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The model is among Sony's configurable laptops, offering several component choices.

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Pros

dual SSDs in RAID standard - starting at 128GB, incredible performance

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switchable Nvidia graphics (GeForce GT 330M)

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compact and lightweight - 13.3" design, 3 pounds with the standard battery

3 agree

great build quality

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Can remove the dvd drive and add an aftermarket hard drive caddy, adding an extra harddrive.

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beautiful display quality - great brightness, contrast, black levels and respectable viewing angles

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portable yet powerful

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HDMI output

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unbelievably high resolution display - 1600 x 900px standard (significantly higher than 720p), upgradable to full 1080p (1920 x 1080px)

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powerhouse - the latest Core i5/i7 processor options, dual SSD in RAID, switchable graphics and 4GB+ of DDR3 memory

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solid chiclet style keyboard with backlighting

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dock connector

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offered in multiple colours

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highly configurable directly from the manufacturer

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Cons

high price for the majority of consumers

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Super heat blowing thru left vent side in any usage condition

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limited port selection for the price - no eSATA, USB 3.0, FireWire

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battery life is lacking compared to less powerful ultra-portables

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designed for lightweight portability and sleekness over durability - wouldn't take a drop as well as an EliteBook or ThinkPad

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only RAM dimms are easily user accessible - other components can only be swapped by disassembling the laptop

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dual SSD raid is mandatory - cannot be configured with a cheaper single SSD boot drive and larger HDD storage drive

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The Sony VAIO VPCZ1290X is a high-end, ultra-portable 13.1" notebook computer intended for business use and available in black or one of three metallic colors. The model is among Sony's configurable laptops, offering several component choices. It is available with either a 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 or 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor; both are Turbo Boost-enabled, meaning they can be overclocked to over 3GHz. Memory options range from 4GB to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. For more secure data storage and faster access, the VPCZ1290X is available solely with solid-state drives, ranging from 128GB to 512GB in capacity and supporting RAID 0. Other options include a Blu-ray player/burner and 1080p display. Bluetooth, wireless-N, and gigabit ethernet connectivity are expected to be standard.

Features
  • 13.1" LED-backlit LCD
  • 1600x900 or 1920x1080 resolution
  • Intel Core i5-540M (2.53GHz, Turbo Boost to 3.06GHz) or Intel Core i7-620M (2.66GHz/3.33GHz)
  • 4/6/8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128/256/512GB SSD storage
  • Optional Blu-ray player/burner
  • RAID 0
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless-N
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (64-bit)
Color Options
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Carbon-fiber
  • "Metal Shield"
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