimate instead of premium.

The powerdock is a good and bad thing for me. On one hand having to carry another brick is annoying when I travel. On the other hand, if you think of it as an ultra portable laptop with a high end mobile GPU, it sits far better than any other laptop out there. Also the powerdock allows for great future possibilities. Being able to upgrade the powerdock in the future is very viable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By YY on January 14, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I'll keep this short.

VERY light chassis that almost feels "hollow"
Incredibly powerful - enough to drive GTA4 at 1080p and high res
PMD highly useful, and looks great on desk
Screen with beautiful colors and great resolution
Battery life enough to support more than 5 hours of normal usage under a balanced scheme and 7 under power saver mode
Altogether nice-looking

Overall build quality is fine but sort of fragile, doesn't seem like it could withstand a fall
Keyboard far too shallow to provide enough travel for intense typing or gaming
Trackpad too small and the response is sort of awkward.
Speaker quality is plain bad.
PMD makes configurations and driver installation far more difficult than it needs to be.

Great for business, rips through most any software you'll ever need portable, decodes tak files at an impossibly fast speed, but if you want this for gaming I would advise a separate mouse and keyboard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Tierney on March 16, 2012
Color: Blue Verified Purchase
The laptop is beautiful, it's a Z and it shows, you wouldn't have to be a genius to notice it's quality, it really is a sight. Let me also say the resolution & clarity of the screen at an astounding 1920x1080 on a 13.1 inch screen is amazing all by itself. Some people say they can't read the small print. Well, you can always adjust the zoom. However, if you get the lower resolution you can't adjust up, so if you want the capability of watching a full 1080p video on your blu-ray than this can do it. The peformance of the processor is quite good for a dual core processor, you won't find a competitor that utilizes a quad core in a notebook that weighs only 2.5 pounds and is only a 1/2 thick. It's just to much chip to allow for cooling, so the dual core i7 is mainstream, but if you look close, this one has a much faster i7 than many. That's because this is not an ultra low voltage processor. Somehow they found a way to cool this upgrade even in it's ultra thin chasis. Now, you may have heard that many reviews complain of the fan running loud and sometimes to constant, well, I personally don't see what the big fuss is about a small fan running inside of your laptop, first of all I didn't find it annoying or overly loud. Second, I'd rather have it this way than the alternative, what I don't like is a machine that seems as though the fan isn't working or maybe set on the wrong calibration. The look and feel of this laptop is second to none, it's awesome in every aspect.

Now, the flip side, the portability comes at a price. The speakers are almost non tolerable, easy fix, I recommend a $30 single capsule speaker, Amazon carries the x-mini which works just fine. The next sacrifice you'll make by choosing this machine is the shortage of USB ports, for some this is not a deal breaker.
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