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Sony Vaio VGN-Z56VG review – A power top end laptop on test

Sony Vaio VGN-Z56VG

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Sony Vaio VGN-Z56VG forms part of Sony’s top end range of business laptops. Having owned a couple of Sony Vaio’s in the past I am used to the brand and the way it performs. There are a few features that really stand out on the Z series when you get it out of the box and I’ll discuss these below.

At £2150 inc Vat it’s not cheap, and there are certainly other brands of laptop out there that offer better value for money, the Dell Vostro 3300 is certainly one to consider. But if you want a laptop that is small, light, powerful and strurdy. The Vaio VGN Z56VG is well worth considering.

The first thing that you notice when you get the Vaio out of the box is how remarkably think the screen is. On many other laptops in this category, the screens measure approximately 10mm in thickness. this adds weight and bulk to the finished product. The Vaio’s screen is just 2mm thick and is made of carbon fibre. This makes it not only strong, but light as well.

The screen quality is also excellent. The brightness and clarity make extended use a joy. You can watch videos and view images with exceptional clairty. you can even play games with ease, a feat not normally associated with laptops.

The processor is pretty puchy too. The Vaio Z56VG comes with an Intel Core Duo 2.8 Ghz processor and 6GB of Ram. On test I had multiple programs running and there was no lag on the processing speed whatsoever.

The battery life is not brilliant. From the standard battery you will be lucky to get 3 hours if you have WLAN, WIWAN and Bluetooth con and the screen running at maximum brightness. There is a larger battery available for an overpriced £200 and this will give you 5 hours on a full charge.

Connectivity is excellent, with the Vaio sporting built in WIWAN connectivity. This means that there is no need to carry a mobile broadband dongle with you. Simply add your SIM card to the slot and away you go.


  • Light weight
  • lots of power
  • brilliant screen


  • expensive
  • accesories are expensive
  • cheaper alternatives out there
  • short battery life


Overall this is a classy well built laptop that oozes class. The carbon fibre shell, means it is lightweight and durable. The screen is the best in its class as well. There are cheaper alternatives out there, and the battery life could be better, but these slight downsides are more than worht it for a laptop that you can keep for years.

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