Sony on Wednesday announced the “world's lightest 13-Inch standard voltage PC” in the US. Besides its ultra-thin and light design, the new Vaio Z is particularly noteworthy for its Light Peak-enabled, GPU-packing docking station. Hit the jump for more on the Vaio Z and the accompanying Power Media Dock
At 0.66 inches thick, the Vaio Z’s aluminum- and carbon-fiber frame is thinner than the MacBook Air. Even though it weighs a feather more than the 13-inch version of Apple’s flagship ultraportable, this 2.5-pounder is half a pound lighter than its predecessor.
The 13.1-inch Vaio Z can be configured around the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors . It sports a LED backlit screen, which is available in 1600x900 and Full HD flavors. Other notable specs include: up to 8GB of RAM, a maximum of 512GB solid-state storage, an HDMI port, one VGA port, one USB 3.0 port (docking station port), a USB 2.0 port, and a 4000mAh internal battery said to last 8 hours on a single charge.
The Power Media Dock packs a discrete graphics card, optical drive and a number of additional ports: “This ‘performance factory’ docking station delivers the power of an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB VRAM, slot loading optical drive, three USB ports (1 x 3.0 and 2 x 2.0), HDMI and VGA ports. When paired with the supplied dock, the Z Series transforms into the ultimate workstation and can even support up to four full HD displays (including the system LCD).”
Now available for pre-order, the new Vaio Z starts at $2000 and goes all the way up to $4700.