Sony Vaio Z series VPC-Z116GX/S review: Sony Vaio Z series VPC-Z116GX/S

In anecdotal use, we found the Vaio Z116 to be probably the fastest 13-inch laptop we've used, and great for effortless multitasking, aided no doubt by the 256GB solid-state hard drive. Then again, for a $2,000-plus laptop, we'd expect nothing less.

Juice box
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S Avg watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.5
Sleep (10%) 1.2
Idle (25%) 16.52
Load (05%) 48.12
Raw kWh Number 60.93
Annual power consumption cost $6.92

Annual power consumption cost
HP Envy 13
$5.34 
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
$6.92 

Though we were impressed with the Intel Core i5's performance, you're going to pay a price in battery life over a low-voltage laptop. The Sony Vaio Z116 ran for 3 hours and 30 minutes in our video playback battery drain test, but many ULV 13-inch laptops can beat that by 90 minutes or more.

Sony includes an industry-standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the system, which smartly includes onsite service. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, as well as an online knowledge base and driver downloads. The included support software, accessed via quick-launch button on the keyboard tray, connects you directly to diagnostic tools, online resources, and troubleshooting tips.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
675 
HP Envy 13
1,378 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
109 
HP Envy 13
162 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
140 
HP Envy 13
179 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 13
239 
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
210 

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System configurations:

Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M; 256GB Intel SSD

Toshiba Satellite T135D-1324
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Turion Neo X2 Dual-Core L625; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Envy 13
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600; 3072MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm3-1002
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 ULV; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 797MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Lenovo Thinkpad Edge
Windows 7 Professional; 1.3Hz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 ULV; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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