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Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 reviews of Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the keyboard and design. The portability and screen are also appreciated, whereas the touchpad and sound get critical comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony Vaio Z VPC-Z11Z9E from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on People are impressed by the portability and design. The durability and screen also get good comments. Many are negative about the usability and price.

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This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VPCZ11X9EB 13.1 inch notebook (Core i5-520M 2.4GHz, 4Gb, 128Gb (Dual SSD), DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM, BT, Webcam, Win 7 Pro 64 bit)Sony VAIO VPCZ11X9EB 13.1 inch notebook (Core i5-520M 2.4GHz, 4Gb, 128Gb (Dual SSD), DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM, BT, Webcam, Win 7 Pro 64 bit)

Mar, 2019


Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (

Sony VAIO Z Series (VPC-Z11Z9E/B) - 13.1in Laptop


Sony throws the kitchen sink at this ultra-fast, ultra-portable laptop with power saving graphics switching.

In many ways the Sony VAIO Z Series is one-of-a-kind. As fast as many desktops, but no heavier than many netbooks, it's a testament to what can be achieved thanks to modern hardware and engineering. It's a niche product, of that there's no doubt, but...

May, 2010

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Sony VAIO VPCZ11Z9E/B review


Cramming a Core i7 processor into an ultraportable results in a staggeringly fast yet lightweight laptop.

That 13.1in display finally gets a Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution, and it offers eye-popping brightness and glorious colours. The only drawback is that you’ll need to take full advantage of Windows 7’s text-scaling abilities to avoid...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Klaus Hinum (

Review Sony Vaio VPCZ11X9E/B Notebook


Mighty Midget. A fast Core i5, gaming-suitable graphic card, DVD

Excellent display; Performance / case size; Keyboard; Applied materials; Integrated DVD drive

Fan's noise characteristics are a bit unpleasant; Loud under load; Underclocked GT330M (GT325M level); Very delicate display lid; Optimus not implemented

Actually only the Alienware M11x with stronger graphics, lower price, but without an internal DVD drive and with a weaker CULV CPU.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : ComputerShopper (

Expert Review


This laptop's killer performance in a lightweight package will attract power users, but the high price and bland styling leave us wanting more.

Excellent performance, Dynamic hybrid graphics, Light weight, Built-in optical drive, Backlit keyboard, 192GB of storage in dual SSDs

Bland design, Pricey, Weak, tinny audio, No multimedia control keys

Apr, 2010

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Weight, boot up time (solid state disk), performance.

It has a fan fault where it starts to spin at very high revs which sometimes ends in the system crashing. The on board graphics driver sometimes crashes but usually recovers following a few moments of blank screen.

Oct, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11Z9E


weight & size

I faced twice with screen problem and it still remaining and since the value of laptop is around 2500 Euro such problem in around 2 years is not acceptable and will for sure make impact in my future choice. If these problems were not existing or...

Oct, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11Z9E


The battery life is awful .

May, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Lightweight, good if you travel a lot

Only lasted about six months before I had problems with it constantly overheating. Not good value for money.

Mar, 2012

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Brilliant reflection free HD display, ultra compact, lightweight, excellent performance, fast solid state drive, silent (except for CD drive). This notebook is not only aesthetically beautiful but a marvel of design. A treasured possession. Am using...

The size and positions of two keys on the keyboard have given problems. The Caps Lock key is too large and easy to press by mistake resulting in longs strings of upper case text being inadvertently typed. An audible alert on pressing would avoid this....

Aug, 2011

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Sony Vaio VPC-Z11X9E


Does everything I need. Screen image quality is excellent. Fast. Good keyboard. Works with all peripherals I've used, such as various data projectors, with no fuss (unlike some laptops from another leading make).

Pre-loaded with MSOffice 2007 30day trial version, and Mcaffee, and other rubbish. I didn't want these as I was intending to load MS-Office 2010, and Eset NOD32. I then found that it is almost impossible to clean out these pre-installed items -...

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

Built tough for business, the VAIO Z series notebook offers the portability form factor with the performance of a larger computer. Encased in durable and elegant premium carbon fiber and featuring scratch-resistant XBRITE-DuraView LCD technology, the Z series notebook is designed to withstand the rigors of the road.


Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v3 / HDA
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery Capacity:5400
Battery life (max):5 / 7.5
Technology:Lithium Ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


Colour of product:Black
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:33.3
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:HD+
LED Backlight: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:13.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):33.3cm
Max Resolution:1600 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO Z Series

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard key pitch:1.91
Keyboard key stroke:2
Keyboard layout:AZERTY
Keyboard number of keys:82
Keyboard special features:Dynamic Hybrid Graphic, VAIO, Assist
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal Memory:4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM




Max Transfer Rate:7.2Mbps
Mobile Network Supported:Built-in
Type:Wireless cellular modem


3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking features:10/100/1000 / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, WWAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24 / 25
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
Optical Drive Type: No

Optical Storage

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows 7 Professional
Family:Windows 7
Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v3 / HDA
Battery Type:VGP-BPS20/B
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):314 x 210 x 23.8
Display:LED / TFT
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA / nVidia
HDD user password: Yes
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:4.7
AC adapter output voltage:19.5


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1
Memory channels supported by processor:2
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM57 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:81
Processor boost frequency:2.93 / 3.07 / 3.33
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor lithography:32
Processor Model:I5-520M / I5-540M / I7-620M
Processor Number:I5-520M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1288 / BGA956
Processor threads:4
Processor upgrade:Intel Turbo Boost
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Type:Core i5

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor code:SLBPE
Processor package size:rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington / N
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection type:BIOS
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Bundled software:C2100, C2040, C2020 C2000, 800 Digital, 500 Digital, 410 Digital, 400 Digital, 300 Digital / VAIO Gate, PMB VAIO Edition, VAIO Care, VAIO Transfer Support, VAIO Update, VAIO Smart network, Google Chrome Browser, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live Essentials Suite, Adobe Reader 9, Adobe Premiere Elements8, Adobe PhotoShop Elements8
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional
Trial software:Microsoft Office Ready, McAfee


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC / MS Duo, SD / MS Pro-HG, SD / SD
Hard Drive Capacity:128 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:128GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M / Intel HD Graphics

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):2.38
Height (rear):3.27
Weight:1.41 / 1.42 / 1.43