AHEAD OF THE PACK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - ULTRA BOOKS -

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.

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