If there’s one thing we all want when it comes to computing, its strength. But what really matters in this age of portability is not just how powerful your computer is, but how light you can make it. That’s the idea behind the new Vaio Z, which is now officially the world’s lightest machine that currently includes an Intel H processor and weighs just 0.96 kilograms.
When we think of a device this light, we don’t initially associate build quality or power with it, but these new devices come with Intel’s ultra-fast four-core Core i7-11357H processor, up to 32 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD storage, Iris XE integrated graphics and a 4K 14-inch screen. Not to mention that it has passed up to 26 “surface tests”, which means it is definitely robust. I have no idea how far a surface drop test is, and I’m pretty sure it will still break after falling from an average height against a hard floor.
It certainly looks like an impressive piece of equipment with its carbon fiber chassis helping it achieve its ultra-lightweight. The laptop also has the ability to fold the screen 180 degrees, a backlit keyboard, a webcam with a physical shutter, a full-size HDMI port, and two USB-C ports. Sony claims that with all that power, the laptop can deliver 13 and a half hours of battery life, which is certainly impressive.
It’s an incredibly ambitious and great piece of equipment. While all that portability is by no means cheap with prices starting at – wait for it – a ridiculous $ 3579 (R55,000). I really like the specs of this machine, but for that price, I’d rather lug around a hefty desktop and save my wallet for something else. This could be just a sign of things to come, and this kind of portability could get cheaper in the long run.
Last updated: February 19, 2021