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Sony VAIO Z | Sony VAIO Z Svelte, Sexy and Shockingly

The Stella Artois of the notebook world? Image: Sony.

There was once a time when we here at The Tech Herald would provide our pennywise readership with stories regarding cheaper alternatives to Apple’s svelte but pricey MacBook Air computer. Evidently those days are over.

More pointedly, Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. has this week launched its VAIO Z, a skinny and sexy notebook that it hopes will out-Apple the gadget makers in Cupertino and catch the attentions of more affluent consumers.

Boasting an aluminium and carbon-fibre chassis, the VAIO Z is thinner than the MacBook Air and weighs just 0.685kg, which, according to Sony, makes it “the world’s lightest 13-inch standard voltage PC.”

Sony’s latest is certainly no slouch where out-of-the-box performance is concerned, thanks to the inclusion of Intel’s Core i7 processor (2.70GHz), 8GBs of DDR3 RAM, 256GBs of SSD data storage, and Intel’s HD Graphics 3000. Not to be sniffed at, eh?

Other contributing aspects include a Turbo Boost feature (capable of pushing chip speed to 3.40GHz), Windows 7, a HD web camera, Dolby Home Theater stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor, and connectivity via WLAN, 3G and Bluetooth.

It’s worth noting that the VAIO Z also works alongside Sony’s Power Media Dock, an optional extra that easily connects to the notebook and provides instant access to an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card and a full 1GB of dedicated Video RAM.

The dock also comes with a built-in Blu-ray HD drive, a trio of USB ports, and connectivity support for up to four high-definition display screens.

And what about the price? Well, prepare to dig deep, because the Sony VAIO Z will sting your pocket to the tune of around $2,000 USD, which makes the comparative 13-inch MacBook Air look almost cheap.

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