AHEAD OF THE PACK
If you want to see how much Ultrabooks can push the limit, you should take a look at the Sony Vaio XPCZ227CG. To start with, this ultrathin Vaio is not meant for the average user who wants a sleeker computing device. The price tag of 1,59,000 is enough to scare away most non-serious buyers.
But for those who have the capacity and willingness to pay a hefty premium for some cool features, this Vaio has more than most other Ultrabooks. Though it is not as thin as the Asus Zenbook, it does shave off over 300 gm from 1.5-kg standard set by Intel. The screen is among the best you would find in this class, with the 13.1-inch Full HD LED backlight hardly reflecting any light in most angles. Though we were not as impressed by the sound, it is decent by any standards.
The 83-key backlit keyboard has more features than anything the competition has to offer. Just above it is a Wireless on/off toggle, and touch buttons to access the Web, VAIO controls and Assist. The trackpad is smaller, but comes with gesture controls and fingerprint recognition. There are also LED indicators for caps lock and number lock.
Like in some other top-end laptops from Sony, there is a Vaio Gate Dock which drops down from above the screen if you move the cursor there. The dock gives you onetouch access to most-used programmes. To add to this features if the gesture controls enabled for browsing media files. You can move to the next song or video by just swiping you hand in front of the screen – just make sure you do it in such a way that it is obvious to the 1.3MP camera. The processing power of the i7-2640m Processor 2.80 GHZ with Turbo Boost is obvious when you swish through the hi-resolution pictures by just waving your hand or clicking the cursor. The absolute absence of lag is too obvious to miss. The XPCZ227CG comes with 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM and 256 GB SSD storage, which explains the four-second start-up time.
This Ultrabook comes with a RJ-45 network connector, mini D-sub display output connector 3D supported HDMI connector and 2 USB ports. If that doesn’t satisfy you, there is a Power Media Dock in the box which while being a full Optical Blu-ray DVD drive with writer can also give an assortment of five additional ports. The dock can also be used to charge the computer. There is also a SD card slot and a Magic Gate slot for Sony memory sticks. Almost all of these are features which the other Ultrabooks lack. These features also make the Vaio XPCZ227CG more of a business Ultrabook, and explains the price to an extent.