You won't find it at your favorite French dealer, but the Vaio Z deserves a look at its case. This 14-inch ultraportable manages to integrate a Core i7-11375H in a carbon fiber chassis weighing less than a kilo.
This is a small feat that the Japanese Vaio promises us with his Vaio Z. Still well established in the United States and in Asia, the brand (now only 5% owned by Sony, its former parent company) explains having succeeded in adding a laptop gaming processor, the recent Core i7-11375H, in a 14-inch ultraportable whose weight does not exceed 957 grams on certain versions (the American model rises to 1.05 kg, specifies The Verge ).
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A beefy processor in a tiny machine
Announced at the last CES, the Core i7-11375H is a Tiger Lake-H line chip, designed for high performance laptops. Armed with 4 cores and 8 threads clocked between 3.30 and 5.00 GHz, this processor is engraved in 10 nm and benefits from a TDP of 35W that can be configured in 28W. We can imagine that this is what Vaio did to make it fit in a chassis as compact as that of the Vaio Z. Let us remember that the chip was recently used by Acer for its Predator Triton 300 SE, a 14-inch machine. inches as well, but a little thicker.
To give its Vaio Z strength and lightness, Vaio relies on a chassis made up of only three molded carbon fiber plates. A material sometimes used on some high-end laptops, such as Dell's XPS series computers. Usually, however, builders are content to use simple sheets of carbon fiber held together by metal plates or synthetic materials. Here, Vaio uses “pure” carbon fiber and simply folded for the entire chassis. A first, all the more interesting as it allows the Vaio Z to be particularly robust. Vaio explains that he has successfully passed 26 “ surface falls ” tests on his device.
$ 3,579 … starting price
For the rest, the Vaio Z is equipped with what is currently best. There is a battery capable of holding up to 10 hours (a good autonomy in perspective for a machine equipped with a processor like the Core i7-11375H), but also up to 32 GB of RAM and a maximum of 2 TB of SSD. On the display side, we can count on a 14-inch Ultra HD panel capable of tilting 180 degrees backwards.
The Vaio Z benefits for the rest of a webcam with a small physical flap (to cover it when not in use), a full-size HDMI port, a headphone output and two USB ports -C Thunderbolt 4.
The device is available for pre-orders in the United States from the official Vaio website . Its price ranges from 3,579 to 4,179 dollars (between 2,952 and 3,447 euros excluding taxes) depending on the model chosen. A tidy sum for a product that could well give ideas to other manufacturers in terms of design. Still, it will probably not arrive on the Old Continent (a market deserted by Vaio for years). If you wish to offer it to yourself, the best will be to turn to the import… and therefore to the American site of Vaio. The device will however be delivered with a QWERTY keyboard.
Source: The Verge