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Sony VAIO VPC-Z212GX/B 13.1-Inch Laptop (Black)

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  • Intel Core i5 2410M Processor 2.3GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB Solid-State Hard Drive
  • 13.1-Inch Screen, Intel GMA HD graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
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Screen Size13.1 inches
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Processor2.3 GHz Core i5-2410M
RAM4 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive0 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 3000
Chipset BrandIntel
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand NameSony
SeriesZ series
Item model numberVPCZ212GX/B
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight2.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H8.27 x 13 x 0.66 inches
Color BLACK
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size128
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#)1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0059097ZU
Best Sellers Rank #16,766 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.8 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 19, 2011
  
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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 i5 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 i5 increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing.

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.

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

 

Sony VAIO Z
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 Z212GX/B) in black comes with a 128 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 CD/DVD drive for playback and disc burning.

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.

Specifications

    Intel Core i5
  • 13.1-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with native HD 720p resolution (1600 x 900).
  • 2.30 GHz Intel Core i5-2410m "Sandy Bridge" dual-core processor for smart performance with a speed boost (2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 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).
  • 128 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.
  • 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 Z212GX/B); 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 Description

Sony VAIO VPCZ212GX/B I5-2410M 2.30G 4GB 128GB DVD 13.1IN W7P 64BIT

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If you expect portability, forget about it.
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I was looking for a small, lightweight, high performance laptop with a nice screen, backlit keyboard and SSD hard drive.
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The last of the high quality Japanese electronics made with only quality and art form in mind.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By John G. Westendorf on October 27, 2011
Sony's VAIO Z-Series laptops are great in a lot of ways: compact, decent battery life, and great for travel work. The area that they fall down, however, is driver support. Sony refuses to let you install generic drivers for their hardware, and does not push out regular updates to keep pace. For example, my video card is an Nvidia, but the Nvidia drivers will not install because Sony has asked them not to allow it. I confirmed this with both Nvidia and Sony support. The video drivers are 2 years old for my card and really hinder the legs of the product.

I would definitely not recommend any Sony product with "custom" hardware that does not allow regular driver updates from the manufacturers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Welker on December 9, 2011
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Got this as a replacement for a macbook air. Wanted something that had the same form factor as the airs but could play some games when I wanted.

Pros:
Small and Light and really fast
Better Screen then Macbook Airs
All the ports you need
PMD for gaming

Cons:
Pricey
Small HD (out of the box only 60ish GB free, use mem cards for storage to help this)
Smudge magnet

Extremely happy with this Laptop, would have given a 5/5 if not for the HD thing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JYV on September 28, 2011
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Definitely the most powerful little computer available at this time. Best of all, it runs windows 7. Initially bought mac airs... but after several tries, has been running hot and draining batteries faster. According to an apple specialists, it might be because of their new lion operating system.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K.M. on February 28, 2012
I was looking for a small, lightweight, high performance laptop with a nice screen, backlit keyboard and SSD hard drive. The Sony Z2 delivered and I'm very happy with this premium ultraportable.

Pros
* Gorgeous 1600x900 screen, very bright and crisp.
* Full-voltage, Sandy Bridge i5 processor.
* Excellent battery life, ~4.5 hours with heavy use.
* Only 2.5 pounds!!!
* Dimmable backlit keyboard
* Full size Ethernet, HDMI & VGA ports.
* Boots up in under 20 seconds, programs open instantaneously.
* Speedy 64GB Samsung SSDs in RAID0. Although these drives are only Sata II (3 Gbit/s) this RAID setup is very fast. A 50MB CrystalDiskMark bench delivered 576 MB/s reads and 322 MB/s writes.

Cons
* Speakers are a joke, the laptop sounds like an old alarm clock. Sony includes a pair of noise cancelling earbuds to address this problem, but I'm surprised they put such horrible speakers in their high end laptops.
* Fingerprint magnet
* Small trackpad. Sometimes misses multi-touch gestures.
* Keyboard travel a little shallow
* Major bloatware! 116 processes and 46% of RAM running out of the box. I disabled all Sony and unnecessary programs/services from starting and I'm down to 67 processes and 29% RAM after booting into Windows.

Windows Experience Index
Processor 6.9
Memory 5.9
Graphics 5.7
Gaming graphics 6.2
Primary hard disk 7.8

I've had the laptop for three months and I'm very happy with it. I considered the Samsung Series 9,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam on May 18, 2012
The laptop is everything it's advertised to be.

Pros:
FULL 1080 HD SCREEN!
HD webcam
My configuration (default processor and 4gigs RAM) scores a 5.9 on Windows Rating. (RAM was lowest score)
Reboots in under 30 seconds. Seriously.
So light and mobile for on-the-go
So powerful when at home plugged into media drive

Cons:
Touchpad is ok, but unreliable.
Sound is decent, but shallow. Bass is non-existent. But when I need good sound, I'm at home plugged into my TV or I have my headphones in. So it's not so bad.
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