Pros

  • Onboard DVD burner and SSD
  • Great performance, ergonomics, and looks

Cons

  • No USB 3.0
  • Expensive

At A Glance

It doesn't get any better--or more expensive--than this slightly-larger-than-average ultraportable laptop.

Manufacturer’s Description

Among the VAIO Z Series' best in class capabilities is a revolutionary 13.1" VAIO display. Scratch-proofed and anti-glare, it delivers 100% true-to-life colour fidelity and extra wide 1600x900 resolution for deeper contrast and truly natural realisation.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number VPCZ137GX/B
Battery Information
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 5400 mAh
Maximum Battery Run Time 7 Hour
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
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
Backlight Technology LED
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller Model GeForce GT 330M, Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1 GB
Graphics Memory Accessibility Dedicated
Storage
Solid State Drive Capacity 256 GB
Solid State Drive Interface Serial ATA
Optical Drive Type DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Corporation
UPC Code 27242811911
Manufacturer Part Number VPCZ137GX/B
Brand Name Sony
Product Name VAIO VPCZ137GX/B Notebook
Marketing Information

Among the VAIO Z Series' best in class capabilities is a revolutionary 13.1" VAIO display. Scratch-proofed and anti-glare, it delivers 100% true-to-life colour fidelity and extra wide 1600x900 resolution for deeper contrast and truly natural realisation.

Product Model VPCZ137GX/B
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.sony.com
Product Line VAIO
Product Series Z
Memory
Memory Card Supported Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • VAIO VPCZ137GX/B Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Manufacturer Intel
    Wireless LAN Model Centrino Advanced-N 6200
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 2.1
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 1.3"
    Width 12.4"
    Depth 8.3"
    Weight (Approximate) 48.64 oz
    Color Black
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Finger Print Reader Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core i5
    Processor Model i5-460M
    Processor Speed 2.53 GHz
    Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
    Cache 3 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model HM57 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows 7 Professional
    Operating System Architecture 64-bit
    Input Devices
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad
    I/O Expansions
    Expansion Slot Type ExpressCard/34

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 118.0
    Battery
    Battery Life 6:20   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 267.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 345.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 198.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 334.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 322.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 421.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 209.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 206.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 185.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 95.42   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 78.37   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 72.66   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 64.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 23.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 19.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 45.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 38.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 40.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 33.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 75.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 57.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Multitasking
    World Bench 6 Multitasking 320.0