Sony’s new VAIO Z ships with an external GPU dock

The VAIO Z's Power Media Dock has an integrated AMD Radeon HD 6650M GPU with 1GB of dedicated memory

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Sony’s new VAIO Z ships with an external GPU dock The Vaio Z ultra-portable features a Power Media Dock that connects to the notebook via Light Peak technology
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  June 28, 2011

Sony has launched its new Vaio Z ultra-portable notebook. It is equipped with a 13.3-inch screen and an external GPU dock that connects via Intel's Light Peak technology.

The Z's ‘Power Media Dock' packs an integrated AMD Radeon HD 6650M GPU with 1GB of dedicated memory, a VGA output port, two USB2.0 ports, one USB3.0 port, a HDMI port and a DVD SuperMulti Drive or Blu-ray combo drive. The Power Media Dock, when connected, gives the machine gaming capabilities.

At the heart of the machine lies an Intel Core i7-2620M processor which runs at 2.7GHz but when needed can reach 3.4 GHz via Turbo Boost technology. The ultra-portable also sports 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 256GB SSD drive and features an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU.

Sony has used a sheet battery design with the Vaio Z, which the company claims can allow for seven hours of battery life. This can be enhanced by adding another battery sheet which Sony says can power the notebook for 14 hours.

The company has yet to confirm a Middle East launch date for the Vaio Z.

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