Push the limits, shatter the boundaries
Introducing VAIO® Z
VAIO heralds a new era of ultra-durable laptop designs by shattering physical boundaries. Capitalizing on the featherlight and extra-sturdy all carbon fiber chassis, VAIO® Z unleashes the premium performance and all the expanse you need in a laptop. The ultra-light and ultra-thin 14-inch device delivers boundary-breaking performance and astonishing battery life. VAIO® Z never ceases to push the limits and set the bar of lightweight laptops even higher.
The World’s First Contoured Carbon Fiber Laptop
Shatter physical boundary
VAIO heralds a new era of ultra-durable laptop designs. Sporting a chassis comprising solely of carbon fiber – the material of the future previously only used in parts of a laptop, VAIO® Z unleashes the premium performance that hides within.
*Made with continuous carbon fiber material that has been three-dimensionally molded on all sides of a laptop PC housing as of January 6, 2021. Based on research by stella associa
What is carbon fiber?
Carbon fiber used to have limited usage for its manufacturing complexity. Now, it is deemed to be the next generation laptop material for its supreme strength and durability that surpass conventional materials.
Stronger, sturdier, better
Carbon fiber is about two times stronger than magnesium and aluminium that are commonly used in average laptops.
Carbon fiber chassis
The strength of carbon fiber can easily be manipulated by altering the type, density and weaving direction of the fiber, making it one of the most customizable materials out there. Its flexibility allows the laptop to be freely adjusted to meet practical strength and weight criteria.
*Also known as unidirectional carbon fiber, strands of carbon fiber are aligned in the same direction to form a layer. Multiple layers are then woven with each other in a cross pattern and create an extremely strong and tensile carbon board that can withstand impact from and twists in all directions.
* VAIO Z's chassis comprises processed carbon fibers, which are layered and three-dimensionally molded into one sturdy piece. Crevices and overlaps may occur naturally due to the properties of the material or the manufacturing process, and do not affect laptop performance. Thus, please be noted that returns or exchanges for reasons such as crevices, overlaps, textures or colors are not accepted.
Perfect natural stunner
The svelte and minimalistic chassis is precisely crafted to boast the natural aesthetic of carbon fiber and what it has to offer. Complementing its stunning outlook is superlative performance, making VAIO® Z more desirable inside and out.
Unique texture finish
Crowned the premium model of the series, VAIO® Z – SIGNATURE EDITION oozes charisma with its all-carbon chassis that gives a unique, luscious texture finish to individual laptops.More details in「VAIO® Z | SIGNATURE EDITION」
VAIO® Z capitalizes on the carbon chassis and enhances its prowess beyond physical limits. The ultra-light (under 1kg^) and ultra-thin (12.2mm at the thinnest part) 14-inch laptop delivers boundary-breaking performance and astonishing battery life. VAIO® Z never ceases to push the limits and set the bar of lightweight laptops even higher.
^Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability
The only lightweight laptop powered by high-speed processor
The powerful 11th Gen Intel® Core ™ H-series processor that VAIO® Z equips is boosted with VAIO’s proprietary VAIO TruePerformance® technology. A powerhouse in terms of performance, VAIO® Z is the only large-sized laptop in the industry that is powered by an ultra-fast processer and weighs under 1 kg.
What is VAIO® TruePerformance？
VAIO® TruePerformance is a proprietary technology developed by VAIO that pushes the processor efficiency and maintains its peak performance over an extended period by uprating CPU power limits and optimizing the cooling mechanism.
Equipped with the fastest 5.00GHz processor
Both the SIGNATURE and standard edition of VAIO® Z are powered by the special edition of the 11th Gen Intel® Core ™ H-series processor - i7-11375H. With a maximum speed of 5.00GHz, the high-performing processing core ensures smooth and seamless workflows that have never been seen before.
Thanks to the ultra-speedy SSD and PCIe 4.0 interface, data read/write speed is doubled to 6GB per second. File sharing, app loads and most daily tasks can be done in an instant so you can spend less time waiting.
*Sequential read/write speed
High-speed, high-capacity RAM
High bus-width LPDDR4X memory up to 32 GB realizes stable, seamless workflows.
USB4™ and Thunderbolt™ 4
The two USB Type-C™ ports on the sides support USB4™ and Thunderbolt™ 4. The uber-fast data transmission speed of up to 40 Gbps allows you to enjoy all the benefits and productivity that it brings, even when the laptop is connected to an external storage or any number of peripherals.
Wi-Fi 6 + MU-MIMO
The latest Wi-Fi 6 technology adopted by VAIO® Z boosts up connection speed to 8 folds* while providing more stable network connections and outstanding security*. As well, MU-MIMO technology is also supported. Lag and buffering are not an option even multiple devices are sharing the same network.
*Compared to Wi-Fi 4 (IEEE802.11n).
*Connection to Wi-Fi 6 router required.
Improved antenna sensitivity
VAIO incorporates two extra antennas beneath the palm rests besides the one at the upper bezel, further enhancing signal reception for a swift, more stable browsing experience.
The overwhelming laptop
VAIO® Z helps you power through all day and night. Its newly-developed high-capacity battery keeps the laptop featherlight while providing non-stoppable power.
Compatible with various charging devices
Apart from VAIO’s self-developed 5V assisted charging*, VAIO® Z also supports various kinds of mobile phone chargers and portable power banks.
*May not applicable to all charging devices. Charging speed depends on the operational conditions. In some scenarios, power consumption may exceed the charging speed.
Wake up from sleep in no time
You will not waste another second, thanks to the modern standby feature that allows VAIO® Z to wake up from sleep mode instantly. What is more, Internet access is uninterrupted during sleep mode, meaning the laptop will send and receive important e-mails as usual. Resuming to work is as simple as a single touch.
*Applicable only to applications that support modern standby.
Smart charging with “battery protection” mode
Constantly charging the battery to 100% shortens its life. Therefore, every VAIO® Z has a built-in “battery protection” mode that stops charging after reaching certain battery level to extend the battery's lifespan.
Brand new keyboard
Embrace the freshly designed keyboard that lets you work in supreme comfort. The improved mechanics make every stroke noise-free, while each keycap and the ergonomic hinge are also re-engineered for the most comfortable typing position that further reduces the burden on your palms and wrists.
For quieter and more responsive keystrokes, the full-sized keyboard preserves the 19mm key pitch while increasing* key travel from 1.2mm to 1.5mm.
*Compared to VAIO SX14.
Dished keycap for mistake-free typing
Each keycap is engineered to have a 0.3mm dent to better fit your fingertips so your typing is less prone to mistakes.
Smudge-proof keycaps and palm rest
To retain their clean, smudge-free appearance all year along, all keycaps and the palm rest are coated with an abrasion resistance coating that is specially developed to keep fingerprints and smudges away.
Convenient backlit keyboard
The full-sized keyboard comes with backlit keys that illuminate the letters and give you the visibility you need in low light environments, from dim meeting rooms to aircraft cabins.
VAIO exclusive font
The stunning visual of VAIO® Z deserves an equally appealing keyboard. That is why VAIO designed a new font exclusive to the series where the letters and symbols are composed of natural curves that make them clearer to read while preserving their elegance.
A touchpad about 190% larger than its predecessor* and carefully polished gives you smooth, precise and fuss-free control. It also features the left and right physical buttons to prevent unintentional clicks.
*Compared to VAIO SX14.
4K display that delivers superb images
Immerse yourself in the vivid viewing experience offered by VAIO® Z’s 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) display option that reproduces cinema-grade color gamut and deep contrasts of HDR visuals. The display enhances all images and videos by retaining real-life color accuracy and the finest details. Any kind of visual content stays vivid and impactful even when you watch it through plain naked eyes.
*Applicable only to content that supports HDR. When the HDR feature is enabled, the display will automatically adjust the brightness according to the basic tone of the screen to reduce power consumption and increase contrast.
Color gamut of VAIO® Z (Dotted lines denote normal sRGB gamut)
Premium webcam and microphones cater to your remote work plans
VAIO® Z is designed to ease your work-from-home anxiety. A webcam of 2.07 megapixels captures clear and sharp images while the microphones deliver better sound recording with improved noise-canceling technology
Attention to the finest details
The stereo microphones are tactfully placed on both sides of the webcam situated in the center of the upper bezel – the optimal position to capture the most accurate images and voice.
Webcam slide cover for extra security
Instant privacy is achieved by sliding the cover over the webcam before your next business meeting, protecting you against unwanted disclosure of personal and business information.
Crystal-clear sound is delivered by the high-quality large-diameter speakers positioned in the front of the chassis. With top-notch Dolby AUDIO™ technology modified by VAIO, the laptop brings you clear dialogues in meetings and spectacular audio in videos.
Simple shortcut to mute mics
For swift and easy control, new shortcut keys (Fn + Tab button) are introduced to mute the microphones. There is an indicator light on the top edge of the Tab button so you know if the mics are muted right away.
*Japanese keyboard version for demonstration only.
One-hand motion to open the screen
The hinge is engineered in a way that you can open the screen with one slick motion, one hand, effortlessly.
USB Type-C™ ports on both sides
Both sides of the chassis are equipped with USB Type-C™ ports. Gone are the days when you need to move the laptop to accommodate the socket.
180-degree lay-flat hinge
Lying flat on the table and sharing screen are made easy because VAIO® Z’s robust 180-degree hinge mechanism is designed just for that. Flip the content and touchpad control with a simple press of the dedicated shortcut keys (Fn + 2).
*Japanese keyboard version for demonstration only.
Specially designed for better grip
The hinge end of the chassis is specially designed for better grip. Slips and drops are kept to a minimum even if you pick up the laptop hastily.
Comprehensive seamless login measures
VAIO® Z offers comprehensive security measures – from fingerprint reader to face recognition sensor – for easy, hassle-free logins while providing utmost data protection. Without the need for a password, logging on to your laptop has never been easier.
The smart proximity sensor in VAIO® Z detects and recognizes your face automatically. You don’t have to lift a finger to start your work.
Auto-lock when away
You can rest assured that your data is safe with your laptop when you leave your seat because the proximity sensor gets you covered and automatically locks the laptop.
Smart detection that keeps laptop awake
As long as the proximity sensor detects your presence, the laptop stays awake and bars itself from entering sleep or screen-saving mode. Uninterrupted workflow is guaranteed.
Next-level BIOS authentication*
VAIO® Z replaces the physical BIOS pre-boot password with alternative security measures, including fingerprint authentication, Bluetooth pairing, FIDO2 security key and USB port control.
* Built-in Phoenix PassKey™ function in BIOS. Phoenix PassKey™ is a registered trademark of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
BIOS self-healing function
VAIO® Z’s BIOS self-healing mechanism auto-repairs damages due to BIOS updates or tampering.
Trusted Platform Module
To enhance data encryption, VAIO® Z can be equipped with a TPM*1 chip that is independent of the operating system and other hardware. That means you no longer need to rely on HDD or SDD to protect your important data. TPM allows you to manage data encryption directly and Independently for added security *2.
*1 TPM︰Trusted Platform Module
*2 TPM does not guarantee 100% protection of data and hardware.
Physical lock slot for extra security
Equipped with a physical lock slot that prevents theft when your laptop is left unattended.
Meticulous, from start to finish
Quality-tested durability, built to endure
To strive for the best possible quality, VAIO sets up dozens of use scenarios, carries out a series of internal tests and makes sure that every laptop delivers top-notch reliability and durability. As well, VAIO® Z goes through the rigorous MIL-STD-810H military-grade tests established by the United States Department of Defense. The quality of our laptop will never let you down.
Second-to-none Japanese craftsmanship
Adhering to the highest Japanese craftsmanship’s spirit, VAIO is committed to bringing the best experience to our users. From design to production, VAIO gathers elites from all sectors at its headquarters in Azumino City in Nagano Prefecture, where they create laptops of remarkable quality by combining Japanese technology and aesthetics that we take pride in. The ultra-meticulous production process ensures that every laptop manufactured at the VAIO headquarters is an epitome of a product "Made in Japan" with uncompromised quality.
1. Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
2. Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers and/or software to take full advantage of Windows functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com.
3. ^Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.
4. Battery life will vary depending on various factors including product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality, and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage.
5. In the event of a water spillage, users should wipe away the water, before bringing the laptop to a VAIO service center for inspection or repair.
The anti-spill feature is only available on the keyboard and is not applicable on water damage to other parts of the laptop.
6. Japanese keyboard version product shots for demonstration only.
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