Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S


A new 13 inch notebook was arrived

With the Z series, Sony Vaio didn’t let us down not even a bit. It brought us a lighter and smarter notebook, equipped with the latest of features for a price that is not low, but this wouldn’t surprise any of us, as Sony Vaio always differentiated itself by this significant detail.
However, if you decide to sacrifice your pocket and buy it, you will soon realize that the new Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S it is a good investment. In the test performed by our review team, it is very fast, due to the Intel Core i5 processor, a well respected 256GB SSD hard drive, an Nvidia GT 330M GPU and a DVD drive.

LED-backlit display

The screen of VPC-Z116GX/S notebook is a 13- inch one, LED-backlit with 1,600 x900 pixel native resolution. At this high resolution, videos are capable of 720p and games are more enjoyable. Also, via the HDMI output and the HD audio quality, you are allowed to export on the big screen the HD video.
One of the many advantages it has is that is very light, although not very thin for this weight. A MacBook Pro is definitely thinner, but the difference between the two is not that big. it measures 12.4 x 8.3 inches with a height of 1.3 inches and 3.0 pounds, so it can be categorized as both thin and light. It has an industrial design, mostly because of the brushed metal and magnesium chassis and a very solid aspect.Sony-Vaio-VPC-Z116GX-S

Backlit keyboard

This 13 inch wide screen Sony Vaio Z series VPC-Z116GX/S comes also with switchable discrete graphics which unfortunately some time can be confusing in our test. The keyboard is of course backlit, as we are used to when it comes to Sony Vaio. The keys may give the impression that there’s too much space between them and can be confusing in the beginning, if you switch from a normal keyboard to the island type, which Sony Vaio uses. Above the keyboard there are three quick launch buttons. The first one is for launching the Sony support, a feature that encourages the “do it yourself” kind of help, for cases of troubleshooting apps or other problems. The second key of VPC-Z116GX/S keyboard is user assignable and the last one is for launching Sony’s Media Gallery software, but you might not use this one too much, if you are already used to a different type of Media Gallery.

Nvidia GeForce 330 graphics

The switchable graphics can be controlled from a three-way key on the up left side of the keyboard. This key allows you to choose between “speed” and “stamina” and it actually turns the Nvidia GeForce 330 graphics on and off. This is a useful feature for power control, especially in cases when you need less the graphics and more the other basic functions of a notebook. The third position turns the GPU off when you unplug the computer.
The touch pad responds very well, it is very spacious and the limits are distinguishable, so you won’t find yourself moving your finger outside the touchpad, as it happens with other upscale notebooks. The left and right trackpad buttons are separated by a fingerprint reader.

Windows 7 Professional

In terms of networking, Sony VAIO VPCZ116GX/S supports Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR. It also includes a DVDW optical drive, multimedia card reader and comes with Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system.
Sony Vaio Z series VPC-Z116GX/S gave us no headache in multitasking, game playing or battery life. We would like it to be more affordable because for what it offers it’s a pity that only some people enjoy the fun.

Review conclusion

We cannot say Sony Vaio Z series VPC-Z116GX/S exceeded our expectations, but this only because these were very high. Power management, high tech hardware and good aspect and touch, it was a pleasure to test it for this short review.

Technical specifications

* 13.1″ (1600×900) LCD/ (16:9 aspect ratio)
* Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
* 256GB Solid State Drive; DVD/CD RW Optical Drive
* 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 – 520M Processor
* 4GB RAM (2GB x 2); DDR3-1066
* Number of Cores: 2
* Hard disk Size: 256 GB
* Type: Serial ATA
* Weight: 3.04 pounds
* Size (LWH): 8.3 inches, 12.4 inches, 1.3 inches