VAIO is back with a lightweight, rugged $3,579 laptop

by Joseph K. Clark

VAIO is making a comeback in the premium laptop segment with a new laptop in its Z series, known for its impressive portability. The 2021-edition of VAIO Z comes with a contoured carbon fiber build that is touted to bring “exceptional toughness” — along with a lightweight design. It is powered by the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics.

The VAIO Z price starts at $3,579 for the 16GB RAM and 512GB storage variant. Further, the 16GB RAM and 1TB storage variant is priced at $3,779, while the 16GB RAM and 2TB storage model goes for $3,979. There is also the top-of-the-line 32GB RAM and 2TB storage variant, which will be sold for a whopping $4,179. It is up for pre-orders in the US.


The VAIO Z features a 14-inch Ultra-HD 4K (3,840×2,160 pixels) display with HDR support. The hinge lets it open up to 180 degrees. As per VAIO, the production of the VAIO Z can be opened and closed with one hand — without touching its palm rest. It runs Windows 10 Pro. Under the hood lies an Intel Core i7 processor, along with Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 32GB of LPDDR4 RAM. You get up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage.

The VAIO Z comes equipped with the company’s proprietary Vaio TruePerformance technology that boosts CPU power limits alongside controlling heat emission. It has Windows Hello facial recognition technology for easy sign-in. Plus, there is Dolby Audio support for its stereo speakers. The device comes with two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The VAIO Z has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It comes with an inclined backlit keyboard, a 1.5mm key pitch stroke, and a multi-touch supporting touchpad. Its webcam has a built-in physical camera shutter for privacy.

Prakhar Khanna

I’ve been associated with the tech industry since 2014, when I built my first blog. I’ve worked with Digit, one of India’s most prominent tech publications. As of now, I’m working as a News Editor at Pocketnow, where I get paid to use and write about cutting-edge tech. You can reach out to me at [email protected]

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