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Another Sony Vaio Notebook: VPCZ116GXS

Gursel Batmaz
 


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Before it lost severe ground to netbooks and CULV laptops the Sony Z-Series pc reigned as the most elegant, the best potent, and naturally, probably the most costly ultraportable inside the market. Effectively, not considerably has changed. The Sony VAIO VPC-Z116GXS nevertheless has its predecessor's bragging rights, as it's the only 13-inch ultraportable (in the moment) that runs an Intel Core i5 processor and a switchable graphics technique. And luxuries for instance a backlit keyboard, high resolution screen, and support for numerous SSD drives rarely come in packages this small. And yes, its value tag can purchase you a minimum of 4 netbooks, but it even now earns an Editors’ Option (from the ultraportable category) for getting such a strong, feature-packed ultraportable.

There's no need to redesign an ultraportable that's this excellent searching, which can be why Sony left the chassis alone inside the new Z116GXS. It's the similar purpose why the well-crafted Lenovo ThinkPad X200 had left its style untouched. The Z116GXS is wrapped in carbon fiber and magnesium metals, although its incredibly scant, 3-pound frame belies its surprising sturdiness. The 4.6-pound Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch and Three.8-pound HP ProBook 5310m have a similar footprint but weigh a entire lot more than the Sony Z116GXS. Even the cracker-thin ASUS UL30A-A1 (3.9 lbs) isn't as simple about the scales.

As the originators in the “chiclet" keyboard, it was only fitting that Sony continues this form factor while using Z116GXS. Nevertheless the keys are smaller than those around the ASUS UL30A-A1 and Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Sony delivers a lot of spacing in between every key to ensure that the typing encounter doesn't really feel cramped. Sony made the typing experience extra compelling by adding a backlit function, a keyboard feature that wasn't out there with its predecessor. The roomy touchpad and soft-clicking mouse buttons also rival that on the excellent Lenovo X200 and Dell Studio 14z.

Mainly because of area constraints, Sony couldn't make room for the cellular modem, which it had inside earlier version, acquiring broadband speeds from Verizon's network. It has an ExpressCard 34 slot, so you can use an external 3G wireless solution.

Not only could be the Z116GXS incredibly lightweight pc inside 13-inch area, but it's easily essentially the most potent in the company as nicely. In the moment, it is the only pc in its class that runs a Core i5-540M processor, which is depending on Intel's newest standard voltage, “Arrandale" processors. The new platform and 4GB with the newest DDR3 memory make this a quite quickly machine. Plus, the SSD drives (if a lot more than one particular) can be arranged in numerous RAID formats and have amazingly quickly transfer speeds, providing that further pace boost. The Z116GXS flat out dominated in speed tests for instance Cinebench R10 and PCMark Vantage, easily blowing previous the 8,000 point mark on each tests. In video encoding checks, its 47-second score is as quick as a hardcore company laptop much like the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 (:45).

As if that weren't sufficient, the Z116GXS houses both integrated (Intel GMA HD) and discrete (Nvidia GeForce GT 330M) graphics chipsets along using the ability to switch among the two. That way, 3D-intensive tasks can make use of Nvidia's highly effective artwork, although the integrated images can conserve electric battery living. The Z116GXS also has a third physical setting called the Dynamic Hybrid Images Process, which switches the images process automatically when, say, you unplug the AC adapter (switches to integrated artwork) or connect an HDMI cable (switches towards the Nvidia chip). Every single other switching scenario on other laptops involves a two-step manual process: Flip the physical switch in the best left corner and wait for a 2-second display flicker. A three-switch mechanism (Just one for pace (Nvidia), a single for battery life (Intel integrated), and DHGS) is awkward and somewhat confusing, though, in particular when Nvidia just announced its Optimus technology-an automatic graphics-switching technology that's more seamless and less obtrusive from a hardware standpoint The Asus UL50VF-A1 could be the very first pc that uses this technology.

The Nvidia GeForce GT 330M artwork chip from the Z116GXS is very much additional strong than the one particular discovered in the Sony Z590. The Z116GXS's 3DMark 06 score of 6,867 is at least 6 times better than that with the Sony Z590, and it didn't drop an individual frame in the course of Crysis and World in Conflict game play. Across the gaming tests, it bested the MacBook Pro 13-inch and DellStudio 14z, which run on Nvidia integrated chipset. Even the Lenovo ThinkPad T410's workstation images was no match for that Z116GXS's 3D prowess.

All this power and 3D muscle come at a cost, nevertheless. The Z116GXS's 57WH (6-cell) electric battery lasted just 5 several hours, 10 minutes in MobileMark 2007, which was tested using the integrated artwork chipset. The Z116GXS couldn't make it previous 4 hours when I switched more than to the Nvidia artwork chipset. Five hours of battery living doesn't seem like considerably these days, specifically for an ultraportable. A low-powered laptop like the ASUS UL80Vt-A1 scored properly into the 10-hour mark (10:10), although a midrange one like the Dell Studio 14z scored much more 5:17 within the similar test. Battery living is obviously a trade-off, but you have to realize what type of energy you're dealing with; plus it is nothing that an extra electric battery won't fix.

The Sony VAIO VPC-Z116GXS is in a special position correct now. Although every single other ultraportable maker (especially of netbooks and CULV laptops) is dropping costs and using low-powered component to sweeten their battery scores, the Z116GXS has stayed true to its roots. Hands down, it's one of the most potent and most luxurious laptop within the ultraportable area. Certain, you'll need to invest upwards of what 4 netbooks will cost you and perhaps purchase an additional battery; but it is worth it for mobile energy users.

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