Sony Vaio Z Series Released Now: Steals New MacBook Air Thunder

Only a few weeks ago we brought you news about the Sony Vaio Z series laptops featuring Intel’s Light Peak technology, the technology that Apple calls ‘Thunderbolt.’ We told how it was coming in July and could be a real rival to the MacBook Air and we can further tell you that the Vaio Z is available now and it could just steal the thunder from the Apple MacBook Air refresh.

The Vaio Z laptop is ultraslim, even slimmer than the current MacBook Air, has notable specs and as such is not cheap but does look extremely impressive. Although it’s slightly thinner at 0.66 inches than the Air it is a tad heavier. Impressively designed with an aluminum and carbon-fiber body it also features something the MacBook Air doesn’t, an optional dock to give it more power as a workstation. The Power Media dock using Light Peak technology gives four times the dedicated video RAM of the MacBook Air, according to Melanie Pinola of PC World. Plus it also has a Blu-ray disc drive, 3 USB ports and 4 HD displays can be supported.

The Vaio Z comes with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, two HD display options with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 or 1600 x 900 and an 8-hour battery life while some models also have dual-channel SSD with RAID. The high-specs incur a pretty high price of around $2000, which is a few hundered more than the current 13-inch MacBook Air. Sean Portnoy of ZDNet gives the base price of the Sony Vaio Z as $1,969.99 and that does not include the wireless broadband option but does give you a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. If you want the Intel Core i7 processor, Power Dock, up to 512GB SSD and wireless broadband modem you could easily be laying out over $3,000.

This is certainly a highly priced device but at the same time if you want top-quality specs and good performance it does have a lot to offer. We should also point out of course that the MacBook Air refresh is due almost any day according to current speculation. We have seen various rumored release dates for the new MacBook Airs come and go but when they do arrive most expect them to have the latest Intel processors and also Thunderbolt technology.

Do you consider the price of the Sony Vaio Z series to be reasonable? Will you be purchasing the Vaio Z or maybe you’ll wait to see what the new MacBook Air for 2011 will offer? Let us know with your comments.

  • Anonymous

    stealing the macbook air’s thunder…. sounds like quite the reach.