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 By Mark Sanders, 5Bestthings.com Channel Writer
Sony VAIO VPCZ1290X Slickly designed and amply featured, the Sony VAIO VPCZ1290X looks including a faster Intel® Core™ i5-460M processor (2.53GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 2.80GH .VPCZ1290X Is highly portable laptop that will suit both style-conscious consumers and business users.

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Description and Specifications

The powerful and ultra-portable VAIO Z1290X notebook is designed for mobile professionals..

The VAIO(R) Z Series laptop gives you the power and functionality of a larger PC packed into a durable notebook that weighs just over 3 lbs (with standard battery). From its convenient backlit keyboard to its Dynamic Hybrid Graphics system that delivers power when you need it, this computer has all the features that make for a world-class mobile computing experience. 13.1 Widescreen LED Backlit Display (1600 x 900) Built-in MOTION EYE camera and Microphone with face-tracking technology NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1GB of Dedicated Video RAM and Intel GMA HD (Dynamic Hybrid Graphics System) Intel High Definition Audio DVD+-R/RW with Double Layer Drive Intel Centrino Advance-N 6200 Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Bluetooth Stereo A2DP (2.1 + EDR) Multimedia Card Reader MS PRO (Standard/Duo) media slot with MagicGate(TM) functionality, ExpressCard / 34 media slot, SD media slot Pointing device

Sony's Vaio Z128GX, which runs a whopping $3,339. Of course, that's for our tricked-out review unit, which includes a very expensive 512GB solid-state hard drive, which could easily fetch $1,500 or more on its own. Other high-end features include a Verizon 3G connection (with a handy app for easily using it to create a Wi-Fi hot spot for your other gadgets), an Nvidia GeForce 300 GPU, and a higher-than-normal 1,600x900-pixel resolution for the 13-inch display. Although this is Sony's premium 13-inch laptop, there are versions of the Vaio Z that don't cost quite as much. For a still-pricey $1,919, you can get a configuration with a smaller 128GB SSD, or you can add even more-expensive options, including a 1,920x1,080-pixel display or a Blu-ray player, driving the price as far up as $4,700. Though this is an ultrapremium laptop with excellent design and construction, we're annoyed by Sony's non-Optimus graphics switching, which uses a manual switch, and is not as seamless as you'd expect for the price.

With plenty of space between the keys and a nice bouncy feel, the keyboard on the VAIO Z is one of the best we've used on an ultraportable. Although the keys themselves are a bit on the small side, we typed on the notebook quickly and comfortably. Touch typists will appreciate the large Enter and Right Shift keys.

One of our favorite features of the VAIO Z--and one of the reasons why it's worth the premium--is its high-resolution 1600 x 900 LED display. This bright and crisp panel really makes it feel as if you're working on a larger monitor. Colors popped when we were editing photos and watching DVDs, and the screen's horizontal viewing angles are among the best we've seen. In other words, this ultraportable is ideal for giving deskside presentations, watching movies, and playing games (and it has the graphics chops to back it up). We also love this high resolution for making the most of Windows 7 features like Snap for comparing two windows side by side.


  • Up to Intel® Core™ i7-640M (2.80/3.46GHz) processor
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate available
  • 13.1" Full-HD display available
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® (1GB VRAM) graphics available
  • 4GB DDR3 1066MHz memory
  • 5Up to 512GB Solid State Drive
  • 7 hours max. battery
  • 3.04 lbs
  • Verizon and Sprint Mobile Broadband

The main disadvantage of the Sony VAIO Z1290X is the price. At just over the $3,000 mark the VAIO Z1290X is considerably more expensive than other models in the group. but this one of best laptop Windows performance and integrated graphics we have seen

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