Sony Vaio VGN-Z51XG reviews and prices: 13.1" Laptop computer

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This laptop is a good all rounder.

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7.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews.
Sony Vaio VGN-Z51XG with Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53 GHz Dual Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 400GB Storage on Windows 7 Professional. DVD writer, 5.8 hours of battery See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The screen is very clear. The battery lasts longer than previous models. The design is light and very good
Bad points:
Number of ports has obviously been traded for light design but at least an extra USB port or putting something in the laptop box that it came with e.g. multiple USB connector would have been wise
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Mar 2010

David, Mwanza Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Super light & compact
Fully featured
High-res screen
DVD-RW
3G
Fast processor
Bad points:
No iluminated keyboard
Screen gets damaged by keyboad and case
Dual graphics not supported in Linux
Edges of case damage easily
Green power led is way too bright
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Feb 2012

Andrew, Colchester Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great speed and battery life. Portable and looks good
Bad points:
Screen flexes a bit more than you would expect.
Screen is a bit small for that resolution and can be difficult to read.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Dec 2009

Paul, London Business user

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
The performance & design is pretty good.
Bad points:
It's larger & heavier than I wanted as I have previously used the TZ model Vaio but Sony no longer make a small powerful laptop (which I think is a huge mistake)!
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 May 2011

roger , gloucester Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
light weight
Bad points:
power socket design - 2nd laptop i have had where the central plastic pin in the power supply socket o the laptiop has broken off in normal use. this is a design fault but Sony would not repair under warranty. As a resukt i will not buy another sony until this design is changed
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Mar 2013

Nigel, Ipswich Often on the move

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
excellent screen,
good keyboard.
Battery life can be very good - as long as only one application is running.
Bad points:
does not have all the features that were advertised! Eg finger-swipe for secure log-in
Machine locks up completely when being used on battery and hte mains charger is connected. Needs battery removal to restart!
Windows 7 still locks up too often
"Green droop tag" remains at the top of the screen, even when projecting PowerPoint
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser General home user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Looks great. Very good screen and keyboard
Bad points:
Extremely hot, fairly noisy, way overpriced, only 2 USB ports, battery lasts much less than I thought and it goes off without warning, has very badly deisgned BIOS whicg does not run XP mode although it is meant to be a key feature of Windows 7 (some models may run this- check if important to you), windows media player was not set up correctly and took endless googling to fix as sony support were useless.
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Nov 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 13.1
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1600 x 900 (HD Plus)
Operating system Windows 7 Professional
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 400
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number P8700
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.53
Number of USB ports 2
Connections Firewire
Connections Wireless
Connections Bluetooth
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) 5.8
Weight (kg) 1.55
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 16:10
Width in cm 31.4
Release date 40126

Also known as: Sony VAIO Z51XG/B

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