Ultrabooks and MacBook Airs are very nice laptops, they are light and have a stylish design. The new Ivy Bridge processors have made them quite a bit faster, but they're still no powerhouses. If you want the power of a quad-core chip, then you need to move up to a larger and heavier laptop. At least that is what you'd expect, but Sony proves otherwise with the Sony VAIO Z. It's a laptop with a quad-core processor that only weighs 1.15 kg.
Sony has again managed to create a little work of art with the Sony VAIO Z series, a product line that has already seen quite impressive laptops. The new model is called the Sony VAIO SVZ1311. The nice thing is that you can completely customise your laptop on Sony's website, combining optimal performance with the limit of your budget. We personally always prefer this over buying a pre-configured laptop from a store, because you can decide yourself which areas should be upgraded and where you'd like to save some money. You can even choose different colours, from all-black to flashy gold. The VAIO Z23 is completely up-to-date, built around an HM77 chipset and compatible with Ivy Bridge third generation Core processors from Intel.
It's one of the unique features in this laptop. Other manufacturers traditionally opt for energy-efficient processors, but Sony offers standard mobile CPUs for this series. For this model you can choose between a Core i5-3210M or for a little more money the impressive Intel Core i7-3612QM processor. The latter is a version of the Intel Core i7-3610QM that we've seen in a couple Toshiba laptops and BTO products. Just like the Intel Core i7-3615QM that Samsung uses in its Chronos 7 laptops, this is a special version.