The VAIO Z is a breakthrough ultraportable for two reasons. This 3.4-pound carbon fiber beauty is the first 13.1-inch notebook with a 16:9 aspect ratio display, which is ideal for working on two open windows side by side or watching flicks using the optional Blu-ray drive. And it’s the first notebook of any kind that allows you to switch between using Nvidia graphics (for when you need a speed boost) to Intel’s integrated graphics (when you want long battery life). In our tests the VAIO Z lasted 5 hours in Stamina mode, and both productivity and graphics performance were significantly better in Speed mode.
Road warriors will love the look and feel of the VAIO Z, too, from its isolated keyboard and cylindrical hinges to the aluminum keyboard panel. That includes the brilliant XBrite-Duraview display with 100 percent color saturation, making this ultraportable ideal for presentations as well as enjoying movies and photos on the go. Integrated mobile broadband from Sprint solidifies the VAIO Z as an excellent choice for travelers who refuse to compromise.
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A big-screen notebook in a mainstream notebook’s body, the VAIO FW series, like the VAIO Z Series, is one of the first laptops to feature a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which means its stunning 16.4-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display is ideal for watching Blu-ray movies.
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