Sony Vaio VGN-Z21WN reviews and prices: 13.1" Laptop computer

17 customer reviews
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+ This laptop scores very high on size and weight. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 17 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-Z21WN with Intel Core 2 Duo P9500 2.53 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Windows Vista Business. DVD drive, 5 hours of battery See full product description

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Bernard, London IT Consultant

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Software provided is not available if the owner wants to use WindowsXP
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 3.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Nov 2008

Richard, Pembroke Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Lightweight and very fast
Bad points:
After being fully charged I can leave the laptop in the bag and after only a few days without use the battery drains to only just usable for a few minutes. After a week in the bag it drains completely - not good.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2009

Jonathan, Surbiton

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Design and weight given the overall performance
Bad points:
No really bad points discovered to date.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 May 2009

Mike, London I'm a software developer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The weight is almost nothing, the display is excellent with great colour. The performance is good and when used in battery saving mode the battery life is around 4-5 hours - brilliant.
Bad points:
Slow hard drive, costs a fortune.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 4.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Nov 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Size, weight, wireless connectivity
Bad points:
Price!
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Mar 2009

Jim, Norwich IT Consultant

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic screen, light weight, easy to use keyboard even on the train! I chose this machine as I needed a super lite weight machine with more power than a net book that I could use on my regular commute. This machine ticks all the boxes and with HDMI out put I can watch HD on the TV too!
Bad points:
Expensive, feels flimsy but isn't. Has Vista installed on it which makes it seem slow but comes with downgrade XP dvd. Not sure about the built in 3G modem seem to ave some problems finding the network.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 May 2009

Robin, Banbury IT Consultant Power User

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great functionality
Bad points:
No Blu-Ray
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 May 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 13.1
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720 (WXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Business
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 320
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P9500
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.53
Number of USB ports 2
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Connections Firewire
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Battery life (Hours) 5
Weight (kg) 1.49
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number 9300MGS
Graphics card memory (Megabytes) 256
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Chipset brand Intel
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 31.4
Depth in cm 21
Release date 2008-11-13

Also known as: Sony VAIO Z21WN/B, Sony VGN-Z21WN/B, SONY VGNZ21WNB, Sony Z21WN

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Manufacturer's Description

Outstanding display Among the VAIO Z Series’ best in class capabilities is a revolutionary 13.1” X-black LCD display. Scratch-proofed and anti-glare, it delivers 100% true-to-life colour fidelity and extra wide 1600×900 resolution for deeper contrast and truly natural realisation. Easy portability With its carbon fibre casing the VAIO Z Series notebook weighs under 1.5kg, so it could hardly be easier to carry. Carbon fibre is 30% lighter than traditional computer construction materials. Yet as you’d expect of a material more commonly used in aviation and Formula One, it is also 200% stronger. Cylindrical hinge The VAIO Z Series’ button, AC adaptor terminal and battery are all cleanly aligned along its elegant cylindrical spine. This distinctive construction allows the jointed thickness of the screen and main body to be kept to an absolute minimum, accounting for its pristine portability. Isolation keyboard The isolation keyboard is carved seamlessly from a single sheet of aluminium, so the palm rest and keyboard form a continuous surface styled into a smooth curve at the front of the notebook. As well as looking stylish, this unique feature enhances both durability and comfort. VAIO Everywair VAIO Everywair wireless WAN* allows you seamless connectivity for uninterrupted, 3G wireless mobile broadband access across every time zone. Even on the move you’ll stay in touch with clients, colleagues, friends and family. Experience the freedom of total connectivity. Longer lasting battery All VAIO Z Series models include LED technology for longer battery life. With up to five and a half hours of cable free computing, you can access email and the internet instantly, wherever and whenever you want, without the need for a hotspot. New materials The use of advanced new materials in Sony X-black LCD technology in the VAIO Z Series offers increased resistance to marks, as well as reproducing extreme details of the real wide 1600×900 resolution. Advanced security Peace of mind is standard on the VAIO Z Series. Its range of advanced security features includes fingerprint recognition, hard disc drive protection and TrustedTM Platform Module, preventing unauthorised access to data.


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