Ever since Microsoft found major success with the Surface Pro 3 (and now, Surface Pro 4), other companies have tried to match the success and have failed. The new VAIO Z is the latest to try and take the crown away from Microsoft. Engadget has the news.
“As ever, the Z is a halo product, one that puts an emphasis on both thinness and performance. All told, it weighs just 2.9 pounds — not bad considering it packs both a 13-inch 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen and a 28-watt Core i5 or i7 processor.”
Engadget adds that the 13-inch VAIO Z isn’t like the other Windows 10 hybrids, in that instead of using a 360-degree hinge to flip the touchscreen into tablet mode, the Z allows the screen to flip over the panel. The VAIO Z also as an 11.5-hour battery life (though that hasn’t been tested), comes with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and has either a 256GB or 512GB SSD.
VAIO laptops, which used to be made by Sony, are iconic. Before MacBooks became popular, seeing somebody use a VAIO was like seeing somebody drive a Mercedes Benz. VAIO laptops were always more expensive, but have always been built with premium materials, outstanding keyboards, and various connectivity options. The VAIO Z series in the 2000s is the most iconic.
The VAIO Z canvas has received a lot of criticism for coming with an Intel 4th generation Haswell processor, rather than the new 6th generation Skylake processor. VAIO’s new laptop hybrid has received a lot of mixed reviews. Winbeta‘s Rick Rodriguez was especially disappointed with the pen capabilities.
“I’d say my reaction to the pen performance is lukewarm. It wasn’t bad by any means; it just didn’t feel special. In fact, it felt familiar, bearing many of the niggling problems of other current generation N-Trig devices.”
While the VAIO Z Canvas is meant more for artists, the new VAIO Z is definitely aimed towards those who would buy the Surface Pro 4 or even the Surface Book. If people don’t mind the lower-resolution screen, it could be a decent alternative, especially since both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have been riddled with problems.
Top Microsoft blogger slams Surface Pro 4, Surface Book problems https://t.co/i4oPN9dGgg— Snapchat: MajdiMY (@MajdiMY) February 2, 2016
Microsoft has offered firmware updates for both of these products. The problems aren’t affecting the Surface Pro 4 as much as they are the more expensive Surface Book, which — according to some — is practically unusable. Microsoft may want to fix these problems soon as people may buy the new VAIO Z, which hits stores later this week, instead.
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