VAIO was originally created as Sony’s in-house computer brand in 1996 in an effort to compete with the other cutting-edge PCs of the day. And though the Nagano-based tech outfit spent more than a decade and a half at the forefront of the computing world, the company previously phased out its Z flagship laptop range back in 2017 and has been relatively dormant in the sector ever since. Today, however, the Japanese firm is changing that with the debut of its latest notebook, the VAIO Z Laptop.
This lightweight laptop features an ultra-thin 14” Ultra HD 4K display, USB-C Thunderbolt 4, full-size HDMI port, and 1/8” headphone jack inputs, 10 hours of battery life, Windows 10 OS, an Intel Core i7-11375H high-performance processor, Iris Xe graphics, and a minimum of 16GB of memory and 512GB of solid-state storage, though there are three higher-specced versions with up to 32GB of memory and 2TB of SSD storage. The biggest news, however, is undoubtedly the VAIO Z’s all carbon fiber 3D-molded monocoque shell, marking the first time this construction’s ever been used on a laptop, and also affording the notebook a 2.3lb weight, and the ability to survive a drop from over 4’. Available for preorder now, the VAIO Z range starts at $3,579.
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