Forget the MacBook Pro; the best laptops of the 2000′s were made by Sony. The VAIO brand was way ahead of the curve in both quality and price. The best VAIO laptop was the VAIO Z series, which usually ran anywhere from $1800 to $3000.
Sony sold off their VAIO business in 2014. Then, everybody thought we wouldn’t see any more VAIO computers. Thankfully, that’s not the case. It’s not that the VAIO has made a perfect return, but it certainly has potential.
A couple months ago, I gave my first impressions review of the VAIO Z Canvas, a Windows 10 tablet that came out a couple weeks before Micrsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. I noted that the 12.3-inch 2560 x 1704 pixel resolution display looked stunning and was happy about the Bluetooth keyboard, which Sony includes with the Z Canvas. However, I also thought the device was too heavy and didn’t like the fact that it ran a processor that was two-years old.
Now, there is a new VAIO on the block — the VAIO Z Flip. According to Engadget, this VAIO Z isn’t like the other Windows 10 hybrids since it uses a 360-degree hinge to flop the touchscreen into tablet mode. It has an 11.5-hour batter life, comes eith either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and has either a 256GB or 512GB SSD.
This may sound decent until you get to the fact that the 13-inch screen only has a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution. That would have been great two years ago, but there are now even smaller screens by other manufacturers that have higher pixel densities. For example, the 12.3-inch screen on the Surface Pro 4 has a 2,736 x 1,824 pixel resolution.
Perhaps, VAIO knew that a lower resolution screen would save battery life. After all, the battery life on the Surface Pro 4 and even the Surface Book is mediocre. I want to be able to take my laptop out for a day without worrying about plugging it in to recharge. The MacBook Air has been the only laptop I have been able to do this with, but perhaps the VAIO Z Flip would do the same.
The reviews for the VAIO Z Flip haven’t been outstanding: Laptop gave it three stars and CNET gave it three and a half. It seems as if the battery life isn’t all that it has been cracked up to be and the critics think the device is way overpriced. Still, I am really excited to see this laptop, which will happen within the next couple weeks. I promise to bring you pictures and my impressions of the VAIO Z Flip soon.