Product: Sony Vaio VGN-Z890

Worth: $1799 and up (relying customizations)

Date: 11/11/2009

Ranking: 4.25/5

Working System Utilized in Assessment: Home windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Version

Execs: Prime quality development. Enticing, Profitable Patented Hybrid Graphics System (requires no reboot), light-weight and slim design. DDR3 Reminiscence, nice battery life, HDMI Connectivity with Audio Transmission, Home windows 7, Very Moveable.

Cons: Identical outdated video card as earlier VGN-Z790 mannequin, extremely priced. Numerous bloatware, barely fragile design, quiet audio system.

Key Takeaway: The VGN-Z890 doesn’t provide any substantial modifications from its predecessor, the VGN-Z790, however when a laptop computer is already this good, it’s comprehensible. This laptop computer continues to be probably the most highly effective ones in his weight class.

Pocket book Specs:

Mannequin: VAIO VGN-Z890

Processor: P9700 2.80GHz

Shade: Premium Carbon Fiber

Show: 13.1″ widescreen XBRITE-DuraView LED Backlight (1600 x 900 decision – 16:9 facet ratio)

Reminiscence: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3-SDRAM-1066

Digicam: Movement Eye digicam/microphone

Wi-fi: Intel WiFi Hyperlink 5100AGN 802.11a/b/g/n 2.Four GHz; A2DP Bluetooth

Video Card: Hybrid: 256mb NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS / Intel GMA 4500MHD with Intel Clear Video Know-how (Requires no reboot to change between each)

Laborious Drive: 320 GB SATA Laborious Disk Drive (7200RPM) G-Sensor Shock Safety

Optical Drive: CD-R/RW DVD-R/RW+- (DL) Performs/Burns CDs/DVDs

Battery: Customary and Prolonged

Connections: 2-USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI(audio/video), SD/Reminiscence Stick Duo, Gigabit Ethernet Port 10/100/1000, modem jack, Firewire/IEEE/i.Hyperlink Connector (4pin), Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack, Specific Card/34 slot

Sound: Intel Excessive Definition audio

Weight: 3.Three kilos

Dimensions: 8.3″ x 12.4″ x 1.3″ (Size x Width x Top – Inches)

Guarantee: 1-12 months Sony Guarantee

Miscellaneous: Inbuilt Biometric Fingerprint Sensor. Home windows XP downgrade provided.


The packaging of this product is throughout the identical normal because the earlier mannequin. Relying on the place you get it, it may be wrapped in a cardboard field, containing one other cardboard field, and so forth. Just like the earlier mannequin, there’s probably not something of curiosity right here… The laptop computer comes wrapped up, there’s guarantee/working info, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and the AC Adapter.


Right here I’ll once more reiterate what the connections are. For being so small, the VGN-Z890 certain has a variety of helpful connections.

2-USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI (audio/video), SD/Reminiscence Stick Duo, Gigabit Ethernet Port 10/100/1000, modem jack, Firewire/IEEE/i.Hyperlink Connector (4pin), Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack, Specific Card/34 slot.

In Entrance:

SD Reminiscence Card Slot

Reminiscence Stick Duo media slot (MagicGate Performance)

Left Aspect:

Disc Drive

HDMI Connection Output (transmits audio/video)

USB 2.Zero Port

VGA Output

Proper Aspect:


Gigabit Ethernet Port 10/100/1000

Specific Card/34 Slot

Modem Jack

USB 2.Zero Port

Firewire/IEEE/i.Hyperlink Connector (4pin)

Headphone Jack

Microphone Jack

Notice: The twine to recharge the battery is positioned on the facet hinge of the laptop computer. We discovered this to be a little bit of a ache, as you waste a variety of twine in case your nearest outlet is positioned the wrong way of your port.


As a consequence of its small measurement of the display, this laptop computer is simple to open up wherever, together with in airplanes (see the way it caters to executives?) The VGN-Z890 has a 13.1″ widescreen LED show with a decision of 1600 x 900 pixels. This show runs at a 16:9 widescreen facet ratio, which is ideal for watching motion pictures. The LED backlighting retains energy consumption and weight at an all-time low, and the display utilizing XBRITE-DuraView know-how. This know-how supplies further scratch safety in your LCD display – one thing very wanted for such a small and slim laptop computer.


The Intel P9700 is without doubt one of the greatest, power environment friendly processors for a laptop computer this measurement, costing an extra $150 to improve from the P8800. TheP9700 options 6mb of L2 Cache, and runs at 2.8GHz. It makes use of the 45nm structure and runs at 28w, with a 1066 MHz FSB.

Video Card:

As soon as once more, Sony opts to make use of the identical hybrid video card system as earlier than. The VGN-Z890 makes use of the 256mb NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS and the Intel GMA 4500MHD with Intel Clear Video Know-how. The patented hybrid system that Sony makes use of, lets you change between each video playing cards with out having to restart your laptop. The 9300M is ready to run extra demanding video games, and purposes, and the 4500MHD can run HD/Blu-Ray, whereas providing you with much more battery life. Each playing cards are DirectX 10 appropriate as effectively.

Benchmarks (GeForce 9300M GS Solely)

3dMark 06 (1024×768): Min: 1615, Common: 1989, Max: 2357 factors

Cinebench R10 (Shading): Min: 2270, Common: 2555, Max: 2870 factors

F.E.A.R. Benchmark: Low Settings (640×480) No AA, low graphics: 308 FPS

Crysis Benchmark: Low Settings (800×600) No AA, low graphics: 27 FPS

Crysis Warhead Benchmark: Low Settings (800×600) No AA, low graphics: 35 FPS

World in Battle Benchmark: Low Settings (800×600) No AA, low graphics: 70

Audio system and Sound Card:

The VGN-Z890 is stocked with a normal Intel Excessive Definition Audio Card and normal audio system. Probably not a lot to say right here…

Wi-fi and Networking:

Sony provides many wi-fi and networking options. The VGN-Z890 comes outfitted with a Gigabit Ethernet connection – providing blazing Ethernet speeds. The laptop computer options wi-fi N connectivity, and is ready to connect with 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.Four GHz frequencies utilizing the Intel WiFi Hyperlink 5100AGN card. This laptop computer additionally helps Verizon Cellular Broadband as an choice and helps Bluetooth know-how with beautiful wi-fi reception and transmission velocity. The Bluetooth was normal, and so was the A2DP.

Keyboard and Mouse:

The keyboard on the VGN-Z890 is exclusive to most laptop computer keyboards. The keys aren’t flushed collectively, and are spaced out. There are 82 keys, all of that are coated. The keyboard makes use of aluminum backing, which retains the laptop computer gentle and sturdy. Though it isn’t indicated, the touchpad permits facet scrolling as effectively.


When operating the Cellular Mark 2007 Battery Check on the usual battery we obtained very acceptable scores. We have been capable of attain a battery lifetime of Four hours and a pair of minutes with the GeForce card enabled. With the Intel built-in graphics, we achieved a battery life Four hours and 55 minutes.


General we have been very happy the Sony Vaio VGN-Z890. It is without doubt one of the quickest cellular laptops for its weight-class and measurement. We have been extraordinarily happy with the keyboard and design. This laptop computer was similar to its predecessor, and we needed to dock factors for that. As a consequence of the truth that this laptop computer continues to be a superb alternative for government, and vacationers, I charge it a 4.25/5.


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