Sony drops a bomb, Vaio Z Series ultra-mobile’s with Quad SSDs

What was Sony thinking when they designed the Vaio Z series? Perhaps something along the lines of “let’s see how many people we can knock off their seats with this one.”

There are two models, the Vaio VPCZ11Z9E and Vaio VPCZ11X9E. Basically the same design, however a little less memory and storage. You can have your choice at the Intel Core i7-620M 2.66GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology (max. 3.33 Ghz) or the Intel Core i7-520M 2.4GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology (max. 2.93 Ghz). 6GB DDR3 SDRAM (1066 Mhz) or 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (1066 Mhz), but here is the clincher, a total of four, yes you read correctly, four 256 GB or 128 GB SSD drives running RAID 0.

With these quad SSDs, the Z-series are going to be blazing fast, incredible, like you’ve never experienced before on any type of portable or ultra-mobile computer. Sony is saying they are 6.2x faster when compared to a regular notebook running 5400 rpm drives, but wait until the benchmarks are out to really see it shine.

Video is a beefy 1GB GDDR3 VRAM Nvidia GeForce GT330M graphics chipset using a “Hybrid Graphics System” that somehow optimises performance and auto detects usage conditions which will switch automatically between STAMINA and SPEED modes, depending on the task.

The display is a 13.1” high efficiency screen with LED backlighting. Resolution will be Full HD at 1920×1080 on the VPCZ11Z9E.

Connectivity is also no where near lacking, with WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n; VAIO Everywair WWAN; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; keyboard backlight; MOTION EYE camera; HDMI out; VAIO/Assist buttons; fingerprint reader; black finish to list a few.

The entire setup is made with tough, light carbon fibre and aluminum weighing in at less than 1.45kg. No idea on the street price, but we can only imagine. Due out near the end of March in Europe, these ultra-mobile machines will be running Windows 7 Professional. No date on a North American release just yet.


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5 Comments

  1. mysteriousdarren says:

    Well its still going to be running M$ so its gonna be fast, but not as a Linux kernel. Just a thought.

  2. Nygil says:

    I think its going to dead xpensive as price of Sony Z with core2duo is still around 1480 pounds

  3. Gonzolively says:

    This sounds like an amazing computer , I will give sony that. But I do have a few concerns. First, that’s alot of really nice hardware crammed into a 13” notebook, how about 17 inches, or heck even 15, so that maybe you can actually see more to do more with this amazing hardware you probably paid alot for. Secondly, and my biggest concern would be with the RAID 0 configuration that the 4 SDDs would use. How is Sony going to approach this potential disaster for data recovery purposes? Will these users just be left to their own device? Something surely Sony has thought about

  4. Total SSD size says:

    I think SONY mean it’s quad 64GB drives for a total of 256GB not quad 256GB drives for a total of 1TB?

    • Iain says:

      I have a Sony Vaio Z31WN and I also have a Sony VGN-Z2X and the 13 screen is perfect for me. It makes it ultra portable but maintains quality with the image where even the 15 inch screens that I have seen don’t get a look in. I design websites and use the Z series with an additional monitor and they are just fine (Although the VGN-31WN does get damn hot sometimes!)

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