Sony Vaio VGN-Z31WN/B reviews and prices: 13.1" Laptop computer

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This laptop is a good all rounder.

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7.9 out of 10 based on 11 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-Z31WN/B with Intel Core 2 Duo P9600 2.66 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 320GB Storage on Windows Vista Business. DVD writer, 5.5 hours of battery See full product description

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Chris , Woking Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Lightweight compact and ultra portable
Bad points:
Battery life isn't amongst the best but will give 2hrs on high performance and longer in stamina mode
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Jun 2009

David, London Often on the move

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Battery life, size, performance and screen.
Bad points:
Cost, screen rigidity and protection.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Nov 2011

Andrew, Harrogate

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very portable
Great design
Best screen I've ever used on a laptop
Powerful dual core processor
Sony Everywair is perfect for mobile 3G and HSDPA communications
Bad points:
Only 5200RPM hard disk
Only 3GB of the 4GB of Memory is addressed in the supplied operating system
Runs slightly hot
VT (Virtualisation Technology) is not available in the BIOS settings
Build quality is not the best, a bit plasticky feeling
Only 2 USB ports
Price is a little inflated, but given no other laptop provides these specifications in this size of package, it's a premium I'm willing to pay
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very fast, appears robust and reliable, fabulous display and great range of wireless connections. Keyboard excellent, and mousepad actually works. Good battery life.
Bad points:
Mains powerpack too cumbersome. Could have been slimmer (as competing with airbook). Screen housing a little insubstantial.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Sep 2009

Paul, Weston-super-Mare Business user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
design
Bad points:
heavy
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 4.0
Performance 4.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Feb 2012

Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Screen and performance
Bad points:
Keyboads Layout for "Home" and "End" requires Fn button
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Sep 2009

Matthew, Warrington Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
small, light weight and Sony
Bad points:
No backlit keyboard
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Sep 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 13.1
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1440 x 900 (WSXGA)
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 P9600
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.66
Number of USB ports 2
Connections 3G
Connections Bluetooth
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive DVD writer
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Card reader Multi Card Reader
Battery life (Hours) 5.5
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
Chipset series 45GM
Remote control No
Aspect ratio 16:9
Width in cm 31.4
Depth in cm 21
Release date 2009-06-19

Also known as: Sony VAIO Z31WN/B, Vaio Z31WN/B, Sony Z31WN/B, SONY VGN-Z31WN/B

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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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