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  • jeremyshaw - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link


    Though the consensus on NBR Forums is the SE does not have an IPS display, rather a TN with a good wide angle polarizer (similar to UX31 zenbook).
  • VivekGowri - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    Hmmm, we were told by Sony specifically that it was an IPS panel...NBR has a whole bunch of random speculation it looks like, we'll look into it to get a better idea. Reply
  • jeremyshaw - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    Has more to do with the lack of proper color reproduction. I'm interested in what Sony has to say, too. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    IPS does not guarantee great colors, particularly if the backlight is a low gamut (<40% NTSC) model. Without doing some actual tests I can't say how good/bad the display is in terms of color quality, though it didn't look bad at the show. The viewing angles however I'm quite sure are IPS -- certainly not TN at any rate. As Vivek mentions, Sony's rep specifically said the SE was an IPS panel (at least the 1080p model being shown). Reply
  • Darkstone - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    Actually the UX31 had horrid viewing angles compared to, say, MBA.
    I spent some time comparing viewing angle-pictures on notebookcheck, and my studio 1555 (TN) has actually better horizontal viewing angles, but the SE has far superior vertical viewing angles.

    Sony SE:
    Studio 15:

    Notice the colored band on the right. on the SE it washes out fast, on the studio 15 it has few color shift even on extreme horizontal angles.
  • synaesthetic - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    WTF Sony? At least put a mid range desktop card in there. Reply
  • Mumrik - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    If it's in an external powered dock, why even use a mobile GPU part? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    Notice how it's an ultra-thin dock, including a slim optical drive as well. This is why I say I'd be happier with a faster GPU and a slightly larger dock, but this one is more about aesthetics. Form over function. Reply
  • abhicherath - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    as Jarred mentions.Sony using a 6650M is rather wierd,does it have something to do with fan noise?did you ask the execs WHY they are using a 6650M.Will there be an option to use a higher end GPU in the dock?Is the fan noise still crazy loud like the 2011 model? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    See above; the dock is basically ultrabook levels of thin (give or take), and they didn't want to make it larger/more powerful. This is Sony we're talking about after all -- just like Apple, high powered GPUs are generally the least of their concerns. Reply
  • TrackSmart - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    I presumed it was because the Vaio Z's implementation of "light peak" had much less bandwidth than the 'full' thunderbolt specification. A faster GPU would be bottlenecked.

    You guys mention this a while back:
  • JarredWalton - Monday, January 16, 2012 - link

    That's true. Obviously without testing 6650M internal, 6650M in the PMD, and something like 6770M in the PMD we can't come to a firm conclusion. I suspect there are occasions where the Light Peak bandwidth would limit performance of a faster GPU, but there would be other scenarios where it would not. More to the point, a desktop 6770 would actually be cheaper than a mobile 6650M--MXM modules are always more expensive. But it would ruin the sleek form factor and require a full x16 slot. Reply
  • Kiji - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    Is Sony still blocking certain options in their laptop BIOS ? I know they used to block VT-x, making 64-bits virtualization impossible, among other things. Is that still happening with the new models?

    I like Sony design for laptops, but I hate buying a equipment that comes locked like this. Specially the premium range. Doesn't make sense to me.
  • nitrous9200 - Sunday, January 15, 2012 - link

    Pretty sure they don't do that anymore. My laptop (Sony FW) was one of many that received a BIOS update that unlocked the virtualization option. Reply
  • jeremyshaw - Monday, January 16, 2012 - link

    Sony still doesnt have uefi boot, ever since it was blocked in 2008 or so to prevent a bootmod that was able to modify fhe bios to enable hw virtualization. Reply
  • iamlilysdad - Monday, January 16, 2012 - link

    I'm looking at getting the older 13.3" Vaio SA which has the 6630M graphics card. How would this compare to the SE 15.5? I know you guys reviewed the SB a while back, but that doesn't have the higher-res screen (have you seen how the quality is with that?) and it has a lesser GPU.

    Thoughts? I know they aren't necessarily designed for the same type of user, but they are both on my radar.

    Thanks in advance.
  • Malih - Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - link

    Proprietary connector... again?
    Can't Intel tell these companies to use only one type of connector?
  • frozentundra123456 - Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - link

    Admittedly the ultrabooks are attractive initially. But I am not sure that they are really going to sell that well. They just seem too expensive for the performance, and I also dont know how they cannot heat up if you do any really intensive tasks. You could get a tablet and a Brazos netbook or small laptop for the same price as an ultrabook, at least a high quality one. And it still bothers me that a 1000 dollar plus laptop will be lower in performance than a 400.00 Llano. I know the weight is way less and it is much nicer, but still??

    They might be a hit in the business world though, when the company is footing the bill and wants your laptop to look impressive, and the person does a lot of traveling.
  • Fran - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - link

    Dear friends, sell my Vaio Z21-2011 purchased in August-2011, if there is someone interested can visit the link indicated below;

  • Fran - Thursday, April 26, 2012 - link

    Hi all! I lowered the price to -300 €.


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