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New Sony Vaio Z, MacBook Air alternative but at a price

Yesterday we told you that the refresh for Apple’s MacBook Air was close as stock levels were running low of the current model. Now the new Sony Vaio Z may be seen by some as a MacBook Air alternative, but it will be at a price.

The company has announced in Europe its new 13-inch Vaio Z laptop, which is lighter and thinner than the current MacBook Air. It is close though as according to an article on Pocket-lint by Stuart Miles is stating the Vaio is 16.65mm thick compared to 17mm of the Air. But the new Sony laptop is not exactly cheap by the time you add all the extra’s it will hit the dizzy heights of £2,699 in the UK.

One feature which the current MacBook Air doesn’t have is the backlit keyboard which is now on the Sony laptop. This feature has been rumored to be coming to the MacBook Air which many potential customers have been asking for. The Sony also has similar Thunderbolt connectivity technology which Apple uses thanks to the optional extra Power Media Dock.

Pricing begins at £1,434 but adds up with all the optional extras which are available which include the Intel Core i7-2620M 2.70GHz that has a Turbo Boost taking it up to 3.40GHz. There is 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and up to 256GB SSD RAID memory stored inside the super thin laptop. The 13.1-inch display has an anti-reflective coating which will help when using in bright situations.

As is usual with Sony laptops it has Quick Boot that will save time when booting up the Windows 7 Professional operating system, an alleged 50 per cent quicker than standard devices. There is VAIO ‘everywair’ installed on certain models which is a 3G WWAN to connect via a mobile broadband supplier.

Included in the range of option extras is the Sheet Battery, which is placed under the unit to boost battery life with an extra seven hours. With the Vaio Z already boasting seven hours that’s an impressive fourteen hours. The previously mentioned Power Media Dock you also get HDMI and VGA connectivity that allows the connection of up to four displays. There is also an extra 1GB of RAM graphics, and a DVD or Blu-ray drive.

For video chat you will find a HD web camera, and if money is no object you can specify the full HD display. The unit is set for release towards the end of next month in Europe and can be pre-ordered now via the official Sony website. It is also thought to be coming to the US sometime in the future.

The new Sony Vaio Z is an impressive looking piece of kit and ideal for those who don’t want to own a MacBook Air. Will you consider purchasing the new Sony Vaio laptop?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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