Pros

  • Beautiful backlit widescreen display
  • Two GPUs to toggle between

Cons

  • The two SSDs jack up the price
  • Less-than-stellar sound

At A Glance

Sony's high-powered business multimedia machine is compelling and yet with all the extras it costs as much as a used car.

Manufacturer’s Description

Built tough for business, the VAIO Z598U/B Notebook offers the portability of a 3.4 lbs (with standard battery) form factor with the performance of a larger computer. Encased in durable carbon fiber and featuring scratch-resistant XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology, this notebook is designed to withstand the rigors of the road.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number VGN-Z598U/B
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Maximum Battery Run Time 5.50 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
FireWire/i.LINK Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
VGA Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 13.10 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode WSXGA
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller Model GeForce 9300M GS, GMA 4500MHD
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 256 MB
Storage
Storage Size No
Solid State Drive Capacity 256 GB
Solid State Drive Interface Serial ATA
Optical Drive Type Blu-ray Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Corporation
UPC Code 27242757363
Manufacturer Part Number VGN-Z598U/B
Brand Name Sony
Product Name VAIO Z598U/B Notebook
Marketing Information

Built tough for business, the VAIO Z598U/B Notebook offers the portability of a 3.4 lbs (with standard battery) form factor with the performance of a larger computer. Encased in durable carbon fiber and featuring scratch-resistant XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology, this notebook is designed to withstand the rigors of the road.

Product Model Z598U/B
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.sony.com
Product Line VAIO
Product Series Z
Memory
Memory Card Supported Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 4 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR2-1066/PC2-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • VAIO Z598U/B Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Intel
    Wireless LAN Model WiFi Link 5100
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.3"
    Width 12.4"
    Depth 8.3"
    Weight (Approximate) 54.72 oz
    Color Black
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Finger Print Reader Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core 2 Duo
    Processor Model P9500
    Processor Speed 2.53 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 6 MB
    Bus Speed 1066 MHz
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model GM45 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 107.0
    WorldBench 6 Rating Superior
    Battery
    Battery Life 4:46:30 AM   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 249.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 338.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 226.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 363.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 345.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 613.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 241.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 233.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 209.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 29.26   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 22.77   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 26.94   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 20.38   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 1024 by 768 19.93   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, High, 800 by 600 27.63   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 1024 by 768 21.13   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Normal, 800 by 600 30.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 70.69   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 54.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Performance
    World Bench 5 Multitasking 383.0
    Number of Included Batteries 1.0