Hands On Use
Wow, after all the benchmarks were finished the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX is an exceptionally impressive ultraportable. Stand back and consider that in all the benchmarks that I put this machine through it was only beaten by much larger gaming machines in performance, yet it beat all comers in battery life, and it's hard to not be impressed. It's hard to believe this little notebook packs in so much performance, yet can run on a single charge so long.
Impressive performance aside, what matters as much as how well the machine performs and how long the battery lasts is how usable the notebook is. I can happily say that the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX is very nice to work on. The keyboard is a bit odd with keys that have more space between them than some other notebooks I have used. Sony could have made the keys considerably larger than they are and still had room. Despite having more room to spread out that goes unused, the wide spaced keys are arranged well and are very comfortable to use. I am happy to work with keys that might be a bit smaller than they need to be in exchange for the excellent typing feel and feedback the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX keyboard offers. I am also happy to see that Sony uses a right shift key that is the same size as the left. Too many notebook makers cram a tiny right shift key onto the keyboard to save space.
Under the keyboard is the trackpad that is placed well and has good accuracy and sensitivity. The buttons are easy to press and offer good tactile feel. Between those two trackpad buttons is a fingerprint reader for the machines security system that you can use or skip altogether. One of the best features of the VAIO that you don't always see on an ultraportable is an optical drive. The Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX has an optical drive and it will be welcome by most pros since CDs and DVDs are still common in the business world. Moreover, you can watch your favorite DVDs while you are on those long flights.
One of the things that impresses me so about the battery life that the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX mustered is that it has a discrete GPU inside. That NVIDIA GPU makes mince meat out of all the video I threw at it. Watching video on Hulu is smooth and simply perfect. Colors are good, blacks are crisp and dark, and the skin tones are natural. The Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX might be aimed at the business pro that should be working, but this little notebook will entertain you when the day is done.
One thing that I don't like about the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX when it comes to watching movies or streaming video is the sound system. The volume is too low and you will be hard pressed to hear in an environment with much noise. You will want a set of headphones or external speakers to remedy what is really the only deficiency in the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX's bag of tricks. It's also important to point out that the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX has an integrated Verizon 3G modem in case you missed that in the specs earlier on. This little notebook is fully loaded.
I can sum up my thoughts about the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX in one explicative - WOW! This machine really impressed me. It has the sort of power I would never have expected in an ultraportable and at the same time offers better battery life than anything I have ever tested.
What you are getting in the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX is an ultraportable notebook with the power of many gaming notebooks and with battery life that can't be beat by some machines packing in two batteries. This is far from a cheap notebook; I will certainly give you that. You could buy four of the ASUS Eee 1201N netbooks I reviewed recently for the price of this one Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX. It would also take several of those netbooks to give you the battery life and performance the VAIO manages.
Impressed is an understatement with the Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX. If you can pony up the loot this notebook is perfect for any one, pro or consumer, that wants loads of performance and phenomenal battery life. If the VAIO is in your budget, you just can't go wrong.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Sony VAIO VPCZ125GX]
- Page 3 [Performance - A/V Encoding, Battery Life and Boot Time]
- Page 4 [Performance - PCMark Vantage, CINEBENCH and Super Pi]
- Page 5 [Hands On Use and Final Thoughts]
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