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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:32

Sony VAIO Z delivers external AMD graphics

Written by Fudzilla staff


Courtesy of Light Peak
Sony has introduced its new VAIO Z series 13-incher with a twist. The Z is Sony’s first notebook to feature Light Peak technology, which enables it to use external graphics housed in an optional media dock.

Intrigued? Well, AMD pioneered the external graphics concept some three years ago with its Puma platform, but it found few takers for its XGP system. However Sony’s Power Media Dock relies on Light Peak to communicate with the external HD 6650 core. When it’s not connected, the VAIO Z sticks to Intel HD 3000 graphics. The dock also houses USB 3.0, VGA and HDMI ports, along with a slim 5.25-inch bay for some optics.

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As for the laptop itself, we are looking at a slim and stylish 13.1-incher, with a high resolution 1600x900 screen. It weighs just 1.2kg and it measures 16.6mm on the waistline. It comes with a choice of Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and a wide range of options, including the dock, SSDs and other toys.

It’s an impressive piece of kit, but as you might have guessed, it also packs a hefty price tag. The base will set you back more than $2,300. This includes a 128GB SSD, but you will have to pay more than $600 extra for the dock. All in all, we don’t see many takers.
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+8 #1 bardenck 2011-06-29 14:21
provide more than a 6650 and there might be more takers.
 
 
+4 #2 milkod2001 2011-06-29 14:23
it's targeted to rich fools with zero knowledge of computers,
external HD 6650 doesn't give u extra GPU power( GTX 580M would be different story),13" is very small for gaming and price is a joke. For 2300 bucks one could get proper gaming 17" laptop with gtx580m, SSD 120gb ,BR etc. all in.
 
 
+7 #3 JAB Creations 2011-06-29 15:24
Does no one else see the irony of AMD graphics benefiting Intel's grip (and say patents) on optical interfaces?
 
 
+9 #4 themassau 2011-06-29 17:41
Quoting milkod2001:
it's targeted to rich fools with zero knowledge of computers,
external HD 6650 doesn't give u extra GPU power( GTX 580M would be different story),13" is very small for gaming and price is a joke. For 2300 bucks one could get proper gaming 17" laptop with gtx580m, SSD 120gb ,BR etc. all in.

if you are smart you would buy a laptop for work (600€) and a super powerful desktop foor somethign like 1000€ and it would still cost you less than the laptop you would buy. it will also be more flexible, more batery life and a desktop for gaming where you can update the gpu in a once and a while.
 

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