Recently Engadget published its 2011 Sony VAIO Z review (more on that later), we had a quick look through the content and what intrigued us the most was the fact that in terms of benchmarks the VAIO Z was more impressive than what the 2011 MacBook Air, however the price difference perhaps nullifies this.
The VAIO Z which Engadget benchmarked was worth $2,749, for this you get a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M processor, 4GB of RAM, dual 128GB SSDs, Intel HD Graphics 3000. Additionally you get the Power Media Dock, inside this dock is an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of video memory, it connects to the VAIO Z via Intel’s Light Peak technology – when in use this gives you an obvious jump in performance, therefore Engadget benchmarked the VAIO Z with and without the dock in use.
In the benchmarks the VAIO Z with Intel HD 3000 graphics delivered a score of 11,808 in PCMark Vantage and 4,339 in 3DMark 06, once you hooked up the Power Media Dock there was a slight jump in its PCMark Vantage score (11,855) and a huge jump in 3DMark 06 (7,955). As for the MacBook Air with Intel HD 3000 graphics and an Intel Core i5-2557M (1.7GHz) processor it managed just 9,484 in PCMark Vantage and 4,223 in 3DMark 06. Below we have embedded Engadget’s benchmark test results, it also clearly shows that it is far superior to other notebooks with similar form-factors.
The 2011 Sony VAIO Z is superior to the 2011 MacBook Air when it comes to benchmarks, especially when the Power Media Dock comes into play, but we have to remember that there is quite a large price difference. As previously mentioned the model which Engadget benchmarked costs $2,749 whilst a MacBook Air with the 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 3000 starts at just $1,299.00, but there are no graphics upgrades available. In fact Apple do not offer any graphics upgrades on any of its 13-inch portables.
Later on today we will look at Engadget’s 2011 Sony VAIO Z review in much more detail, the bottom line seems to be that you will struggle to outdo this 13-incher, even without the Power Media Dock hooked up.