Sony VAIO Z12 review
Sony VAIO Z12 prices
Does the Z12 require the TRIM command to maintain access speed as the drives fill up and is it enabled? I believe it was not enabled on the previous version and Sony did not seem to be able to answer whether it was required. Also, why cannot they put a USB 3 connector on it and a better resolution camera for such an expensive model?
By Nicolau on 1 Aug 2010
No, TRIM will never work on drives in a RAID array. Garbage collection, however, does.
From my reading around the subject - the intrepid Z owners over at NotebookReview have been hard at work - the Sony's GC system recovers write speeds pretty quickly, so it's pretty much a non-issue.
I had to give back our review unit fairly sharpish, but I'll see if I can't borrow it for some testing of my own in the next week or two.
By SashaMuller on 2 Aug 2010
VAIO Z good, yet proprietary SSD, chiclet and incomplete kbd
I had the VAIO Z in hands (13.1in). Yes it's incredibly beautiful, light, sturdy, and powerful: i5-520M (2×2.40 GHz TB 2.93, VT-d, TET with TPM, New AES), 13.1in 1600×900 retro-LED, GT 330M 1GB, 8GB RAM,W7 64b Pro, 128G SSD-Ultra-SATA, Gbit, WiFi n, finger print reader and TPM, backlit kbd, etc.
But it has a few shortcomings hard to admit IMO in such a high-end product:
- The case is too small to accommodate at the same time, a Standard HD or SSD, and a standard optical drive. While I would admit this in a 10in or 11in laptop, I don't in a 13.1in one.
- Whence the two different flavors, X (with proprietary SSD and Std Optical Drive) and V (with standard HD and no Optical Drive). Yes, on the X model, the SSD is proprietary, you can't replace it with a standard SSD.
- The keyboard is incomplete: it lacks the Edit column (Home, End, PgUp, PgDwn). I find this flaw, and the following one as well, unacceptable on a high-price writing tool, whence intended to "power writers".
- The keyboard is made of chiclet keys. This gives up the sub-conscious auto-centering of finger strokes you have with traditional concave keys that writing machine makers used so many years to perfectly tune. This will result in lower reliability and speed, not only for touch typists, but also for everyone.
- The screen quality is, after some users (whom I don't know, so I am not sure on this), not the quality expected on this item.
- A .3Mpix (VGA) webcam is sub-par for this item
- Given the above shortcomings, better wait and see if new laptops come (from SONY or others) with USB3, SATA6, SDXC, 3D...
Versailles, Wed 04 Aug 2010 17:29:20 +0200
By MichelMerlin on 4 Aug 2010
No optical drive?
The review says an optical drive is an optional extra, yet Sony's own spec sheet says that it's included with this model with no hint that it's only an optional extra (http://www.sony.co.uk/product/vnp-z-series/vpcz12
m9e-b). A search for the cheapest deal on google shows a few places selling this model for around 200 quid less than Sony's RRP... but am I to assume these may not be the great deals they seem because the spec may not be the same as Sony's spec sheet for this model? *sigh* Whose idea was it to have the same model number for models with different specs?
By gjscott75 on 4 Aug 2010
My bad. This model DOES come with an optical drive.
I think I must have been suffering from a chronic lack of caffeine.
By SashaMuller on 5 Aug 2010
Not so customisable
Battery life will depend on the processor - if you use tue i7 it will be less than stated here.
Also - other countries get the choice of 1920 x 1080 screen along with designer covers - notably premium glossy in japan. It seems inconceivable that Sony still limit choice for uk consumers - let us decide!
By Virtuatw on 18 Aug 2010
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